Property Development and Planning - BSc (Hons) / MPlan

UCAS Code:
K251, K252
Attendance:
BSc (Hons) - Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
MPlan - Full Time (4 years), Sandwich (5 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:

If you are interested in property and planning, and aspire to gain chartered surveyor or chartered town planner status, our Property Development and Planning course will provide you with the skills you need to achieve this.

What is an MPlan?
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Find out about our Integrated Master’s

What's covered in the course?

The course has been developed to reflect the connections between our other undergraduate courses and the range of professions active in managing the built environment, so you will receive a varied and comprehensive education. 

You will assess how property development can affect individuals and groups, examining the process and outcomes. You will also look at development plans, policies and projects, as well as examining the physical, technical, legal, environmental and political factors affecting development decisions. 

You will develop your awareness of the complexities and variety within and between different communities, as well as evaluating community participation and empowerment. 

Why Choose Us?

  • The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £23,000 (DLHE 2014/15).

  • In 2017, we are spending £6.5 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.

  • The course content has been developed in line with the requirements of two professional bodies, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
  • You have the option to progress on to our integrated Master’s course, enabling you to obtain an MPlan qualification. 
  • You will also learn key transferrable professional skills, such as time management, communication and teamwork. 
  • Guest speakers, field trips and research-informed teaching will give you valuable industry insight and prepare you for a successful career. 
  • It’s an exciting time to study in Birmingham – the city is undergoing huge regeneration. This means that there are many opportunities, now and in the future, for those with built environment qualifications.
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Built Environment Research degree

Building Birmingham Scholarship

Are you planning to study an undergraduate degree course in a Built Environment subject? If so, you may be eligible for grant funding of up to £9,500 to help you during your studies at Birmingham City University.

Building Birmingham Scholarship

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subjects are covered.

BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at Merit or Distinction
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points (2017 entry)
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points (2017 entry)
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Irish Leaving Certificate B2, B2, B3, B3, B3
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher AABB
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points (2017 entry)
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
AND
English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Additional Requirements

As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.

This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.

International Students

Entry requirements here

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS
MPlan Sep 2018 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 years £9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year) Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

How to apply

Apply opens
May 2017

UCAS Undergraduate Apply is open for 2018 entry. You can start your application now, but completed applications can't be submitted.

Submit applications
6 September 2017

Completed applications can be submitted to universities and colleges.

Part time and international

Part time and international students can apply direct via an online application form. The links to the forms will be available in September 2017.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Introduction to the Built Environment
20 credits

This module explores how key ‘actors’, including professional bodies, landowners, developers, investors, politicians, members of the public, and the state influence the development of the built (and natural) environment. You will explore the way in which politics, the economy, society, technology, law and the environment (PESTLE) all shape the built (and natural) environment.

You will also consider past, current and potential future trends that influence development, including significant issues such as resource availability and climate change and learn how development processes occur at different spatial scales and contexts.

In groups, you will work with industry, researching and presenting ideas about current thinking in relation to PESTLE and the actors involved with the development process. You will also develop your professional presentation, academic research and client care skills.

Built Environment Technology 1
20 credits

This module, for all of the built environment professions, introduces a range of concepts relating to the technology of construction.  You will gain an understanding of modern and sustainable methods of construction, based on the example of low rise residential construction as this is relatively straightforward and gives you the opportunity to explore these issues appropriately.

You will be introduced to everyday materials, construction methods, building services and Building Regulation. You will gain an insight into the properties of materials and the basic scientific principles that apply to them.  You will focus on construction materials and how they can be used to create a construction element and/or component (e.g. a floor, an external wall, a roof). In order to gain an understanding of the design process, you will create and present a virtual building model. 

Integrated Digital Design: Residential
20 credits

Digital construction is an integral component of the design, development and maintenance of modern residential development. Building information technology (BIM) is at the forefront of the movement towards total digitalisation of the built environment. This module aims to provide a foundation for you to successfully execute the BIM process by working across the different course disciplines on a project that simulates a residential project.

