Birmingham City University (BCU)

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.

Name In English Type Foundation Year
Birmingham City University Public 1992

Academic Requirement for admission
Bachelors Programs
  • Intermediate/ 12 Year High School/ O/ A Level with 65%
  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5
  • Without IELTS possible
Master Programs
  • 4-years bachelors (Hons) degree / 16 years education with 60%
  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with minimum of 6.0
  • Without IELTS can sit for internal English test of University


  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
  • Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Tuition Fee
Bachelors Programs GBP £ 13,000 / Year Approx.
Master Programs GBP £ 14,000 / Year Approx.

Birmingham City University:

  • Wide range of scholarships available including merit-based scholarship Upto 1500 GBP
  • Student having no IELTS can sit for internal English test of University.