Why choose BU?
Bournemouth University (BU) is situated on the South Coast and split over two campuses, sandwiched between Bournemouth and Poole. Both towns are long-established tourist destinations and attract visitors from all over the world due to their ten miles (12 km) of golden beaches, beautiful gardens and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
We are an innovative, international university offering a high quality student experience, research and professional practice.Our attitude is friendly, professional, inclusive and supportive. We are large enough to offer you diversity, yet small enough for you to be part of a friendly and thriving diverse community.
Our courses are designed and delivered to give our graduates every opportunity to pursue employment and career enhancement and we consistently achieve high rates of graduate-level employment.
What’s more, in 2013 we became the first university to receive a “commended” judgement, the highest award possible from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) recognising the quality of student learning opportunities.
We have twice won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the UK’s most prestigious award for higher education – for our commitment to excellence. If you want to be encouraged and challenged to contribute directly to the development of knowledge in your subject, then we’d love to hear from you.
Here are some more reasons why you should choose BU for your studies.
Commitment to employability – 92% of our undergraduate and 82% of our postgraduate students went on to employment or further study within six months of graduating*
Funding support – through scholarships and other fee reductions
High quality courses – covering a wide variety of subject areas
Placement opportunities – we offer every undergraduate Honours student the chance to take some form of professional placement, giving you a head start in your career. Some postgraduate courses also offer placement opportunities
Industry links – academics experienced in their field and courses are professionally accredited
Flexible delivery – September and January intakes, part-time options and short courses
£200m investment – in our buildings, IT and facilities by 2018
World-leading research – benefiting government bodies, practitioners and our future students
Accommodation – we know how important your new home is to you, which is whywe guarantee accommodation to first year undergraduate students who select BU as their firm choice and have submitted their UCAS application by the 15 January deadline (for UK/EU students) or the 30 June deadline (for non-EU students)**.
Location – situated on the stunning South Coast, in a safe and cosmopolitan town, just two hours from London
So, with over 17,000 students from over 100 countries, there has never been a more exciting time to join our vibrant student community and get ahead in your career.
We recognise the importance of a balanced education. If you study at BU, you are choosing an excellent education delivered by top academics in their field. You are choosing to join an internationally acclaimed academic and research community that will develop your critical thinking skills. You are choosing to be fully prepared for professional practice, to gain industry accreditation and take advantage of the optional placement opportunity available on every undergraduate degree.
You can also choose to study or work abroad as part of your degree, giving you the opportunity to experience another culture first-hand and gain a competitive edge in the job market.
At BU we value excellence, achievement, authenticity, creativity and responsibility, but we also believe in having fun and making new friends. In addition to the great nightlife, we’re sandwiched between the New Forest and some of Britain’s best beaches, with superb water sports and sailing facilities.
Starting out in your career, looking to change direction or simply after a new challenge? Our postgraduate courses cover a range of subjects, including Business, Health, Media, Science & Technology, and Tourism.
Study a Master’s at BU and benefit from enhanced employability, increased earning potential, along with the personal achievement and opportunity to fuel your passion for the subject you love.
All BU postgraduate students benefit from the strength of our expanding research community. Our academic staff are involved in cutting-edge research and enterprise that make a genuine contribution to society both nationally and internationally - whether we are understanding the physics of knee joints, developing processes to make the animation of movie characters more realistic, or trying to understand drivers for climate change.
We work without barriers, collaborating and sharing with each other to deliver world-leading, life-changing research that we are passionate about.
Spend time at BU, and you’ll soon get used to hearing experts in health talking to experts in design and technology about how they can work together to improve healthcare, or experts in media sharing their expertise with intellectual property lawyers to build a better understanding of copyright in the age of social media.
The sharing of knowledge and research will surround you at BU, and it touches on everything we do – whether it is education, research or professional practice, everyone can learn from everyone else. Find out more on our website.
BU has a wealth of facilities and resources on- and off-campus, offering a range of social, cultural and sporting opportunities.
To find our more, why not visit the links below:
- BU Sport and Recreation
- The Students' Union, including the nightclub, The Old Firestation
- Careers & Employability Service
- Personal Support
- International students
As part of our commitment to providing world-class facilities a £200 million investment in our buildings, IT and facilities by 2018 is underway. We’re currently building a new Student Centre at our Talbot Campus, due to open in April 2015. This six-storey building will include social learning spaces, Students’ Union at BU (SUBU) offices, a student advice centre, a café, radio and media studios, bookable meeting rooms and BU student services.
In addition, we’re excited to commence work on a new academic building due to open in 2016. This new academic building will provide an attractive landmark at the heart of the Talbot Campus and, under one roof, will host academic and support spaces and catering facilities.
Fees & Funding
Please visit our website for details about how to make sure your BU experience is affordable, including information on tuition fees, loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and living expenses.
How to apply
Please visit our how to apply web pages for information about applying to BU.
We know how important it is, when you're deciding which University to attend, to take a look around the campus, learn about your future course and find out more about the surrounding area.
We encourage you to visit us, and offer a range of events to help you get to know more about BU.
These events will give you the chance to view our excellent facilities, speak to current students & staff and find out more about student life at BU.
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