Graduate Scholarship

Are you a final year undergraduate or a recent BCU graduate planning on studying for a Master’s degree? You could be eligible for a 20% fee discount to support your studies!

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The Graduate Scholarship

The Graduate Scholarship is a 20% fee reduction available to all BCU graduates enrolling onto an eligible postgraduate qualification within two years of graduation. It is aimed at encouraging you to fulfil your postgraduate potential by continuing your academic career at BCU, or returning within two years of graduating.

Graduates will need to hold a minimum lower-second class honours degree (2:2) to be eligible for the scholarship.

Payment of the Scholarship

Please note, your offer email will show the full fee. If you are awarded the Graduate Scholarship, your postgraduate course fees will be discounted by 20% in each year of study. You can then choose to pay your fees in full at the start of the year, or by instalments. See our fees and funding pages for more information on paying your fees.

Scholarship terms and conditions


To be awarded a scholarship, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have achieved a first or second class honours degree (first, 2:1, 2:2)
  • Be enrolling onto a Master’s course, either full-time or part-time, that is not exempt from the Scholarship (see list below)
  • Be a UK, EU or international fee-paying student
  • Have achieved a BCU undergraduate degree within the past two years (24 months)*, e.g.
    • Degree awarded in January 2021: Enrol by January 2023
    • Degree awarded in July 2021: Enrol by January 2023

* If you choose to defer entry to a course, your new start date would still need to fall within the 24-month window to access the Scholarship.

The Scholarship is also open to Level 7 Apprenticeship students who fulfil the criteria above. Students who joined BCU in their third year after gaining a HND are also eligible.

It is not open to ERASMUS students currently studying at BCU.

If you are eligible for the Graduate Scholarship and a second BCU scholarship, we will automatically award you the larger of the two. You can only hold one Scholarship, whichever represents the greater amount.

Courses exempt from the Scholarship

Please note that the Scholarship is not available for study at research level (PhDs). 

In addition, the Scholarship is not open to students wishing to enrol on the following courses: 

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses
  • Distance learning / online programmes (excl. MSc Psychology)
  • Franchise or validated course delivered at or through partner colleges
  • PGCE and PCET
  • Postgraduate Certificates
  • Postgraduate Diplomas
  • Graduate Diplomas
Application process

We have established a Fast Track application process for all BCU undergraduate students who would like to take a Master’s level degree, which you can find in your student portal (see here MySRS). It will just take a few clicks to find a suitable course and complete the Fast Track Application form.

Some courses do require a different application process:

  • Conservatoire programmes can be applied for via UCAS Conservatoires
  • Law programmes can be applied for via LawCabs.

You can apply at any time for a postgraduate course (via MySRS), even if you do not have your degree results. We encourage you to apply early since some programmes may be full due to popular demand.

When you become eligible for the Scholarship (i.e. you have achieved a first or second class undergraduate honours degree from BCU and are continuing, or returning within 24 months, onto a postgraduate programme), you will automatically be awarded the Graduate Scholarship.

If you are a UK student, or have EU settled status, you can also apply for the government postgraduate loan of up to £11,836 (for courses starting after 1 August 2022). If you qualify for Student Finance England (SFE) funding, please apply as early as possible as the SFE team gets very busy with applications for undergraduate loans too at certain times of the year. Applying late may lead to a delay in receiving your loan. For more information about this, visit the government’s student finance website.

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