Postgraduate Study

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

Interested in postgraduate study but need more information? This guide contains everything you need to know about applying for and succeeding in postgraduate study.

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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.

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Scholarships and bursaries

Each year, there are a range of additional scholarships, loans and bursaries offered by BCU and external organisations to help fund your studies.

Additional funding


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 and when to apply.

Are you a current BCU undergraduate student?

Find out about our Graduate Scholarship, how to apply through our fast track application and the benefits of studying your Master's at BCU.



Jumping from an undergraduate degree to a Master's is a big but exciting step. Our current students and expert advisers are here to help with the application and finance process and give you top tips to navigate postgraduate life and study.

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Studying a PhD can be fascinating, challenging, exciting and rewarding...sometimes all in one day. Our postgraduate researchers provide valuable advice on future career options, balancing studies with work and social life, and the PhD process.

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Postgraduate personal statement guide

Applying for Master's study and not sure what's required of you in your personal statement? Don't worry, our guide has top tips, examples from real students and all the guidance you'll need.

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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If your child is considering studying at Master's level after their undergraduate degree, then you might have some questions. Download our postgraduate guide for parents and guardians to find out how studying a Master's could benefit them and what the application process is like.