Bournemouth University

Bournemouth  United Kingdom

Learn to change at Bournemouth University. 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 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. As a result, we are ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2024. Taught qualification or independent research? Learn to change with a postgraduate degree at BU

Why study at Bournemouth University?

As a BU student, you can be proud to be part of a community that celebrates diversity, sustainability and inclusivity.

Everything we do – from the development of our degrees to the support we offer through our CareersBU Team is designed to make you globally employable.

Location, Location, Location! Famous for its miles of sandy beach, Bournemouth is a beautiful place to live, work and study.

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Bournemouth  United Kingdom

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Psychology (31) Business & Management (5) Biological Sciences (4) Nursing & Health (27) Communication & Media Studies (7) Creative Arts & Design (9) Education (11) Environmental Sciences (13) Social Work (32) Sociology (33) Medicine (26) Anthropology (2) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Economics (10) Finance (14) Law (22) Geography (17) Materials Science (24) History & Archaeology (19) Politics & Government (30) Food Sciences (15)

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About Bournemouth University

Our purpose at BU is to inspire learning, advance knowledge and enrich society. Central to your postgraduate study experience is industry-focused dynamic learning that builds work-ready skills.

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 non-repayable BU scholarships.

Employability

From your first day at BU and throughout your career, you will have the support of our experienced and friendly CareersBU Team.

That’s why 92.5% of BU postgraduate graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes survey, 2020/21).

Research at BU

We deliver world-leading, life-changing research. In the latest REF, 94% of our research was rated as internationally recognised , with 19% found to be world-leading in quality.

We award various postgraduate research qualifications supported by our Doctoral College

Our location

Located on the south coast of England, alongside its beautiful sandy beaches, Bournemouth offers a cosmopolitan town centre, and a thriving hub for a number of industries including the creative, financial and tourism sectors. Plus, it’s less than two hours from London by train and the ever-expanding Bournemouth Airport provides an excellent gateway to Europe.



Student life

There’s more to offer at BU than just a beach. We value excellence, achievement, authenticity, creativity and responsibility, but we also believe in having fun and making new friends. A further benefit of being a part of our postgraduate community is its sheer diversity – our staff and students come from over 100 countries. Our student support services offer everything you need to make the most out of your time with us.

There’s nothing like hearing what our students think of Bournemouth on our student blog or Unibuddy.

Our campuses

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

The best way to experience BU is by joining an Open Day. You can also explore BU from wherever you are in the world by taking our virtual tour.

*Terms and conditions apply.



For courses starting in January 2024, September 2024 and January 2025. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

The Academic Scholarship recognises outstanding academic achievement among our postgraduate applicants. To qualify for this award, you need to demonstrate an excellent academic profile that is relevant to your course.

You cannot receive this scholarship if you are applying for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, distance learning course, or part-time course.

Applicants from the UK for MSc Adult Nursing and MSc Mental Health Nursing are not eligible for this scholarship because of the additional funding now available through the NHS Learning Support Fund.

You cannot receive this scholarship if you are applying for certain professional development and Postgraduate Diploma courses taught by the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. Eligible students on MSc Public Health, MA Social Work, MSc Physician Associate Studies and MSc Nutrition & Behaviour will receive the award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

- Any UK, ROI or CI student applying for a full-time taught postgraduate degree or Master's by Research at BU
- You need to have an upper second-class honours (2:1) or above from a Bachelor's degree, or CPE with merit profile
- Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma Legal Practice (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) are eligible for this award
- You can receive this scholarship alongside a Sports or Music scholarship, but cannot receive any other academic award.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

For courses starting in January 2024 September 2024 and January 2025.

The scholarship amount for September 2024 and January 2025 entry is £3,750.

Scholarships cannot be deferred.

The Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship for international students is designed to recognise outstanding academic achievement.

If you are applying for a Postgraduate Diploma, distance learning course or certain courses delivered by the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, you will not be eligible for this award

You can receive this scholarship alongside a Sports or Music scholarship, but cannot receive any other academic award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,500 (tuition fee reduction)

Eligibility

- Any international applicant for a full-time taught postgraduate course or Master's by research at BU
- You must have achieved a minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree (or international equivalent grades - see below), or a CPE with a merit profile
- Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) are eligible for this award.

Application Procedure

Automatically awarded.

For courses starting January 2024, September 2024 and January 2025. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Music scholars receive free tuition and other benefits in kind, such as examination fees and assistance with buying music. This amounts to approximately £600 per year.

As part of your application, you will need to source two references. Referees can include your Director of Music, music teacher, instrumental/vocal coach, ensemble conductor etc, or any other person qualified to write about your musical abilities.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£600

Eligibility

Any UK, CI, ROI or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at BU
You must be able to demonstrate that you are a talented musician or vocalist, and that you have been involved in ensemble activity.

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January. Late applications may be considered if there are funds remaining.

For courses starting in January 2024, September 2024 and January 2025. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

The BU Sport Scholarship is available to high level sporting athletes coming to study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at BU. The scholarship is designed to provide you with the funding you need to develop your sporting abilities and take them to the next level.

