Same degree, different start date
If you haven’t studied before, want to transfer course, or find a September start isn’t ideal, our January intake gives you the chance to commence your studies at a time that works for you.
We are one of the only universities in the UK where you can start university in January. Almost all of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available to start in either September or January. You’ll study the same course content in the same timeframe. This means no matter which entry point you choose, you will be part of a whole new student cohort and get to experience induction, Freshers’ Week and the same expert teaching.
Choosing to start university in January with us on one of our two-year degrees will also give you the opportunity to graduate ahead of people studying a traditional three-year degree who started in the September before you. So competing for graduate-entry jobs will be that little bit easier!
January start: Frequently asked questions
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Applications are open year-round for our January intake. Apply directly to us via your chosen course page to secure your place.
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Transferring is easy
Nearly 10 per cent of our January intake are transfer students: if you’re not happy where you are, you can always start afresh.
How to transfer
Graduate with less competition
By finishing your course in December, you’ll graduate at a time with less competition in the job market.
Choose your January degree
Why choose a January start?
You chose the wrong course
Students often think that once they begin a course they are ‘stuck’, but this is not the case. If you don’t like your course or realise that it’s just not the right fit, January entry allows you to transfer to a different course (often with some credits granted). You can start a fresh course in January and, if you choose a two-year degree, you can still graduate six months ahead of students starting the previous September at a traditional university.
You can’t travel to the UK for a September start
A January start can help you start university sooner if you can’t travel to the UK to start in September. If you study a two-year degree as well, this can get you out in the workplace up to a year sooner than if you went to another university. Even better, you can save time and money as well.
You weren't able to start in September
If you couldn’t start in September, the January intake can help you to gain entry into your first choice of course. Buckingham specifically allocates additional spots for the January intake, meaning that you have another chance to snap up a place on the course you really want.
You are finding the ‘big’ university experience lonely
Nearly 10 per cent of our January starters transfer from another university, so you won’t be alone. As a smaller university, we are proud of our strong sense of community, personal tutor support and small class sizes. You won’t get lost in the crowd at Buckingham.
You missed out on a place
If you missed out on a place in September, the January intake can help you to gain entry into your first choice of course. Buckingham specifically allocates additional spots for the January intake, meaning that you have another chance to snap up a place on the course you really want.
You need flexible study options
If you are a mature student looking to study for the first time or getting ready to begin a second degree, starting in January can provide you with extra flexibility. Some of our school leavers also enjoy a mini gap year, relaxed in the knowledge that they have secured their place to study in January. .