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Birmingham City University Graduate Master’s Programmes

Birmingham City University

Why choose us?

At Birmingham City University, we’ve been educating professionals since 1843. Our commitment to high quality teaching, innovative practice and cutting-edge research ensures that Birmingham City University is a great place to do a postgraduate degree.

  • We're investing £340 million in industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities to ensure you have the best possible environment for practice-based learning.
  • Our strong links with industry ensure our courses are relevant and innovative. We work with leading brands such as Rolls-Royce, Cisco, Microsoft, Sony, Mitchell & Butler, Sky UK, The Royal Shakespeare Company and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • Almost 90% of our research was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ external impact (REF 2014).
  • Benefit from accredited courses. Many of our courses are accredited by respected industry bodies.

Why Birmingham?

Join us at Birmingham City University and you will be right in the heart of a forward-looking and vibrant city with plenty of attractions close at hand.

  • Ranked in the top 10 happiest cities in the UK to live and work, ranking factors such as work-life balance and job satisfaction (CV-Library 2019).
  • Birmingham is on course to be one of the 50 most competitive cities in the world by 2025 (Economist Intelligence Unit/Citi).
  • Birmingham has the highest quality of life of any UK city outside of the capital. (Mercer Quality of Living Report 2018).
  • Birmingham has more green spaces than any other major regional UK city, with 15.58% of its total land classed as ‘green space’.
Birmingham City University Graduate Master’s Programmes

Postgraduate subjects

We offer over 120 postgraduate courses in subjects such as: Accounting and Finance, Acting and Theatre, Architecture and Design, Art and Design, Built Environment, Business and Management, Computing, Education and Teacher Training, Engineering, English, Fashion and Textiles, Health, Jewellery and Related Products, Law, Media and Multi-media Technology, Music, Social Sciences, Sport and Life Sciences and Visual Communication.

Come to an Open Event

There's no better way to find out more than to visit us at one of our open events. Students and lecturers will be on hand to answer all of your questions and to show you around our facilities. We host subject-specific open events throughout the year.

Benefits of postgraduate study

It’s becoming more beneficial to have a postgraduate degree than ever before. For instance:

  • Someone with a Master’s degree or PhD earns £8,000 more per year, or £320,000 over a 40-year working life, than someone with just a degree (Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2019, Department for Education).
  • By 2022, one in seven jobs could require postgraduate qualifications (UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2014).
  • Loans of £11,570 available for students under 60 studying Master’s degrees. These can be spent on fees or living costs and are not dependent on personal or family income.
  • There are an increasing number of occupations where employers require a postgraduate qualification, including some areas of law, engineering and teaching, professional psychology roles, international development and NGO’s, technical roles in the environment profession and quantitative roles in investment banking. (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services).


Department / School information and available programmes:

The faculty of Arts, Design and Media includes a specialist conservatoire of music and acting, a leading provider of media training and Europe’s biggest jewellery school.
The faculty incorporates the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, an internationally renowned centre for creative education with a history dating back to 1843.

Our links with industry include Rolex, Swatch, Saatchi & Saatchi, Goldsmith, the BBC, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Brits, Axis Design Architects LTD, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, SEGA and Rockstar North.

Our subject areas include:
• Acting and Theatre
• Architecture and Design
• Art and Design
• English
• Fashion and Textiles
• Jewellery and Silversmithing
• Media and Multimedia Technology
• Music
• Visual Communication

Facilities include:
• Print, textiles, wood, ceramics and glass workshops
• Photography studios and darkrooms
• Digital print and pattern-making facilities
• Four TV studios
• Green screen MILO studio
• Radio studio and editing suite
• Light and airy studios
• Gallery and installation space
• Fine art library
• Digi.lab – A digital lab for prototyping and 3D printing
• Jewellery, silversmithing and computer-aided design equipment
• 10 specialist acting studios with temperature regulation and spring floors
• Five public performance venues – including a 500 seat Concert Hall and Jazz Club
• An experimental black box performance space
• Seven industry standard recording studios and a mastering suite

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The faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences is a globally orientated faculty, drawing on theories and practise from around the globe to inform our learning environment.

Birmingham City Business School is a leading, professionally orientated, international business school focused on connecting you with every aspect of the world of business and innovation.

Birmingham City School of Law has been at the forefront of innovative law teaching for more than 40 years, specialising in social justice and access to justice, with leading academics who are experts in human rights and the death penalty, as well as civil and social justice issues.

At Birmingham City School of Social Sciences our mission is to make sense of the world. Our students and academics work together across the disciplines of criminology, psychology and sociology to develop insights into society.

Our subject areas include:
• Accountancy and Finance
• Advertising, Marketing and PR
• Business and Management
• Criminology
• Economics
• Law
• Psychology
• Social Sciences

Our facilities include:
• Library with access to 62 million print and online resources
• Dedicated IT and student services support
• Simulated courtrooms
• Students' Union
• Psychology Laboratories
• Internal marketing agency
• City trading room
• Mock Crown and Magistrates court

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The faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment compromises two schools with a shared vision to create a powerful centre of technological excellence and innovation, and to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in the workplace and contribute to the wider society.

In this faculty, we have excellent resources including state-of-the-art laboratories and engineering workshops, world-class film and television studios and the latest computing and digital technologies, all located in a spectacular environment provided by the Millennium Point Building.

Our courses are designed to develop highly employable graduates and we have worked closely with our strong employer network to ensure our courses meet their demands and expectations. We work with some of the world’s foremost employers, including the BBC, Microsoft, Cisco, Jaguar Land Rover and Willmott Dixon.

Our subject areas include:
• Built Environment
• Computing
• Digital Technology
• Engineering

Our facilities include:
• Cisco networking labs
• Industry-standard computer forensics lab
• Specialist games lab
• Hydraulics lab
• Computer aided design lab
• Flexible project space with maker’s area

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This faculty has a national reputation for pioneering approaches to learning and teaching, through the creation of cutting edge simulated experiences and has consistently achieved ‘excellent’ ratings in national quality audits.

The school of Health Sciences was established in 2014 to accommodate our growing Biomedical Sciences and Sports courses portfolio. The school aspires to be one of the largest and most diverse providers of public health education in the country.

We have a good history of engagement with overseas ministries, academic institutions and professional bodies to transform local healthcare and education practises. Activities include collaborative research and delivery, student progression and mobility of staff and students.

Our facilities include:
• Mock operating theatre and hospital wards
• Fully equipped midwifery skills/birthing room
• Virtual radiotherapy suite
• A radiography imaging suite
• A simulated home environment room
• Specialist resource room and laboratories
• Mock classrooms and gymnasium
• Physiology and biomechanics laboratory
• Specialist bioscience lab
• Nutrition labs
• Sports therapy clinics
• Sports performance centre

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Encompassing a senior music college and Junior Department, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is an internationally recognised centre for teaching, research and performance of music. Based in the heart of the city centre, we have some of the finest performing and teaching facilities in the country, including the renowned 520-seat Adrian Boult Hall, state-of-the-art Recital Hall, seven recording studios, organ studio and a specialised and extensive music library. Our Music courses are ranked 11th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022).

Our expert teaching staff educates and trains musicians to professional standards in solo performance, composition, chamber music, orchestral playing and jazz. Research at the Conservatoire is focused on the study of music in performance and we have a dedicated centre for research into Composition and Performance Using Technology.

Nearly 600 musicians study on our undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes and our thriving Junior Department provides tuition to over 200 of the region's most talented young musicians aged 3 to 18 in classical music, chamber music, North Indian music and jazz.

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire

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