With over 23,500 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. The University puts students at the heart of everything it does, giving them the best opportunities for future success. Having a TEF Bronze Award the University also prides itself in its employability figures, with 97% of students in work or further studies within 6 months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17)
Birmingham City University has a diverse offering of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that are focused on music; from music industries, performance and composition, to music technology and audio engineering.
Birmingham City University was one of the first universities in the UK to offer media degrees and today, Birmingham School of Media is housed in the £62 million Parkside Building and offers state-of-the-art facilities, including six radio studios and the largest university TV studio in the UK. The Birmingham School of Media offers a BA(Hons) Music Industries degree that focusses on music industries innovation and entrepreneurship and a BA(Hons) Music Journalism degree. Alongside those it also offers a number of media focused programmes engaging with TV, Radio, Journalism, Film Studies, PR and Events, Media and Communication as well as an extensive media foundation degree programme. Birmingham City University is the UK’s biggest producer of creative professionals outside the South East.
Housed within the Birmingham School of Media is the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. The centre produces world leading research across a range of music related subject areas, as well as History, Heritage and Archives, Creative Economy and Cultural Policy, Media for Social Change, Interactive Cultures and Screen Cultures.
With an acclaimed history dating back to 1859 and part of Birmingham City University, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is one of the most respected music education institutions in the UK, devoted to the training of highly talented musicians in performance and composition. Housed in a new £57 million home in 2017; the first purpose-built conservatoire in a generation and the first of the digital age, the RBC is led by internationally renowned cellist Professor Julian Lloyd Webber who took up the role of Principal in 2015.In March 2016, HRH The Earl of Wessex became the Conservatoire’s first Royal Patron.
Additionally Birmingham City University’s School of Computing and Digital Technology who offer undergraduate degree programmes in a number of music related subject areas such as Music Technology and Sound Engineering and Production.
All of this is complemented by a number of research centres across the university, that offer a number of PhD and postdoctoral research opportunities as well as producing world leading research across a range of music related subject areas.