You can apply for up to £5,000 of funding and put this money towards coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses or/or support services.

You must demonstrate excellence in your chosen sport, and be part of a Regional, National and/or International squad and compete at that level. Athletes receiving a scholarship will ideally represent BU in the BUCS programme (League and Individual), as well as themselves and/or their club at regional, national or international level. Individual athletes will also need to be competitive with top performers within the BUCS programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 to £5,000

Eligibility

You must be a high performing sportsperson and have the desire to continue to develop in the sporting arena, as well as academically
Any UK, CI, ROI or international applicant applying for a full-time postgraduate course delivered at BU

Application Procedure

Apply online by 31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January.

For courses starting in September 2023. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
A full Chevening Scholarship includes:

- tuition fee waiver
- flights
- accommodation
- living expenses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

A tuition fee waiver plus other allowances

Eligibility

Any student who is a citizen of Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, or China and who intends to return there at the end of the period of study.
Eligible courses are MSc Adult Nursing, MSc Marketing Management, MA 3D Computer Animation and MSc Digital Health
You must have achieved a minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in the UK (or equivalent)
You must have achieved the minimum Chevening English language requirement - minimum IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent
You must have completed at least two years' work experience before applying.

Application Procedure

The deadlines are country specific, but the application window is usually between August and November each year for September entry in the following year: https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/application-timeline/

For courses starting in September 2023. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
A full Chevening Scholarship includes:

-tuition fee waiver
-flights
-accommodation
-living expenses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

A tuition fee waiver plus other allowances

Eligibility

Any student who is a citizen of Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, or China and who intends to return there at the end of the period of study.
Eligible courses are MSc Adult Nursing MSc Marketing Management, MA 3D Computer Animation and MSc Digital Health
You must have achieved a minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in the UK (or equivalent)
You must have achieved the minimum Chevening English language requirement - minimum IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent
You must have completed at least two years' work experience before applying.

Application Procedure

The deadlines are country specific, but the application window is usually between August and November each year for September entry in the following year: https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/application-timeline/

A full Chevening Scholarship includes:

tuition fee waiver
travel to and from your home country
an arrival allowance
the cost of an entry clearance (visa) application
a grant for thesis or dissertation
an excess baggage allowance
a monthly personal living allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

A tuition fee waiver plus other allowances

Eligibility

Any international student applying for a full-time taught Master's degree at BU who is a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country at the time of application and who intends to return there at the end of the period of study
You must hold an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to at least an upper-second class Honours degree in the UK
Have achieved the minimum Chevening English language requirement - minimum IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent
Have completed at least two years' work experience before applying.

Application Procedure

The deadlines are country specific but applications usually open in August each year and close in November for September entry in the following year: https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/application-timeline/

Applicants must:

Meet the eligibility criteria for the Postgraduate Student Loan.
Fall within one or more of the underrepresented groups listed below
Hold an offer for MSc Human Centred Artificial Intelligence or MSc Human Centred Artificial Intelligence in Games Development for January 2024 entry.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000 (tuition fee waiver and the rest on a pre-paid card, paid monthly)

Eligibility

Any UK, ROI or CI applicant for MSc Human Centred Artificial Intelligence or MSc Human Centred Artificial Intelligence for Games Development, starting in January 2024.

Application Procedure

Apply online.


Why did I choose BU again? Accreditation & value for money

Since BU is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB), and not all universities have this, I wanted to stay somewhere that was well accredited. Also, BU offers a discount on postgraduate tuition if you’ve completed your undergraduate degree here, making it better value for money.

More in-depth study and interesting course content

I liked the fact that the MSc Marketing Management (Digital) didn’t repeat much of the same course content as my undergraduate degree in Business & Management with Marketing but instead went into more depth in similar units and some units were completely different.

In comparison to other universities, I found the course more creative especially considering I would be working with businesses meaning I am making an impact and gaining real experiences.

Great place to live

I love the area and I knew that I’d be happy living here long-term and being able to explore Bournemouth more especially considering my undergraduate was cut short, thanks to COVID.

Career prospects

Part of the reason I decided to do a master’s at BU was for my career prospects and whilst currently applying for jobs I have noticed that it has improved my confidence and I am qualified specifically in marketing. A few employers have also commented on my qualifications being the reason they selected me for an interview. I also feel that I have a better understanding of the jobs I would like to apply to because I can explore different aspects like campaign planning and industries different from my own experience.

How have I found postgraduate study so far?

One unit that I really enjoyed was Omnichannel strategy and supply chain management. When looking at the course content I thought it would be more technical and potentially one I wouldn’t enjoy as much. However, I found it very interesting, and it was the unit I enjoyed the most in the second semester. The assignment was completed as a portfolio on Mahara, which is a similar type of thing to bookzy which I used in the first unit but I liked it as it is different from the typical essays.

Would I recommend postgraduate study?

The short answer is yes! I have enjoyed learning even more about marketing and it has made me much more employable.

Having trained as a translator and interpreter, I wanted to give life to my dream of having my own company. I followed the traditional way of working for a person or organisation. However, I was determined to start something of my own. Since I didn’t have any background in business, I decided to study management. From that moment on, I saw myself as an entrepreneur.

Then the big question popped up in my head: ‘Where should I study?’ I first thought about studying in my home country, but there were no universities that completely met my expectations. I guess that’s when I considered studying abroad.

After deciding to study in England, I searched universities on different websites. I had three universities in mind, but Bournemouth University was the best option for me. When reading the range of postgraduate degree courses, I was fond of studying MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.

It’s been four months since I started my classes, and studying leadership, accounting, and innovation has given me a broad insight into the way business is conducted and managed.

‘You are probably at an early stage in your aspirations to perform management and entrepreneurial roles, so this is a wonderful time to have the opportunity to study and learn about ideas and practice, as they have developed, and as they are likely to evolve in the coming years,’ Dr Nasiru Taura, my Programme Leader, stated in an announcement posted a couple of days ago. Studying MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship is showcasing my passion for developing my business.

One of the best highlights was a lecture with the CEO of a start-up. This activity provided my classmates and I with a discussion to have a more valuable learning experience. Listening to an entrepreneur was such a remarkable event. Actually, I learned more about business model innovation through this CEO’s first-hand perspective. I appreciate that BU can invite entrepreneurs for sharing their successful experiences in real-time sessions with students.

Leaving Peru meant saying goodbye to a home full of memories. However, coming to BU was the place where I could make my dreams come true. When I embarked on this adventure, I knew I wanted to do something I was eager to do A long time ago. I feel happy for having found a place that will contribute an added value to my personal and professional development.

Originally from Denmark, Betina elected to study her Masters degree at BU because of our outstanding reputation in the tourism field.

Her decision to study at BU was made even easier thanks to the response that she received when she enquired about a place on her course. "I received a very warm welcome from the first time I enquired, and that hospitable attitude continued throughout my application and my time at the University," says Betina.

The friendly environment helped Betina settle in quickly, and get on with the serious business of studying for her degree, which in her own words, she has loved! "The degree is structured very logically and the academics are very knowledgeable and professional. They have provided me with different academic tools that I know I can use in practice in the future, and I have learned about different cultures and tourism in different countries thanks to the international environment that BU fosters. There are students from all over the world and the academic staff have all worked in the tourism industry and carried out research in many different countries. It has been very inspirational."

As much as Betina has enjoyed throwing herself into her studies, she recongises that it is ‘very important’ to do something away from academic life. “Whether you join a sports club, a social club, or get involved in other activities, it enriches your life, develops your social skills and helps you to meet people from other courses,” she says.

BU’s great location has also been something that Betina has taken full advantage of during her time in the UK. “It is close to the sea, near to the New Forest national park, and within easy reach of lots of interesting cities in southern England. I like outdoor activities such as running and walking and Bournemouth and the surrounding areas offer lots of cycling and walking paths.”

“As a result of the global nature of my course, I feel I am more independent than ever and have developed my personal and professional skills. Being part of such an international environment means I have made contact with people from all over the world, which I consider to be an advantage in my future career. I am confident that my Masters from BU will be of huge benefit to me in the future.”

Why Tourism Management?

I am happiest when I am travelling. The research itself is enlightening. I have often planned travel and accommodation for myself as well as friends and family. All those successfully executed plans gave me a sense of achievement and pushed me in the direction of taking formal education in this field doing something I love.

Tourism is now recognized as not just a leisure activity but an economic activity of global significance. The attention given to tourism by governments, both public and private sector organizations, and academics had increased multi-fold in recent decades. Tourists are continually looking for new travel destinations and experiences, and countries generating these are getting their place on the global tourism maps. A master’s degree in the field of Tourism management will equip me with the skills to enter and succeed in the competitive world of tourism.

Why BU?
Honestly, I was very confused when I had to finalize the university. I applied to universities that are known to run successful courses in the field of Tourism. Here is why I chose BU:

Location:

Anyone who loves the beach cannot resist the charm of living in a seaside town. What better place to study Tourism Management than a tourist destination?

Scholarship:

I was eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship worth £3,500, which would decrease my fees considerably, especially compared to other universities. BU automatically processes the scholarship, and you get the confirmation on your CAS.

Open Days:

The communication from BU was amazing. There were regular seminars and open days held by BU international team as well as the India team. It gave a sense of familiarity and comfort.

Why the UK?
UK universities seem to be pretty broad-minded when it comes to acceptance. I had completed my graduation in Accounting and Finance 12 years back. Not only was I returning to academics after a very long time, but I also wanted to study something for which I didn’t have any educational background or work experience.

Secondly, the UK has a cosmopolitan population. And thirdly, it’s geographical location. It is closer to India compared to the USA and has numerous direct flights to my home city, Mumbai. Europe is so near! Yes, you still need to get a Schengen Visa, but the flights are short and cheap!

