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University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham is based in Birmingham City Centre, there are over 8,000 students on Higher Education, Postgraduate and Further Education programmes including 1100 international students from 65 countries.

Bachelor's programmes

Pre-Bachelor's programmes


Our history goes back over one hundred years and in that time we've been through many changes, always going forward. Responding to the diverse needs of our students, industry, the economy, and society at large; this continues today: with your future in mind.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • The origins of our University can be traced back to the late nineteenth century with the foundation of a Municipal Technical School offering cookery and household science courses.
  • Operating from a number of sites across the city, archives record the establishment of a cookery room in 1916 and domestic cookery classes in 1918.
  • In 1927 the name of the school changed to the Central Technical College
  • By the 1950's the college had been renamed the College of Food and Technology and a department of Bakery and Domestic Science had been established.
  • 1957 saw the name change once again to the College of Bakery, Catering, Domestic Science and Associated Studies.
  • 1958 saw another change to Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Arts which operated on a number of sites across the city until…
  • 1968 when HRH the Duke of Edinburgh opened our site on Summer Row.
  • In response to a growing diversification of programmes, the college was renamed Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies in the 1980's.
  • 2007 saw the Privy Council approve the award of taught degree awarding powers and approved our final name change to University College Birmingham.
  • In 2012 we received an overall Grade 1 Outstanding for our Further Education provision.
  • Towards the end of 2012 we were granted full University Title by the Privy Council, sealing the university’s position as a first-class higher education institution and offering greater clarity to employers and students alike.

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Health and WellbeingWellbeingHelp and advice are always available. Every student needs to talk about something, sometime. Because you might not always be able to share personal problems with friends or relatives, we provide practical support and guidance, on a strictly confidential basis, through our Counselling Service.Click here to find out more about the counselling service we offer.HealthAn experienced nurse is available for advice on all health matters. If you have a medical condition or complaint, the nurse will be able to help by either treating the condition or referring you to the NHS .The Nurse can also provide advice and treatment on a wide range of health issues, including immunisation, smoking, diet and contraception.Keeping FitRichmond House includes a fully equipped gym, dance studio, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, spa pool and solarium. A range of classes are also available to staff and students.The Sports hall, situated at The Maltings, is available for students to book free of charge. The Sports hall is suitable for a wide range of activities and there is also a training facility for those wanting to train for general health, fitness and sports performance.

Student Life

When deciding where you would like to study for University, the thought of accommodation will be high on your priority list. Therefore if you are moving to Birmingham for your studies, we at UCB provide a comprehensive service for our University owned and managed Halls of Residence.

The Halls of ResidenceWe have different option to suit a range of tastes and budgets. Over 1000 student can be accommodated over two halls of residence, and accommodation can be offered to all years and programmes of study. All prices include all utilities such as heating, lighting, water and Wifi access. Our main contract is for 42 weeks from September to June, which includes the holiday periods.Both sites offer fully furnished bedrooms and fully fitted kitchens. All utility bills are included along with Wifi access in each room.


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