University of Buckingham

Buckingham , England


The University of Buckingham (UB) is a non-profit, private university in the UK and the oldest of the country’s five private universities. It is located in Buckingham, England, and was founded as the University College at Buckingham (UCB) in 1973, admitting its first students in 1976. It was granted university status by royal charter in 1983. Buckingham offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees through five “schools” (or faculties) of study.

The university was closely linked to Margaret Thatcher, who as Education Secretary oversaw the creation of the university college in 1973, and as Prime Minister was instrumental in elevating it to a university in 1983 – thus creating the first private university in the UK. When she retired from politics in 1992, Margaret Thatcher became the university’s second chancellor, a post she held until 1998.

The university’s finances for teaching operate entirely on direct student fees and endowments: it does not receive state funding (via HEFCE or otherwise). It has formal charity status as a not-for-profit institution dedicated to the ends of research and education.

The university is a member of the Independent Universities Group, created in January 2015 by eight non-profit and for-profit institutions with degree-awarding powers and/or university title. The group’s aim is to be “the Russell Group of the alternative sector” and to dissociate its members from more “dodgy” for-profit colleges. The university is one of the twenty-six English universities with a School of Medicine, i.e. it trains doctors at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

76 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Private
Year Founded 1983
Size Small
2,520 Students


2,3 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.5 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, PTE, CPE-Academic Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 12,600
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



High Achiever Scholarship
Total Worth £2,000 per annum
Eligibility and Requirements Available to students on two-year undergraduate degree courses and is only available for two years or a maximum of £4,000; undergraduate Home (UK/EU) students (excluding Medicine) achieving AAB or above (or equivalent) in their A Levels (excluding General Studies)
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Five Counties Scholarship
Total Worth £2,000 per annum
Eligibility and Requirements Available to undergraduate students (excluding foundation) from the following counties: Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes) Bedfordshire Northamptonshire Oxfordshire Hertfordshire
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details Our Five Counties scholarships are only available to students on two-year undergraduate degree courses and are only available for two years or a maximum of £4,000. Students studying Medicine (4.5 years in length) will only receive this scholarship for their first two years at Buckingham.
International Entrepreneur Scholarship
Total Worth up to £17,400
Eligibility and Requirements For candidates who can demonstrate the following: A passion for entrepreneurship A creative and innovative approach to life A great mind for business Enthusiasm for learning The scholarship is for new applicants to the Business Enterprise Degree.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --