The origins can be traced to the early 20th century, with the foundation of Bournemouth Municipal College. The modern history began in the early 1970s with the creation of the Bournemouth College of Technology and the construction of new buildings on the largest farm in Talbot Village – the area now known as the Talbot Campus.
Your university experience should offer both a great course and a great environment. That’s our focus at BU – from undergraduate degrees to PhDs, we value you and your contribution, and provide an environment to help you realise your ambitions and make a difference. Explore our study options to find out more.
The research shapes and changes the world around us, providing solutions to real-world problems and informing the education we deliver. The students are a key part of the research we conduct, co-creating knowledge with us and playing a crucial role in everything that we do.
All our undergraduate degrees and many of our postgraduate degrees offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your studies.
From our experienced and friendly Careers team and faculty placement staff, to our careers portal, MyCareerHub, and the Global Talent Programme, we can help equip you with the skills and experience you’ll need to make your mark.
Each year, we run 'Your Career Week', a week-long event offering networking and skill development opportunities, workshops and a two-day Careers Fair, attracting a wealth of companies and organisations.
As a new student you’ll know just how much of a big deal coming to university is, especially if this is the first time you've moved away from home. It's such an exciting time in your life, and our Student Support & Engagement Team are here to help you make the most of your time here.
Bournemouth University understands the pressures that moving to a new place and meeting new people can bring - as well as how tricky it can be learning how to balance your social life and workload, not to mention managing your own finances and study - Bournemouth also know that it’s not unusual for new students to have trouble coping with it all.
We want to support you to come to university, regardless of any specific needs you may have. As a result, we have a number of accessible flats and houses that are available for you during your time at BU. We also work with DisabledGo to provide detailed information about the specific access arrangements in all of our buildings and facilities.
We have a very limited amount of accommodation specifically for families and couples, which is made available on a first-come, first-served basis. As these properties are available for longer lets - up to three full years, or the entire length of a student’s course - they are not always available at the beginning of each academic year.
The Sir Michael Cobham Library is at the heart of our Talbot Campus and is where you will find our largest collection of printed resources. Our Weston Library is on our Lansdowne Campus and is home to the printed resources for nursing, midwifery and health studies, and psychology, social sciences and social policy, as well as business and management book collections for postgraduate level.
BU students have access to a wide range of IT facilities, tools, services and support. This page should give you all the information you need to get started and to make the most of them. You can contact our IT Service Desk 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone or online via the IT Service Portal.
To help your wellbeing be the best that it can be, we offer a dedicated Student Wellbeing service, which is run in partnership with University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust. In addition to our Student Wellbeing service, as a BU student you’ll also have access to our Medical Centre, Faith & Reflection service and SportBU.
Bournemouth University benefits from a wonderful location, situated between one of the UK’s newest national parks, officially the best beach in Britain and the second largest natural harbour in the world, with the World Heritage Jurassic Coast located nearby. Good transport links means that London is only two hours away.
With all this activity comes a responsibility to the environment and we are delighted to hold the EcoCampus platinum award for our work in making the university sustainable. From bee hives to solar panels, free or subsidised bus journeys for staff and students and a raft of other initiatives, we continually seek to increase our sustainable impact.
Social sport, the biggest strand within Campus Sport from BU, are drop-in sessions to turn up and play! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played the sport before, come along and give it a go! On offer this term, we have basketball, badminton, trampolining, football, futsal, netball & a group run. If you’d prefer something more structured, the courses are for you.
The clubs and societies, run via the Students’ Union (SUBU), are based entirely on the students’ passions – so whatever you’re into, BU should have it covered. These range from sports to charities, baking to gaming, education to politics or even the Bournemouth Banchees Quidditch Society (yes, it really does exist).
The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing Bournemouth University firmly amongst the top institutions globally for business degrees.
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