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If you’re looking to broaden your horizons with a postgraduate degree, then you should know that we have more to offer than just a beach.
We can help add value to your degree, by providing you with opportunities to engage in world-leading research, strong industry links and accredited Masters’ degrees and an impressive range of scholarships and funding support.
Bournemouth University (BU) is growing and vibrant academic community. Students from 125 different countries choose to study here, creating a lively and diverse culture.
We offer an extensive range of postgraduate taught courses. 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.
We know that postgraduate study can involve a considerable personal and financial commitment; however, graduates holding a Master’s degree are more likely to secure a better graduate job and earn significantly higher wages. We devote a section of our website to providing you with all the fees, funding and non-repayable scholarships information you need to help you invest in your future.
As well as expanding your academic interests, postgraduate study enhances your career prospects. Employers value the skills developed through our courses and recognise that postgraduates have a lot they can teach their colleagues and organisation.
Our new Global Talent Programme empowers all our students to combine academic excellence with a portfolio of future-proof skills, and business and community experience – opening up career opportunities around the world.
Pioneering research is central to BU, so you’ll be exposed to the latest thinking and leading practice – 96% of our research was rated as internationally recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
We're not just located in a beautiful part of the world – our campuses and facilities are pretty special too. Collaborative working spaces. Laptops you can borrow by the hour. Technobooths and well-stocked libraries for getting assignments done, and relaxing rooftop cafés to help you wind down afterwards. Great teaching needs to be complemented by great facilities and support. We believe it all comes together on our campuses.
Our two new Gateway Buildings – one on each campus – have been designed to support the imaginative, collaborative way we work. The building on Talbot Campus is home to new TV studios, editing suites, sound stage, audio studios, PC labs, screening room, a motion capture and green screen facility, and cross-faculty collaborative learning spaces. The Lansdowne Campus building is mainly used by students in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, but is open and accessible to all students and staff, as well as the local community. It will be home to simulations suites including an operating theatre, hospital wards, a maternity birthing room and a residential flat for care scenarios – as well as an MRI scanner.
Our libraries on both campuses give you access to electronic, print and multimedia resources with staff on hand for support. We have over 500 open access computers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as an extensive Wi-Fi network.
Our buildings aren’t just brilliant – they’re sustainable too. We’re proud to hold an EcoCampus Platinum award, recognition of our commitment to minimising our environmental impact. We give you the opportunity to make sustainable choices wherever we can, from our locally sourced selection of foods to reusable cups and recycling facilities. We've also fitted our new buildings with solar panels to generate some of the electricity we use, as well as a biomass boiler that fuels Poole House. You'll even find three beehives on the roof of our Fusion Building – helping local biodiversity while also producing delicious Fusion honey!
Join us at our next Postgraduate Open Day for an informal afternoon of coffee, cake and conversation with academic staff and current students. You’ll get the opportunity to find out more about our courses, funding options, campus facilities and stunning location.
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The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Bournemouth University has a long standing reputation for providing student-centred, innovative programmes of education that prepare and develop health and social care practitioners. We take pride in the quality of our educational experience, working closely with partners in health, social care and private service provision to ensure studying at BU leads to fitness for practice and purpose.
Introduction Bournemouth University has a strong international reputation as a provider of thought leadership and contemporary business education. The Bournemouth University Business School is a world-class learning institution, at the forefront of business education for almost 30 years. We bring active and positive change to business and society, enabling regional, national and international businesses to develop and thrive. The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business We’ve continued to establish strong business links with high-profile companies, provided expert opinion on a global basis and pushed the boundaries of knowledge, in finance, management, retail, tourism and events through our Research Centres. In an increasingly competitive employment market, business skills are the key differentiator. It pays to think beyond the minimum satisfactory requirements and invest in your own professional development to stay ahead. Our range of full and part-time courses have been designed to give you the confidence and tools to enhance your career, change career direction or simply acquire up-to-date skills and knowledge of international business, management skills, and a thorough understanding of the financial and economic environments in which businesses operate. We offer a range of Business and Management courses including our flagship Master of Business Administration (MBA). Our MBA has been carefully tailored to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills in business and management. IT Facilities Our Executive Education Suite combines modern boardroom style study accommodation with break rooms and interactive PC and plasma screen technology. An extensive network of newly refurbished IT labs is complimented by other learning facilities, including a campus-wide wireless network and virtual learning environment. Graduates & Alumni The end result is the success of our graduates, who hold key positions in global companies such as JP Morgan, KPMG, IBM, Barclays, Mazars, Lush, the Crown Prosecution Service, Bond Pearce and Blake Lapthorn. Research Our established research culture, which interrogates organisational effectiveness, corporate governance and regulation and intellectual property, is now complimented by new research into risk management and legal studies. As a progressive research community, we encourage our PhD students to look to the future. Expertise & Excellence As experts in their fields our academics are in demand by the media, governments and organisations worldwide. Our expert analysis and opinion regularly appears in the mainstream media, with contributions to The Guardian, The Independent, FT, BBC Radio and Sky News. Academics also share their expertise through our business consultancy services, which have aided the profitability and market position of many of the organisations with which they have worked.
We are the largest centre of professionally based higher education for media and communications industries in the UK and deliver relevant and cutting-edge degrees, designed to set you apart from the crowd.
We take pride in bringing innovation to our media and communications degrees and are committed to providing the very best industry-standard facilities for students. We have invested in a professional High Definition television studio and are working with top names in industry to ensure that we stay at the forefront of today’s digital revolution.
The Faculty of Media & Communication is home to over 1,800 students on related courses creating a vibrant atmosphere of research, study, student collaboration and industry interaction.
Home to the UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, (www.cemp.ac.uk) as designated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The award of £4 million pounds over five years recognises our commitment to innovation and excellence in learning and education. We have also been awarded Skillset Screen Academy status, (www.bournemouthscreenacademy.net) We have established highly productive relationships with the media industries which reinforces our outstanding reputation. Our postgraduate courses are recognised by both the industries and professional bodies, and can provide placement opportunities. Our engagement with industry is further recognised through accreditation by major training bodies including Skillset, the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the National Council for the training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Periodicals Training Council (PTC) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)
You will get advice and guidance not only from experienced tutors but also from guest lecturers who are at the top of their field working within the industries. You will find your inspiration comes from the real experience, enthusiastic staff and professional culture. You will work with equipment that is standard within the industry.
Having fulfilled your intellectual and creative potential, you will leave as an expert practitioner with a meaningful qualification and the practical skills demanded by today’s global employers to go straight into the industry.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is a vibrant community of academics, students and support staff. We offer a science and research based education in a range of natural and physical sciences. Our technology courses are taught in an innovative environment and all our graduates are well equipped with the latest skills and knowledge to meet the changing requirements of today’s employers. Bournemouth University is ideally situated for both coastal and inland geographical and ecological studies as well as being located in one of Britain’s richest regions for ancient monuments and archaeological remains. We have a wealth of natural resources on the doorstep; the Dorset coast (a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site), the historic towns of Salisbury and Winchester, the Wessex Downs, the Dorset heaths, Poole Harbour and the New Forest National Park. Within the Faculty, there are excellent computer and laboratory amenities, including dedicated research laboratories with high specification analytical equipment plus technical and experimental facilities. Additionally, the Faculty has dedicated conservation workshops, a Geographical Information System and Analysis suite, a cartographic studio and map library as well as archaeological research collections with many artefacts derived from excavations and research. Bournemouth University is pioneering the delivery of knowledge transfer and research at the science-interface. The Environmental and Geographical Sciences Group (EGS) is at the frontier of this agenda. The nature of our relationship with employers means that most of our research is directed at tackling problems of noted significance to commerce, industry and the public sector. The organisations that sponsor us demand innovative, meaningful research. We want to attract and keep their support by meeting their expectations. The Faculty has a strong focus on industry and the professions and boasts close links with the companies that employ our students. On the Technology side, degrees are divided into four distinct areas: Design & Engineering, Computing & Informatics and Psychology.