Student's report published by the National Preparedness Commission

Bournemouth University (BU) MSc Disaster Management student Lianna Roast has written a report for the National Preparedness Commission.

The report, titled Learning that can save lives, looks at how lessons from disasters can be translated into real-world change and asks how human psychology can ensure lessons from past events are learned.

The National Preparedness Commission, chaired by Lord Toby Harris, exists to promote better preparedness for a major crisis or incident. The Commission publishes several reports on disaster preparedness each year and Lianna was invited to write a report after presenting to Lord Harris.

With an undergraduate degree in psychology, Lianna brought that perspective to her MSc in Disaster Management at BU and sought to investigate how lessons learned from previous major incidents could be applied to protect against future disaster.

Lianna said: “Throughout my MSc I had been struck by the agonising reality that often individuals, organisations and indeed nations can find the process of turning important lessons from major incidents and disasters into practical, improved preparedness very challenging.

“Sadly, this can result in mistakes of the past being repeated and preventable losses being incurred when the next disaster strikes. I felt compelled to address the issue in any way I could.

“As my undergraduate degree was in psychology and the learning process is inherently psychological, I felt there was room for new perspectives on this challenge, and that I might be able to combine my BSc and MSc knowledge to add value in this area. After discussing my ideas with the faculty, I presented my proposal to the Chair of the Commission, Lord Toby Harris, and was invited to draft the report.”

The report has been well received by industry professionals and it has received a commendation from the Director of the UK Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College as well as positive feedback from senior consultants and academics.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the National Preparedness Commission, said: “Too often, after any disaster or crisis we hear the promise ‘Lessons will be learned’. However, that is sometimes as far as it goes. The UK needs new thinking when it comes to identifying lessons: if we keep using the same methods and the same people, we’ll keep getting the same le

Hi, I am Anh from Vietnam, I recently graduated from MSc Events Management course and I would like to share some of my study abroad experiences at BU.

Firstly, about my master course, I really enjoyed it, it’s not only interesting but also challenging at the same time. My classmates and I had lots of opportunities to team up, plan events, meet sponsors and place bids for events. I greatly appreciate the experience the course has provided, which I believe will bring me great value in my future career.

However, some international students from non-native English-speaking country like me, might find some challenges when trying to study and communicate 100% in English, both inside and outside classes. I have written down some tips which will hopefully help you:

If you have any difficulties understanding the lessons, just ask and the teachers will explain carefully to clear your concerns. BU’s lecturers are very supportive and happy to give additional advice on the study projects, so don’t be shy and feel free to discuss with them.

There are also plenty of extracurricular activities at BU that help international students to get involved and make new friends. Joining these events is a good way to extend your network and improve your personal profile. Keep an eye out on BU student life webpage for plenty of options.

And most importantly, throughout the course, I was guided by my subject teachers and the course leader Dr Julie Whitfield. The individual counselling sessions with her helped me a lot to smoothly manage the work-life balance at Bournemouth. Besides, she also updates the students with great programs, like charity activities, course-related part-time opportunities or interesting events that we may join to improve our experience during the completion of the course. Especially, with her dedicated guidance and support during the process of doing the dissertation, I was able to achieve good results for my Master degree and I am very grateful for that!

BU has shown me how to work and develop in a diverse environment and allowed me to meet amazing people. Thank you for reading this and I hope that by sharing my experience it will give you some insights into the international study life at this school!

Cynthia Hong studied MSc Events Management at Bournemouth University, graduating in 2016. As a part of her course, Cynthia was required to undertake a work placement, and when the opportunity arose to be one of the first staff members at Shanghai Disney Resort.

The resort only opened to the public on 16 June 2016 but Cynthia was already in place to help customers. She said, “It’s open for everyone now and it’s a wonderful place to work and have fun, it’s a really happy place.”

Cynthia’s role as Guest Liaison helps to support visitors to the park. Cynthia continues, “[It] involves a variety of work, for example, helping guests to buy tickets, reuniting lost children with parents and showing people places with baby facilities. Its meaningful work I think. People are so happy when they have found their lost item or child.”

Cynthia credits her course with helping her get her job at Disney, saying, “The course helped me by introducing me to different cultures and people. I learned about interesting things from all over the world, which is really helpful because we have so many different customers come through our lobby every day. Some people come here from London to the Shanghai Disney Resort and I can say yes I’ve been to London and that’s exciting for them and helps to welcome them here.”

Speaking more about her course Cynthia continued, “The course helped me learn about management, particularly managing my time and prioritising, and I can absorb more information in less time. I think I’ve become more independent and the course given me more confidence, and so my work is much better than when I started my Master’s degree.

“I think when studying Events Management we need to understand so many different kinds of events, for example music festivals, water-sports, conferences or parties, you need to know different events and when you work by yourself you need to know how to do them all. I think you learn to be more confident and have different skills. I think I was shy before I studied this course and when I finished my Master’s I was more confident dealing with different people and different kinds of events.”

