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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

The part-time versions of our undergraduate degrees don’t have unique UCAS codes – so you can’t apply for them directly without first speaking to us about availability.

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

The content of your degree will cover all of the same units as the full-time programme if you choose to study part-time. This means you’ll work in a very similar way towards achieving at least 360 credits to graduate – 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.

Our faculties can provide more detail about how course content will be broken up across your part-time studies when you enquire. 

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

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