University profile

Bournemouth University

2020/21 edition

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About Bournemouth University

Find your degree of difference

Open afternoon

At Bournemouth University (BU), we create forward-thinking graduates with the skills and flexibility to succeed throughout their career - wherever it may take them.

Why choose BU?

There are plenty of reasons to study at BU, and here are some that we think stand out:

  • Professionally accredited courses
  • Excellent industry links
  • Learn from research-led academics who are experts in their field
  • Courses designed with direct input from employers and excellent industry links
  • Excellent Careers and Employability service
  • Placement opportunities
  • Full-time, part-time and distance learning opportunities.

We have nearly 18,000 students, over 2,000 of which are international students from around 125 countries, creating a lively and diverse student experience. Visit our website to explore our range of courses and discover your future at BU

When you’re ready to make your application, you can apply online.

91% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating*. Could you gain a degree of difference and be one of them?

Research at BU

We deliver world-leading, life-changing research. In the latest REF, 96% of our research was rated as internationally recognised. We are also proud to be placed 4th in the south west for our world-leading impact.

Our location makes us ideally placed for our research. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast and New Forest National Park shape our research and courses, with our internationally recognised research now placing us as number one in the UK for Tourism. We are also ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK for our internationally recognised research in geography, environmental studies and archaeology.

We also award various postgraduate research qualifications, supported by our Doctoral College.

Facilities and student support

We’re home to a great, creative community and there’s a real energy about BU.

We deliver a great student experience, and have invested heavily in ensuring our learning and social spaces are modern and attractive. That’s why we were awarded a silver award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – recognising that we are delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. We are continually improving and there is much more to come in terms of new facilities.

Specialised facilities within our faculties reflect our commitment to providing first-class resources and ensure you are equipped to work within your chosen field. Our facilities include:

  • Computer animation and motion capture studios
  • Recording studios, radio newsroom and HD TV studio
  • Virtual Reality Laboratory
  • Crime Scene Training Centre
  • Human osteology laboratories and animal bone laboratory
  • Food management studios
  • Bio dome for environmental research

At the heart of our Lansdowne Campus is our Executive Business Centre (EBC), where we deliver many of our postgraduate courses from the Faculty of Management, including the Bournemouth MBA. A focal point for the business community, the EBC is a contemporary building offering facilities such as an e-library, video conference suites and modern seminar rooms. Lansdowne Campus is also home for many of our students, and we offer dedicated postgraduate accommodation.

Alongside our learning spaces, we’ve got excellent social and sport facilities.

Student support

Student centre

In order to help us deliver a great student experience, the Students' Union (SUBU) has over 100 clubs and societies, its own nightclub and offers numerous volunteering opportunities. SUBU also provides a voice for BU students and has 750 trained student representatives. There’s a real energy about BU, and we know that SUBU is a major factor.

We also have a wide range of support services available to you throughout your time at BU.

Fees and funding

Studying for a postgraduate qualification can be a great investment, and we’re here to help with a number of non-repayable scholarships. We are pleased to automatically award a £1,500** Academic Scholarship to UK/EU students starting a BU Master’s degree with a 2:1 or higher.

Our location

Beach huts

Bournemouth is a major tourism destination on the south coast of England, situated between the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the New Forest National Park, with both Stonehenge and Poole on its doorstep. Our Lansdowne Campus is within walking distance of both Bournemouth Beach and the cosmopolitan town centre. Bournemouth is not only a great place to study, but also a great place to live.

Extensive rail, road, air and sea links make Bournemouth very accessible. London is less than two hours by train and the ever-expanding Bournemouth International Airport provides an excellent gateway to Europe.

Meet us

Open afternoon lecture

We can tell you about the BU buzz, but there’s nothing like experiencing it for yourself. We’d like to invite you to join us for a Postgraduate Open Day, where you can explore our campus, meet academics and talk to current students.

Hear from our current students by viewing their blogs and vlogs.

Contact us

We’d love to talk to you about your future at BU, so please get in touch. You can also request a copy of our prospectus.

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2017
**Terms and conditions apply

Contact details

+44 (0)1202 961916
Future Students Enquiry Team
Melbury House
1-3 Oxford Road
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