Study a Master's degree at BU
Bright ideas. Bright people.
It's time to enhance your employability
For the next stage of your career success story, study a Master's degree at BU.
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What makes BU so special is our ability to bring out the best in people. We combine bright ideas and bright people to help give our graduates a bright future. BU is known for its innovative approach to learning and designs courses which reflect the needs of the modern world.
Why choose BU?
Our academic and support staff are committed to ensuring that our students acquire the knowledge and skills that are essential in today's highly competitive international workplace. We are dedicated to the professional development of our students, graduates and staff.
In a very short time, BU has developed a strong reputation for its areas of academic excellence. Our courses are geared to the requirements of the professions, with many courses accredited by leading professional bodies in their field. BU also enjoys one of the highest graduate employment rates in the UK.
Student and staff work in a collaborative environment where they come together to develop ideas and projects that have a real world impact. Academic staff engage in research and consultancy and use their knowledge and expertise to inform the wide range of taught postgraduate courses at BU.
Today, over 16,000 students choose to study with Bournemouth University each year and of these more than 1,600 are international students from around 130 countries, creating a lively and diverse student experience. Why not read our student profiles to find out first hand why our students chose BU.
With over 2,000 Master's level students studying either full-time, part-time or via distance learning, more and more stdents are benefiting from BU's approach to postgraduate education. With a range of subject areas available, BU is the place to study.
BU's postgraduate research community is known for its high quality and incisive activities.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, BU was the fourth most improved UK University in terms of research quality.
Research at BU
Research is a vital component for underpinning a high-quality curriculum and for maximising our contribution to regional and national economies. Eight of our subject areas produce world-leading research based on its originality, significance and rigour.
Our highest rated centre of excellence is the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) situated in our prestigious Media School. The NCCA was rated 5 – the highest score given by the Art and Design Unit of Assessment.
BU is also home to the internationally renowned Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM). The CIPPM has rapidly achieved an international reputation for its policy research, and its consultancy projects in particular with emerging and transition economies.
Facilities and resources
BU offers modern lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated laboratories and computing centres - available 24 hours a day. The University is very proud to be at the forefront of technological innovation in Higher Education and benefits from one of the most extensive wireless computing networks of any UK university.
Always innovative in embracing technology, BU's library service is recognised as a leader in the provision of electronic information and its integration into the fast growing Virtual Learning Environment. The University is also currently in the midst of a major investment in both academic and residential facilities to ensure that the living and learning experience of all BU students is enhanced even further.
Specialised facilities within Academic Schools reflect our commitment to providing first-class resources, including purpose-built studios for computer animation and digital special effects; recording studios, editing suites and a new high-tech television studio; a Prototyping and Virtual Manufacture centre and Rose Cottage - a unique 'crime house' used in the education of forensic students.
Our Executive Business Centre (EBC) has become a focal point for the local business community, and an ideas exchange for the region. It features a contemporary design, cutting-edge conference facilities, the very latest in Information and Communication Technologies. The EBC houses the Business School's postgraduate portfolio, including our flagship course, the Bournemouth MBA.
Socially, BU's Students' Union is one of the liveliest in the country and the Old Firestation is one of the UK's greatest student night clubs. The student support network extends from financial advice, student counselling and the chaplaincy to other student-focused services, many of which are available 24 hours a day.
Dedicated modern accommodation is available for postgraduate students, within easy access to Bournemouth and Poole town centres and both campuses.
Fees and funding
Studying for a postgraduate degree could mean a large personal and financial investment, so you need to choose the right course for you. Whatever your plans for the future, BU offers courses that will help you to become a high-performing - and earning – individual. For more information on fees and funding and BU scholarships and bursaries, visit our website.
With two campuses in the student-friendly towns of Bournemouth and Poole, BU is based in a great location on the South Coast of England, offering an excellent working and studying environment and a positive, dynamic atmosphere.
The surrounding regions offer an exciting and vibrant cosmopolitan community with many cultural, artistic, sporting and social opportunities available.
Bournemouth boasts award-winning gardens, fabulous shopping, and a culturally diverse nightlife which includes cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs and a thriving music scene.
Bournemouth and the surrounding area
The mild climate and seven miles of golden beach makes the area perfect for a wide variety of watersports and other outdoor pursuits.
The local countryside is within easy reach too, from the natural expanse of the country's newest national park, the New Forest, to the World Heritage recognised Jurassic Coastlines of Dorset and Devon.
Extensive rail, road, air and sea links bring the rest of Britain and continental destinations even closer to Bournemouth. London is less than two hours away by train and the ever-expanding Bournemouth International Airport provides an excellent gateway to Europe.
Make your future brighter, be part of BU
If you're looking for a new challenge or simply want to change career direction but don't know how, then studying for a BU postgraduate qualification is an excellent way to uplift your skills, gain industry accreditation and develop transferable knowledge.
Find out more about studying a Master's degree at BU and apply online.
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