Fees and Scholarships
We realise that deciding to come to Belfast Bible College may well have a significant financial impact, whether you are coming as an individual, couple or family; from Northern Ireland, the UK or further afield. To help you in this, we keep our fees as low as possible, helped by the generous giving of the Christian public. As a result, our fees are much lower than many other colleges in the UK, Western Europe or North America.
Paying your fees
Before you come to Belfast Bible College, it’s important that you think and pray carefully about how you will fund your time of study with us. We will ask for some information on this at each stage of the application process and will also do all that we can to support you each step of the way. To the right are some practical tips which you may want to consider as you plan.
Annual fees for tuition, food and accommodation are payable in a few different ways. You can pay by cash, cheque or online via electronic bank transfer using the following details:
Sort Code: 98-05-90
Account number: 21890032
Using your Name as a reference. If you have any problems, please feel free to get in touch.
Registration fees for all courses must be paid at the beginning of the academic year before you start your course.
Options for complete payment of fees include;
- Payment upfront (by the end of September 2018)
- Payment by two equal instalments by standing order (at the end of January 2019 and the end of April 2019 to coincide when you may receive instalments of your maintenance grant)
- By a standing order with your bank (8 equal instalments from October 2018 to May 2019)
All outstanding balance must be paid prior to the end of term (May 2019)
If you have any questions regarding student fees please contact our Finance Officer, Michael Totten
Full time 2018/19
Students studying with University of Cumbria have Tuition fees of £4,525 plus an enrolment fee of £350 – which is payable at the start of the academic year.
Students from the UK and EU who are studying on a Full time Undergraduate Higher Education programme are eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance NI for their period of study. Please contact your Student Loans Company for more information about a Student Loan.
Students from outside the EU may also be eligible to apply for funding from their home country. North American students can access funding to study at a recognised UK institution. Please check with your local authority for details of exactly what you are entitled to, we have included a list below to help you with your search.
Studying part-time with University of Cumbria on an Undergraduate He Cert, HE Dip or Degree programme will cost £2,250 (based on 3 modules a year). Part-time UOC students have an enrolment fee of £185 which must be paid at the beginning of the academic year.
There is no Postgraduate funding available through Student finance for UK students, However there may be funding available for North America students to study at this level
We offer flexible payment plans for those who are self-funding.
Studying Full-time with Queens University on Postgraduate programme per year will cost as follows:
QUB Postgrad Masters - £5,500
QUB PhD - £4,155
Full-time QUB PG students have an enrolment fee of £433 which must be paid at the beginning of the academic year.
Studying part-time with Queens University on Postgraduate programme per year will cost as follows:
Part-time Masters - £1633.20 - (£163.32 over 10 months)
Part-time PhD - £1998 - (£199.80 over 10 months)
Part-time QUB PG students have an enrolment fee of £289 which must be paid at the beginning of the academic year. PhD students have an enrolment fee of £433 to pay.
Our new MA in Theology (validated by UoC) is a part-time course designed to be studied over two years. The total cost for the MA will be £5,500 plus an enrolment fee of £500. This cost can be split into monthly payments of £230 per month to be paid over the two years of study.
For those students who live on Campus their accommodation costs are as follows:
Single Room Self Catered: £3,050
Flat, Self Catered: £4,555
Accommodation is available to students over term time only, from September to May (36 weeks).
Part time employment
Many students choose to work on a part-time basis alongside their studies to help fund their course at BBC. Suitable jobs may be available locally, or in the nearby cities of Lisburn and Belfast. We usually advise students to work a maximum of 12-16 hours per week during term time, to ensure that their job doesn't adversely affect the amount of time available for study. Please note, students coming to BBC from outside the EU may not be allowed to work while studying within the UK, due to visa restrictions. For up to date information and legislation details, you should contact UKVI.
For many BBC students, their time here is a stepping stone to further future involvement in mission or ministry, at home or overseas. For that reason, a student's home church may choose to support them financially while they study. If this is not something you have considered, you may want to chat to your Minister, Pastor or Church Leader about the level of prayerful and financial support which your church could provide.
Friends & Family
Many BBC students also receive support from family and friends to help them financially during their time at college. You may want to put together a prayer letter and update which you could send to individuals allowing them to prayerfully consider supporting you in this way. If you are thinking of future ministry involvement after you graduate, this is a great way of beginning to build up a good support base.
Some trusts and organisations may offer student bursaries towards fees, living expenses, or the cost of your overseas placement. Some of these bursaries may be specifically for Postgraduate students who would not be able to access the usual loans or grants.
Scholarships for Overseas students
Global Scholarship Programme
Each year, BBC provides a limited number of full or part scholarships, for students from Europe, who would not otherwise have access to the theological training they need in their home country. Scholarships are provided by Northern Ireland churches who are willing to partner with us in this way. Those European students who wish to be considered for a scholarship should mark this clearly in the 'finance' section of their application. Once you have been accepted by us, on the basis of your application, you would then be considered for full or part funding. Please note that we cannot guarantee funding for all those who request a scholarship, so you should also look at other funding options alongside this.
Due to changes in United Kingdom Visa & Immigration regulations, we are no longer permitted to offer scholarships to any potential student who does not have an EU passport.