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Birmingham City University

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irmingham University is one of the largest universities in the UK with around 25,000 students from 80 different countries  and its popularity has grown significantly in recent years. Between 2008 and 2010, they had the highest rise in UCAS applications of any university in the Midlands.

The University’s six academic faculties offer over 350 courses, from foundation level, through undergraduate degree programmes, to taught Master’s courses and research doctorates. About a third of their students study part-time, combining employment with the professionally relevant courses that the university offers, improving their career prospects.

Birmingham City University focuses on practice-based learning providing students with access to cutting-edge facilities and real-world experience. The University is ranked in the UK top 30 by the Sunday Times University Guide (2012) for placing students in graduate-level jobs. The Student Academic Partners scheme, where staff and students work together as equal partners on academic projects, won the Times Higher Education Award 2010 for ‘Outstanding Support for Students’.

The courses are designed in partnership with industry to ensure the students gain the skills employers require. The University is accredited by over 40 professional bodies and work closely with thousands of businesses including household names like Apple, Cartier and Rolls-Royce. Last year six out of 23 placements offered nationally by computing giant Cisco went to their students.

The City
Living in Birmingham offers you the chance to live in an exciting, diverse city with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops. Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London. Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham the dynamic, multicultural city that is – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars. 

Birmingham is a shoppers' paradise, with glossy, modern shopping centers, restored Victorian arcades and a range of markets offering everything from designer labels to second-hand bargains.

All the main high-street stores are here along with smaller boutiques and special interest shops. The recently opened Bullring is Birmingham's newest shopping destination. Built at a cost of more than £500 million, it offers about 160 shops, boutiques and restaurants covering an area equivalent to 26 football pitches in the city centre.