UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Pathways at BIRMINGHAM CITY - Birmingham, United Kingdom

 
UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Pathways at BIRMINGHAM CITY - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Pathways at

BIRMINGHAM CITY
UNIVERSITY
2015/16
Birmingham, United Kingdom
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE
UNIVERSITY 2015/16 Pathways at BIRMINGHAM CITY - Birmingham, United Kingdom
BCUIC Your pathway to BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY 2015/16

             Your future starts here
  • Birmingham City University is one of the larger
    UK universities, with around 22,000 students.

  • The University offers more than 350 undergraduate
    and postgraduate courses.

  • International students rate the University highly for its
    sports and social facilities, affordable accommodation,
    interaction with lecturers, and the advice and guidance
    they receive from University staff.

  • BCUIC’s flexible entry system, personalised educational
    philosophy, dedicated support team and picturesque
    location make it an ideal place for international students
    to study and live.
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YOUR PATHWAY

                                                                                                                                                                              OVERVIEW
TO A DEGREE FROM
BIRMINGHAM CITY
UNIVERSITY
     Undergraduate pathway
                                               Stage 1                            Stage 2                         Stage 3                             Stage 4
            High School
                                         University Foundation               First Year Degree               Second Year Degree                  Final Year Degree

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) is part of the global Navitas
Group,  an internationally
    Postgraduate pathway recognised education provider with the knowledge and staff
resources in more than 100 different colleges and campuses worldwide.
        Minimum 15 years                        Stage 1                           Stage 2
            education                         Pre-Master’s                        Master’s
BCUIC offers academic pathways in partnership with Birmingham City University that
lead to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Our unique approach to education
transforms international students into Birmingham City University graduates and lifelong
learners. Innovative courses are delivered by highly qualified teachers in a modern,
dynamic environment, backed up by our friendly support team.
At BCUIC you will be expected to work hard, but you will also have plenty of opportunities
to enjoy your studies and the many social activities available both in Birmingham and the
surrounding area. Your constant interaction with teaching and support staff, your peers
and an ever widening network of contacts will complete your learning experience and
contribute to your success.

  Undergraduate pathway
                                           Stage 1                            Stage 2*                        Stage 3                             Stage 4
        High School
                                     University Foundation               First Year Degree               Second Year Degree                  Final Year Degree

  Postgraduate pathway
    Minimum 15 years                        Stage 1                           Stage 2
        education                         Pre-Master’s                        Master’s

  * Please note that students can directly enter stage 2 of the undergraduate pathway depending on prior learning and qualifications.
  Undergraduate: Stages 1 and 2 are delivered at BCUIC in Bournville, Birmingham (with the exception of Law and Art and Design). Stage 2 Law and Art and Design
  and Stages 3 and 4 are delivered at one or more of the following: Birmingham City Universities' City Centre Campus; School of Art, Margaret Street; or at the School
  of Jewellery in the Jewellery Quarter.
  Postgraduate: Stage 1 is delivered at BCUIC in Bournville. Stage 2 is delivered at at one or more of the following: Birmingham City Universities' City Centre Campus;
  School of Art, Margaret Street.
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Welcome

                            Message from the Vice-Chancellor
                            of Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University offers a vibrant and                 develop graduates with relevant skills, giving them
diverse learning community that is supported by                 a real world advantage in a highly competitive
world-class research, cutting edge teaching and                 global marketplace.
enviable links to business and industry.
                                                                Birmingham is a wonderful place to live and study,
To reflect this diversity and connectivity, our courses         with its cosmopolitan culture offering many exciting
span a full range of disciplines, including art and             restaurants, music and theatre venues, plus first-
design, business, computing, education, engineering,            class sports and shopping opportunities. Because
health, law, media, the performing arts, and technology.        there is a level of energy and confidence about this
                                                                city and this university, I know you will enjoy your
What these courses have in common is the                        experience with us.
University’s commitment to practice-based learning
which places great importance on the need to                    Professor Cliff Allan
                                                                Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University

                           Message from the College Principal
                           of BCUIC
Welcome to Birmingham City University International             degree level work while providing a great opportunity
College! We are delighted that you are considering              to make new friends from many different countries
BCUIC as your pathway to degree studies at                      and cultures during your time at BCUIC.
Birmingham City University.
                                                                Your chosen pathway will lead to Birmingham City
The College offers a very special experience for our            University; a great higher education institution offering
students. You will be supported by a highly experienced         some of the best employability opportunities of any
team of staff who will guide you through your academic          UK university; a vibrant and diverse study community
programme leading to successful progression to your             with enviable links to business and industry.
chosen degree. You will experience a unique and very
traditional study environment, and be taught by our             We look forward to welcoming you to BCUIC
highly experienced team of academic teaching staff.             to undertake the start of your academic journey
                                                                and we are sure that you will not only enjoy your
At BCUIC we pride ourselves on offering a warm                  time with us, but find it hugely rewarding and a
welcome and a caring environment to assure the                  successful pathway enabling you to fulfil your
success of our students in this important transition            future dreams and career aspirations.
to university study. Your programme will not only
                                                                Cheryl Badhams
enhance your specialist knowledge in your chosen
                                                                College Principal, BCUIC
area, but will develop your study skills ready for
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                                                  OVERVIEW
    "During my MBA studies
    I am putting my
    academic knowledge into
    practice whilst working
    in the city centre.
    This is supporting my
    ambition of becoming an
    excellent sales manager
    in my home country."

My BCUIC: Yan Long, China MBA International
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Birmingham City University:
discover your future
Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the
superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances
and a vibrant student community from more than 80 countries.

Student support                                  • Our new Inspired festival brings together
• Awarded ‘Outstanding Support for                 the exhibitions and performances which
  Students’ — Times Higher Education               showcase graduate talent to hundreds
  Awards 2010.                                     of thousands of visitors each year.
• Dedicated support services for all             • 90 per cent of our 2012 graduates had
  students including health, finance,              found employment six months after
  accommodation, disability support.               graduating. (Destinations Survey 2011/12).

