Part-time study and taster courses

Part-time study

We have a range of part-time undergraduate and postgraduate study options for students looking to balance work and life commitments. 

Taster courses

The University offers a range of taster courses to support prospective students prepare for future study. The taster courses are designed with adults in mind, and welcome mature students with non-traditional education backgrounds.


In addition to weekly taster courses, the University offers a range of workshops. 

Public Events

To view the range of community events, lectures, workshops, and taster courses available to the public, please see the University of Bristol events calendar.

Do you work with a local community organisation?

We work with community organisations in the local area to support adult learners who want to return to study by developing taster courses in areas including creative writing, oral history, enterprise skills and understanding society. We have developed tasters with the Single Parent Action Network (SPAN), Bristol Refugee Rights and Bristol Best Tuition. If you are interested in working with us, email

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Will I be able to work and study at the same time?

Many of our students choose to work alongside study. The University guidelines suggest that full-time students work no more than 15 hours per week during term time. Many of our full time students choose to keep 9am - 5pm hours of work, made up of teaching and independent study.

My degree fits into working life well and is flexible enough so I can study and manage my other commitments. The course is for everybody, of all ages and backgrounds, and we're all very supportive of one another. Plus, through the reading groups, we get to share our enjoyment of books with other people.

Joe Rothwell, part-time student, English Literature and Community Engagement
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