Postgraduate study

Postgraduate webinars

Thinking about postgraduate study? We hosted a series of live talks, with sessions from real students and expert staff.

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Studying at BCU

Fees and funding

When it comes to funding, it’s important to start early, and we can help you to find information about the scholarships and funding options open to you. You can also take advantage of Government-backed postgraduate loans to fund your studies. The loans are available for any subject and can be used towards fees and living expenses.

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Postgraduate FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about postgraduate study, including when to apply, how it can help you, and funding.

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Personal statements

When applying for a postgraduate course, your personal statement is key a part of the process. Your statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further studies.

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Over five years we’ll be offering 410 PhD studentships to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. This is for a fully funded place and a £14,565 stipend for living expenses. The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. There are also Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) available with pre-defined projects which involve collaboration with a local cultural institution.

Learn about Midlands4Cities

Download our guide

Our Postgraduate Guide provides details of all our postgraduate taught and research courses. It also provides information about the research environment at Birmingham City University.

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Why study here?

Taking a higher education course is a big investment in your future, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re choosing the right course and the right university.

Why study with us


Get all the details about bursaries and funding options available for postgraduate students to ensure you can get the help you need for your course.

Learn about bursaries


We have a confident, proud and diverse community of postgraduate students at BCU, who are striving to achieve their career goals and transform their lives.

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How to apply

Are you interested in applying for a Master's degree? Unlike undergraduate degrees where you will apply via UCAS, you can apply straight to the university for most postgraduate degrees - almost like a job application. We'll run you through the application process so that you know what to expect when you're ready.

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Josi shares her experience of starting a master’s straight after her bachelor’s degree and discusses a lot of the questions you may currently have.

Undergraduate to postgraduate


We have outlined what you need to know about funding your postgraduate course so that you can easily go through the options applicable to you.

Guide to postgrad loans

Postgraduate Taught

Taught Postgraduate degrees are a lot like undergraduate programmes. You’ll complete a series of modules following a set timetable of seminars, lectures and other activities. The majority of Masters-level programmes are taught courses. You’ll be much more responsible for studying independently in your free time, but the academics in charge of your course will lead you through it.

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Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research degrees are more independent in nature. You won’t have as many timetabled units (in fact, you may not have any). Instead, you’ll focus on one or more extended projects. You’ll still receive support and guidance from an expert supervisor, but the focus of your programme will be on your own research work.

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Our Experts

Our staff are experts in their field, offering up-to-date knowledge and valuable industry contacts, whether it be exhibiting artists, celebrated legal experts or professional musicians. Read more about just four of our many staff who have demonstrated outstanding research, experience and teaching in their respected fields.

Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper

School of Law

As a senior lecturer in law, Director of Mooting and a researcher in our Centre for American Legan Studies, Sarah has worked on a range of wrongful conviction cases in Arizona, and helped law students to obtain scholarships and compete in national mooting finals.

Hatem El-Gohary
Hatem El-Gohary

Business School

Professor of Marketing Hatem El-Gohary has over 20 years of experience in academia, and was recently one of the winners at the Institute for Small Business Enterprise Awards 2014, taking home the Gold award in the Creative Industries Entrepreneurship category.

Mak Sharma
Mak Sharma

School of Computing

Mak is internationally recognised for his expertise in the use of Cisco, Microsoft and Oracle resources, and embedding these into various qualifications. He has worked with a number of organisations to provide a set of problem-based learning programmes.

Ann Cubbin
Ann Cubbin

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Ann has been with Birmingham City University for 12 years, and has worked as Programme Director for Community Health Nursing for the past six. She recently received the Queen’s Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements, after being nominated by her students.