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University of Buckingham

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Overview
Overview

Overview

The University of Buckingham was founded in 1976 and is the smallest university in the country. There are over 2,000 students studying across five schools. Around 66% of students study on campus, in small, Oxbridge-style study tutorials. Notably, degrees are completed over two, not three years. Over half of students are internationals.

The main campus (named the safest campus in the UK) is in a beautiful countryside location close to Stowe and Bicester village while the London campus is in Gower Street, Bloomsbury. There is also a school of Education at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester.

The university was awarded a Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“I genuinely like the uni, it is a perfect match for me. Accommodation is nice, people are very helpful, the course is great... You can focus on your studies and build a more personal relationship with everyone since it is such a small community.”

“Amazing teachers, nice environment and friendly students.”

“Friendly students/staff, excellent teaching, huge diversity, great community culture.”

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Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

The uni has one of the highest graduate employment rates; 98.1% of its graduates are in work or study six months after finishing uni. They have graduates at Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. Students can access the Careers Library as well as book appointments and workshops with careers advisors. 

Student reviewers regularly mentioned (and highly rated) the regular careers events and email communications which informed them of relevant opportunities.

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“They keep inviting us to career fairs and usually bring in speakers with experience in the industry for special weekly seminars.”

“My uni helps me build transferrable skills that help with various types of employment, including analytical, debating and critical thinking skills. My uni's careers department keeps students well-informed of post-study career opportunities, and part-time work available locally. Staff also provide excellent guidance and advice on building a CV, and how to network with future employers.”

“I have already got a very well payed job through our career office.”

Graduates in job/further study
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Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

There is a staff student ratio of 10.5:1 resulting in very small sizes and has been named the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality. 

It’s also something students clearly appreciate as they voted the university into third place in our course and lecturers category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“The teaching is of the highest standard; is varied in style and presentation between tutors; is delivered enthusiastically and clearly and is followed up with sufficient time for further questions and insights.”

“Small groups and good lectures.”

“The quality is perfect.”

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Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The SU organises events and activities as well as helping students form their own society. The Tanlaw Mill, a restored mill, is the focal point of uni life. It houses the union restaurant, bar, fitness centre, games room, music room, and more. There are also sports nights, games nights, regular karaoke and quizzes to enjoy.

Reviews praised the supportive SU staff and how supportive they are, as well as the high standard of the events they put on.

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“Good parties and good activities.”

“Students’ Union seems to be well organized and they plan tons of activities for students to enjoy each week.”

“Managed lots of events during the term time which helps to refresh our mind and make friends.”

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Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

The uni offers campus accommodation to all first years in fully furnished study bedrooms. These contain a wash basin and a small fridge. Many rooms have an en-suite and there are shared kitchens. Prices range from £91.10 a week for a small standard room to £230.00 a week for couples’ accommodation. 

Hunter Street accommodation is on campus with seven separate housing options including en-suites, couples’ accommodation, two-bedroom flats, single and mixed sex housing and designated quiet housing.

Moreton Road has two accommodation options, flats and houses. The flats have three bedrooms in each and are in designated quiet area. The houses have four students each and have a garden.

Verney Park offers five types of housing, one of which is specifically for postgraduate students.  Their other housing includes female only flats, en-suites, and flats where 12-14 students are on each floor.

Student reviewers often mention the fantastic location, cleanliness and helpful maintenance staff.

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“Nice and cosy, very well-maintained grass outside and well cleaned inside. Super-fast maintenance requests.”

“I am currently staying at Bateman House - It looks exactly like the pictures! Spacious for a dorm room and has lots of shelves and cupboard space…The environment outside is really clean and also don't worry about having to walk far to Tesco for groceries - there is a free mini bus that can take you and pick you right back up!”

“It’s clean and quiet.”

