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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!

Students at graduation

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 total PG course fees will be discounted by 20%. 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.

2021 scholarship terms and conditions

Eligibility

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

  •          Be enrolling onto a Master’s course, either full-time or part-time
  •          Be a UK, EU or international fee-paying student
  •          Have graduated within the past two years from a BCU undergraduate degree*
  •          Be making an application to a course which is not exempt from the Scholarship (see list below)

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.

 *For example, if you graduate in July 2020, you would be able to access the funding if you enrol by January/February 2022. If you choose to defer entry to a course, your new start date would still need to fall within the two-year window to access the Scholarship.

The Scholarship is not available for study at research level (PhDs).

The Scholarship is not open to students wishing to enrol on the following courses:

  •          ACCA Course (Full Time and Part Time)
  •          Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses
  •          Distance learning programmes
  •          Franchise or validated course delivered at or through partner colleges
  •          Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  •          PGCE and PCET
  •          Postgraduate Certificates
  •          Postgraduate Diplomas
  •          Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

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.

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.
Timelines

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 graduated with a first or second class undergraduate honours degree from BCU and are continuing, or returning within two years, 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 £11,570 (for courses starting after 1 August 2021). 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.