Hi, I am Hem, an international student and I studied MSc Management with Business Analytics at BU. Currently, I am on my placement and working as an IT Insights and Monitoring Analyst. My role involves managing an AI powered end user device experience software.

As summer was approaching I was super nervous and at the same time excited about applying for multiple jobs at multiple companies for my placement year. I did not know where to get started and had suffered many setbacks but in the end, all of it was extremely rewarding. I have created this step-by-step guide on how I got a paid placement in the UK.

Step 1: Ask

People are really friendly and more than happy to help and guide. This gave me a good start with what goes in my resume, what positions should I target in general and what platforms to use.

Step 2: Write, Rewrite, Review, Get Feedback, and Edit

Do mention all your projects relevant to the position targeted and your skills in the UK format. Review it with free tools like Grammarly. Get it then checked by others to see if you could add or remove anything.

Step 3: Do Not Restrict Your Job Search Location

Be prepared to pack your bags and move locations if selected.

Step 4: Keep track

Best time saver for me at least. Column Headers could be platform, company, applied/pending, follow-up date, selected-Yes/No and whatever you feel is important for you – location, commitment duration etc.

Step 5: Platforms

Using multiple platforms to save jobs. Network with alumni and apply to the companies that they had worked in previously if positions are available.

Step 6: Practise Numerical and Verbal Questions for Assessment Tests

Almost every job would have a basic numerical abilities test and verbal abilities test. It would be good to practice some.

Step 7: Practise in Front of the Mirror for Video Interviews

Manage the anxiety of recording a video interview, especially if you are camera conscious or if English is not your first language. These interviews compel us to know ourselves better, for me it was particularly hard, but after some trials and rejections, I got a knack for it and overcome my fear.

Step 8: Repeat the Cycles of the Application

Keep looking until you find a placement. With each application try to get feedback.

I had always thought that I would continue my education to help further my career. After gaining some work experience and talking to co-workers going back to school, I decided that I wanted to get my master’s degree.

Determining what I wanted to get my master’s degree in was a harder decision. As a nurse, my main two options to advance in my career were either to get a master’s in nursing or to get an MBA. I found that I was more inclined toward the business side of healthcare and medicine leading me to choose an MBA for my master’s.

The Bournemouth MBA is an extensive and intense year-long course. Although at times the program was extremely challenging and exhausting, one of my top reasons for choosing the course was because it is only a year long. When planning out my future, a year of my life dedicated to advancing my career seemed completely worth the sacrifices. Another thing that caught my attention is that Bournemouth’s MBA course is AACSB accredited.

As an international student I knew that by having this accreditation, employers in my home country would recognize this accreditation as an indicator that I attended a program that holds its students to a specific standard. Before applying I capitalised on the opportunities to talk to the MBA director provided by the virtual visit days. I felt that the faculty were honest about the program and provided me with examples of other students with no business background who had completed the course.

One of the things that I liked about this course was that there are no tests in this course. The course focuses more on real-world experience and provides students with work that relates to the work they can be expected to do once they are in the workforce.

Looking back on the year I have gained knowledge, skills, and abilities that I didn’t have before. I have also gained a greater understanding of the world and the people in it. My cohort consisted of people from different backgrounds and cultures all with their own differing insights and opinions making you rethink your view of the world. We also had many opportunities to present our ideas and show our work to real-life clients providing us with the opportunity to receive feedback like we would if we were working for them.

The search for a placement through Bournemouth University using all the online support on offer was proving very productive and I was able to secure a few interviews with leading brand hotels and smaller local businesses. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the global pandemic was increasing in intensity which saw all these opportunities withdrawn and sadly some of the smaller companies going into receivership.

Despite these drawbacks, I continued my search and found a company called Wiltshire Wellness who were advertising for a head of logistics in a new start-up venture supplying goods to the hospitality sector and a number of small businesses in the UK.

Wiltshire Wellness (WW)

The company was recently founded by 3 executives with a view to sourcing goods from South East Asia (principally Thailand and surrounding countries) and supplying an identified demand in the UK. In support of this they required an individual with experience of supply chain and logistics and also someone accustomed to a business working environment within the UK.

My initial role under the placement was to liaise with the overseas supply chain (factory production), ensure shipments were dispatched, tracked and then upon landing in the UK, managing distribution to clients. Being a Thai speaker and being able to draw upon my previous work in supply chain I was able to add value to the company and I found my role evolving with more responsibilities.

Challenges and lessons learned

The nature of the business dictates that we are supplying goods to businesses/individuals on agreed terms. Expectations for all people need to be maintained and this is a daily challenge. A disruption in supply chain (factory issues for example), a missed order or a miscommunication generates work and the requirement to problem solve.

Perhaps key lessons I have learned is the importance of clear communication both verbally and written and trying to be flexible whenever possible. Sometimes completely unforeseen events affect your work and it is at those times that clear strategic thinking is required to best solve issues.

