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Bournemouth University

Dorset - United Kingdom

Overview

The University's origins can be traced to the early part of the 20th century with the foundation of the former Bournemouth Municipal College. Its modern history began in the early 1970s with the creation of the Bournemouth College of Technology. Construction of the new buildings on what was the largest farm in Talbot Village, and is now BU’s Talbot Campus, was completed by September 1976.

Throughout its life, Bournemouth University has developed a strong reputation for offering a wide range of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes geared to the professions, informed by research and consultancy.

The number of students at BU has risen to over 17,000 and the University is amongst the leaders in the UK for graduate employment.

Bournemouth University is an innovative, international university offering high quality student experience, research and professional practice. Here are ten reasons why you should choose BU.

1. BU Graduate employment rates are consistently high at over 90% and BU has more students on a work placement than any other university in England.

2. BU is based on the south coast of England and is recognised as one of the most innovative universities in the UK; bringing together professional and academic excellence. BU has a community of almost 17,000 students from over 100 different countries, while 5,982 students graduated from BU in 2012 alone.

3. Our research offering is amongst the best in the country. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), eight out of 10 areas assessed featured research that was adjudged to be ‘world leading’ and BU was the fourth most improved university in the UK for the quality of its research.

4. The Media School at Bournemouth University has been designated as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice(CEMP) in the UK by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is home to the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA). Our School of Tourism has been designated as a Centre of Excellence in Tourism by the World Tourism Organisation. BU is also the number one research centre in the world for fish biology.

5. In 2012 BU was awarded the The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its contribution to world-leading excellence and pioneering development in computer animation.

6. £138 million is to be invested in our campuses and IT facilities by 2018. The first major project is the construction of a new Student Centre. This new building will be a decisive step towards improving the student experience at BU. It responds to the need for high quality spaces where students can engage collaboratively in social learning and study activities with full access to a range of integrated services.

7. With BU’s Lansdowne Campus near the centre of Bournemouth and Talbot Campus three miles inland on the boundary of Bournemouth and Poole, BU is an important player in the local economy and is widely involved in enriching the local community as well as its students.

8. In 2013, for the fourth year running, BU received a first class honours (The Guardian newspaper, the People and Planet Green league table) for its commitment to environmental and ethical improvement. The first class award reflects a comprehensive environmental programme that is underway at BU, including an EcoCampus award for BU’s environmental management systems, a challenging carbon reduction target with over 20 projects completed to date and the roll out of a food waste recycling scheme.

9. Following in the steps of NCCA graduate Andy Lockley who won an Oscar in 2011 for his visual effects work on the film Inception, over 80 BU graduates were involved in four out of the five animated films nominated for the Visual Effects & Animation Oscar in 2012; 2013 saw NCCA graduates celebrate Oscar and BAFTA success with their work on the Life of Pi, The Hobbit, Snow White and the Huntsman, Les Miserables and Skyfall.

10. We are the first university to have achieved a "commended"judgement for the quality of student learning opportunities from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the highest award possible. The QAA look at many areas of how an institution supports students, including the quality of teaching students receive, academic support, the resources available to students including the library and IT facilities, and the general support they receive. 


Faculties

Undergraduate:

  • Accounting and Finance 
  • Archaeology and Anthropology 
  • Biological Sciences 
  • Computer Animation 
  • Corporate and Marketing Communication 
  • Design 
  • English 
  • Forensic Science 
  • Health Science 
  • Humanities 
  • Law
  • Media
  • Multimedia and Networking
  • Nursing
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Social Studies 
  • Sport Development and Coaching
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Animal and Land Based Studies
  • Arts and Performing Arts
  • Business and Management
  • Computer and Business Information Technology
  • Creative Technology
  • Engineering 
  • Events and Leisure 
  • Geography and Environmental Science 
  • Health and Social Care
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Midwifery
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Retail
  • Software Systems
  • Sports Management

Graduate:

  • Animation 
  • Business and Management
  • Computing
  • Corporate and Marketing Communications
  • Finance
  • Health and Social Care
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Technology
  • Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Communications
  • Conservation Ecology and Environmental Sciences
  • Design and Engineering
  • Forensic and Biological Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Media Production
  • Sport
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events

English Requirements


Scholarships

International scholarships for September 2014 entry

Bournemouth University offers a variety of scholarships to our international students to reward academic excellence. These scholarships are:

International Students:

BU Academic Excellence Scholarship – (worth £1,500)

BU Top-up degree Scholarship – (worth £2,000)

GREAT – Bournemouth University Scholarship, India – (worth £3,000)

BU Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship – most promising applicant (UG) – (tuition fee waiver)

International Partnership Scholarships:

BU International Partnership Excellence Scholarship (Beijing Normal University (BNU), Zhuhai Campus) - international students from Beijing Normal University, who've applied to study an eligible undergraduate course at BU.

BU International Partnership Scholarship (Beijing Normal University (BNU), Zhuhai Campus) - international students from Beijing Normal University, who've applied to study an eligible undergraduate course at BU.

BU International Partnership Excellence Scholarship (Beijing Wuzi University (BWU), China) - international students from Bejing Wuzi University, who've applied to study an eligible undergraduate course at BU.

BU International Partnership Scholarship (Beijing Wuzi University (BWU), China) - international students from Bejing Wuzi University, who've applied to study an eligible undergraduate course at BU.

BU International Partnership Excellence Scholarship (Universitas Bina Nusantara (BINUS), Indonesia) - international students from Universitas Bina Nusantara (BINUS) who've applied to study for an eligible undergraduate course at BU.

BU International Partnership Scholarship (Universitas Bina Nusantara (BINUS), Indonesia) - international students from Universitas Bina Nusantara (BINUS) who've applied to study for an eligible undergraduate course at BU.


Tution Fee

Annual full-time tuition fee varies from £9,500 (for a foundation degree) to £12,500 (for an undergraduate degree; BA, BEng or BSc), delivered at our BU campuses, or at one of ourpartner colleges

Some undergraduate courses last for four years, because they include a work placement year. The placement year carries a significantly lower fee, which for international students beginning their course in 2014 will be £1,500

Price freezing policy - to ensure fairness, transparency and to help you budget more effectively, we operate a price freezing policy. This means that whatever tuition fee you pay in your first year, you'll continue to pay for the duration of your course. This policy applies to all students who are classified as an international student for fee purposes, and who are studying an undergraduate degree at BU.