About Buckingham

Buckingham is unique. It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, and probably the smallest with around 2,000 students (approx 1,300 on campus). Honours degrees are achieved in two intensive years of study. We keep class sizes small, with a student:academic staff ratio of 9.6:1 and the Oxbridge style tutorial groups are often personalised and always exhilarating.

The University campus is well known for being one of the most attractive locations in the region. The Great Ouse river, home to much wildlife, winds through the heart of our campus. Much of our teaching takes place in our restored buildings such as the Franciscan Building, formerly a friary, and, Chandos Road Building, a converted turn-of-the-century milk factory, while students can also enjoy the Hunter Street Library, once military barracks.

Each student mixes with 89 other different 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. Our graduates find jobs all over the world, and the friendships they make here go a long way to broadening their experience and to giving them links that, possibly, no other university can do at such an intense level.

Bachelor’s + Master’s in Just Three Years

Buckingham has pioneered the two-year honours degree. Studying for two years at Buckingham allows you to gain an equivalent degree to one achieved in three years elsewhere. This is made possible by our restructuring of the academic year to provide an additional term each summer. So you fit in the same number of teaching weeks as on a conventional three-year programme, but your work-load in any term is no greater. Buckingham is not a ‘crammer’ and we don’t cut corners.

Following your Bachelor’s with a Master’s at Buckingham means that you can gain a postgraduate degree in just three years. This could set you apart in that all important job application – not surprisingly, Buckingham leads the graduate employment tables. If you stay on to study at Master’s with us, you can also benefit from up to 33% discount on your tuition fees.

The two year degree

  • An intensive, fast track degree offering as much academic content in two years as other universities offer in three.
  • Flexible entry points – many of our degrees start in January, July & September each year.
  • Allows you to start working and earning one year earlier.
  • One of the best ratio of teaching staff to students of any UK university means we can guarantee small class sizes
  • You make full use of the whole year, including the long summer holiday period of other universities, which is better preparation for the world of work.
  • Flexible start dates.
  • Teaching is generally provided over 2 semesters (2 terms a semester) of 20 weeks.
  • Your degree will comprise a full 360 credit units, just like other Bachelors degrees.

Value for money

Our two-year honours degrees offer a value for money alternative to courses at other universities, while our excellent student to staff ratio of 9.6:1 compares favourably to the national average of 14.2:1. The illustration below shows an example of the typical savings that can be made:

Buckingham 1 Other UK Universities
Tuition 3 Living Costs 2 Tuition 3 Living Costs 2
Year one £12,444 £8,000 £9,000 £8,000
Year two *£12,948 £8,000 £9,000 £8,000
Year three 0 0 £9,000 £8,000
Sub-total *£25,392 £16,000 £27,000 £24,000
Total £41,392 £51,000


Medical School

School of Business

School of Humanities

School of Law

School of Science

 National Rankings

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

The University of Buckingham is very proud to be The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality. At a time when there is such concern about the quality of teaching at our universities, there is no accolade more important than this. This is what The Sunday Times said about us in their Good University Guide 2016:

“For many years Britain’s only private university, Buckingham is still the only one in our main league table, now well established in the top 50. It has too few students to be classified in some measures for several years, but has seen dramatic growth in a decade, attracting younger and more British students than had been the case.

The opening of the country’s first private not-for-profit medical school saw the first 64 students arriving in January. The course, which was “massively oversubscribed”, is 4½ years long, modelled on Leicester University’s MBChB programme, and costs £35,00 a year – in line with the overseas rate at other medical schools.

Buckingham, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, has a new vice-chancellor, the political historian and former independent school headmaster Sir Anthony Seldon, who has joined from Wellington College.”

The National Student Survey

Buckingham is proud to have been top or near top of the National Student Survey (NSS) in student satisfaction since 2006.

The NSS provides all final-year undergraduate students in UK higher education institutions and further education colleges with the opportunity to express their opinions on what they liked during their time at university.

Sir Anthony Seldon, the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said: “We are delighted to be leading the National Student Survey once again for student satisfaction. Our high staff student ratio and open door policy results in students at the University of Buckingham getting all the help they need from tutors and enjoying the many benefits of small Oxbridge-style tutorial groups.”