Cost of living
Accommodation This is the average annual cost for a full time student at this uni.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£7,500

per annum
Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3,700

per annum
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Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

The uni opened the country’s first private not-for-profit medical school in January which was hugely oversubscribed. The school is based in the renovated Chandos Road building with upgraded teaching facilities. A building is also under construction for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

The uni also offers a newly refurbished fitness suite, dance studio and music room.

Reviews praise a range of uni facilities, from the academic surroundings of the library, to the social facilities like cafes and the gym.

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“New and always trying to achieve higher standards.”

“The uni is very well equipped the buildings and lecture rooms are clean and spacious. Library opening hours are also satisfactory.”

“There's a fitness centre, a small and large cafeteria , tons of computer rooms, launderettes, a film/movie room, an in-house doctor, a free campus mini bus to take you around to classes, two libraries with available books....I mean what else does one need?”

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City life
City life

City life

Buckingham’s three campuses are a ten-minute walk from each other. The town itself is in south-east England, around 50 miles from London and 20 from Oxford. Buckingham has a small choice of shops and cafes but nearby Milton Keynes has a bigger range.

Student reviews suggest that Buckingham is peaceful, and many of them head out of Buckingham for night life, but in terms of studying the lack of distractions is a positive!

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“City life is limited because the uni is situated in a small town with limited access to large cities. However, public transport is available to reach other locations. There are sufficient shops and leisure activities in Buckingham available for students to relax and socialise outside uni.”

“A very calm and lovely village.”

“You have the usual shops and can find the necessities but anything extra you either need to order or go to the nearest town. (Milton Keynes).”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3.10 - £4.00

per pint
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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There are around 50 societies and clubs to join, mainly run by the SU. This includes Law society, Gaming society and the Indian society. Students speak positively about both the range of clubs on offer and how much they do.

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“Very friendly and a lot more social than expected.”

“They keep things entertaining. They plan activities each week. There are tons of club/societies to choose from.”

“All the clubs I have seen around are good, positive and support each other.”

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Student support
Student support

Student support

Student Welfare team comprises a Welfare Adviser, Counsellor, Learning Support Adviser / Disability Officer, Assistant Learning Support Adviser, Family Welfare Adviser and two Student Support staff. It is your first port of call for any issues you need help and guidance.

Student reviewers praise the quality of the advice as well as how easy it is to get help in the first place, both academically and personally. Students rated the university so highly for student support that they placed 5th for it at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

University of Buckingham students on Whatuni say:

“Easily the best I've seen. You can walk in to tutor’s offices and just chat with them about something you find difficult. Welfare also helps me with writing difficulties.”

“Very good.”

“Support and feedback is excellent, and if often provided to students on request. Personalised feedback is very good, and helps with personal development and confidence building for the future. Frequent student surveys of individual courses, and of the staff performance and facilities available, and are a good method to hear from students.”

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Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Students per Year: £12,600

International Students per Year: £17,400

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Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Five Counties Scholarships

Students from the following counties may be eligible for a scholarship worth £2,000 a year:

  • Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes)
  • Bedfordshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Hertfordshire

High Achiever Scholarships

Home students achieving ABB or above in A-Levels may be eligible to receive up to £2,000 of support a year.

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Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Medicine

The university opened the first private not-for-profit medical school earlier this year and it was hugely oversubscribed.

International Studies

With over half of students studying as internationals, the uni is well-placed to discuss matters of international concern with people from a plethora of cultural backgrounds. Students cover economic, political, legal, historical and cultural issues giving them an excellent grounding to enter the workplace after their degree.

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Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

MB ChB Medicine requires AAB at A-Level including Chemistry and any other Science subject or Maths.

BA (Hons) International Studies requires BCC plus GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above.

Please look at course details pages for other individual entry requirements.

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Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

75th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

107th / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2018 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

1,310
AVERAGE

TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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  • Full-timePart-time
    96%4%
  • School leaversMature students
    51%49%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    54%46%
  • UKInternational
    52%48%
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