Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University

Whatever your time with us has in store for you, it’ll be an exciting journey – from meeting lifelong friends in halls, to your experience on placement, exploring the local area or joining a club or society. Find out more about what life at BU has to offer.

Top reasons to study here

  • The vision is to be recognised worldwide as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through education.
  • The research shapes and changes the world around us, providing solutions to real-world problems and informing the education we deliver.
  • Bournemouth University works closely with employers, practitioners and professional organisations.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



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.


Studying in the UK is an exciting step towards developing yourself into a truly global graduate. Employers all over the world value the skills you bring in terms of languages, cultural awareness, resourcefulness, resilience and your ability to adapt to a new culture.

At BU, the Careers & Employability Team provide a number of different resources to support you in developing the necessary skills for finding work during your studies and when you graduate.  We run group workshops, employer events and provide one-to-one guidance to support you at every stage of the career planning and job hunting process. 

You will also be able to use this service once you leave BU for up to 3 years after graduation.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
401 100
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
751 -50
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
904 37
941 5
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

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.

Housing services

BU accommodation isn't just about a roof over your head - it's about being part of a community where you can involve yourself in as much or as little as you like. BU students share their experiences of our accommodation options, plus some handy hints and tips.

Library services

BU works hard to provide a comprehensive libraries and learning support service to all of our students. As well as the two libraries - The Sir Michael Cobham Library and Bournemouth House Library - BU offers a wide range of online resources that you can access off campus, including e-books and e-journals that you can download to your personal devices. 

ICT services

For any IT-related queries or problems. From IT Help Zones to the Service Desk or adding print credit to your account.

Medical services

BU wants all of our students to enjoy their BU experience and to stay healthy and happy, but if it’s your first time living away from home, university can take some getting used to.

BU has a range of services – from the Wellbeing Advisors to the Medical Centre, and from our AskBU service to our Additional Learning Support scheme – that help whatever your needs.

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

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. 

Student clubs

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.

Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom


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