Future plans and advice

WW have indicated that I might wish to remain working with them beyond my placement which is a very exciting option for me. I would say that the support BU and International College gave me and the high-quality teaching are contributing factors to being able to secure my placement but also confidently navigat

I graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BSc in Diagnostic Radiography in 2019 where I have worked as a diagnostic radiographer and CT Specialist before my admission into Bournemouth University. I decided to study Medical Imaging with Management at BU because of the structure of the course, and it being among the best ranking universities in the UK.

The thing I enjoyed the most studying at BU is the ease and comfort provided for studying, ranging from books to study spaces from the library and the facilities in the Bournemouth Gateway Building including the MRI suite that conduct cutting-edge research. Additionally, the lecturers were very supportive. They were very approachable and very generous with their time. They were there to give further explanations or guidance through scheduled visits or emails.

During my course, I learnt the following challenging topics; Application of Convolution and Filter, Spin-Echo and Gradient Echo Imaging and Scan Parameters. Moreover, Designing a Health Information System and Managing People. All the modules I studied were compulsory and interesting but Health Information System, MRI and Managing People stood out for me. These modules were not just new to me but also challenging and inspiring. They acted as an eye opener not only to current practices in the field but also the changes and development that are expected to happen in the future.

As a Radiographer, I feel the course provides a blend between the clinical aspect of imaging as well as a bit of leadership, and leads to a much better understanding and appreciation of imaging practice as whole, from the leadership role to the clinical role. It has also opened my mind to rapid development in imaging and how I can be involved as well as move with this fast-growing field.

The advice I would give to students considering studying Medical Imaging at BU is to study hard and work hard. I was able to work part-time and study a full time MSc course. Do not take any lecture, practical or assignment for granted. Do not be scared to approach the lecturers or staff when in need of assistance.

When I graduate, I intend to implement what I have learnt as much as possible and using this qualification as a ladder into furthering my career path in terms of obtaining a PhD.

My name is Consuelo and I am a registered Dietitian and recent graduate from MSc Nutrition & Behaviour at BU.

When I decided to expand my knowledge and skills by pursuing a Master’s degree, the programme at BU instantly stood out from the rest by focusing on the complex link between nutrition and psychology and including a work-based learning experience via a short placement.

During the course, I enjoyed the extensive in-class discussions. By constantly discussing topics with peers with diverse backgrounds, and receiving individualised feedback, I was able to build on my critical thinking and reflective skills. On top of that, all lecturers were very approachable, patient, and enthusiastic. They helped me find a great placement with Apetito UK, in Trowbridge, and were always on hand to provide career advice.

Still, heading into a postgraduate course is challenging. Balancing your workload is difficult. Managing assignments, a dissertation, a placement, a part-time job and allowing room for time off can be overwhelming. I started going on walks every time my brain wasn’t cooperating with me, as per a lecturer’s suggestion. Try and figure out a strategy early on that works for you to benefit your mental health.

Overall, completing this Master’s degree at BU has allowed me to showcase my ability to work autonomously. I have also gained more confidence in my ability to critically evaluate and reflect on nutrition related issues and my ability to communicate these as a team member within the workplace.

Towards the end of my masters, I decided that looking for a full-time job and gaining more work experience and specialising as a Dietitian was what I wanted to do next. I found that many qualities you gain through this programme are very sought after when applying for jobs in nutrition. I would definitely recommend checking out these resources and attending their webinars to get a feel for what UK employers want from graduates and how the interview process works here, as it is very different to what I was used to in my home country, Chile.

I was lucky enough to know exactly what kind of role I wanted to go into after uni, and I will be taking on a post as a Specialist Dietitian within a Mental Health Service for Older People, promoting health and independence for people living with dementia or other mental health needs.

I am in the first few weeks of my first 70-day placement at We Are With You (Drug and Alcohol Services) and I am finding that there is lots of opportunity for learning, both within the service and self-managed research. My practice educator has been really helpful in guiding me through the early stages of my placement and has given guidance to help me gain the best experience possible from my placement.

I am new to university and did not know what to expect when I first started at BU. I was able to enrol on the course without an undergraduate degree due to the level of professional experience I had as I held registration with CQC (Care Quality Commission) and Ofsted. The first highlight to mention is that the staff at BU have been fantastic. The other highlight has been my fellow students, as we have bonded and supported each other with assignments and have studied together. Without a doubt, it has been a great support to be able to discuss case studies and revise together.

My main challenge during my time at university has been not coming from an academic background, so it has been a real learning curve getting to grips with how to write assignments and use BU Harvard Referencing. Also, I was struggling with remembering details for a quiz, so I created an online quiz to support my learning and a measurable outcome so that I could check my skills. I shared this with the other students so that we could all have an alternative (and fun) method to learn the information.

I have really enjoyed learning about psychosocial perspectives, and I am keen to continue learning about interventions and to continue developing skills which I can utilise in practice. I hope to find a way that I can make a difference to service users and advocate for them.

