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Find your degree of difference at Bournemouth University

Find your degree of difference 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 have been ranked as one of the top 70 young universities in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2022.

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.

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There are plenty of great reasons to choose us. Whatever your background and interest, you’re sure to find the course that suits you at BU. Request a prospectus to find out more.

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.


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

That’s why 91.3% of all BU graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes survey, 2019/20).

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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

Famous for its miles of sandy beach, Bournemouth is a beautiful place to live, work and study. On the south coast of England, it offers a cosmopolitan town centre and is less than two hours from London by train. The ever-expanding Bournemouth Airport provides an excellent gateway to Europe.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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, ( 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, ( 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.

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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.

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