The University of Buckingham


The University of Buckingham is unique. Founded in 1976 by Oxford academics, it is the only independent, not-for-profit university in the UK to have a Royal Charter, and this year it has been awarded 1st in the UK for Teaching Quality, 1st in the UK for Student Experience and 1st in the UK for Staff-Student ratios by The Times and Sunday Times ‘Good University Guide 2017’.

Buckingham is a small university with around 2,000 students and a staff:student ratio of just 1:9.6, meaning that it operates on a personal scale. Tutorial classes are never more than eight people, offering a very supportive learning environment where no-one gets lost in the crowd. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons Buckingham is consistently top for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

The University specialises in two-year undergraduate degrees, allowing students to complete their studies one year earlier than elsewhere. There are multiple entry points per year for undergraduate degrees, offering ultimate flexibility to students.

The University of Buckingham is located amidst beautiful countryside in the town of Buckingham and is ranked the safest campus in the UK. The town has many shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and bars to offer, and the cities of Oxford, Milton Keynes and London are all located within one hour of travel.

On campus there are students from over 90 different nationalities, making the experience at Buckingham truly unique – students can make friends and study alongside people from all over the world. 


Key Numbers

  • Average tuition fees - £17,160
  • Estimated living costs - £8,000
  • Minimum IELTS score - 6.5
  • Student satisfaction - 97
  • Employment prospects - 92
  • International student ratio - 40%



  • The Times: 41
  • Complete University Guide: 78