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Postgraduate study - FAQs

Considering postgraduate study but have a few questions? We've answered the commonly asked questions here.

What is the difference between postgraduate taught and postgraduate research? Postgraduate taught courses are just that - taught by lecturers, with seminars and tutor contact time, much in the same way as an undergraduate degree. Postgraduate research courses are much more autonomous, with research and study led by you in your chosen field.

How do I apply for a postgraduate taught course? Applications for our postgraduate taught courses are usually made directly through our website. Just find your course and hit the apply button and we'll guide you through the process. There are some exceptions to this:


- For postgraduate courses that fall under Music or Acting, these are applied for via UCAS Conservatoires to study at our Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
- For Teacher Training courses, these currently go through the gov.uk website.
- For LLM full-time Law courses, applications are made through LawCabs, if you are applying a part-time LLM course, please apply directly through our website.

How can I find out more about funding and loans for postgraduate degrees? Take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £12,167 available for postgraduate study. The loans are available for any subject and are a contribution to costs including fees and living costs. We have a page dedicated to fees and funding to help you, which also provides information on other funding opportunities.


Studying a postgraduate course at BCU:

What is employability like for BCU students? BCU graduates go into a diverse range of roles and industries. Each of our course pages lists the kinds of fields and roles our graduates have gone on to do. Our Graduate+ team helps you along the way, giving you tips for everything from your CV to interview prep.

What facilities are available for my course? From mock hospital wards to a green screen studio, our cutting-edge facilities ensure that you're always up-to-date with your skills and industry knowledge.

How do I find out more about the modules and assessment methods for my course? Every course page will have a 'course in depth' tab, which will detail the modules you will undertake, plus the assessment frequency and methods. This is a great way to find out if you can specialise in the area you are interested in, or do a course that has minimal exams.

How can I find out more about the staff who would be teaching me? On each course page, the 'facilities and staff' tab details who teaches on the course. You can then find their staff profiles on our website to find out more about their research, specialities and any publications they may have worked on.

How do I find out the entry requirements for my course? Entry requirements are listed on each course page under the tab 'entry requirements'. This will break down different types of qualifications so you can see if you would meet the requirements.


If you have any more questions about postgraduate study generally, or at BCU, just ask and I'll help as best I can! We also have lots of information on our postgraduate hub: https://bit.ly/4anl0IK

Abbie :smile:
BCU Rep

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