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Undergraduate courses with January starts

Many unis have available courses starting in January. Here we outline why a later start might suit you and list which unis offer some of the most popular undergraduate courses with January starts.

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Universities with January starts 

Some, if not most, universities will offer degrees that begin in January instead of September. These courses, which include foundation, bachelor and top-up degrees, are full courses with the same number of modules as those starting in September. 

Some applicants may incorrectly assume courses that start in January are reduced, with fewer modules and less teaching. This isn’t true, and you’ll still study a full syllabus and get a degree at the end of the course. 

Why should you start university in January?

There are several reasons why you might want to consider a later start to university. These include: 

  • Missing the original deadline
  • Having no offers, or not the right offers
  • Your preferred course starts in January at your preferred university 
  • Personal reasons, such as family or illness, that may delay your entry to university

Only certain courses are available for a later start, so make sure you do your research before you look into January starts. 

Applying for university for January 

Most of the time, applications for these courses should be made directly to the university itself. You can find extra details about how to apply and individual deadlines on their websites. If you choose to apply through UCAS, there may be extra deadlines. It’s best to check with the university to see the best route. 

Which universities offer degrees starting in January?

Most courses offered for January starts are for postgraduate students. However, there are plenty of undergraduate options available. 

We’ve listed some available subject areas and the universities that offer them. These include variations of course types and names, and isn’t a comprehensive list. For a full list, visit the individual university website. 

Accounting & Finance

This includes courses such as Banking & Finance, Financial Services and Professional Accounting. 

Anglia Ruskin
Coventry

Essex
Keele
London South Bank
Queen Mary
Wolverhampton

Biological Sciences

This includes courses such as Biomedical Sciences, Zoology and Human Biology.

Anglia Ruskin
Buckingham
Coventry
Keele
Wolverhampton

Business & Management Studies

This includes courses such as Business Management, Management & Leadership and Business Enterprise. 

Anglia Ruskin
Bournemouth
Bradford
Buckinghamshire New
Coventry
Greenwich
Huddersfield
Keele
University College Birmingham (UCB)
Westminster
Wolverhampton

Computer Science

This includes courses such as Software Engineering, Computing and Artificial Intelligence. 

Anglia Ruskin
Buckinghamshire New
Coventry
East London
Middlesex
Sunderland
Teeside
Wolverhampton

Economics

This includes courses such as Business with Economics and Economics. 

Anglia Ruskin
Buckingham
Coventry
Queen Mary
Wolverhampton

Law

This includes courses such as Law, Law & Practice and Legal Studies. 

Anglia Ruskin
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire New
Coventry
Essex
Keele
Roehampton

Medicine

This includes courses such as Podiatric Medicine, Midwifery and Paramedic Science.

Birmingham City
Buckingham
Central Lancashire
Coventry
Edge Hill
Gloucestershire
Middlesex
Sunderland

Nursing

This includes courses such as Adult Nursing, Midwifery and Child Nursing. 

Anglia Ruskin
Birmingham City
Edge Hill
Greenwich
Huddersfield 
Liverpool John Moores
Salford
Suffolk
Teeside

Psychology

This includes courses such as Behavioural Sciences, Applied Psychology and Sports Psychology.  

Anglia Ruskin
Bradford
Buckingham
Buckinghamshire New
Coventry
Keele

Veterinary Medicine

This includes courses such as Animal Behaviour and Veterinary Nursing. 

Anglia Ruskin
Middlesex

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