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Why Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University (BCU) welcomes around 31,000 students from 100 countries (HESA Student Record 2021/22 © Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited), making it a large and diverse place to study. The main campus is in the city centre, with additional sites located throughout Birmingham – including one of the largest jewellery schools in the world.

Check out our top reasons for choosing BCU for your future studies!

Creative specialists

BCU boasts specialist schools in Art, Architecture & Design, Jewellery, Fashion & Textiles, and Media. The University’s expertise is further showcased by their dominance in the UK subject rankings:

  • 1st for Film Production & Photography (The Guardian 2024)
  • 4th for Animation & Game Design (The Guardian 2024)
  • 17th for Media & Film Studies (The Guardian 2024)
  • 21st for Graphic Design (The Guardian 2024)
  • 24th for Architecture (The Times 2024)
  • 25th for Interior Design (The Guardian 2024)
  • 29th for Product Design (The Guardian 2024)

Industry-standard facilities

BCU has invested over £400 million across its campuses and facilities – from the Parkside Building in the city centre, featuring state-of-the-art TV and radio studios, to simulated operating theatre and hospital wards at the City South Campus.

Global industry links

The BCU campus is immersed in industry and innovation, creating opportunities for students with every step. Placements are available with multinational companies such as Microsoft, Jaguar Land Rover, Cisco, and the BBC.

Professionally accredited

Many degrees have internationally recognised accreditations, such as the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). This ensures content is current and industry-relevant.

Job opportunities

All degrees incorporate work-related experience, with many offering a year-long placement and some including placements in each year of study. The on-campus employment agency also advertises paid roles at the University.

Careers support

BCU’s support doesn’t end after graduation. You can access dedicated careers advice and guidance throughout your time at the University and for up to three years after graduating.

Ask our students

Some of our Student Ambassadors have already progressed to BCU, so why not ask them about their experience? They can tell you why they chose BCU for their studies and whether they made the right decision!

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