The University of Buckingham is a non-profit private university in Buckingham, England and the oldest of the country’s five private universities. It was founded as the University College at Buckingham in 1973, admitting its first students in 1976. It was granted university status by royal charter in 1983.

Buckingham is unique. It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, and probably the smallest with around 2,700 students (approx 1,600 on campus). Honours degrees are achieved in two intensive years of study. We keep class sizes small, with a student:academic staff ratio of 10.4:1 and the Oxbridge style tutorial groups are often personalised and always exhilarating.

Each student mixes with over 100 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.

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.


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.

The campus is situated on a beautiful 27-acre site, and the buildings are a mix of traditional and modern architecture. The university has a reputation for being one of the most picturesque campuses in the UK.


From business and management to law and history, there is a course for everyone at the University of Buckingham.

In addition to providing an excellent education, the University of Buckingham also offers a number of benefits to its students. These benefits include access to world-class facilities, experienced staff, and a supportive environment. Click below to discover the wide range of courses that the University of Buckingham offer.