Birmingham City University


The university’s contribution to the education of the citizens of Birmingham and beyond stretches back though a succession of predecessor institutions over 170 years. 

The university enjoys historical strengths in the creative and performing arts: the Birmingham Government School of Design – the first college of design outside London – was opened in 1843 and Birmingham School of Music (later Birmingham Conservatoire) in 1886. Both were later incorporated into the University. University status was achieved in 1992, and the new name of Birmingham City University was adopted in 2007, reflecting the university’s commitment to, and pride in, its home city.



Key Numbers

  • Average tuition fees - £12,200
  • Estimated living costs - £12,200
  • Minimum IELTS score - 5.0
  • Student satisfaction - 84
  • Employment prospects - 64.3
  • International student ratio - 8.4%



  • The Guardian: 101
  • Complete University Guide: 99