An educational powerhouse                        Facilities
• A centre of excellence in art, design          • Vibrant city based campuses with
  and architecture, business, engineering,         outstanding specialist facilities; a
  technology, built environment, media,            fantastic place to live and learn.
  education, law, health and training for        • The University is mid–way through a
  the professions.                                 £260 million investment plan, including      • Construction is now underway on Phase
• Several members of our academic staff            a major expansion of its City Centre           2 of our City Centre Campus development,
  (currently seven) are National Teaching          Campus, together with ongoing                  which will provide a 24,300m2 building
  Fellows — the most prestigious award             development of existing sites.                 to house our Business, English, Law and
  for excellence in university teaching          • The new, recently opened £62 million           Social Science courses, as well as new
  and learning.                                    Parkside Building at our City Centre           library, IT and student support facilities. A
                                                   Campus, provides a new home for design         third phase of development with additional
• In the 2014 Research Excellence
                                                   courses from The Faculty of Arts, Design       teaching accommodation at our City
  Framework (REF), almost 90 per cent of
                                                   and Media (formerly Birmingham                 Centre and City South campuses, and a
  the BCU’s research was deemed to have an
                                                   Institute of Art and Design) as well as        new home for Birmingham Conservatoire,
  ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact.
                                                   state–of–the–art media facilities,             will follow in 2017.
                                                   including four industry standard TV          • We operate six specialist libraries,
Outstanding performance                            studios with the latest Sony equipment,        including the Mary Seacole Library, one
• A number of our courses are accredited           and ‘green screen’ MILO studio.                of the biggest health libraries in the UK.
  by Creative Skillset on the strength of
  our professional capability and work
  with industry in the media sector.
• Winner of the Best International
  Strategy award at Times Higher
  Education (THE) 2011.
• Ranked 6th out of 130 universities for
  student teaching time (Daily Telegraph
  course finder).
• Ranked 7th in the UK for Drama and
  Dance and 11th for Media Studies,
  Communications and Librarianship
  (The Guardian League Table 2014).

Employability
• Launching careers since 1843, we’re
  dedicated to ensuring our students
  develop the skills employers need.
• Teaching and learning remains our core
  business, producing graduates that are
  ready for the modern workplace.
• Graduate employability is at the heart
  of what we do. Our pioneering approach
  includes a wide range of student clinics
  and guest lectures, placements and
  community projects.
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                                                                                                                                                OVERVIEW
• The £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports             • our in–house employment agency,               • We’ve pioneered virtual learning
  Centre at our City North Campus,                 OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus             environments for our students.
  features an indoor sports hall, 80               gives you the chance to gain real life,       • Our business students benefit from our
  station fitness suite and dance and              paid work experience in a variety of            Student Enterprise Society, which helps
  aerobic studios, as well as changing             roles at the University (subject to visa        them to start businesses together.
  and social facilities.                           limitations for international students).
• The Pavilion is a £4.5 million, purpose                                                        Find out more
  built sports facility featuring 12 grass       Learning through doing
                                                                                                 Here are some more of the ways we’re
  pitches, an all–weather pitch, two             As at all universities, our students learn in   working to ensure our students are among
  rugby pitches and two cricket nets.            lecture theatres and in tutorials. But our      the most employable in the UK:
                                                 students get the added bonus of learning
                                                                                                 • Creating Future–Proof Graduates is
English language skills                          through doing, which prepares them for
                                                                                                   a unique toolkit of resources to help.
• Overall satisfaction with the quality of our   the workplace.
                                                                                                 • our students to develop the key skills
  courses was 84 per cent in the 2014            • Our law students debate in simulated
                                                                                                   they need.
  National Student Survey (NSS); with              court rooms and our teaching students
  88 per cent of our students agreeing that        enjoy replica classrooms.                     • the Careers and Job Prospects team
  staff were good at explaining things and                                                         provides careers advice and coaching
                                                 • Many of our courses are practice
  86 per cent saying staff were enthusiastic                                                       to students and graduates to help
                                                   based — most health students, for
  about what they taught.                                                                          them develop their employability
                                                   example, spend 50 per cent of their
                                                                                                   and manage their career.
• 100 per cent of students on our Creative         time in hospitals.
  Arts and Design (other) courses are                                                            • we also provide access to jobs, work
                                                 • Our media and art students enjoy state–         experience opportunities, placements,
  satisfied overall, as are 99 per cent of         of–the–art blue screen video production
  students on our Accountancy courses                                                              and internships by advertising work
                                                   suites and photographic studios.                opportunities online.
  and 96 per cent of our Finance students.

Activities
• The Students’ Union endeavours
  to create and promote a positive
  student experience.
• A welcoming environment for all its
  members, employees and visitors.
• Numerous societies as varied as
  basketball, dance and cheerleading,
  debating, chess and rock climbing.
• Plenty of opportunities to join
  volunteering groups, write for the
  student magazine or even present
  on the university TV station.

Gain an advantage
Our graduates gain an advantage in the job
market because:
• we work with companies like Apple,
  Cisco and Cartier to develop cutting
  edge curricula and to collaborate on
  course projects
• we attract the best staff — including
  both academic experts and experienced
  business leaders with the latest
  knowledge and industry contacts
• we offer students opportunities for
  work placements, Erasmus years and
  sandwich courses
• we operate an ‘employer mentoring
  scheme’, which gives second and third
  year students the chance to learn
  from employers or successful alumni
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Why choose BCUIC?
BCUIC is an affiliate college of Birmingham City University.                                 • Smaller classes with personalised
                                                                                               attention: BCUIC has a personalised
Here, as an international student you’ll find all the support                                  and supportive educational philosophy
you need to be successful in your ongoing degree studies.                                      that encourages students to reach their
                                                                                               maximum academic potential. Academic
                                                                                               classes usually have no more than 35
• Birmingham City University degree               • Flexible entry: BCUIC’s flexible entry     students and English language classes are
  pathways: the partnership between                 system of three intakes per annum          restricted to a maximum of 16 students.
  Birmingham City University and                    enables you to start your studies at
                                                                                             • Dedicated student support services:
  BCUIC not only allows you to access               the time best suited to you. It also
                                                                                               BCUIC’s dedicated support service
  Birmingham City University’s facilities           means you can join the pathway of your
                                                                                               team can offer advice and help 24 hours
  and services while studying at BCUIC,             choice and finish your studies ahead
                                                                                               a day, seven days a week. The team
  but also helps you to move seamlessly             of students who have opted for the
                                                                                               can organise an airport pick–up, as
  through your study pathway to achieve             traditional UK academic entry system.
                                                                                               well as accommodation allocation and
  a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree                 • Accommodation: Birmingham is a             referral services. They also provide a full
  from Birmingham City University.                  great place to live and our expert         orientation programme for the college,
• Campus location: BCUIC is located                 student support staff can help find        University and the city of Birmingham.
  on the stunning Bournville campus,                the ideal accommodation for you.
                                                                                             • Superb student lifestyle: Birmingham
  just minutes from the world–famous              • Value for money: BCUIC tuition fees        has one of the best student lifestyles of
  Cadbury World and factory.                        are competitively priced among UK          any university in the UK, with a fantastic
• One of the UK’s most innovative                   institutions. The college provides         range of social activities available to
  universities: Birmingham City University          an affordable, quality education           BCUIC students. Through these activities,
  has an ongoing reputation as one of the           that gives you the maximum                 you can immerse yourself in the history,
  UK’s leading universities, thanks to its high     return on your investment.                 culture and society of the local area —
  quality teaching and fantastic facilities.                                                   improving your English language skills and
                                                                                               further enhancing your career prospects.

