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The Two-Year Degree

students looking at a laptopBuckingham was the first UK university to condense the academic content of a standard 3-year degree into a 2-year programme, running over four terms per year. By offering 36 teaching weeks per year, we can fit in the same amount of teaching in two years as other universities spread across three.

You can complete your degree and earn a year’s salary in the time it would take you to study for the same undergraduate degree at a state-subsidised university. Or you could follow it with a Masters degree and be better qualified at the end of the three years than other graduates.

Features of the 2-year degree

  • An intensive, fast track degree offering as much academic content in two years as other universities offer in three.
  • Flexible entry points – many of our degrees start in January, July & September each year.
  • Allows you to start working and earning one year earlier.
  • The best ratio of teaching staff to students of any UK university means we can guarantee small class sizes
  • You make full use of the whole year, including the long summer holiday period of other universities, which is better preparation for the world of work.
  • Flexible start dates.
  • Teaching is generally provided over 2 semesters (2 terms a semester) of 20 weeks.
  • Your degree will comprise a full 360 credit units, just like other Bachelors degrees.

Value for money

Our two-year honours degrees offer a value for money alternative to courses at other universities, while our excellent student to staff ratio of 11.4:1 compares favourably to the national average of 17.4:1. The illustration below shows an example of the typical savings that can be made:

Buckingham 1 Other UK Universities
Tuition 3 Living Costs 2 Tuition 3 Living Costs 2
Year one £12,444 £8,000 £9,000 £8,000
Year two *£12,444 £8,000 £9,000 £8,000
Year three 0 0 £9,000 £8,000
Sub-total *£24,888 £16,000 £27,000 £24,000
Total *£40,888 £51,000

Notes on the illustration

1 This illustration is based on a home student starting an undergraduate 8-term degree in September 2013 (many September start courses at Buckingham last for 9-terms. There is no additional tuition fee but there will be an extra term of living costs for which a pro-rata loan is available from the Student Loan Company).
2 This is an estimate of living costs – the major element is the cost of accommodation.
3 This table is for comparison only. It is likely that tuition fees will rise in line with inflation.

Buckingham students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loan Company to the value of £6,000 per annum. They can also apply for the Maintenance Loan of up to £5,500 per annum in the same way as students at other universities. An additional means-tested Maintenance Grant is available where the household income is below £42,600.