Birmingham City University

Birmingham, England


Birmingham City University (abbrev. BCU) is a modern university in the city of Birmingham, England. Initially established as the Birmingham College of Art with roots dating back to 1843, it was designated as a polytechnic in 1971 and gained university status in 1992.

The university has three main campuses serving four faculties, and offers courses in art and design, business, the built environment, computing, education, engineering, English, healthcare, law, the performing arts, social sciences, and technology. A £125 million extension to its campus in the city centre of Birmingham, part of the Eastside development of a new technology and learning quarter, is opening in two stages, with the first phase having opened in 2013.

It is the second largest of five universities in the city, the other four being Aston University, University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham, and Newman University. It is ranked third of the five according to the Complete University Guide, below both the University of Birmingham and Aston University. Roughly half of the university’s full-time students are from the West Midlands, and a large percentage of these are from ethnic minorities. The university runs access and foundation programmes through an international network of associated universities and further education colleges, and has the highest intake of foreign students in the Birmingham area.

97 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1992
Size Large
24,130 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application for all undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 9,000
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Meet or Beat scholarship
Total Worth £1,000
Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible for the scholarship your predicted grades from your school or college must be equal to or above our published entry requirements, enabling you to receive a Special Unconditional Offer from BCU. The £1,000 scholarship is available if you're a home student (domiciled in the UK) for fee status purposes and applying to study at Birmingham City University in September 2019 or January 2020. To be eligible you must pass any mandatory interview or portfolio review stage which forms part of the course selection process. You are applying for entry to the first year (Year 1) of an Honours degree course at BCU
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details To access the scholarship, you need to: Apply to Birmingham City University before 30 June 2019 Receive a Special Unconditional Offer Select Birmingham City University as ‘Firm’ on UCAS track and Achieve or exceed (Meet or Beat) our published entry requirements
Undergraduate Scholarships – Non-EU only
Total Worth up to £2,000
Eligibility and Requirements All non-EU international students enrolling on an undergraduate course in September
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Scholarships are only available to self-funding students and those studying on a full time course for at least one academic year.
GREAT Scholarships - India
Total Worth up to a maximum of £12,000
Eligibility and Requirements Undergraduate students from India from any of the following faculties; Business, Law & Social Sciences (BLSS), Art, Design & Media (ADM), Computing, Engineering & Built Environment (CEBE), or Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS). To qualify for this award you should have achieved a minimum of the following overall % in your 12th standard: BLSS, ADM, HELS: 75% CEBE: 80%
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --