University profile

Bournemouth University

2017/18 edition

About Bournemouth University

Start your next chapter with a Master’s degree.

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

Why choose BU?

Student Centre, Bournemouth

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
  • 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. Explore our range of courses to discover your future at BU.

There’s never been a better time to start your journey at BU, as we’ve just risen 20 places in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and we’ve been ranked as one of the 200 most international universities in the world, according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Research at BU

We deliver world-leading, life-changing research. In the 2014 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 1 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.

Facilities and student support

Students use Green Screen facilities

Alongside excellent social and sport facilities, we offer a variety of learning spaces, including:

  • The award-winning Sir Michael Cobham Library
  • Our new Fusion Building, which opened in September 2016
  • Dedicated postgraduate study areas
  • Modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • 24 hour Open Access Centres.

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.

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.

Everything we do is focused on the quality of our output and we were the first university to be “commended” for the quality of our student learning opportunities (Quality Assurance Agency, Sept 2013). We are continually improving and are investing £200 million in our buildings, IT and facilities by 2018.

Student support

Anthropology students

In order to help us deliver a great student experience, the Students' Unioin (SUBU) has over 100 clubs and societies, has 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.

Our brand new Student Centre has recently opened on our Talbot Campus and is the new home of SUBU. This six-storey building includes social learning spaces, SUBU offices, a student advice centre, a café, radio and media studios, bookable meeting rooms and BU student services.

We also have a wide range of facilities designed to provide you with additional support throughout your time at BU.

Fees and funding

Studying for a postgraduate qualification can be a great investment, so we offer a number of scholarships to help bright people build futures. We are pleased to guarantee a £2,000 Academic Scholarship to anyone starting a BU Master’s degree with a 2:1 or higher. For terms and conditions and to find out more, please visit our website.

Fees for postgraduate courses vary, so please visit our website for information, or to find out about bursaries.

We asked BU student blogger Alice to pass on her valuable advice about funding your postgraduate study in the video below.

Our location

Bournemouth Beach

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. Perhaps that’s why so many of our graduates choose to stay in Bournemouth and benefit from our growing digital economy.

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.

Are you ready for the next chapter?

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.

Visit our website to find out more about postgraduate study at BU and explore our courses. You can also request a copy of our prospectus, or when you’re ready to make your application, you can apply online.

Your story could take you anywhere, will it begin at BU?

Contact us

We’d love to talk to you about your future at BU, so please get in contact.

Email us.

Hear from our current students by viewing their blogs and vlogs

Contact details

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