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University of Buckingham

The University of Buckingham is a non-profit private university. It is England’s oldest private university. It was initially founded in 1973 as the University College Buckingham and was granted its social charter in 1893. The University has strong ties to Margret Thatcher, who oversaw the creation of the University. As a smaller university, Buckingham has over 3,000 students.

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University of Buckingham

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Buckingham.

  • Rankings

    The University of Buckingham ranked 1st out of 129 university in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University guide 2018:

  • Employability

    Many graduates from the University of Buckingham go on to further study at some of the world’s best universities such as Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge and have gone into highly paid roles afterwards. Graduates from Buckingham have gone into roles such as the head of the country’s civil service. The university support all graduates into employment through its careers hub, find out more here.

  • Fees

    UK students will be £9,250 for their tuition. Fees for international students begin at £15,822 and can raise to £17,800. Fees may also increase for degrees such as medicine and dentistry.

  • Bursaries

    Find the full range of bursaries and scholarships here.


All accommodation at Buckingham University is self-catered, students will have the opportunity to use the shared kitchen facilities. The university has three accommodation residences, Hunter Street, Verney Park and Moreton Road. Prices at these venues range from £99 per week to £249 per week depending on the accommodation type that students opt for. Find out more about accommodation here.

Students' Union

The University of Buckingham Students’ Union supports all students during their time at university. The union hosts an array of events, and societies that students are welcomed to join. The union is run by its executive student team, who represent the student voice.

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Famous for

The University of Buckingham stands apart from other universities in that it offers traditional degrees across a two-year period rather than in a three-year period. The University teaches students across 8 terms in two years, rather than 9 terms in three years. The model of teaching is called the two-year intensive model.


The University of Buckingham Press has announced that it is launching the Journal of Medical Education Research that will be published in conjunction with the University of Buckingham Medical School. Dr Bharathy Kumaravel, Senior Clinical Lectures at the University has been appointed Chef Editor, and the journal will be open access to the public.

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