BCUIC location map
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                                                            OVERVIEW
    "I chose BCUIC because it
    is multi-cultural. Studying
    with people from different
    cultures has given me a great
    opportunity to learn about
    their customs and values.
    I had never travelled to any
    other country before coming
    to BCUIC. I was worried at
    first, but the college staff
    and my new friends helped me
    settle in quickly."

My BCUIC: Norma Ngwenya, Zimbabwe   Foundation in Law
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Pathways at Birmingham City University
BCUIC offers a modern and dynamic educational experience,
and is committed to providing academic and support
services in an environment that encourages you to achieve
excellence in your studies. The college offers a range of
undergraduate and postgraduate pathways, as well as an
English Language course.

Undergraduate pathways                           understanding of each module to prepare
An undergraduate pathway is a single             you for Stage 3 (the second year of your
course comprising four stages of study. After    chosen degree) and Stage 4 (the final year
successfully completing this programme you       of your degree pathway).
will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree from
Birmingham City University.                      Second Year Degree and
                                                 Final Year Degree                              Undertaking the Pre-Master’s programme
University Foundation                            The Second and Final Year Degrees are          will allow you to adjust to the rigorous
                                                 stages 3 and 4 of the undergraduate            research and independent study requirements
The University Foundation programme is
                                                 pathway, and are taught at Birmingham          of a postgraduate degree and help you get
Stage 1 of the undergraduate pathway. The
                                                 City University.                               the most out of your Master’s studies at
transition from high school to university is a
                                                                                                Birmingham City University.
big step, perhaps the most important in your
life. The staff at BCUIC understand this, and    Postgraduate pathway
                                                                                                Master’s
will provide you with ongoing guidance and       A postgraduate pathway is a single course
support, as well as the knowledge and skills     comprising two stages of study. When you       The Master’s degree is Stage 2 of the
you need. This partnership between you and       successfully complete the pathway you          postgraduate pathway, and is taught
the BCUIC staff will make your transition a      will be awarded a Master’s degree from         by Birmingham City University.
smooth one.                                      Birmingham City University.
                                                                                                English language
First Year Degree                                Pre-Master’s                                   English language is a full-time course
The First Year Degree is Stage 2 of the          The Pre-Master’s programme is Stage 1 of       specifically designed for international students
undergraduate pathway. You will experience       the postgraduate pathway. It is one, two or    who need to improve their level of English
the first-year curriculum of Birmingham          three semesters long, depending on your        before starting undergraduate or postgraduate
City University, but with smaller class sizes    chosen pathway. It has been designed to        academic studies. The course suits students
and extra academic contact hours. The            prepare international students who have        with different levels of English competence
teaching and learning experience will enable     not qualified for direct entry to Birmingham   and is offered by Birmingham City University’s
you to fully develop your knowledge and          City University’s Master’s degrees.            Centre for Academic Success.
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                                                                                                                                           OVERVIEW
Your student life on campus
BCUIC is committed to helping you achieve your goals                                      for you. The University offers a wide
                                                                                          range of recreational and sport facilities
by providing many support services. As a BCUIC student,                                   that you can use, including a gym,
you will have access to a variety of BCUIC and Birmingham                                 playing fields and sports halls.
City University services.                                                                 Being part of sports and cultural societies
                                                                                          while you are at Birmingham City University
                                                                                          will open up many social and career
Services available at BCUIC                   • registration with BCUIC                   opportunities for you. We encourage our
                                                                                          students to participate in such activities
BCUIC encourages you to use the support       • registration with Birmingham
                                                                                          as much as possible.
services available and contact our friendly     City University
staff at BCUIC for advice and assistance      • social activities
when you need it.
                                              • student welfare
Once enrolled, all BCUIC students will        • study skills training
also have immediate access to the BCUIC
                                              • English language support
online student portal, which houses all
BCUIC timetable and academic information      • academic performance
as well as extracurricular information          monitoring, including the
from the Students’ Union, and the BCUIC         Students in Jeopardy programme
support services and academic teams.          • assignment help
The student support team is responsible       • attendance monitoring
for providing:                                • disability support
• an airport pick-up service (on request)     • learning support.
• enrolment
• orientation programmes to familiarise       Activities at BCUIC
  you with the college, the university        If you are interested in getting involved
  and the city of Birmingham                  in sports and societies, Birmingham
                                              City University is the perfect university
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Your life in Birmingham:
a great place to live
Birmingham is the second–largest city in the United Kingdom,
with an area of 80 square miles and a population of over a
million people, including more than 65,000 students. It is a
vibrant, multicultural city where people enjoy living, studying,
working and playing.

Where is Birmingham?                             Here are just some of the many things
Birmingham is located in the centre of the       to do and see in and around Birmingham:
                                                 • Visit Cadbury World and live out                                     Birmingham
West Midlands region of England. The city
is at the centre of England and at the hub of      all of your chocoholic dreams.
its transport network, making it a great base    • Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in
from which to explore the UK and mainland          nearby Stratford–upon–Avon.
Europe. London is only one and a half hours
                                                 • Enjoy the peaceful surroundings
away by train. Birmingham Airport, just 30
                                                   and beautiful plant life at
minutes by taxi from the Bournville campus,
                                                   Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
offers direct flights to the USA, North Africa,                                                  • Visit the Jewellery Quarter where
Dubai and European destinations with             • Shop till you drop in the
                                                   Bullring and The Mailbox.                      some of the most innovative
connections worldwide via Amsterdam,                                                              jewellery in Europe is made.
Frankfurt and Istanbul.                          • Check out the City of Birmingham
                                                   Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.         • Enjoy London’s West End shows when
                                                                                                  they come to Birmingham’s theatres.
Things to do                                     • Take a ride on the canal boats at
                                                   Gas Street and Brindleyplace.                • Go wild at Alton Towers theme park.
Birmingham is a European centre for retail,
commerce and culture, with a proud heritage      • Watch a football match — Birmingham          • Gaze at the aquatic life in
and modern outlook. The city offers excellent      is home to three top football                  the Sealife Centre.
entertainment for all tastes, with a range         teams: Aston Villa, Birmingham               • Enjoy a world-famous balti.
of leading theatres, museums, art galleries        City and West Bromwich Albion.               • Visit the Thinktank science
and music venues. It is also home to one of      • Wander around art galleries such               museum at Millennium Point to
Europe’s largest city centre shopping malls,       as Ikon and the Birmingham                     be amazed and educated.
The Bullring, with over 160 shops including        Museum and Art Gallery.                      • Relax in one of Birmingham’s many parks.
Selfridges, Apple and Top Shop.

