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The University of Suffolk recognises that many students want to study part-time to boost career prospects and to allow the opportunity to earn while they learn. Around one in three higher education students in the UK are studying part-time - and Suffolk offers a range of part-time degrees to suit the interests and time commitments of our students.

Part-time study offers a more flexible approach to learning, allowing students with outside commitments to complete their studies over a longer period of time, typically three to nine years for an undergraduate degree and typically one to two and a half years for a postgraduate qualification.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete a course part-time?

As a part-time student at the University of Suffolk you will attend the same classes as full-time students but it is largely up to you how much time you devote to your study each year and how many credits you obtain.

This gives you more flexibility to choose the length of time it takes you to complete your qualification but as a guide:

Foundation degrees typically take three years to complete part-time

Undergraduate degrees typically take between four and a half to nine years to complete part-time.

Postgraduate degrees typically take two to three years to complete part-time


Will I be the only part-time or mature student on the course?

At the beginning of the academic year 14/15 part-time students made up almost 30% of the entire University of Suffolk student population and almost 75% of those part-time students were aged 25 or above.


Why cant I study Nursing or Midwifery part-time?

Nursing and Midwifery courses are a big commitment; they are practical courses and require a certain number of practice hours of the year.

Some universities offer part-time pre-registration nursing programmes and these normally last for five or six years. They are available to staff already working in the NHS - usually as an assistant or an associate practitioner with qualifications up to NVQ level 3 (or equivalent).

You would already be employed by the NHS, which would provide support in terms of time off to attend on a part-time basis.


What are credits?

Part-time students follow the same structure and modules as full-time students but only take a proportion of the modules per year. The number of modules studied per year depends on the individual and the time they wish to take to complete the course.

Undergraduate part-time study may lead to the following awards:

  • Foundation degree - 240 credits
  • Honours degree - 360 credits

Postgraduate part-time study may lead to the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate - 80 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 120 credits
  • Masters degree - 180 credits

Part-time study programmes can be extended into full-time studies depending on students' own circumstances and aspirations.


What undergraduate degrees are available part-time?

There are a large number of undergraduate courses available to study part-time. Please check the course pages to see what is available part-time.


What postgraduate degrees are available part-time?

Nearly all of our postgraduate courses can be studied on a part-time basis.

For more informationvisit the postgraduate courses page.


Is childcare available?

The universities Student Support team can offer advice about childcare opportunities and the benefits and funding that may be available to students who have dependents.

Alternatively, a list of childcare providers can be found on the Suffolk County Council website.


How do I fund my part-time degree?

Students studying in the UK do not have to pay up front for their tuition fees and this includes part-time students.

Providing you do not already have a degree and you are eligible, part-time students can apply for a tuition fee loan if they are studying at least 25% of the full course each year.

The cost is covered by a loan supplied by the government and paid direct to the institution for you. There is no age limit on tuition fees.

For more student finance information, see our part-time study fees and finance page.


Funding for postgraduate students

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate degree, for more information see our postgraduate study funding page.


Can I continue to work while I study?

Some students decide to continue in employment while studying part-time, and employers who want to support those students can pay some or all of the course fees. Other employers offer options for flexible working or study leave. Students are still eligible to apply for the tuition fee loan if their employer is unable to fully fund the tuition fees, but employers cannot take out the loan on behalf of their employees.


I havent written an essay for years, is there any help available?

The Learning Services Team provides support to all students. For those who are returning to learning, this support can be invaluable in helping students get into studying again. Workshops are run throughout the year in study skills, academic writing, referencing, maths, statistics, research methods and computer skills. The Learning Services Team also provides a range of online and downloadable resources for students to use.

For more information on the support available at the University of Suffolk, see our Support for Students page


My question is not listed here, how do I find out more information?

We understand that students studying part-time may have more specific individual requirements and additional support. For more information on studying part-time, prospective students are welcome to visit the Infozone in the Waterfront Building at University of Suffolk Ipswich, or to contact us on:

01473 338833

The Infozone if our one-stop-shop for all student enquiries, whether you require information and advice about courses, student finance or student support, the Infozone is available to support you.

Alternatively, why not visit us at one of our Open Events


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