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About Bournemouth University

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The institution

Bournemouth University (BU) is a vibrant, dynamic and innovative institution and nearly 18,000 students choose to study with us each year. Of these, more than 2,610 are international students from 125 different countries, creating a lively and diverse culture.

We are based on two campuses, Talbot Campus and Lansdowne Campus. Lansdowne Campus is close to Bournemouth town centre, while Talbot Campus is 3km away, on the border with Poole. Bournemouth and Poole are student-friendly towns located near some of Britain’s best beaches. Poole Harbour also has fantastic sailing and water sports facilities as well as cultural, artistic and social opportunities.

Our subject areas

We offer an extensive range of postgraduate taught courses, as well as doctoral opportunities. If you study at BU, you’re choosing be fully prepared for professional practice, to gain industry accreditation and to take advantage of the placement opportunities available on some courses.

  • Accounting, Finance & Economics
  • Business & Management
  • Computer Animation & Visual Effects
  • Computing
  • Design & Engineering
  • Health
  • Law
  • Media Production
  • Sciences
  • Tourism, Hospitality & Events & Sports

Why choose BU

At Bournemouth University (BU), our courses are crafted alongside leading industry experts, passionate about their subjects and your learning. Our approach of integrating our globally recognised research and industry practice means our degrees are designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue your passion. A number of our courses are accredited by professional bodies and our Business School achieved AACSB International accreditation - recognising our commitment to excellence.

Our motto is ‘To learn is to be changed.’ We are renowned for our research and teaching excellence in a range of subjects, including, forensic archaeology, business, health and as a Centre for Excellence in Media Practice. As a result, we have been ranked as one of the top 100 young universities in the world in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020.

We recognise your potential and will support you. You will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through placements, volunteering, and collaborative projects. And with over 100 clubs and societies – and the opportunity to be part of our global BU community studying by the sea – that’s the difference of a degree from Bournemouth University.

Taught qualification or independent research? Discover your degree of difference at BU.

Funding support

We recognise that studying for a postgraduate qualification involves investing in your future, that’s why our website contains up-to-date information about the funding support available, such as BU scholarships offering an automatic tuition fee reduction of up to £3,500*.

We’re proud to be ethically and environmentally responsible, which is embedded into our courses and our buildings. In recognition of our commitment to minimising our environmental impact, we have been awarded an Eco Campus Platinum award – one of only 15 universities.

We deliver a great student experience and have invested heavily in ensuring our learning and social spaces are modern and attractive. We are continually improving and there is much more to come in terms of new facilities.

As well as offering modern lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated laboratories and 24-hour open access computing centres, our specialised academic facilities include: purpose-built studios for computer animation and digital special effects, recording studios, editing suites and a HD Sony television studio, Rapid Prototyping Suite, Virtual Manufacture Centre and a crime scene training facility.

There’s also a wide range of accommodation to choose from - and it's guaranteed* as long as you apply by the relevant deadlines - and modern sports facilities.


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 (REF, 2014).

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

Are you ready for the next chapter?

If you’re looking for a new challenge, want to enhance your employability or simply wish to change career direction but don’t know how, then studying for a Master’s degree at BU is an excellent way to focus on your career. All our courses are geared towards developing professional, global and highly desirable experts of the future. As such, you will uplift your skills, develop transferable knowledge and gain industry accreditation.

Visit the BU website to read more about the benefits of studying at BU.

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Facts and figures
  • Number of students: 2,022