                                                 Climate
   FAST FACTS                                    Birmingham experiences a climate similar to almost all of the United Kingdom, classified
                                                 as a temperate maritime climate, with average maximum temperatures in summer (July)
                                                 reaching around 21.5 °C (70.7 °F); and in winter (January) around 6.5 °C (43.7 °F).
   Population 1,074,000
   County         West Midlands                                                                                    Average daily
   Currency       UK Sterling (£)                          Season                      Period                      temperature
   Time zone      UTC/GMT                         Winter                   December to February            5˚C to 9˚C
   Electricity    230 V                           Spring                   March to May                    6˚C to 18˚C
   Language       English                         Summer                   June to August                  13˚C to 23˚C
                                                  Autumn                   September to November           8˚C to 15˚C
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BIRMINGHAM

              OVERVIEW
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Undergraduate pathways
at Birmingham City University
There are many advantages of undertaking BCUIC
undergraduate pathways. They include a seamless
transition from high school to university.

While the initial stages of your university life        support, English language assistance
are the most important, often this is when              and unparalleled personalised attention.
many students feel anxious and homesick.                The extra academic contact hours will
                                                        allow you to fully develop your knowledge
We understand this and have put processes
                                                        and understanding of each module. You
in place to ease the transition from
                                                        will also be studying in small groups,
high school to university-level studies.
                                                        which will give you an unmatched
BCUIC also offers you additional study
                                                        level of access to your teachers.

  Pathways                 Duration                         Intakes                                 Structure                                     Assessment
 University        One, two or three semesters      September, January            The two-semester programme normally                    Assessment for most modules
 Foundation        (depending on subject area and   and May                       comprises four or five modules each semester,          is continuous, and consists of
 (Stage 1)         level of prior studies)                                        combining academic studies in your subject             examinations, assignments and
                                                                                  area with skills modules. Each module is tailored      case study analysis.
                                                                                  towards your chosen undergraduate degree.
                                                                                  The three-semester extended Art and Design
                                                                                  Foundation comprises an extra four modules.

 First Year        Two semesters                    September and January         You will normally undertake four or five modules       Assessment for most modules
 Degree                                             (the January intake is only   each semester, which mirror the curriculum             is continuous, and consists of
 (Stage 2)                                          available for Accountancy,    taught at Birmingham City University. Current          examinations, assignments and
                                                    Business, Economics and       or former academic staff from Birmingham               case study analysis.
                                                    Marketing pathways)           City University often teach these modules.
                                                                                  You will receive extra support through tutorials
                                                                                  and individual consultations with teachers,
                                                                                  as well as access to computer laboratories.
 Second Year       Two semesters                    September                     You will undertake four to five modules each           Assessment is via a mix of course
 Degree                                                                           semester to further study the key areas within         work, examinations, essays and
 (Stage 3)                                                                        your degree. You will receive extra support            other written assignments. Course
                                                                                  through tutorials, individual consultations with       work may include problem-solving
                                                                                  teachers, English language assistance and              activities, consultancy projects,
                                                                                  access to computer laboratories.                       presentations, business simulations
                                                                                                                                         and individual and group reports.
 Final Year        Two semesters                    September                     You will undertake four to five modules each           Assessment is via a mix of
 Degree                                                                           semester to further study the key areas within         examinations, assignments,
 (Stage 4)                                                                        your degree. For some degrees, you will be able        group projects and presentations,
                                                                                  to specialise in, or concentrate on, a particular      practical and laboratory work
                                                                                  stream within a subject area. You will receive extra   (for science-based degrees)
                                                                                  support through tutorials, individual consultation     and a final dissertation.
                                                                                  with academic staff, English language assistance
                                                                                  and access to computer laboratories.
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                                                                                                                                          PROGRAMMES
Undergraduate pathways available at Birmingham City University

     Stage                     BCUIC undergraduate pathway                               Duration                     Intakes
        1         University Foundation in Accountancy, Business and Marketing       One semester         September, January, May
        1         University Foundation in Accountancy, Business and Marketing       Two semesters        September, January, May
        1         University Foundation in Architecture, Art and Design              Two semesters        September, January
        1         University Foundation in Architecture, Art and Design (Extended)   Three semesters      September, May
        1         University Foundation in Built Environment Studies                 Two semesters        September, January
        1         University Foundation in Economics and Finance                     One semester         September, January, May
        1         University Foundation in Economics and Finance                     Two semesters        September, January
        1         University Foundation in Engineering                               Two semesters        September, January
        1         University Foundation in Law                                       Two semesters        September, January
        1         University Foundation in Technology                                Two semesters        September, January
        2         First Year Degree Accountancy, Business and Marketing              Two semesters        September, January
        2         First Year Degree in Built Environment Studies                     Two semesters        September
        2         First Year Degree in Economics and Finance                         Two semesters        September, January
        2         First Year Degree in Engineering                                   Two semesters        September
        2         First Year Degree in Technology                                    Two semesters        September

