Bournemouth University (BU)

At Bournemouth University, 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.

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.

We recognise your potential and will support you and give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience through placements, volunteering, and collaborative projects. And with over 100 clubs, societies and sports – 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.

Discover your degree of difference.


Sand between your toes, time spent with friends, trying new sports and hobbies, making great memories – it’s all here waiting for you.

Bournemouth town is right on the seafront – the beach is a five-minute walk from the centre. Bournemouth has a friendly metropolitan feel, and you’ll find it has a good mix of department stores and independent boutique shops, along with food from around the world that will be tempting you into bars, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops.

Your time in Bournemouth doesn't need to be spent in the same place. A short journey can take you to some of the incredible surrounding areas of Dorset such as the Jurassic Coast or the New Forest.

As a member of our vibrant university community, there's plenty to look forward to, exploring Bournemouth and getting involved with the remarkable adventures BU has to offer.


We believe you should be able to live life in BU accommodation the way you want to. We encourage a thriving community where there’s always something going on, but also make sure that you have a quiet, private space you can call your own.

There are lots of great accommodation options available. You'll be connected with a supportive community through ResLifeBU - a unique programme within BU accommodation run by staff and students to help welcome you and support your transition into uni life. ResLifeBU works around three principles: Social, Wellbeing and Skills, so whether you’d like to make new friends, need helpful signposting to support services or just need some last minute guidance to brush up on your referencing, you’ll be sure to settle in and

Job prospects

Our courses are designed with your employability in mind. Securing work and professional experience as part of your degree can make all the difference in the competitive job market. We’ve got industry contacts and career-enhancing opportunities you’ll need to stand out.

We work closely with employers, practitioners and professional organisations. With placement options available on every undergraduate course, we pride ourselves on supporting our students to gain real experience and develop the skills employers seek.

That’s why 91.1% of all BU undergraduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes survey, 2020/21).

Courses and studying at BU

There are over 100 undergraduate degrees on offer, from 16 different subject areas. Many of our courses are accredited by the leading professional bodies allowing our graduates to gain an internationally recognised and industry-proven qualification.

Our outstanding academics come from across the world. They are specialists in their field and enthusiastic about their subjects.

Starting from the first week, academics often bring in guest lecturers and employers, working with many individual service users, carers and local organisations to contribute to lectures.

You'll have the chance to guide your own development with optional units, work placements, research opportunities and a host of other extracurricular activities. You'll be supported inside and outside of the lecture theatre as you tailor your time at BU to be everything that you want it to be.

Our campuses

We have over 19,000 students from all over the world and are focused on providing the best campus experience possible, while keeping you safe at all times.

We have two campuses at Bournemouth University – Talbot and Lansdowne.

Our great teaching is complemented by industry-standard facilities and support. We offer fantastic collaborative working spaces. Laptops you can borrow by the hour. Beach hut themed Technobooths and well-stocked libraries for getting assignments done, and after a long day you can relax on our rooftop cafes to help you wind down.

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.

Lansdowne Campus is mainly used by students in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. Our new Bournemouth Gateway Building is home to simulation suites including an operating theatre, hospital wards, a maternity birthing room and residential flat for care scenarios – as well as an MRI scanner.

Our Lansdowne Campus is based minutes away from golden sandy beaches and Bournemouth is on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast. We’re thankful for our surrounding and 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.

The best way to experience BU and the local area is by joining an Open Day.

Students’ Union

Co-ordinated by the Students’ Union (SUBU) and SportBU, sports, clubs and societies provide a great opportunity for students seeking to meet likeminded individuals at BU. There are currently more than 130 societies and clubs available through the SUBU, ranging from the Alternative Performance Society to groups for rounders and Quidditch.

Student support

BU supports you inside and outside the classroom. You will have access to a range of services to help you enjoy your BU experience and stay healthy and happy during your time with us.

We offer learning, academic and personal support, as well as sport and social facilities to help you make friends and enhance your student experience at BU.

Funding your studies

Your sporting or musical achievements may be rewarded with a non-repayable scholarship. We also offer bursaries based on your household income or if you have been in care. Visit our website to find out more.


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Times Good University Guide 2024 Ranking 81/131
Guardian 2024 Ranking 99/121
Address Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Talbot Campus, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB View on Map
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Upcoming Open Days at Bournemouth University (BU)


Adult Nursing Open Afternoon at Yeovil Campus

19 Jun 2024, 12:30 PM - 19 Jun 2024, 15:30 PM Yeovil Campus
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These afternoons are for those who are interested in studying BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and expect to study at our branch campus in Yeovil.

Midwifery Open Afternoon at Portsmouth Campus

05 Jun 2024, 12:30 PM - 05 Jun 2024, 15:30 PM Portsmouth Campus
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These afternoons are for those who are interested in studying BSc (Hons) Midwifery and expect to study at our branch campus in Portsmouth.
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