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University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham


  • The University of Buckingham admitted its first students in 1976 and now has 2,281 students from over 80 different countries.
  • It is unique amongst British universities, being the only non-specialist institution receiving no state funding.
  • It offers traditional three year degrees in two years over four ten-week terms, providing small-group Oxbridge-style teaching.

Location and Transport

  • Rural setting within small market town.
  • Mid England position within easy reach of M1 and M40.
  • Set midway between Milton Keynes and Oxford with good transport links.

Entry Standards

  • Average of 320 A-level points (ABB at A level).
  • Visit our online course finder for information about entry requirements at the University of Buckingham.

Student Mix

The 2,245 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Degree programmes may be structured as i) major/minor, ii) joint honours, iii) combined honours, and iv) single honours, offering an unusual degree of flexibility.
  • Although degree programmes are typically 2-year, 8-term programmes, some subjects, e.g. Economics, are available as a 3-year programme, with September entry.
  • Undergraduate Honours degrees are completed in two years.

Teaching Standards

  • Buckingham has led the UK National Student Survey (NSS) since it joined in 2006, coming top 7 times.

Research Standards

  • Significant research grants have been secured for diabetes, obesity and cancer, and research in applied computing, education policy, and law.
  • Research-generated income represented more than 10% of the university’s turnover last year.

Academic Strengths

  • Outstanding graduate prospects.
  • Leading the National Student Survey since 2006.
  • Staff:student ratio of 1:11.3.
  • Undergraduate degrees completed in two years.
  • Dynamic and International student body.
  • The university offers a high degree of personal attention to its students, both academic and personal, reflected in more contact hours and small group tutorials.

Student Facilities

  • Wireless access in all halls of residence and across the rest of the campus.
  • Newly refurbished refectory and fitness suite. Students’ Union and libraries.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at the University of Buckingham.
  • Telephone +44 (0)1280 820200 or email

Students’ Union

  • Students’ Union Executive serves a six-month term of office with elections held in March and August.
  • Affiliated to the Students’ Union are a wide range of societies, including the Law Society, Amnesty International Society, Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society, Christian Union, Islamic Society, plus many more cultural societies.
  • The Union organizes weekly events – quizzes, live music nights and themed parties. Annually they host the Graduation Ball, Rag Week and the annual Duck Race.


  • The annual Chancellor’s Cup, involving all sports, is contested between the University’s Schools.
  • The University now has its own running club and football team competing in the local league.
  • Fully-equipped fitness centre open 24/7. Classes include Pilates, Zumba, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo and tennis.
  • Public leisure centre where students will get student discount. There is a public pool, gym, basketball, badminton, squash and an astro turf used for football and hockey.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has renovated its Chandos Road facility to include the new Medical School, and upgraded its main teaching facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university employs students in the library, student bar and Students Union on a part time basis. These opportunities are advertised to students as and when they become available.
  • Part-time work is be available in the local towns, including the large Bicester Village shopping mall.
  • The university has strong links with local recruitment agencies who regularly visit campus and will assist students in finding part-time work.

Careers Guidance

  • There is an extensive careers library and career advisers to help students make a decision about their future.
  • There are workshops to develop their job-search skills and events to attend, all this, right through from their very first term, to graduation and beyond.

Notable Alumni

  • Robin Totterman, PEL here in 1984 – owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business.
  • Arjun Oberoi, Econs 1991 – runs Oberoi Hotel Group in India with his uncle and cousin.
  • Marc Gene, Econs 1995 – F1 Test driver for Ferrari, winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans in 2009.
  • Patrick Coote, Euro Bus Management 1995 – Marketing Manager, Fraser Super Yachts, Monaco.
  • Alex Jovy, English and Euro Law with French 1995 – Film Director, Oscar nominated short film in Cannes 1998.
  • Mark Lancaster (Business Studies 1992) – MP for MK NE.
  • Chris de Lapuente, Econs 1983 – Adventurer, Global President and CEO of Sephora (part of LVMH group).
  • Sara Sutcliffe (nee Friend), Eng and Euro Law with French 1993 – British Olympic Association, Director of Legal & HR.
  • Keva Bain, Law 1993 – Office of the Attorney General, Bahamas.
  • Frederick Mitchell, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bahamas.
  • Leo Mills, former Secretary to the Cabinet of Bermuda.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1280 814080
  • The University of Buckingham
    Hunter Street
    MK18 1EG

UCAS Code B90


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