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Why study Computing with us?

Choosing where to study is a big decision and you’ll want to make sure you choose the right fit for you. Here’s a few top reasons why you should study computing at Birmingham City University.


As a student here, you'll have access to our quality computing facilities, which include:

  • A specialist forensics laboratory fully equipped with essential hardware and software for sensitive area of study.
  • A specialist games laboratory which houses high specification game development PCs, Sony PlayStation Dev Kits and a range of industry standard software.
  • Our laboratories, featuring specialist hardware training and development resources, and industry-standard software development and simulation tools.

Strong links with industry

To help you to stand out in today’s competitive jobs market, our courses offer a placement option. Our students have undertaken placements with companies including: Cisco Systems, IBM and Accenture. Our location in the city centre means we have great industry partnerships providing you with placement and graduate opportunities.

The University is a Select Partner academy for Cisco Systems. It is the largest Academy Support Centre in the UK. We’re also a Microsoft Academy Centre and one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies. Students can become certified trainers such as Luke Tainton, who now works at Cisco.


We offer a range of scholarships designed to support you throughout your studies. Discover scholarships such as the Co-op scholarship and see if you’re eligible.


Located in Digbeth, STEAMhouse is BCU’s centre for innovation and creation. It is a place where you can explore a new product idea, network with industry professionals and have the opportunity to apply for an SME grant of £2,500 to go towards your materials and prototypes.

West Midlands 5G

With 5G set to be firmly established in the West Midlands within the next two years, our leading academics have been conducting a host of exciting, innovative research projects to ensure businesses, organisations and more can benefit from 5G’s limitless potential.

Birmingham City University has launched the 5G Business and Innovation Centre. The Centre includes a range of cutting-edge equipment, and you can benefit from key advice and guidance from academics with considerable knowledge of the benefits of this technology.

Learn from the experts

When you study with us, you’ll be taught by a range of staff who use their years of industry experience and knowledge to help prepare you for the world of work. This includes Professor Andy Aftelak, the Head of the School, Computing and Digital Technology. He is an experienced engineer and senior executive with 26 years of service at top companies including Google and Motorola. Learn more about our talented lecturers by reading their profiles.

Exciting events to be part of

This year Birmingham Tech Week will be running a number of events online to celebrate its tech industry and encourage collaboration to occur.

You’ll also get the chance to take part in Innovation Fest and our annual Hacks. These are great opportunities to expand your skills and showcase your creations.

Find out more

To be part of the School of Computing visit our courses page to find the right degree for you.

Our computing courses

Open Days 2021

Our Open Days are designed to give you all the information you need about the University and the experience you will have as a student at BCU.

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