University of Buckingham


Location Buckingham, England
Established 1983
Percent International Students 48.40
Famous For Two-year degrees, Medicine, Psychology, Law, Business, Computing, Education and Humanities
International Fees £17,160-36,200


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. Buckingham is proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. The University is one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all courses.

Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, the University is only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and its location means it is within easy reach of London and Oxford. 

Award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors. As pioneers of the two-year degree, Buckingham offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree in just three years: saving you time and money.

The University also launched the UK’s first private Medical School, which recently secured General Medical Council (GMC) accreditation. The GMC commended Buckingham for ‘excellent professional, academic and pastoral support that extends throughout the University and clinical learning environments’.

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 four years running.

1 + 2 Foundation and Undergraduate Degree Pathway

The University of Buckingham offers a unique ‘1+2’ option (a foundation programme and undergraduate degree with honours in just three years). This is made possible due to Buckingham’s innovative term structure, but does not lead to an increased workload for its students on a day-to-day basis. Foundation pathways are available in Business, Law, Computing, Economics, Accounting and Finance and Journalism.

Services for International Students

The University of Buckingham provides several courses and classes to help students adjust to life in England. In addition, an English Language Centre is available for further tuition in academic, business and written English. With more than half of its students hailing from overseas, Buckingham has a proven track record of meeting the requirements of its international students.

Applications to the University can be made, free of charge, online through its website for all levels of study.


  • 108th in the Times University Guide 2021

1st for Upholding Free Speech, Free Speech University Rankings 2018 (Spiked) - Buckingham have a diverse student community, and encourages debates, talks and the sharing of ideas. More than half of the universities Spiked surveyed actively censor speech and ideas. We believe all universities should fiercely protect free speech. We even have a Free Speech Society that was set up by our students.

Top 4 for Student-Staff ratio (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) - Buckingham keep class sizes small so you won’t get lost in the crowd. You will be assigned a personal tutor to support you every step of the way, and academic and student support teams will ensure you have the tools to succeed in your studies.

1st for Teaching Excellence (The Times Higher Education metrics ranking 2017) - The University of Buckingham were awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), achieving ‘double positive’ ratings in all six categories. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings then ranked UK universities in the TEF, placing us at the very top of the table. For an excellent learning experience, choose Buckingham. 


With a wide variety of rooms available on beautiful campuses, you can relax whilst remaining close to all of the action – and, best of all, accommodation is guaranteed to first-year students*.

- Buckingham Campus

The University owns all of its accommodation, and you will either be based on campus (where many rooms are located) or nearby. All of the accommodation is within a 15-20 walk from the town centre. Choose from ensuite or shared bathrooms, mixed and single-gender options, riverside locations and designated quiet blocks. Rooms are fully furnished and centrally heated, with Wi-Fi and access to cooking facilities. Most have a small refrigerator as well. Disabled rooms and facilities are available.

- Crewe Campus

Located five minutes away from campus, Crewe accommodation offers 790 rooms in the newly built Booth Hall. Offering comfortable, self-catering accommodation, with vibrant communal spaces and modern facilities (including high-speed Wi-Fi), you are sure to find a relaxing home at this residence.

*Application deadlines apply.


Buckingham is in the heart of South-East England, a market town 50 miles from London and 20 miles from Oxford. It is close to a number of major international airports and local transport links are strong. It has grown rapidly over the past 40 years.

Cities such as Oxford and Milton Keynes are a 30 minute drive away. Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, Stowe Landscape Gardens, Bicester Village Shopping Outlet and Towcester Racecourse are all within a short drive of Buckingham.


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