Undergraduate degrees available to BCUIC students
Accountancy and Finance                          Built Environment Studies                    Law
• BA (Hons) Accountancy                          • BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology        • LLB (Hons) Law
• BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance               • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying              • LLB (Hons) Law with
                                                 • BSc (Hons) Construction Management           American Legal Studies
Architecture, Art and Design                                                                  • LLB (Hons) Law with Business Law
                                                 • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
• BA (Hons) Architecture                                                                      • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
                                                 • BSc (Hons) Real Estate
• BA (Hons) Art and Design
                                                 Business                                     Marketing
• BA (Hons) Fashion Business
  and Promotion                                  • BA (Hons) Accountancy and Business         • BA (Hons) Marketing
• BA (Hons) Fashion Design                       • BA (Hons) Business                         • BA (Hons) Marketing, Advertising and PR
• BA (Hons) Fine Art                             • BA (Hons) Business and Economics           Technology
• BA (Hons) Furniture and                        • BA (Hons) Business and Finance             • BSc (Hons) Business
  Lifestyle Products                             • BA (Hons) Business and HRM                   Information Technology
• BA (Hons) Horology                             • BA (Hons) Business and Management          • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
• BA (Hons) Interior Design                      • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing           • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
• BA (Hons) Jewellery Design                                                                  • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
  and Related Products                           Economics and Finance
                                                                                                and Security
• BA (Hons) Product Design                       • BA (Hons) Economics and Finance
                                                                                              • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
• BA (Hons) Textile Design                       Engineering                                  • BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology
• BA (Hons) Theatre, Performance                 • BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering         • BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology
  and Event Design
                                                 • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering         • BSc (Hons) Film Technology and
• BA (Hons) Visual Communication                   (Electrical Engineering pathway)             Visual Effects
• BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker                    • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering         • BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing
                                                   (Microelectronics pathway)                 • BSc (Hons) Information and
                                                 • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering           Communications Technology
                                                   (Telecommunications pathway)               • BSc (Hons) Motorsports Technology
                                                 • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering         • BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering
                                                                                                and Production
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Accountancy, Business and Marketing
                                                      Modules                                             Stage 4: Final Year Degree
    Birmingham City Business School is one of         •   Accounting and Finance§
    the UK’s most respected business schools.         •   Business Economics and Law ‡                    Location
    It enjoys close and collaborative links with      •   Business Fundamentals †                         Birmingham City University
    industry; your course reflects real business      •   Creative Concepts †
    challenges so it’s recognised and valued                                                              Course fee
                                                      •   Design in Marketing†
    by employers.                                                                                         £11,500
                                                      •   Economic Environment §
    Employment and career options                     •   Fundamentals of Financial Accounting‡           Successful completion of this pathway
    Potential careers in: accountancy, actuarial      •   Fundamentals of Management Accounting‡          leads to the award of one of the following,
    work, advertising, banking, finance, government   •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication   from Birmingham City University:
    policy development, government work, HRM,             (all pathways)                                  •   BA (Hons) Accountancy
    insurance, manufacturing, PR, public sector       •   Managing People, Organisation and Self §        •   BA (Hons) Accountancy and Business
    management, retail management.                    •   Marketing Fundamentals †                        •   BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
                                                      •   New Venture Creation§                           •   BA (Hons) Business
    Average starting salaries                         •   Professional and Financial Skills ‡             •   BA (Hons) Business and Economics
    According to The Complete University Guide        •   Service Design†                                 •   BA (Hons) Business and Finance
    2014, average graduate starting salaries are:     •   Understanding Consumer Behaviour†               •   BA (Hons) Business and HRM
    Accounting and Finance: £21,383                                                                       •   BA (Hons) Business and Management
    Business Studies: £22,103                         Stage 3: Second Year Degree                         •   BA (Hons) Business and Marketing
                                                      Location                                            •   BA (Hons) Marketing, Advertising and PR
                                                                                                          •   BA (Hons) Marketing
Apply business theory to the working world, see       Birmingham City University
examples from industry that bring theory to life,     Course fee
learn to impress employers and see whether you                                                            * One semester variant
                                                      £11,500
have what it takes to build a business and become                                                         † Marketing
an employer yourself.                                                                                     ‡ Accountancy
                                                                                                          § Business
Stage 1: University Foundation
Location
BCUIC at Birmingham City University
Intakes
September, January and May
Duration
One or two semesters
Course fee
£7,670 (one semester)
£11,070 (two semesters)
Modules
• Accounting*
• Business Management
• Business Mathematics*
• Business Studies*
• Economics
• Globalisation
• Interactive Learning Skills and Communication*
• Marketing/HRM (Business and Marketing
  pathway only)*
• Statistics (Accounting pathway only)

