Before Applying

Choose the right course for you

Deciding to take on further study is a big decision, so it’s important you consider all your options – from which course level to study at to how you wish to study, to make sure you choose a course that is right for you and what you are hoping to achieve.

Look carefully at the entry requirements for your chosen programme to find out whether you are eligible to apply. Where there are further specific requirements (for example, where your undergraduate studies need to have been in a particular discipline for your chosen master's, or you require relevant work experience), these will also be listed.

If you are unsure, you can contact our admissions team for further details.

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We hold Postgraduate and Professional Open Evenings throughout the year. Here you can find out more about our courses, meet and chat informally to course tutors and view the campus facilities. For a list of our upcoming dates and to register to attend, visit our open evenings section.

Part-time or full-time study?

For many of our postgraduate and professional courses we offer different study modes. For example, you may choose to study full-time, part-time or via distance learning. Make sure you consider this carefully, as this may also affect fitting your studies around home life or employment, or how you fund your studies.

You can choose to study:

  • full-time – this requires you to be in university for some of the time, either during the week, on evenings or at weekends.
  • part-time– this is a popular choice, and we run many of our postgraduate and professional  programmes on a part-time basis. Many students choose the part-time option, so they can study and work at the same time.
  • distance learning – if you prefer to study at home, or can’t get to one of our campuses, we offer several courses as distance learning options. You’ll be able to access your work and interact with other students remotely, through our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard – and get tutor support on the phone, by email or Skype.
  • flexible and distributed learning – we offer other courses on a flexible and distributed learning basis, which are also great for fitting in study around your work and other commitments. These are delivered mainly online, via our Virtual Learning Environment, with workshops on campus to support your learning.

To find out how you can study your chosen course, visit the individual course pages for more information.

Funding your studies

There are a range of options available to you to fund your studies, from student finance, employer sponsorship or Postgraduate Loans. Visit our undergraduate or postgraduate fees and funding pages for more information.

Don’t miss anything, including the deadlines

Make sure your application is fully completed before you submit it to us, as incomplete applications may be rejected.

We ask to see copies of your qualifications as evidence of your education. If you are a mature student and took your qualifications a few years ago please give us a call. However, if you don’t have copies of your qualifications and have taken them recently you may need to contact your exam board. In either case, please contact the Admissions Team on 0330 123 2023 for advice.

For our postgraduate courses, typically there are no deadlines for applications, however we do recommend applying sooner rather than later. Some courses require interviews, so please apply early.

If you are applying for MSc Social Work or PGDip Nursing, you will need to apply by the UCAS deadline; 15 January.

Are transfers to Bucks New University accepted?

For some courses it may be possible to transfer to Bucks from another university, or be exempt from certain modules or credits. In order to determine this we would need you to attach your official transcripts of study to the application so we can assess your suitability.

For more information about the application process, visit our How to Apply section