Students from each course (real estate, construction management, architectural technology, planning or building surveying) will execute multiple BIM data developments throughout the building’s lifecycle simultaneously. These individual developments will then be amalgamated to produce a federated BIM model that contains all coursework submitted for each group as a final bid report. The disciplines will broadly work on the following: real estate will focus on the marketability of the project based upon its BIM output; construction management and planners will consider planning and controlling the project; architectural technology students will focus on the redesign of the residential project according to appropriate building regulations; building surveying will produce an analysis of the building’s life cycle requirements for facilities management during occupancy.

Professional Environmental and Materials Science
20 credits

Environmental and materials science is an important area of study for all disciplines involved with the design, planning, development and management of the built environment. This module encourages you to consider how the properties, structures and performance of materials influence why buildings function. You will be encouraged to consider how these properties have an impact on construction from a design and practical use perspective. This module will enable you to develop innovative solutions for more robust, resilient, safe and sustainable buildings and structures.

Using directed learning exercises, you will produce a professional portfolio exploring issues including design technology, building methods, energy use and thermal effect. Many of these issues relate closely to the changing landscape of the sustainability agenda, which affects all built environment disciplines from planning and design to property management. In groups you will produce a final professional poster which will be presented to an industry panel.

Law
20 credits

This module will provide you with the basic legal concepts and principles you will need throughout your career in the built environment.

You will be introduced to the structure and processes of the English legal system. This is the essential foundation of the legal skills necessary for the provision of sound advice to clients and colleagues in your career. In particular, you will focus on legal and regulatory frameworks which shape the design, development and management of buildings and places. You will explore the English legal system and how law is made and contract and tort law including nuisance, negligence and occupiers’ liability.

To put your skills into practice, you will be presented with scenarios and required to provide accurate, informed and professional advice to your client with reference to existing case law.

Introduction to Valuation
20 credits

Valuation is a crucial skill across the built environment and is core to many professional pathways. This module introduces the theory of valuation as a set of principles, financial mathematics, methods and techniques employed for identifying and understanding economic concepts of value and worth in a property context.

You will build an understanding of the central role of valuation in the efficient functioning of the property markets and the wider economy and develop your knowledge of the tools and techniques required to provide prudent advice when dealing with property.

You gain the foundational valuation tools that you will further develop in subsequent modules as you improve your practical skills in valuing a wide range of assets for different purposes including sales, development appraisal and investment management.

Year two

Design and Development in the Built and Natural Environment
20 credits

In this module, you will explore the socio-economic, historical, environmental and governance context that shapes the design and use of buildings and structures. We will encourage and support you to develop and apply a range of research techniques to evaluate the costs, benefits and values of ‘good’ design; how to appraise the implications of different approaches to implementation, on-going use, management and quality of place; and produce a practice-based piece of work that delivers a range benefits to different users and communities.

Procurement
20 credits

In this module, you will gain an understanding of the procurement process and how it can deliver benefits to clients, contractors and others involved with the development process.

You will explore issues that affect the choice of a procurement strategy by evaluating various projects and the best management and procurement approaches to be adopted. You will also learn about how the choice of procurement strategy can affect time, cost, viability, quality and sustainability issues. You will also cover current issues influencing procurement, such as international markets, legislation and sustainable procurement.

You will be encouraged to reflect on what might be considered the best service to the client, understanding and evaluating which procurement approach will lead to the best outcome. You will gain understanding of procurement options in accordance with professional codes of practice and core competencies required by the RICS/CIOB.

Smart Policies and Plans
20 credits

In this module, you will explore what a ‘good’ – or smart – policy or plan looks like, paying attention to both process and outcome. You will explore the ‘vertical’ connections between different mechanisms / policies / plans and the ‘horizontal’ connections between spatial policy frameworks and other non-spatial strategies. In particular, you will consider the legal, regulatory and policy frameworks that guide development and investment, and the relationships between spatial planning and other strategies that inform public policy intervention, including politics, stakeholder behaviour, climate change policies / agreements, energy and transport infrastructure plans, housing strategies, and sustainable community strategies.

You will be encouraged to identify and describe current and relevant policy developments for the built and natural environment. You will also interpret relevant dimensions of plan making and policy application in a development and planning context.

Integrated Digital Design for Complex Structures
20 credits

In this module you will explore the potential of BIM in helping to understand the social, economic and environmental benefits associated with co-ordinated infrastructure and complex structure development.

Through the delivery of a complex BIM project, you will explore the potential of multiple BIM data developments throughout the lifecycle of a project.

You will work in a team with students from our planning, quantity surveying, construction management and civil engineering courses to develop your awareness of your impact on our environment and the communities we work within. You will develop the self-confidence to critically reflect upon your own leadership and problem solving skills via an integrated project delivery. You will plan your own work schedules, manage your own time and extend your presentational skills.

Building Pathology
20 credits

This module covers the requirement for property professionals engaged with the existing built environment to appreciate the varying needs of clients in relation to property, to identify methods of construction, appraise the condition of a building, and make recommendations to achieve a client’s aims. You will have an opportunity to apply your learning to a relevant case study to develop your practical skills.

This module will broaden your knowledge of the existing environment which, in terms of sustainability, needs to be altered and adapted to provide for economic re-use rather than wholesale regeneration and new build. Consequently, you will be better able to survey and appraise options for re-use including issues relating to resources and financial viability.

Data and Decision Making
20 credits

This module allows you to develop and apply your research skills in a property development, planning and real estate context. You will gain an introduction to some of the data, techniques and approaches required to explore social, economic, environmental and technological change in a built environment context. The module comprises two parts: preparatory sessions to provide you with the necessary background information, qualitative and quantitative techniques and data to successfully undertake fieldwork and a field visit, run over several days and consisting of a series of staff-led sessions and individual / group project exercises.

You will reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to conducting research; the key principles of quantitative data analysis, and qualitative research; how to collect new data during fieldwork; how messages can be communicated for different audiences; the role of communication skills; and the importance of negotiation, mediation, advocacy and leadership skills.

Year three

Integrated Master’s Group Project (MPlan only)
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed group project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, your group will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your group’s topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will receive additional support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your group’s chosen topic area. Support may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.

Property Fund Management
20 credits

Property fund management is a relatively new core competence for the real estate and development professional (Chartered Surveyor). Accordingly, a comprehensive grounding in the principles and practice of property investment and finance is essential.

The module introduces and develops the concept and practice of property fund management in relation to real world market activity and includes a consideration of property finance. This will increase your awareness of the role of property as an investment asset class, its use as an investment and the means of financing property investments and developments. In particular, it emphasises both theoretical and analytical aspects of property decision making in the context of property portfolios formation and management.

Professionalism and Citizenship
20 credits

In this module, you will focus on extending and providing appropriate evidence of your professional skills and development. The aim of the module is to introduce you to key contemporary social thinking within the built environment, centred on community, built environment diversity and inclusivity issues.

You will gain an appreciation and understanding of the principles, tools, methods and processes of consultancy and professionalism and how these link to a wider citizenship agenda. You will explore practice-based learning through a ‘hands-on’ group-based consultancy assignment with a real client organisation. You will be required: to deconstruct and negotiate a consultancy project in a situation where initially there may be a lack of clarity, high ambiguity, intense uncertainty and unusual data; apply a range of frameworks to structure analytical thinking; apply techniques to complete the research; and demonstrate effective communication skills in delivering the final results to the client.

Drivers of Change in Development Planning and Environment
20 credits

This module will introduce you to a range of contemporary debates on the interrelationship between society stakeholders, space, technology and energy, and the environment and quality of life of different places. Property developers and planners need an appreciation of contemporary drivers of social, economic and environmental change if they are to influence and make effective decisions.