I would advise others thinking of joining the course to make friends with a diverse range of people, as this will be really helpful as you study. I would also say to make the most of your personal tutor, as they will really help you to form assignments and guide you through your course. Be open with your lecturers, in my experience, they will always make time to answer questions as needed.

While completing a Master’s was always part of my plan, it was something I never wanted to rush. So, taking a break after my BA to travel the world for a few years, gave me time to make sure my postgraduate degree was what I really wanted, and that it would close the gap between studying at university and stepping into employment.

Being near the seaside was what I wanted, and Bournemouth obviously ticked that box. I also went to a university introduction event back in Finland where a BU representative helped me to find a course that suited my career interests. Being half Scottish, coming back to the UK felt familiar.

The degree helps you learn from real-life case studies, allows you to use your creativity and develop teamwork skills. I highly recommend it. My advice for anyone considering this as their next education step is to be proactive, learn from those around you, be inquisitive, and challenge yourself. Make the most of every opportunity.


As a kid, I always thought I’d stick with one company and work my way up into more senior positions. Now I’m taking it day-by-day. I am focused on enjoying what I do, attentive to my dreams but also making sure to enjoy the ride.

As a graduate, I started with a local, family-run development and lettings company. It was a role that gave me creative freedom on areas such as logo and brochure creation and even opportunities to show my passion for interior design.

Now I’m loving my current job in tech marketing, working with skilled and creative people from photographers to filmmakers and software developers. It can be highly technical at times, but we all start from somewhere and learn while doing. You just need to be brave and even make mistakes to get better.

It’s taken a few job roles for me to get where I am now. The recruiting process was extensive and initially, I received a no. It took me to places I didn’t envision. A year later, after doing something else, I’m right where I want to be. I persevered and I got the ‘yes’ I wanted.

This is a guest blog post from BU student, Lionel Von Croÿ. From his time at BU as a MA Advertising student, Lionel attended weekly guest lectures and was able to secure industry connections leading to his 6-month placement.

Every Wednesday we attend a Course Leader Presents talk, which is essentially a guest lecture from someone in the industry. After one of these occasions, I had the wonderful opportunity to apply for an internship at Proximity Worldwide. This is one of the many agencies in the American-based BBDO Group.

In fact, the talk which was given by a BU alumna was primarily focused on a campaign they had worked on for Porsche, which sparked my interest immediately. I’ve had a passion for the car industry since I was a child, I had dozens of questions during the guest lecture. I wanted to know everything they had done for Porsche, and especially about the insights they had discovered, which lead them to create a campaign that stood out from the crowd. A new style of campaign that juxtaposed Porsche’s brand image and previous communications strategy.

The details were fascinating and made me really want to work for an agency with industry clients that linked back to my childhood dream.

Excitingly, the BU alumna delivering the talk offered for anyone interested in an internship to email her. Naturally, I sent my CV the very same evening. At first, I was told that there wasn’t a budget to currently employ an intern, as they were hiring a Junior. I thought the opportunity was lost but weeks later they were back in touch with some wonderful news.

Internal conversations had been taking place and a budget was now allocated for an intern, so the week-long application process began. I was told I’d been successful in my application, and I am now working a 6-month internship in the Strategic Planning department.

The Course Leader Presents series provided invaluable networking opportunities, it gave me the opportunity to directly be in touch with an agency. The guest lectures gave us the opportunity to learn from experts and make connections in a famously complicated industry to get into.

My advice would be, if academia gives you a networking opportunity, in any form, jump on it. It’ll be worth it!

In 10 years since graduating from BU, Luke McMillan’s career has taken him across the world to support humanitarian efforts in areas affected by conflict and natural disaster. In his latest role, he is managing the UN campaign behind an International Day of Peace.

Luke originally qualified with an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation from Bournemouth in 2009. During the course, his interest in marine life led him to take up a short internship with the Atlantic Whale Foundation. Having graduated, the charity invited him to re-join the team and Luke progressed to become Director of Programmes, travelling to Africa, Asia and Central America to protect vulnerable species.

He said: “Having been inspired by the work I was doing, I started my own NGO, Support International, which focused on assisting grassroots organisations to enable them to reach their own conservation and humanitarian goals. We worked across Indonesia, including working alongside the government to implement new programmes.”

Having built up new contacts through the NGO, he was approached to become Programmes Manager for The Society for Environmental Exploration and then by Save the Children to join its Global Assurance Team. He said: “The role involved a lot of travel to the charity’s programmes, assessing what could be done to benefit the greatest amount of people, and then coming up with and implementing strategies. I spent time in Gaza, in refugee camps across Africa and joined the emergency response in Haiti. Anyone who works in the charitable sector is big on empathy, and it can be hard to see people in situations where they have lost their homes and loved ones.”

Luke is now part of a small team managing the UN International Peace Day Campaign, which is behind the fixed calendar date, Peace Day, on 21 September. The campaign is focused on brokering cease fires and building relationships with other peace organisations around the world.

