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Why study with us?

Taking a Higher Education course is a big investment in your future, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re choosing the right course and the right university. So here are our top reasons to choose Computing at Birmingham City University.

Course satisfaction

We’re in the top 30 for Computer Science and Information Systems in the Guardian League Tables 2021.

Investing in your future

A £70 million pound investment in our new state-of-the-art facility, STEAMhouse, including access to large maker space workshops with a wide range of innovative equipment, to ensure you have the best possible environment for project-based learning.

Work placements

 To help you to stand out in today’s competitive jobs market, courses offer a placement option. Our students have gone on placement to companies including: Cisco Systems, IBM,  Accenture, Atos, Juniper Networks and Cheshire Police.

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A global city

Our City Centre Campus is at the heart of a growing community for software development and computer programming. Nearly 37,000 people are employed in the digital sector in Birmingham and this is set to rise further.

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Celebrating innovation

All first year computing students take part in our Innovation Fest, to showcase their projects and inventions to academic staff and industry partners. It’s a great opportunity to network with other students and meet potential investors.

Computing Cisco partner
Cisco partner

The University is a Select Partner academy for Cisco Systems. It is the largest Academy Support Centre in the UK. This means that you will have the opportunity to gain Cisco certifications alongside your degree.

Microsoft Academy

We are a Microsoft Academy Centre, one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies, and a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. This means you can gain Microsoft certification to help you prepare for the workplace.

Events and activities

From joining the Hacking Society to taking part in the annual Global Games Jam, there are lots of ways to develop your skills and make new contacts that will be useful for your future career.

£150 free credit

To welcome all students starting in 2021, we're giving away at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and learning materials. Even better, it doesn't have to be repaid. Find out more about the £150 free credit.

Scholarships

We offer a wide variety of scholarships that are designed to support you throughout your studies. Discover more about each of our scholarships and see if you’re eligible to apply.

Brand new facilities at Our new home

Our new state-of-the-art building, STEAMhouse, will become the new home for its School of Computing and Digital Technology from the start of the 2022 academic year. Based at our expanding City Centre Campus, this unique centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with people and businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.

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The value of an industrial placement

Want the chance to work with leading a computing company? Take a placement year and you can apply for paid work experience. 

Ensure you graduate with skills needed by the industry and a proven track record of handling working life. See how Bethany got on at IBM for her placement year and discover the value of an industrial placement.

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Our facilities

STEAMhouse

A £70 million pound investment in our new state-of-the-art facility, STEAMhouse, including access to large maker space workshops with a wide range of innovative equipment, to ensure you have the best possible environment for project-based learning.

Forensics lab
Computer forensics lab

Our specialist forensics laboratory is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study including EnCase Forensic, FTK, .XRY, Cellebrite and WinHex.

Computer Games Technology Lab
Computer games lab

Our specialist games laboratory houses high specification game development PCs, Sony PlayStation Dev Kits and a range of industry standard software.

Systems Labs
Systems labs

Our laboratories feature specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools such as ORCAD, PSpice and Matrix Multimedia Flowcode.

Network labs
Cisco labs

Our partnership with Cisco means that £2m worth of Cisco equipment is available to support both research and student laboratory-based work.

Shaping tomorrow's digital world

We provide you with cutting-edge facilities and dedicated support so that you can turn your creative vision into reality. Then, we give you a platform to share your idea with industry experts.

As a first year Computing student, you’ll have the chance to participate in the Innovation Project module. Combine knowledge with creativity and use remarkable facilities in order to construct and design an impressive product. Then, showcase your creation to a panel of industry experts at our Innovation Fest event.

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Here we'll be sharing our experiences, stories and the latest news from our staff and students.

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