You will critically examine how ‘green’ innovation, development, technology and design can contribute to the creation and maintenance of high quality places. Drawing on a range of international and UK-based case studies, you will explore and debate these issues from a range of different (and sometimes competing) perspectives.

Urban Design Practice in Context
20 credits

This design-led module provides the opportunity for you to implement and practice advanced design skills in response to a small-scale design project that seeks to deliver a range of benefits for different user groups. This module is underpinned by a series of lectures relating to the history and theory of urban architectural design. You will also spend time on studio-based and lab work that will develop and enhance your design enquiry and creative drawing and model-making skills. You will also explore the wider role of design theory, governance, planning and how innovative design strategies might be used to resolve complex issues associated with contemporary urban challenges.

Individual Project (BSc only)
40 credits

This is a chance to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider its relevance to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently, with additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops or online materials.

Year four (MPlan only)

Our MPlan Property Development and Planning course enables you to combine three years of undergraduate study with an additional fourth year at postgraduate level, helping you to stand out from the crowd upon graduating.

Individual Master's Project
40 credits

This module enables you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.

Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

You will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials.

Placemaking
20 credits

This module will explore the process and philosophy of planning, creating and managing public spaces in different economic, environmental, historical, and social contexts. Placemaking is strongly related to urban design, but has a wider theoretical and less design-based focus. You will learn to consider the assets, inspiration, and potential of local communities, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and wellbeing. This module will allow you to appreciate the ingredients, tools, and outcomes that contribute to high-quality and successful places, and the lessons learnt from placemaking experiments, by working on a real-life project in conjunction with a client.

Tools for Managing Sustainability
20 credits

This module will explore key concepts and methods related to development and sustainability, in particular looking at environmental management systems and industry-standard assessment systems. You will be introduced to management and decision-making tools, and the methodology behind them, as well as the legal and regulatory frameworks for promoting sustainability within a country or industry. Through lectures, seminars, workshops, and independent research, you will look at the practical application of the ideas discussed and reflect on their appropriateness. The module will also cover corporate social responsibility in practice, and how organisations can operate more sustainably through measures such as supply chain management and reporting structures.

Transitions for a Sustainable Future
20 credits

This module is concerned with the creation of development and redevelopment strategies and providing reasoned advice for implementing projects at neighbourhood level, with a specific focus on environmentally sensitive design. You will explore the challenges and opportunities that are likely to be in evidence in different types of locality, and from this you will create ideas for addressing matters of design, management, and viability. The module will give you an overarching view of sustainability design and management issues, and the different ways in which the major challenges facing society are being approached. You will develop your understanding of the importance of sustainable design whilst considering and enhancing the ecosystem services, natural environment features, and landscape character.

Professional Practice
20 credits

This module will enable you to understand the importance of working within the boundaries of established professional best practice. You will develop the skills and competencies that are required in practice to meet professional standards and expectations, which will include ethics, stakeholder analysis, conflict management and negotiation, team working, and business presentation. The module will encourage active research and you will develop your capacity to address the changing needs of the built environment industry. The module will also prepare you for entry to the appropriate professional body by identifying and addressing the key requirements of professional membership in a supportive environment.

Course breakdown

This course will provide you with the knowledge of the processes, procedures and practices required for the effective design, management and finance of sustainable places. We will ensure you have the skills and understanding to help design, create and maintain places of good design and high quality. 

With the prospect of accelerated climate and environmental change, the world needs modern developers, planners and decision-makers, who can help negotiate these challenges for the benefit of society as a whole.

The course is structured so as to introduce you to the theory, processes and tools relevant to the planning and development professions. You will look at real-life case studies, engage in practical work and participate in workshops to help strengthen and enhance your skills.

The assessment strategies for each module reflect the skills you need to acquire for employment. You will prepare essays, evaluations, verbal presentations, posters, planning reports, design presentations, group work, role play scenarios and exams. 

Later stages of the courses are designed to develop your critical and reflective capabilities, and to make the links and relationships between the various spatial dimensions of planning.  The emphasis is on interactive learning, including student-led workshops, role-plays and simulations to achieve deeper learning and understanding.   

