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Birmingham City University


Why study here?

At Birmingham City University, we’ve been educating professionals since 1843. Our commitment to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need means that within six months of leaving us, 92 per cent of postgraduates are in employment or further study (DLHE survey 2012/13).

Our graduates are shaping the world already: holding senior positions in global companies, creating award-winning entertainment, teaching in world-class universities, policing the capital, and designing accessories for celebrities and royalty. Visit www.bcu.ac.uk/stories to find out more about our successful alumni.

Our teaching excellence and ground-breaking industry collaborations are renowned, with almost 40 professional accreditations for our courses from bodies such as The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), ACCA and Creative Skillset, while our world-leading research ensures pioneering teaching and state-of-the-art facilities for students at all levels.

Many of our lecturers have extensive experience in industry and the professions, and maintain close links with these organisations, providing students with an insight into the latest trends in the sectors they hope to enter.

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new facilities. A flagship extension to our City Centre Campus is our latest ambitious venture, with the first students having arrived at our new Parkside Building - home to our design and media courses - in September 2013.

Construction on a second phase of the development is currently under way, to accommodate business, English, law and social science students from 2015, as well as providing new library, IT, student support and social facilities.

You will find over 100 courses to choose from at Birmingham City University, including taught degrees up to Master's level and independent preparation of a thesis, leading to a research degree.

Postgraduate subjects include: Architecture, Art, Business and Management, Computing, Construction, Criminology and Social Sciences, Design and Visual Communication, Drama and Acting, Education and Teacher Training, Engineering, English, Health and Well-being, ICT, Law, Media and Multimedia, Music and Music Technology, Property, and Planning

For more information visit the dedicated postgraduate pages on our website.


The benefits of postgraduate study

In some fields, such as academia, a postgraduate qualification is a requirement, while for others it may prove highly useful; for example, a PGCE is often the easiest way to enter teaching if your degree is not in education or a related subject, while an MBA may be the best route to acquiring the skills required in certain high-flying business roles.

According to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, there are an increasing number of occupations where employers require a postgraduate qualification, including law, engineering, teaching, professional psychology roles, teaching, international development and NGOs, technical roles in the environment profession and quantitative roles in investment banking. They also found that a student with a postgraduate degree was 12 per cent more likely to be in employment or further study than someone with just a degree and 26 per cent more likely to be in a professional or managerial role.

And those employers that need this additional expertise are increasingly prepared to pay for it. Research by the Sutton Trust in 2013 found that someone with a Master's degree earns £5,500 more per year, or over £200,000 over a 40-year working life, than someone with just a degree.

Our professional qualifications include ACCA and CIMA-accredited accountancy courses, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) certificate and diploma, Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for teachers and a wide range of professional development programmes for healthcare staff.

Our postgraduates have gone on to work in senior roles with such big-name companies and organisations as Jaguar Land Rover, Ernst & Young, Norwich Union, Network Rail, General Electric, Capgemini, DHL, the Metropolitan Police Authority, Oracle Corporation, Motorola, the Crown Prosecution Service, NEC Group, the BBC and Goldman Sachs.

Contact Us

For all course related enquiries please either refer to the specific course information pages or call Choices, Information and Guidance Centre on 0121 331 5595 or use the Online Enquiry Form.

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  • 1 programme(s)

    The Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, based at City Centre Campus, offers an innovative learning environment, as well as outstanding facilities and resources. We specialise in the fields of business, law, criminology, sociology and psychology, and have a strong record of teaching, research and consultancy.
    We remain at the cutting edge of new ideas by challenging both staff and students to excel in research and studies. We are able to offer a wide variety of academically rigorous, vocationally focused courses on a flexible basis, and support lifelong learning through the delivery of short courses and seminars for individuals and larger bespoke groups.

    We are highly recognised for the quality of our academic programmes. A significant amount of our courses have accreditations from professional bodies, giving our students an advantage when seeking employment opportunities.
    The Business School is highly recognised for a significant amount of its provision having accreditation from professional bodies. These include the: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA),The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), The Institute of Risk Management (IRM)and many more.
    Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. The School of Law is fully accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council as a Centre for Continuing Professional Development.
    Our undergraduate and postgraduate social sciences courses have achieved international and national recognition from professional bodies. All Psychology programmes must be professionally accredited and our courses have British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation.
    Our Centre for Applied Criminology - founded by David Wilson, one of the UK's leading criminologists - is a University research Centre of Excellence.

    Since September 2015 all business, law and social sciences courses have been taught at our City Centre Campus in The Curzon Building. The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

  • 1 programme(s)

    The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences focuses on the high quality training of health and education professionals with a strong emphasis on practical and hands-on learning. Consisting of 5 schools and currently situated across 2 sites, the faculty offers purpose-built facilities to ensure lively, supportive and challenging learning environments for our students and clients, helping them to pursue personal and professional development, intellectual interests and career aspirations. Our staff are experienced practitioners in the fields of health and education, and this enables them to truly bring the subject areas to life, and help showcase what it takes, and what it feels like to be a qualified professional in these areas. They also have excellent links and contacts with key clients, consumers, service users, and professional bodies which help to enrich the learning experience.

    The School of Education, based at our City North campus in the Perry Barr area of Birmingham, is one of the country’s leading providers of education and teacher training courses and is dedicated to developing not just teachers and education professionals of the highest quality, but professionals who work effectively in a challenging environment that is subject to continual and often rapid changes. We strive to provide the highest standard of training possible, using the expertise from the wide range of teaching organisations in the region to understand the demands faced by teachers and education professionals every day. We are the West Midlands regional provider for the pioneering education charity, Teach First and we work with Teaching Schools and School Alliances in the delivery of the School Direct programme.

    Our remaining 4 schools, consisting of the School of Allied and Public Health Professions, School of Life Sciences, Defence School of Healthcare Education, and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, are all based at our City South campus, in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham. Together, these form one of the largest providers of education in health and social care in Britain, with provision in Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Rehabilitation Studies, Operating Department Practice and Health Studies. We have consistently achieved excellent ratings in national quality audits and enjoy a strong reputation with professional awarding bodies. We are also the region’s leading provider of qualified staff for the NHS and social care professions.

    To find out more about us, and the courses we have to offer, please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/health-education or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44(0)121 331 5595.

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