How to join

All individual applicants should complete an initial application:

Those applying for group student membership should email in the first instance.

Once you have completed the initial application form you will be sent a message containing the payment instructions.

UK members

Payment of membership fees is by Direct Debit. When the direct debit payment is taken for BSC membership, it will show as ‘Charitable Donation’ on your bank statement. Once we have received your payment instruction we will send your welcome letter, membership number, further details of member benefits and add you to the mailing list for bi-monthly bulletins.

Overseas members
All overseas members pay by PayPal and we will send you a payment reminder in December each subsequent year.  Overseas members who are able to set up a Direct Debit are offered the UK membership rate.  If you are able to do this please let us know.

Refunds and cancellations

ALL members will have a common renewal date of the 1st January regardless of joining date. Membership runs from January – December. Cancellation must occur by 1st December (or before) for notification of the coming year, this is due to the commitment we make to Journal subscriptions. Refunds cannot be made and an admin charge will be payable for late notification of cancellation.

Privacy Statement

On 25 May 2018 most processing of personal data by organisations will have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. Many of the GDPR’s main concepts and principles are much the same as those in the current Data Protection Act (DPA), which we already comply with. In line with the forthcoming changes we take only necessary information from applicants and we share this only with the following: Charities Aid Foundation (to process direct debit mandates); journal publishers (if your category of membership has this as a benefit of membership); and MailChimp (who service our bi-monthly bulletins). Members have the right to withdraw their consent for this sharing at any time by emailing


To sign up as a BSC Member click here. (This opens a new window).