Further study

We offer PhDs relating to individual staff research interests and the research strategy of the Centre for Resilient Environments, but research degrees do not carry professional recognition.

Trips and visits

There will be regular site visits to enhance your learning experience.

Attendance requirements

There are 24 weeks of teaching in each academic year.

Full-time

A typical week on this course will include 12 hours per week of contact time over two to three days, plus 15 to 25 hours of self study.

Part-time

A typical week on this course will include six to nine hours per week over one day, plus 10 to 20 hours of self study.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Enhancing your employability skills

We are committed to practice-led learning and teaching that will provide experiences of the world of work through a range of activities, which could include work placements/internships, voluntary work, live projects, problem-solving, case studies, site visits, and opportunities to interact with visiting professionals, including our own successful graduates. 

These modules respond directly to accrediting professional bodies’ requirements for professionalism and employability, including professional ethics, and these are therefore embedded in a broad range of modules.

The University also has its Graduate+ programme, which is an extracurricular awards framework that will enhance the subject-based skills you’ll develop on the course with broader employability skills. Graduate+ will help you with CV writing, crafting personal statements and interview techniques, as well as helping you to source jobs.

Placements

We are developing a range of optional placement opportunities.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Firewalking

BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

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Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

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Claudia Carter

Reader in Environmental Governance

Claudia is an interdisciplinary researcher in the field of environmental governance. Her research relates to climate change and sustainability adopting social-ecological systems thinking/approaches. A poignant area of interest are the opportunities and barriers to 'low-impact' living and the emergence of transition initiatives/towns and degrowth movement. Claudia studied geography and environmental management and for many years worked in academic and applied research on environmental policy and management, environmental values, public and stakeholder engagement, critical evaluation, and interdisciplinary research approaches. She joined Birmingham City University in 2011 as a researcher and lecturer teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. Since 2011 she has been Associate Editor (Socio-Economics) of the journal Environmental Values.

Current/recent research projects include (i) development of PARTICIPOLOGY, a resource to engage people in participative planning, decision-making and training using a board game format; (ii) work packages 9 and 10 of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) Follow-On programme focusing on assessing and developing tools to take account of the Ecosystem Approach in decision-making; and (iii) collaboration in the Rural Economy and Land Use programme (RELU) - funded project 'Managing change at the rural-urban fringe'.

Past posts included Project Leader/Social Scientist at the Forestry Commission's Research Agency - Forest Research (Farnham, England; 2006-2011); Researcher in the Socio-Economic Research Group (SERG) of the Macaulay Institute (Aberdeen, Scotland; 2002-2006), Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge (1998-2001). For more information about Claudia's work and current research, please contact her via claudia.carter@bcu.ac.uk.

Beck Collins

Dr Beck Collins

Lecturer

Beck was awarded her PhD in “Local Projects for Sustainable Energy – Exploring the Nature of Success” in 2014, and is interested in local approaches to installing sustainable energy. This could be as social housing refurbishment projects, community renewable energy projects and so on.  Beck is particularly interested in questions of governance, systems intervention, behaviour change and projects for change, that sustainable energy throws up.

Beck explores this both in her research and in practice – Beck has worked on local authority energy efficiency programmes and is also a volunteer Director of a Community Energy Company which is looking to install renewable energy in Birmingham.

Beck also brings all these research and practice based insights into the classroom, where she lectures on sustainability and research methods topics.

Professor Peter Larkham

Professor of Planning

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Historical Society, Peter teaches on postgraduate courses in built environment subjects, and has contributed to a number of academic journal papers and other publications. He also supervises at PhD level.

Amanda Mundell

Senior Lecturer

Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment and teaches on post-graduate and undergraduate programmes. Her teaching experience is supported by 2:1 law degree (specialising in Planning and Environmental Law), a post-graduate professional qualification (Legal Practice Course), along with 15 years relevant practical experience with a Local Planning Authority in their Legal and Development Control Sections.

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