Other strengths in the league tables

  • Staff: student ratioRanked 1st out of 127 universities (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • Graduate prospectsRanked 1st for graduate employability with 98.1% by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 2016
  • Satisfied with courseRanked 1st out of 127 universities (The Complete University Guide 2017)
  • Safest campusRanked 1st in England and Wales (The Complete University Guide 2016)
  • Subject area rankingRanked 7th in Psychology out of 112 universities (The Guardian University League Table 2016)
  • Subject area rankingRanked 7th in Politics out of 77 universities (The Guardian University League Table 2016)
  • Free speechRanked 1st for upholding Free Speech (Spiked Magazine Poll).

Tuition fees

Undergraduate degree – September 2016 start

Tuition Fees
8-term Business degree
Tuition Fees
9-term degree
Year one £17,160 £12,870
Year two *£17,160 *£17,160
Year three *£4,290
Total *£34,320 *£34,320

* Fees are reviewed annually and may increase, usually in line with inflation. For termly payment information, visit our detailed fee breakdown.

Postgraduate International Fees 2016 – 2017

You may find it useful to look at our Accommodation fees to help you to budget for your living expenses during your studies. See our definition of fee status for details of who qualifies as an international student.

Please note that the University of Buckingham has four (4) terms per year. The tuition fees quoted are for the degree (e.g. if you start an MBA at Buckingham in January 2016, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in September 2017).

Postgraduate taught degrees


Termly fee*

Total tuition fees*

Annual fee*

LLM (4 terms – Sept ’16 entry & 3 terms – Jan ’17 entry) (course info) £3,885 £11,655
MA in Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Security and Intelligence Studies (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Archaeology (course info) £3,060 £12,240
MA in Biography (course info) £3,435 £13,740
MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors (3-terms) (course info) £4,500 £13,500
MA in Dickens Studies+ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in English Country House+ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Appied Research in Urban Design+ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in the Art Market and the History of Collecting (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in History of Art: Renaissance to Modernism+ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in History of Sport (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Human Rights+ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in International Affairs (by research)+‡ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Military History+ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Modern War Studies and Contemporary Military History+‡ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MA in Philosophy+ (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MBA (course info) £3,965 £15,860
MD in General Internal Medicine (Clinical) (2-year, 8-term) (course info) £55,000 £27,500
MSc in Clinical Science (course info) £6,750 £27,000
MEd in Educational Leadership (18-month, 6-term) (course info) £4,300
MSc in Accounting and Finance (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MSc in Applied Computing (18-months, 6-term) (course info) £2,835 £17,010
MSc in Innovative Computing (course info) £3,465 £13,860
MSc in Finance and Investment (course info) £3,965 £15,860
MSc in Financial Service Management (course info) £3,615 £14,460
MSc in Continuous Improvement in Public Services (2-years, part-time) (course info) £2,125 £17,000 £8,500
MSc Lean Enterprise (2-years, 8-term) (course info) £2,250 £18,000 £9,000
MSc Entrepreneurial Consultancy & Practice  (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MSc Management in a Global Service Economy (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MSc Management in a Service Economy (course info) £3,535 £14,140
MSc Management in a Service Economy (part-time) (2-years, 8-term) (course info) £1,767.50 £14,140 £7,070

Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas


Termly fee*

Total tuition fees*

Certificate in Computing (2-terms) (course info) £3,465 £6,930
Pre-Masters Course in Business (1-term) £5,095 £5,095
Graduate Diploma in Computing (3-terms) (course info) £3,465 £10,395
Graduate Diploma in Computing (4-terms) (course info) £2,600 £10,400
Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership (course info) >£2,100
Independent PGCE (course info) >£4,595

Postgraduate research
(MA, MSc, MPhil, DPhil)

Termly fee*

Total tuition fees*

Annual fee*

Full-time – English Literature £3,255 Dependent on duration of study £13,020
Full-time – Humanities, Business, Law £3,320 £13,280
Full-time – Science♦ £3,320 £13,280
Full-time – Computing♦ £3,255 £13,020
Resident outside of the UK £1,660 £6,640