Stage 2: First Year Degree
Location
BCUIC at Birmingham City University
Intakes
September and January
Duration
Two semesters
Course fee
£11,275
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Architecture, Art and Design
                                                   Course fee:                                         Stage 3: Second Year Degree
  Highly flexible and practical, the courses
                                                   £11,070 (Two semesters)
  allow you the freedom to explore a range of                                                          Location
                                                   £15,200 (Three semesters)
  art and design practices and to find your own                                                        Birmingham City University
  creative strength and inspiration. Innovative    Modules
  structure and a broad staff team means it’s      •   Creative Workshop*
                                                                                                       Course fee
  easy to change direction, or explore new         •   Critical Thinking*                              £11,500
  ideas, media or ways of working.                 •   Extended Media Experimentation
  Employment and career options                    •   Information Research, Recording                 Stage 4: Final Year Degree
                                                       and Responding In Art and Design
  Potential careers in: architecture, art                                                              Location
                                                   •   Interactive Learning Skills
  and design, fashion design, fashion retail           and Communication*                              Birmingham City University
  management, interior design, interior products   •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  design, jewellery design, performance and                                                            Course fee
                                                       and Preparation and Progression in Art and
  event design, product design, textile design,        Design with recommended changes                 £11,500
  theatre, watchmaking.                            •   Knowledge and Understanding Of Creative
                                                       Practice In Art and Design                      Successful completion of this pathway
  Average starting salaries                                                                            leads to the award of one of the following,
                                                   •   Mass Communication*
  According to The Complete University                                                                 from Birmingham City University:
                                                   •   Media Experimentation In Art and Design
  Guide 2014, average graduate starting
                                                   •   Personal Combined Experimental                  •   BA (Hons) Architecture
  salaries are:
                                                       Studies In Art and Design                       •   BA (Hons) Art and Design
  Architecture: £19,320                                                                                •   BA (Hons) Fashion Design
  Art and Design: £17,635
                                                   Stage 2: First Year Degree                          •   BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion
                                                                                                       •   BA (Hons) Fine Art
                                                   Location                                            •   BA (Hons) Furniture and Lifestyle Products
The Times Good University Guide 2013 ranks our     Birmingham City University                          •   BA (Hons) Horology
Art and Design research in the UK’s top 10 — the                                                       •   BA (Hons) Interior Design
                                                   Intake
highest-ranked institution outside London.                                                             •   BA (Hons) Jewellery Design and Related Products
                                                   September
                                                                                                       •   BA (Hons) Product Design
Stage 1: University Foundation                     Duration                                            •   BA (Hons) Textile Design
Location                                           Two semesters                                       •   BA (Hons) Theatre, Performance and Event Design
BCUIC at Birmingham City University                                                                    •   BA (Hons) Visual Communication
                                                   Course fee
                                                                                                       •   BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker
Intakes                                            £11,500
September, January and May
                                                                                                       * Additional four modules in the three
Duration
                                                                                                       semester programme.
Two or three semesters (depending on                                                                   Students on the Architecture Pathway require
qualifications upon entry)                                                                             60 per cent in relevant modules to progress to
                                                                                                       the main degree course.
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Built Environment Studies
                                                    Stage 1: University Foundation                      Duration
 Learn from staff whose practical experience of                                                         Two semesters
 the industry offers clarity and contemporary       Location
 relevance. The course creates graduates with       BCUIC at Birmingham City University                 Course fee
 a breadth of technical skills and business                                                             £11,275
 awareness; you’ll be a valued member of any        Intakes
                                                    September and January
 large or small design/construction practice,                                                           Stage 3: Second Year Degree
 or a confident and credible sole practitioner      Duration
 or partner in a construction/design-related                                                            Location
                                                    Two semesters
 field. Courses equip you with a working                                                                Birmingham City University
 knowledge of sustainable development.              Course fee
                                                                                                        Course fee
                                                    £11,070
 Employment and career options                                                                          £11,500
 Potential careers in: architectural engineering,   Modules
 city development planning, construction,           •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication   Stage 4: Final Year Degree
 consultancy, environmental management,             •   Numerical Techniques 1
 town planning.                                     •   Physics 1                                       Location
                                                    •   ICT skills                                      Birmingham City University
 Average starting salaries
                                                    •   Numerical Techniques 2                          Course fee
 According to The Complete University Guide         •   Design Concepts
 2014, average graduate starting salaries are:                                                          £11,500
                                                    •   Programming Techniques
 Architecture: £19,320                              •   Business Studies                                Successful completion of this pathway
 Building: £21,864                                                                                      leads to the award of one of the following,
 Town and Country Planning and                      Stage 2: First Year Degree                          from Birmingham City University:
 Landscape: £20,606                                                                                     •   BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
                                                    Location
                                                                                                        •   BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
                                                    BCUIC at Birmingham City University                 •   BSc (Hons) Construction Management
                                                    Intake                                              •   BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
                                                    September                                           •   BSc (Hons) Real Estate
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Economics and Finance
                                                     Finance                                                Stage 2: First Year Degree
  By aligning these two key areas of global
                                                     The Finance pathway is designed to provide an in–
  importance and controversy, this course                                                                   Location
                                                     depth understanding of the principles and practice
  offers an enlightening, forward-looking                                                                   BCUIC at Birmingham City University
                                                     of finance, together with a foundation of business
  and practical investigation into economics
                                                     knowledge and personal transferable skills.            Intakes
  and finance and explores the sustainable
  business models of the future.                     The programme develops the intellectual                September and January
                                                     knowledge and technical skills necessary to
  Employment and career options                                                                             Duration
                                                     ensure that, as you enter the profession, you
  Potential careers in: accounting, finance,         can cope with new developments and business            Two semesters
  government policy development,                     change, and be able to bring critical and analytical   Course fee
  manufacturing, public sector management,           problem-solving skills to contemporary challenges.     £11,275
  retail management.
                                                                                                            Modules
  Average starting salaries                          Stage 1: University Foundation                         •   Accounting and Finance
  According to The Complete University               Location                                               •   Economic Environment
  Guide 2014, average graduate starting                                                                     •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
                                                     BCUIC at Birmingham City University
  salaries are:                                                                                             •   Managing People, Organisation and Self
  Accounting and Finance: £21,383                    Intakes
                                                                                                            •   Marketing Fundamentals
  Economics: £26,940                                 September, January and May                             •   New Venture Creation
                                                     Duration
                                                     One or two semesters                                   Stage 3: Second Year Degree
Economics
                                                     Course fee                                             Location
The economic standpoint is crucial in any issue
                                                     £11,070                                                Birmingham City University
which involves deciding the allocation of scarce
resources, or the improvement of the well–           Modules                                                Course fee
being of an individual or society. This pathway is   •   Accounting                                         £11,500
designed to provide an in-depth understanding of     •   Business Management
the principles of economics and their application    •   Business Mathematics                               Stage 4: Final Year Degree
in problem-solving for a wide variety of business,   •   Business Studies
social, and political issues.                        •   Economics                                          Location
The study of economics provides a strong             •   Globalisation                                      Birmingham City University
intellectual and practical background to business    •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication      Course fee
strategy, behaviour, and performance, as well as     •   Statistics
                                                                                                            £11,500
developing key personal transferable skills.
                                                                                                            Successful completion of this pathway
                                                                                                            leads to the following award, from
                                                                                                            Birmingham City University:
                                                                                                            • BA (Hons) Economics and Finance
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Engineering
                                                         Intakes                                              Course fee
   Alongside practical, technical ability,               September and January                                £12,600
   you’ll be able to put adaptability, creativity,
   problem solving and logical reasoning                 Duration
   on an employer’s table. The course will               Two semesters                                        Stage 3: Second Year Degree
   educate you in technologies and engineering           Course fee                                           Location
   and equip you with the technical skills to                                                                 Birmingham City University
                                                         £12,600
   contribute to the workplace as well as to
   the wider industry.                                   Modules                                              Course fee
                                                         •   Design Concepts                                  £11,800
   Employment and career options
                                                         •   ICT skills
   Potential careers in: automotive engineering,
   construction, manufacturing, systems
                                                         •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication    Stage 4: Final Year Degree
                                                         •   Numerical Techniques 1
   consultancy, telecommunications engineering.                                                               Location
                                                         •   Numerical Techniques 2
   Average starting salaries                                                                                  Birmingham City University
                                                         •   Physics 1
   According to The Complete University Guide            •   Physics 2                                        Course fee
   2014, average graduate starting salaries are:         •   Programming Techniques                           £11,800
   Engineering: £26,294
                                                                                                              Successful completion of this pathway
                                                         Stage 2: First Year Degree                           leads to the award of one of the following,
                                                         Location                                             from Birmingham City University:
The University’s close links to industry allow you
to become involved in the latest research or make        BCUIC at Birmingham City University                  • BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering
a real contribution to business.                         Intake                                               • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
                                                                                                                (Electrical Engineering Pathway)
                                                         September
Stage 1: University Foundation                                                                                • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
                                                         Duration                                               (Microelectronics Pathway)
Location                                                                                                      • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
                                                         Two semesters
BCUIC at Birmingham City University                                                                             (Telecommunications Pathway)
                                                                                                              • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Law
                                                         the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar          Duration
   Our LLB course is renowned both nationally            Standards Board of England and Wales. The LLB        Two semesters
   and internationally for its originality and           at Birmingham City University is one of the select
   innovative quality. Academically rigorous, our        numbers of UK universities whose LLB is recognised   Course fee
   LLB will expose you to a practical real–world         by the Bar Council in India.                         £11,500
   application of the law. We will develop your
   problem solving, research and personal skills,
                                                         Stage 1: University Foundation                       Stage 3: Second Year Degree
   equipping you with the academic knowledge
   and key transferable skills embedded into             Location                                             Location
   the LLB programme that are in demand                  BCUIC at Birmingham City University                  Birmingham City University
   by employers.                                                                                              Course fee
                                                         Intakes
   Employment and career options                         September and January                                £11,500
   Potential careers: barrister,
                                                         Duration
   legal advisor, solicitor.                                                                                  Stage 4: Final Year Degree
                                                         Two semesters
   Average starting salaries                                                                                  Location
                                                         Course fee
   According to The Complete University Guide                                                                 Birmingham City University
   2014, average graduate starting salaries are:         £11,070
                                                                                                              Course fee
   Law: £19,629                                          Modules
                                                                                                              £11,500
                                                         •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
                                                         •   Legal Foundations                                Successful completion of this pathway
The School of Law is home to two mock law courts         •   Mass Communications                              leads to the award of one of the following,
and our Student Mooting Society is considered as         •   Globalisation                                    from Birmingham City University:
one of the best in England and Wales.                    •   Introduction to English Legal System             •   LLB (Hons) Law
The School’s Centre for American Legal Studies           •   Criminal Law                                     •   LLB (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies
operates the UK’s largest student internship             •   Constitutional Law                               •   LLB (Hons) Law with Business Law
programme to the USA — and has placed over               •   Contract Law                                     •   LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
500 students in Federal and State Public Defender
offices, private attorney offices, American              Stage 2: First Year Degree                           Please be aware that some of the Law modules
University Law Schools, and law projects. The                                                                 contain sensitive information and by signing your
School regularly welcomes visiting speakers from         Location                                             acceptance form you have indicated an agreement
the profession; eminent guests. An opportunity to        Birmingham City University                           and acknowledgement.
study for a year at our partner college in Singapore     Intake
— it is the first LLB in Singapore to be accredited by   September
the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents
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Technology
  Alongside practical, technical ability,
                                                       Stage 1: University Foundation                      Stage 3: Second Year Degree
  you’ll be able to put adaptability, creativity,      Location                                            Location
  problem solving and logical reasoning                                                                    Birmingham City University
                                                       BCUIC at Birmingham City University
  on an employer’s table. The course will
  educate you in modern technologies                   Intakes                                             Course fee
  and equip you with the technical skills              September and January                               £11,500
  to contribute to the workplace as well
                                                       Duration
  as to the wider industry.                                                                                Stage 4: Final Year Degree
                                                       Two semesters
  Employment and career options                                                                            Location
                                                       Course fee
  Potential careers in: business analysis, film                                                            Birmingham City University
  production, forensics, games development,            £11,070
                                                                                                           Course fee
  internet systems development, IT consultancy,        Modules
  motorsports, project management,                                                                         £11,500
                                                       •   Business Studies
  security systems, software development,              •   Design Concepts                                 Successful completion of this pathway
  sound engineering.                                   •   ICT skills                                      leads to the award of one of the following,
  Average starting salaries                            •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication   from Birmingham City University:
  According to The Complete University                 •   Numerical Techniques 1                          • BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology
  Guide 2014, average graduate starting                •   Numerical Techniques 2                          • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
  salaries are:                                        •   Physics 1                                       • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
                                                       •   Programming Techniques                          • BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security
  Communication and Media Studies: £17,930
  Computer Science: £22,793                                                                                • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
                                                       Stage 2: First Year Degree                          • BSc (Hons) Digital Media Technology
                                                                                                           • BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology
                                                       Location
The University’s close links to industry allow                                                             • BSc (Hons) Film Technology and Visual Effects
                                                       BCUIC at Birmingham City University                 • BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing
you to become involved in the latest research
or make a real contribution to business.               Intake                                              • BSc (Hons) Information and
                                                       September                                             Communications Technology
                                                                                                           • BSc (Hons) Motorsports Technology
                                                       Duration                                            • BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
                                                       Two semesters
                                                       Course fee
                                                       £12,600

