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Birmingham City University

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Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University


The Birmingham City Business School (BCBS) of the Birmingham City University is one of the longest established and most respected business schools in the UK. Currently, with over 3,300 students, it is also now one of the largest also among the largest. Its heritage in the city stretches right back to the early 1900s. It is internationally recognised and provides practice-based learning alongside links to services and business.

The Business School enjoys enormous respect in all areas of teaching and research. Located at the University’s City North Campus, just a few miles from the City Centre, Birmingham City Business School is one of the 6 faculties of the University. The Business School received high recognition and accreditation for the quality of academic programmes from leading professional bodies.

There are nearly 100 full-time academic staff as well as a significant number of associates who regularly contribute insights drawn from their commercial and professional experiences to the delivery of the Business School’s programmes. The business school compares very favourably with many other universities when it comes to the contact time with academics. Students spend an impressive 37% of their course in lectures, seminars and similar. The Faculty has more than 3,300 students, with over 2,500 on undergraduate programmes and around 700 students on undergraduate and professional programmes.

Compared to any other UK universities, Birmingham City University saw the biggest increase in students applying for places in September 2009; an increase of 35.6% compared to a national average of 8%.


Strengths and Distinctions

  • Over 3,300 undergraduates, postgraduate, professional and in-company students drawn from over 80 countries
  • Received the Partner in Learning accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICEAW) thanks to the high standard of its work (2015)
  • One of the UK’s top 10 Universities for spending on facilities (Complete University Guide 2013)
  • 27th of 124 Universities for the most students in graduate-level jobs (Sunday Times University Guide 2013)
  • Times Higher Education award winner for Best International Strategy (2011), Outstanding Support for Students (2010) and Outstanding Recruitment Campaign (2009). Also nominated in 2011 for Outstanding Support for Students and Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year
  • “Virtual Students’ Union” won the award for best practice in the NUS Student Engagement Awards 2011
  • Winner of Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Entrepreneurship Award for BSEEN entrepreneurship programme
  • Latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) recognised the University as a ‘rising star’ institution, with one of the highest percentages of submitted work rated as ‘world leading’ compared to other modern universities in the UK