Types of study

Here at BCU, we encourage students to study in a way that works for them. To make university as flexible and accessible as possible, we offer a number of different study options alongside our traditional three-year degrees.


We've got over 150 undergraduate courses and 7 types of qualification.

Undergraduate study


We offer over 120 postgraduate and professional development courses.

Postgraduate study


Our foundation years are an option if you don’t meet the entry requirements for a particular degree course.

Foundation years

Degree Apprenticeships

Want to work and study? Find out about Degree Apprenticeships.



We understand that in today's competitive jobs market, increasing numbers of employers expect new graduates to have substantial experience of the workplace.

You may be required to undertake a placement as part of your course, or offered the opportunity to do so voluntarily during your time at BCU. Our students have enjoyed placements with companies like the BBC, Cisco, IBM, NHS, Microsoft, Dolby, Selfridges, ASOS and more.

Placement opportunities at BCU

Part-time study

Most of our courses can be studied on a part-time basis. Part-time courses are studied over a longer period of time than their full-time equivalents, but you spend fewer hours per week in a classroom, meaning you don't have to put your life on hold to study with us.

Studying part-time

Go Abroad

Studying or working abroad can be a life-changing opportunity. We offer exchange opportunities and summer volunteering programmes.

BCU's Go Abroad scheme

Short courses

Birmingham City University offers a range of short courses aimed at both businesses who want to upskill their workforce and individuals wishing to augment their CVs. Spanning a range of subjects, these courses are non-credit bearing programmes which will help participants to develop skills and knowledge, gaining professional development in their chosen field.

Find out more about short courses

Mature students

We welcome mature students to our courses and value the experience they bring. Around 60 per cent of our students are classed as mature.

Interested in studying at BCU?

Find out why Birmingham City University is the place for you. You can learn how to apply for a place on one of our courses, check out our student accommodation and discover more about services that will enable you to gain the most from your studies.