Note: Fees may change on an annual basis. Current fees are listed at bcu.ac.uk/bcuic.
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Postgraduate pathways
at Birmingham City University
The BCUIC postgraduate pathway is                      • have been away from studies                               • help you develop your intellectual
designed for students who:                               for a period of time.                                       and practical skills building to a set
• require additional English language training                                                                       of transferable skills that will support
                                                       The Pre-Master’s programme will:
                                                                                                                     you in your onward academic studies/
• come from an academic background                     • help you develop fundamental knowledge                      careers and decision-making
  different to that of the UK and do not                 and an understanding of the basic
  meet university direct entry requirements                                                                        • ensure you have attained the
                                                         principles relevant to your particular degree
                                                                                                                     prescribed level of interdisciplinary
• are looking to fine–tune skills already              • help you develop numerical techniques,                      language competence.
  gained during their undergraduate                      research methodologies and ICT,
  studies or employment                                  presentation and communication skills

  Pathways            Duration                Intakes                                 Structure                                           Assessment
 Pre-Master’s    One, two or three          September,         While at BCUIC, you will study a series of modules that will   Assessment for most modules
 (Stage 1)       semesters (depending       January, March     prepare you for a seamless progression to Stage 2 of your      is continuous, and consists of
                 on your subject area and   and June           chosen taught Master’s degree. All modules include core        examinations, assignments and case
                 level of prior studies)                       academic skills relevant to postgraduate degree study.         study analysis.
 Master’s        12 or 18 months            September and      During the Master’s (Stage 2) programme, you will build on     Modules will be assessed through
 (Stage 2)       depending on               January (certain   what you have learned during the Pre-Master’s programme        examinations, assignments, essays or
                 chosen pathway             Master’s only)     and extend your professional understanding about your area     seminar performance. Assessment may
                                                               of study. A course work Master’s degree usually consists of    also include individual or group projects
                                                               a series of specialist modules in structured class, seminar    and presentations. For most Master’s
                                                               or tutorial formats. A short research thesis component         degrees, preparing and submitting a
                                                               may be included and this prepares you for what is required     major project or dissertation will form
                                                               for a research Master’s degree. However, most course           a large part of the assessment and
                                                               work Master’s degrees will have a final major project or       final grade.
                                                               dissertation component.

