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Part-time study at BU

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Part-time study on undergraduate degrees

Most of our undergraduate courses are full-time, typically lasting three or four years depending on the length of your placement. But part-time variants are available in some instances if you need a less intensive academic schedule  for example to balance your studies with family or work commitments.

You can check individual course pages on this site to see if part-time study might be an option. If it is, this will be flagged in both the course’s fee information and introductory text.

Enquiring about part-time options

Part-time versions of our undergraduate courses are not applied to through UCAS using a unique code. Please contact us directly to discuss possible part-time availability for the course you are interest in.

When you find a course that indicates part-time study is an option, simply complete our enquiry form (select ‘Ask a question’ and let us know which course you’re interested in studying). We’ll then be in touch to discuss how you might progress onto your desired course.

Entry requirements for studying part-time

Entry requirements for the part-time versions of our undergraduate degree courses are the same as for the full-time versions – so you’ll find everything you need to know, including UCAS tariff requirements, on the course page.

Timetables and delivery of units

If you choose to study part-time, the content of your degree will cover all of the same units as the full-time delivery. This means you’ll work in a very similar way towards achieving the total credits needed for the degree – but the manner in which you gain those credits will be broken up over a longer period of time, compared to the typical full-time model of studying towards 120 credits per year.

For courses with a validated part-time route, you will have the opportunity to discuss with a member of the academic team how a part-time option could be structured.

Course fees and finance

Visit our tuition fees pages for details of fees for part-time study. These typically equate to 50% of the full-time equivalent course, although this depends on the intensity you are studying for UK, EU and Channel Island students. Part-time versions of full-time courses are not available for international students outside the EU.

As a part-time student, you could be eligible for a tuition fee loan. This depends on your course having an intensity of 25% or higher – a measure of how much of your course you will complete each year compared to full-time students.

For more information, visit the student finance pages on gov.uk

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