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The University of Buckingham

Location:
Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes

Main Campus:
Hunter Street, Buckinghamshire

Student Population:
1003

Website details:
www.buckingham.ac.uk

Faculties:
School of Business, School of Humanities, School of Law, School of Sciences and Medicine

 

Why Choose the University of Buckingham ?

Buckingham is the only university to hold a Royal Charter and is a non-profit charity dedicated to excellence in teaching. In March 1983, the original University College of Buckingham was established as the University of Buckingham by Royal Charter, just seven years after it opened. By 1984 student numbers had increased to 500 – the demand for places saw the ratio of applications to acceptances at 8:1.

The University of Buckingham has a vibrant international community. About 40 per cent of the students come from the United Kingdom or the European Union; the remainder hail from countries across the globe. With over 80 nationalities represented, Buckingham students form friendships and build up contacts which span the world.

 

Teaching Quality

Buckingham offers high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching and offers degrees that are recognized around the world.

  • The standard of degrees and awards is safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK - who approve and moderate assessed work.
  • Although the University is independent, it voluntarily undergoes inspection by the QAA – the body that monitors standards in all UK universities.
  • Academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research purposes. Because of this, there is no difficulty attracting high calibre, highly respected academics, many of whom have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
  • The University came 21st in The Times 2012 Good University Guide; this put Buckingham ahead of many Russell Group universities and showed the world that it scored highest in the country on three indicators – student satisfaction, graduate prospects and staff-student ratio.
  • Because of Buckingham’s small size, in many instances its departments are not large enough to receive an individual ranking in the national newspaper league tables.
  • The Complete University Guide reported that the University of Buckingham has the best staff to student ratio in the UK (published in April 2011).

 

Research Quality

Buckingham researchers are pushing out frontiers. Specialist postgraduate courses allow students to complete their Masters in their third year.

  • As a university that is independent and receives no funding from the state, Buckingham is unable to take part in the Hefce-funded Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The University hopes that this will change in the future, allowing it to achieve a research ranking.
  • The University of Buckingham is not only home to some of the most well-known research-active academics in their fields, but also to dozens of keen research students reading for postgraduate degrees in their specialist areas.
  • From molecular and genetic research into diabetes, to the psychological importance of music and the effects of government proposals on state and independent education, research underpins the lives of many of the academics at the University. The University has specialist research groups set up in various fields, as well as independent research published by solo academics following their own interests.

 

International

Each student mixes with over 80 other nationalities and so being at Buckingham is just like being in a mini global village. These contacts, acquaintances and friendships carry on long after life at Buckingham is over.

  • Buckingham graduates find jobs all over the world, and the friendships that they make go a long way to broadening their experience and give them links that, possibly, no other university can do at such an intense level.
  • The University of Buckingham has a number of collaborative partnerships and links with other educational institutions around the world. These include: European School of Economics, Institute for Numerical Computation & Analysis (INCA), Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST), Victoria University, Kampala (Uganda) and the Marketing Institute of Singapore Training Centre.
  • The UK Borders Agency (UKBA) has rules about the level of English needed before issuing a visa to study in the UK. It is also very important that an international student’s English level is of a good standard to be successful in their studies. A copy of a student’s English language qualification certificate should be included with their application.
  • The International Foundation Programme is available to students whose qualifications fall slightly below the University’s academic entry requirements and the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) course can help to improve a student’s English level prior to starting an undergraduate degree.

 

Student Satisfaction

Buckingham students are amongst the most satisfied in the United Kingdom. The University came top in the National Student Survey (NSS) in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

  • Buckingham has always put the student first, believing that students’ priorities are to be taught well and to get a good job at the end of their degree.
  • In 2011, Buckingham came out at the top again – for the sixth year running – in the National Student Survey.
  • This reflects the success of its small group teaching and nurturing approach.
  • Buckingham Law School was ranked 4th in its category in the National Student Survey 2010.

 

Employable Graduates

Buckingham graduates get jobs. 100% of students from 2010 were in employment or further study six months after graduating.