Postgraduate pathways available at Birmingham City University

     Stage                         Postgraduate pathway                                             Duration                                 Intakes
 1               Pre–Master’s in Art and Design                                         Two semesters                         September and January
 1               Pre–Master’s in Art and Design (Extended)                              Three semesters                       September and June
 1               Pre–Master’s in Business                                               One semester                          September, March and June
 1               Pre–Master’s in Business (Extended)                                    Two semesters                         September, January and June
 1               Pre–Master’s in Law                                                    One semester                          September, March and June
 1               Pre–Master’s in Law (Extended)                                         Two semesters                         September, January and June
 1               Pre–Master’s in Management                                             One Semester                          September, March and June
 1               Pre–Master’s in Management (Extended)                                  Two semesters                         September, January and June
 1               Pre–Master’s in Media                                                  Two semesters                         September and January
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Postgraduate degrees available to BCUIC students
Art and Design                             Business                                   • MA Luxury Product Management
•   MA Art and Design                      • MBA International                        • MSc Oil and Gas Management
•   MA Arts and Education                    (no previous work experience required)   • MA Textile Management
•   MA Arts and Project Management         • MSc Management and Finance
                                           • MSc Management and                       Media
•   MA Arts Practice and Education
                                             International Business                   • MA Creative Industries and
•   MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice
                                           • MSc Management and Marketing               Cultural Policy
•   MA Design and Visualisation
                                                                                      • MA Event and Exhibition Management
•   MA Design Management                   Law                                        • MA International Journalism
•   MA Fashion Accessory Design            • LLM International Business Law           • MA Music Heritage
•   MA Fashion Design                      • LLM International Human Rights           • MA Music Industries
•   MA Fashion Promotion
                                                                                      • MA Social Media
•   MA Fashion Styling                     Management
•   MA Fine Art                            •   MSc Data Analytics and Management
•   MA History of Art and Design           •   MA Design Innovation Management
•   MA Interior Design                     •   MA Fashion Management
•   MA Media Arts Philosophy Practice      •   MA Fashion Media Management
•   MA Product Design                      •   MA Fashion Retail Management
•   MA Queer Studies in Arts and Culture   •   MA Global Education Management
•   MA Surface Design                      •   MA Global Media Management
•   MA Textile Design                      •   MA Global Media Management
•   MA Visual Communication                    (Advertising Industry)
•   MA Zero Carbon Architecture            •   MA Global Media Management
    and Retrofit Design                        (The Music Business)
                                           •   MA Global Media Management
                                               (The News Business)
                                           •   MA Luxury Brand Management
                                           •   MA Luxury Jewellery Management
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Art and Design
                                                    Stage 1: Pre-Master’s                               Duration
  The Faculty of Arts Design and Media (FADM                                                            Two semesters
  and formerly BIAD) is one of the most             Location
  established, largest and most significant                                                             Course fee
                                                    BCUIC at Birmingham City University
  centres for art, design and architecture                                                              £11,500
  education in the world.                           Intakes
                                                                                                        Successful completion of this pathway
  Employment and career options                     September, January and June
                                                                                                        leads to the award of one of the following,
  Potential careers in: 3D design, arts, fashion    Duration                                            from Birmingham City University:
  design, fashion retail management, interior       Two or three semesters                              •   MA Art and Design
  design, interior products design, jewellery       (depending on academic background)                  •   MA Arts and Education
  design, performance, textiles, visual                                                                 •   MA Arts and Project Management
                                                    Course fee
  communications.                                                                                       •   MA Media Arts Philosophy Practice
                                                    £10,550 (two semesters)
  Average starting salaries                                                                             •   MA Arts Practice and Education
                                                    £15,200 (three semesters)
  According to The Complete University Guide                                                            •   MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice
                                                    Modules                                             •   MA Design Management
  2014, average graduate starting salaries are:
                                                    •   Creative Practice (three semesters only)        •   MA Design and Visualisation
  Art and Design: £17,635                           •   Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study        •   MA Fashion Accessory Design
                                                    •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication   •   MA Fashion Design
                                                    •   Research Methods for Postgraduate Study         •   MA Fashion Promotion
FADM has an excellent reputation for working        •   Final Project                                   •   MA Fashion Styling
with business. We are one of the leading
                                                                                                        •   MA Fine Art
providers of design–related Knowledge
Transfer Partnerships nationally and one of         Stage 2: Master’s Degree                            •   MA History of Art and Design
                                                                                                        •   MA Interior Design
the UK’s largest and most important centres         Location                                            •   MA Product Design
for art, architecture and design education.         Birmingham City University                          •   MA Queer Studies in Arts and Culture
                                                    Intake                                              •   MA Surface Design
                                                                                                        •   MA Textile Design
                                                    September
                                                                                                        •   MA Visual Communication
                                                                                                        •   MA Zero Carbon Architecture
                                                                                                            and Retrofit Design

Business
                                                    Stage 1: Pre-Master’s                               Course fee
  Birmingham City Business School is one of                                                             MBA International
  the UK’s most established, respected and          Location                                            £14,000 (18 months)
  largest Business Schools. It enjoys close and     BCUIC at Birmingham City University                 £14,000 (12 months)
  collaborative links with industry; your course
  reflects real business challenges so it’s         Intakes                                             MSc Management and Finance
  recognised and valued by employers.               September, January, March and June                  £11,100 (15 months)
                                                                                                        £11,500 (12 months)
  Employment and career options                     Duration
                                                                                                        MSc Management and International Business
  Potential careers in: accountancy, actuarial      One or two semesters
                                                                                                        £11,500 (18 months)
  work, advertising, banking, finance, government   (depending on academic background)
                                                                                                        £11,500 (15 months)
  policy development, government work, HRM,         Course fee                                          £11,500 (12 months)
  insurance, manufacturing, PR, public sector       £7,875 (one semester)
  management, retail management.                                                                        MSc Management and Marketing
                                                    £10,550 (two semesters)                             (September start date only)
  Average starting salaries                         Modules                                             £11,500 (12 months)
  According to The Complete University Guide        •   Business and Economics †
  2014, average graduate starting salaries are:                                                         Successful completion of this pathway
                                                    •   Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study        leads to the award of one of the following,
  Business Studies: £22,103                         •   ICT Skills for Postgraduate Study †             from Birmingham City University:
                                                    •   Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
                                                                                                        • MBA International (no previous work
                                                    •   Management†
                                                                                                          experience required)
Apply business theory to the working world, see     •   Research Methods for Postgraduate Study
                                                                                                        • MSc Management and Finance
examples from industry that bring theory to life,
learn to impress employers and see whether you                                                          • MSc Management and International Business
                                                    Stage 2: Master’s Degree                            • MSc Management and Marketing
have what it takes to build a business and become
                                                    Location                                              (September BCU intake only)
an employer yourself.
                                                    Birmingham City University
Local companies respect, and often recruit,
Birmingham City Business School’s graduates.        Intakes
Birmingham City Business School is home to          September and January
around 3,000 students from over 80 countries,
                                                    Duration
so you have a whole world of experiences,
business and social, on your doorstep.              Two semesters
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