Our city and campus

Benefit from direct access to a live building project on campus. From our connections with local industry to the regeneration of the City, there has never been a better time to study the built environment in Birmingham.

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about our courses

The University’s City Centre campus, where you will be based, is undergoing significant development. In addition to the recently completed Parkside and Curzon Buildings, we are now working on an extension to Curzon Building and the brand new Conservatoire building, which will open in 2017. Our relationship with the contractors offers many benefits to students, including guest lectures and work placement opportunities.

Birmingham City Council partnership

Our innovative collaboration with Birmingham City Council's Urban Design Team means you can gain work experience, work on key individual research projects, gain technical application skills, as well as win excellence awards and contribute to projects influencing future council policy.

The Inter-Professional Project, delivered in conjunction with Birmingham City Council's Housing and Regeneration and Development Department, allows you to undertake research on behalf of an industry client; our students' recommendations now inform council policy.

The architecture of Birmingham

Birmingham plays host to regular festivals that celebrate architecture and the city’s landscape, including the Birmingham Architecture Festival, RIBA West Midlands’ Love Architecture Festival and Still Walking.

With an art deco cinema (The Electric, the UK’s oldest working cinema), Gothic, Edwardian and Brutalist architecture, and a landscape that is constantly being updated, there is something new to inspire you around every corner.

Key reasons to start your career in the Built Environment in Birmingham:

  • Curzon Building artist's impression The City is home to huge regeneration, as outlined in the Big City Plan. The plan is a 20 year vision that covers every aspect of the built environment, from improving links into and out of the city to developing new residential communities and supporting our diverse economy. This means that there are many opportunities, now and in the future, for those with built environment qualifications.
  • The city is leading the way on delivering HS2 — with HS2 Ltd, the company responsible for the project, basing their headquarters in the city. The new premises will house up to 1,700 staff, including engineers and designers responsible for track, signalling and station plans, which will offer many opportunities for employment.
  • The City Centre campus is on the threshold of the 350 acre (141 hectare) site of the new HS2 station, so will be at the heart of the City’s future development.
  • No 1 destination for Londoners: According to research by the BBC, Birmingham was the top destination for people leaving London in 2015