The University of Buckingham
Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham – based in the South East of England – is ranked 1st for Teaching Excellence in the UK*. It is independent and not-for-profit, and offers courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology, and Security and Intelligence.
Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, the University is within easy reach of London, equidistant between Oxford and Cambridge, and close to the M1 and M40. Milton Keynes central station is 20 minutes’ drive away; Heathrow and Luton Airports are less than an hour away.
Established via a Royal Charter, Buckingham’s unique tutorial model ensures that class sizes are kept small. As pioneers of the two-year degree, Buckingham offers a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning students gain a full honours degree, but graduate a whole year earlier (depending on the degree chosen).
Buckingham has one of the most diverse student bodies in the UK, attracting students from around the world, including Germany, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and North America. The student experience is a truly global one.
The University launched the UK’s first private Medical School, which recently secured General Medical Council (GMC) accreditation. The GMC lauded Buckingham for its ‘excellent professional, academic and pastoral support that extends throughout the University and clinical learning environments’.
The main campus is set in the heart of Buckingham, and is the second safest campus in England and Wales (The Complete University Guide, 2019). The University’s School of Education is based at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, and as of September 2019 the new Apollo Buckingham Health Science Campus can be found in Crewe and offers pathways into medicine, as well as allied health programmes, such as Podiatry. Medicine remains on the main campus in Buckingham.
The University’s dedication to teaching quality and student life has resulted in it being rated highly by its students and in national surveys. This includes being ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction for three years running (2017, 2018 and 2019) by The Complete University Guide.
The University of Buckingham is in the top four for student-to-staff ratio in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times – Good University Guide, 2019).
The small-group tutorial model is about individual learning experiences, not mass education. Buckingham’s unique tutorials are in addition to lectures and seminars. These sessions ensure that students are not just a face in the crowd: tutors get to know each student and will then be equipped to support them on their individual learning journeys.
Every year the University helps hundreds of its students develop and shape their futures by connecting them with a selection of organisations, graduate recruiters and further study providers. In the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Buckingham scored 81.5% in career prospects. Each School has established strong industry links, enabling you to build your portfolio while you study. The dedicated Careers Service staff are on hand during a student’s time at Buckingham and for their whole life, to provide advice and help students find their dream job.
* Times Higher Education metrics ranking, 2017