Luke said: “The campaign ranges from working with government officials, to equipping community groups to run their own events. We have had people organising days of dance or singing, and even a football tournament in the Congo where 10,000 people came together to compete and then talk about peace. It is hugely satisfying to see and hear the impact that the campaign is having in connecting people and reducing conflict.

My name is Samira. I am in my first year of the PhD in the Design and Engineering department. I am an international student from Jordan. My research in sponsored by Zimmer and involves improving/validation the design of a sensor used during total knee replacements to help surgeons.

Challenges and overcoming them

Moving from abroad while starting this journey took some adjustment which can be challenging. However, there is a lot of support from the Doctoral College. For example, there are get-togethers for international students and various clubs for hobbies and sports. I have already noticed how much I have grown in this short timeframe which makes me excited for the future.

Considering my career options

Before starting my PhD, I wanted to have a career in academia. However, now I am keen to learn about what options are available to me in the private sector. I can get advice from professors where some have had a career in the private sector before academia. So, although graduation is not for another 2 years, the future is something I am exploring through the resources available at the university.

Globally, there are so many different opportunities for people in STEM and specifically engineering which is very exciting. The demand is high for engineers so finding a suitable career after graduation is easier than with some other majors.

Some advice I would give for prospective students looking at engineering, especially women, is to explore different topics in engineering before you immediately write off the whole subject. Engineering gets a bad reputation as boring or as a boy’s club, which can be intimidating. However, engineering is a widely diverse subject where essentially every topic can be seen from an engineering standpoint. For example, my undergraduate degree was in biomedical engineering where mechanical and electrical engineering were combined to explore a wide variety of topics in the medical field. This includes medical devices, prosthetics, artificial organs, tissue engineering, and so many more.

Another piece of advice is to have an idea of what kind of job you see yourself doing in the future, do you like hand-on work? do you prefer working online? There is a way to incorporate these into your career. Additionally, something to take into consideration is that jobs in STEM fields are in high demand which means after graduation, finding a job will be easier and full of opportunities.

Tell us a bit about yourself and the course you studied
My name is Georgina (Gina), I’m 23 and I studied MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology, after completing my BSc in Psychology for 3 years.

Is there anything in particular that you’ve enjoyed most about studying Investigative Forensic Psychology?
I enjoyed learning about the content on the course, for example the Investigative Forensic Psychology unit and writing a research project on a topic you’re most interested in. As part of my research, I got to interview police officers, which was definitely interesting.

What about any challenges that you’ve come across?
When I undertook the course, it was all online, due to the pandemic happening and many uncertainties. This meant we weren’t able to take advantage of some of the facilities, like the psychology testing suite, available at BU. But, despite being based online, it was still quite interactive, and I enjoyed it. Though it was hard not being to have as much social interaction whenever you wanted with peers.

What did you do after graduation?
I got a job offer in January this year, working as a Mental Health Support Worker for Dorset Healthcare on a forensic ward. If you want to go down that kind of route in forensic mental health or psychology, or just want a taster of what it’s like, then it’s an absolutely great experience. It’s a great thing to have on your CV and can also take you into different pathways/avenues if you’re unsure on what you want to go into, whether that’s psychology/mental health related or not. It’s so interesting.

Have you got any advice for anyone thinking of studying Investigative Forensic Psychology or thinking about coming to study at BU?
I would definitely say go for it if you find forensic psychology interesting or want to pursue some sort of career in it. The course definitely helps you and gives you the skills and confidence in order to take that next step into a job. Also, I think for anyone applying to do it, you will most likely get the best experience out of it. Just go for it and don’t hold back, give it a shot for sure.

My story begins in 2015 when at the age of 19 years old I decided to move abroad for my studies and pursue a bachelor’s degree in science and technology. After many searches, I found Bournemouth University which had many interesting courses on the subject. I decided to enrol for the computing course, and there I was away from home.

I chose BU because I have grown up near the beach so I found the same environment, and also because I really liked the course which was one of the best at the time for undergraduate degree. Another reason was because of BU’s great reputation in employment prospects.

My undergraduate experience left me with a lot of good memories – I met a lot of people, lived with different people and made friends that last up to this day. As soon as I returned to university for my final year, I met Marios Angelopoulos who was the unit leader for IoT. I had an initial discussion with him about my interest and we immediately found appreciation in the subject of interest. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I was still fascinated by the subject and thanks to help of Marios, I continued my studies in MSc Internet of Things at Bournemouth University.

During my master’s degree, I had the time and the interest to enjoy what I was studying with different stimulating challenges – also, the course offers many opportunities to students who are willing to put themselves out there, this is what happened to me.

In November 2019 I participated in a Hackathon hosted by Siemens. There were 17 universities competing to try and solve a problem that was described by the hosting company. The first winner will be offered internships with the company. My team did not win the first place, but I managed to impress some of the judges of Siemens who then ask me to come to their office for an interview. This was a great opportunity for me as it demonstrates that hard-working individuals always manage to accomplish success.

I have started officially with Siemens Mobility in October 2020 and I am grateful for the experience and the opportunities that Bournemouth University has given me to build my career.


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