BPP University

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BPP University
Former names
BPP Law School (1992)
BPP College of Professional Studies (2005)
BPP University College of Professional Studies (2010)
MottoUniversity for the Professions
Parent institution
BPP Holdings
ChancellorLord Chris Holmes
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Tim Stewart
Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester
United Kingdom

BPP University is a private university specialising in law, business, finance, accountancy, banking, technology, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, psychology and healthcare. BPP University has sites in several UK city centre locations, particularly in London. Since 2009 it has been owned and run by BPP Holdings, part of the US-based for-profit education company Apollo Education Group.

The University takes its name from the founders Alan Brierley, Richard Price and Charles Prior who in 1976 set up as Brierley Price Prior, to train accountancy students.

The university is a UK degree-awarding body with four schools: BPP University School of Business and Technology, BPP University Law School, BPP University School of Health and BPP University School of Nursing.[1] The university was awarded the 2010 Education Investor award for 'Post-16 Education Provider of the Year' and Education Investor magazine's 'Higher/Professional Education Provider of the Year 2013' award in November.[2]

In June 2019, Times Higher Education reported that BPP owners, the Apollo Education Group, were looking to sell the University just two years after ownership changed hands in 2017.[3]

In December 2019, The Lawyer reported that "BPP Law School has been taken off the market following six months in which no potential buyer willing to pay the asking price was found."[4]


BPP University has study centres in Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London and Manchester.[5] Beginning in 2016, through CIS London & Partners managing partner Svetlana London, an alumni; BPP also offered its MBA (Legal Services) programme in Russia.[6]

Organisation and administration[edit]

BPP University is one of nine private degree awarding bodies in the UK. It receives direct funding from tuition fees at the level of its choice.[7]

Academic programmes[edit]

The university offers degree programmes in law,[8] business (management, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, leadership) accounting, finance, psychology and health studies. In 2011, it had 6,780 students taking courses in its Business School, Law School, School of Health and School of Foundation & English Language Studies. A further 30,000 took accountancy qualifications with BPP's professional training organisation BPP Professional Education. The university also manages and operates McTimoney College of Chiropractic[9] and through that partnership offers four-year master's degrees in Chiropractic.[7]

Other programmes[edit]

"Pathway programmes" are non-degree programmes.[10]

The university also provides a number of Professional Education courses, leading to exams taken with professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketering (CIM).[11]


  1. ^ "Private university expands into health sector". BBC News. 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.educationinvestor.co.uk/awards/awardsWinners2013.aspx
  3. ^ Morgan, John (19 June 2019). "BPP sale set to test appetite for for-profit investment". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  4. ^ Simmons, Richard The Lawyer (16 December 2019) "BPP off the market for now as no buyers found". Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  5. ^ "About BPP University". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  6. ^ "BPP University teams up with CIS London & Partners to offer innovative MBA (Legal Services) programme", Lawyer Monthly 12 September 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Sean Coughlan (25 July 2010). "First private university in decades to be created". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  8. ^ Melanie Newman, "For-profit college to offer two-year law degree," 17 January 2008, The Times Higher Education, found at The Times Higher Education website. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  9. ^ "Undergraduate Programmes". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Foundation Degrees & Certificates – BPP University". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Postgraduate Marketing Programmes – BPP University". Retrieved 16 July 2015.

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Coordinates: 51°30′18″N 0°13′23″W / 51.50500°N 0.22306°W / 51.50500; -0.22306