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Bournemouth University

2016 League Table Ranking 54
2016 Overall Score 650
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Entry Standards 327 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.72 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,119 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.89 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 455 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 62.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 86.0 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 75.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 69.1 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Our origins can be traced to the early 1900s with the foundation of the former Bournemouth Municipal College.
  • Our modern history began in 1976 with the opening of the Dorset Institute of Higher Education.
  • In 1990, the Dorset Institute was re-designated Bournemouth Polytechnic and later became Bournemouth University in 1992.
  • In 1990, the Dorset Institute was re-designated Bournemouth Polytechnic and later became Bournemouth University in 1992. There are two campuses – in Poole and Bournemouth.
  • More than 18,000 students are enrolled on courses across undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, with over 2,000 international students representing some 100 countries.
  • See what our current students are saying on our Undergraduate Blog and Postgraduate Blog.
  • For all the latest news, like our undergraduate and postgraduate Facebook pages.

Location and Transport

  • We’re situated in a major tourism destination, right next to Britain’s best beach.
  • Bournemouth is a lively, modern and cosmopolitan town with a large student community that gives you a wide range of options when it comes to socialising with your friends. Whether that be taking advantage of our seaside location to learn to surf, windsurf or simply lie in the sun during breaks in your studies or visiting one of our many clubs and bars in Bournemouth town centre.
  • Our location is not just beautiful, but shapes our research and courses.
  • Our two campuses, in Poole and Bournemouth, are served by dedicated bus services.
  • We also run courses at other locations in Bournemouth and Poole, as well as in Portsmouth, Yeovil, Salisbury and Weymouth.
  • Bournemouth is just two hours from London by train and has excellent transport links, including an international airport.

Entry Standards

  • We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications. Each course has specific entry requirements which are detailed at

Student Mix

The 17,735 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Some part-time options are available and a number of short courses can be combined to create postgraduate qualifications in a range of subjects.
  • Every undergraduate student at BU has the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.
  • We create forward-thinking graduates with the skills and flexibility to succeed throughout their career – wherever it may take them.
  • Our ethos is to focus on a fusion of excellent education, research and professional practice

Teaching Standards

  • We’re 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.
  • We have more students on work placements than any other university in Great Britain.
  • We’re home to the UK's only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and the award-winning National Centre for Computer Animation.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by the biggest names in relevant industries. In total, 33 different bodies offer accreditation to courses at BU.

Research Standards

  • 96% of our research was rated as internationally excellent in the most recent REF (2014).
  • We are in the top 10% of post-1992 universities for our research environment.
  • We ranked number 1 in the UK for Tourism thanks to internationally recognised research.
  • A large number of BU academics have participated in the university’s Releasing Potential programme – the UK's largest research development scheme for academics.
  • 580 research and knowledge exchange projects were underway in 2013–14.

Academic Strengths

  • High employability – 93% of our graduates are in work or further education six months after graduation*.
  • The Media School, recognised as a Skillset Media Academy, is the largest centre of professional higher education for the media industries in the UK.
  • The School of Tourism is recognised as a global leader in Tourism, Leisure, Hospitality and Retail.
  • The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences leads the South West for nursing, midwifery and social work.
  • In 2012, BU was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for world-leading excellence and pioneering development in computer animation. This award is the educational equivalent of the UK national honours system and is bestowed upon the institution by Her Majesty, The Queen, for a period of four years.

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2013/14

Student Facilities

  • Each of our Faculties has specialist facilities to ensure you are ready to work in your chosen field.
  • Specialist labs and facilities include a unique crime scene training centre and the UK's first university-based Sony HD TV studio.
  • Our libraries give you access to electronic, print and multimedia resources with staff on hand for support.
  • Students can download the iBU app which gives access to library services and many of our e-collections including reading list materials, on your mobile device.
  • Our Open Access Computing Centres are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The best way to see all the facilities we have on offer is to attend an Open Day.

Disability Services

  • Our Additional Learning Support Team (ALS) is available to offer support to students who may have specific learning differences, physical/sensory impairments, medical conditions or mental health issues.
  • As well as one-to-one learning support, we can also advise you on diagnoses and funding assistance from the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA).

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) is the voice for students, providing confidential advice and representation on many issues.
  • SUBU is the central hub for over 200 clubs and societies, volunteering opportunities and our student-run media outlet – Nerve* magazine, TV and radio.
  • SUBU manages shops and bars on both campuses including the student night club, the Old Fire Station.
  • SUBU Boat Club won the Best Student Sports Club at the NUS Awards last year, while SUBU Volunteering won Volunteer Service of the Year at the Student Volunteering Network Awards.


  • sportBU offers state-of-the-art sports facilities including a recently refurbished gym containing a multi-purpose large studio, spin studio and over 60 fitness stations.
  • We offer a range of fitness classes and courses including Pilates, yoga and boxercise, plus many more.
  • sportBU is currently 30th out of 185 in the British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) rankings; we run trials for our varsity teams each academic year.
  • We offer a range of sports scholarships to support talented athletes.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • £200 million is being invested in our campuses and IT facilities by 2018.
  • Our new Student Centre, opened in spring 2015, is a social hub for students.
  • Our new academic building will open in September 2016, providing a wealth of academic space.
  • Major refurbishment to main buildings means added social learning spaces and massive improvements to the Bournemouth University student experience.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students have access to MyCareerHub from our Careers & Employability Service to search for part-time work.
  • Leisure and tourism are the leading industries in Bournemouth, which is reflected in the abundance of part-time jobs available year round.
  • The Students' Union hires many students and employment agencies assist in finding office-based work with hours to suit.
  • We employ over 200 Student Ambassadors each year to represent the university.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers & Employability Service offers support and guidance to all current BU students and graduates (up to 3 years from graduation).
  • All of our undergraduate courses offer a work placement, with most offering a 40-week placement.
  • Our courses are designed with direct input from employers, and we recognise the importance of work experience as part of a degree.

Notable Alumni

  • Andrew Lockley – Oscar winner for Inception and BAFTA winner for Interstellar.
  • Dan O'Hagan – commentator, BBC Match of the Day.
  • Gary Taphouse – commentator, Football First on Sky Sports.
  • Reza Dehghani – founder of Criminal Clothing.
  • Karl Neilson – television director.
  • David Amess – Member of Parliament for Southend West.
  • Tommy Sandhu – presenter, BBC Asian Network.



For further information

  • +44 (0)1202 961916
  • Bournemouth University
    Fern Barrow
    BH12 5BB
UCAS Code B50

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