  • Buckingham has a high graduate employment rate. In July 2011, The Guardian reported that 100% of the Class of 2010 went on to work or further study. According to The Guardian, the latest figures show an improvement on the economic situation compared to 2010 but indicate that the graduate job market has not yet returned to pre-credit crunch levels so the University is doubly proud that in a period of economic recession, its students bucked the trend.
  • Buckingham graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world.
  • Among Buckingham alumni, there is a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service, one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver while another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
  • All degree courses combine academic challenge with the training that will stand students in good stead for future employment. Many of the more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.

 

Variety of Courses

Buckingham students can complete their undergraduate degree in two years and complete their Masters in the third year, or be out in the workforce ahead of their peers from other universities.

  • Buckingham comprises of four Academic Schools: Law, Business, Humanities (incorporating Social Science and Education), and Science and Medicine, each led by its own Dean. The Schools have a large degree of autonomy. They are all on a human scale, with small class sizes offering a degree of integration between staff and students that sets Buckingham apart.
  • School of Business: Buckingham offers a range of full-time undergraduate courses, with flexible entry points in September and January.
  • The accelerated 2-year honours degrees are equivalent to a 3-year honours degree elsewhere. Students may decide to build upon the successes of their undergraduate degree by taking on a Master’s in a specialist area and complete both levels of study in just 3 years.
  • School of Humanities: The student to staff ratio (8:1) puts Humanities in the top 5 faculties in the country.
  • The School of Humanities has the largest number of students of all the schools at Buckingham, and spreads across the widest range of subjects; from Economics to Literature, Military History and Decorative Arts. Students studying an Arts or Economics degree will have one-to-one tuition.
  • School of Law: Small group tutorials allow students to learn the law with the maximum academic support possible. Teachers will know their students personally and ensure that they will achieve the very best degree they can, by giving continuous support throughout the year.
  • The School of Law also offers completion of a 3-year qualifying degree in just 2 years ; has a 100% rate of graduate employment or further study (The Sunday Times University Guide 2010); flexible entry points in September; full recognition by the Bar Standards Board, Bar Council and Law Society and support from personal tutors throughout the degree, with tutorial groups comprised of five students.
  • School of Sciences and Medicine: Students will interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed academics and dedicated teachers within a tutorial teaching system. Courses are designed to be leading-edge and to prepare students for postgraduate employment in today’s rapidly changing world. The School of Science and Medicine consists of the School of Medicine and the Departments of Applied Computing, Psychology and Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Disease.
  • Buckingham was the first UK university to condense the academic content of a standard 3-year degree into a 2-year programme, running over four terms per year. By offering 36 teaching weeks per year, the University can fit in the same amount of teaching in two years as other universities spread across three.
  • Students can complete their degree and earn a year’s salary in the time it would take them to study for the same undergraduate degree at a state-subsidised university. Students have the option to follow their undergraduate degree with a Masters degree and be better qualified at the end of the three years than other graduates.
  • The International Foundation Programme prepares international students for undergraduate programmes at the University of Buckingham. It provides a bridge between study in their home country and undergraduate study at a UK university
  • On successful completion of the programme, students can progress onto a 9-term undergraduate programme in the Schools of Business, Sciences or Humanities. This will mean that for many students their foundation and degree programme can be completed in three calendar years.

 

Location

Buckingham is a picturesque English market town. It lies between Milton Keynes to the east and Oxford to the west (there is a regular bus service to both) and is about an hour’s journey from London, so a wide choice of shopping malls, cinemas, theatres and clubs is not far away.

Buckingham boasts a range of traditional as well as more specialist shops. There is a variety of hotels, restaurants and public houses, as well as the Swan Leisure Centre, which offers a large indoor swimming pool, gym and fitness centre.

Stowe House, which lies in one of the finest landscape gardens in Europe, is close by, as is Silverstone Circuit, the home of British Motor Racing and the British Grand Prix.

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