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 90th out of the 130 according to the Complete University Guide. 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.

90th in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1971
Size Large
25,000 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

£ 16,870
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Total Worth £1,000
Eligibility and Requirements Are confirmed as a home fee payer. Meet any course-specific entry requirements, e.g., passing an interview, submitting a portfolio, or achieving qualifications in a specific subject, and achieve 144 or more points from your qualifications.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline January
Other Details Apply for an eligible programme via UCAS by 31 January 2024.
Undergraduate Scholarships
Total Worth up to £2,000
Eligibility and Requirements All international students enrolling on an undergraduate course in September 2024 will be eligible for a scholarship of up to £2,000, discounted from your first year's tuition fees. This scholarship is awarded based on your academic background.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline September 2024
Other Details *The following courses are exempt from a scholarship: ACCA Nursing and Midwifery courses Conservatoire and BSA courses (Music and Theatre) Short courses that are less than one academic year Part-time or distance learning Study Abroad programmes Exchange programmes Pre-sessional English
GREAT Scholarships - India
Total Worth up to 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 --