Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University courses are industry-informed and relevant: the university offers invaluable work placement opportunities to every student, as well as overseas exchanges. Combined with a beautiful coastal location and commitment to ensuring its learning and social spaces are modern and attractive, BU has something to offer everyone.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: B50

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university has libraries on both campuses, equipped with a full range of facilities for students, researchers and staff members to use. In addition, a wide range of online resources can be accessed off campus, including e-books and e-journals which students can download to their personal devices.
  • The iBU app allows students access to library services and many of the e-collections, including reading list materials, from their mobile device.
  • IT facilities are available 24/7 in open access computing centres.

Student jobs

  • Students have access to MyCareerHub from the Careers and Employability Service to aid their search for part-time work in the area, as well as at BU – which employs over 200 student ambassadors – and the Students' Union.
  • Leisure and tourism, and digital technology are the leading industries in Bournemouth, reflected in the abundance of part-time jobs available year round.
  • Employment agencies can assist in finding office-based work with hours to suit.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service guides students through their career options at every stage of their studies – and for three years after graduation.
  • Students can access careers information and employment opportunities through the online careers system, MyCareerHub.
  • Faculty-based careers advisers offer support for specific industries, helping students before and during placements and when looking for work.
  • Students benefit from a number of funded opportunities to work and study abroad, alongside a range of extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, summer schools and conferences.
  • The Global Talent Programme is a great way to demonstrate the breadth of extra-curricular activities students get involved in while at BU; students meet new people, experience different cultures and enhance their CV.

Health services

  • A medical centre on Talbot Campus offers a full range of medical services to students.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Student Well-being service has a range of options to meet student needs, with Well-being Advisors to help students decide on the best way forward. The service is confidential and completely free.
  • Support includes counselling, drop-in support, workshops, information and also links to support services that students can access in the community.

Disability support

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

Other services and facilities

  • Industry-standard facilities are available on courses: Media students film in the UK's first university-based Sony HD TV studio, paramedics train in a fully-functioning ambulance, sports psychologists work in a sports performance laboratory, and forensics students investigate in a crime scene training facility.
  • Planned facilities include healthcare simulation and practice suites within a new Faculty of Health & Social Sciences building, and a new Poole Gateway Building to house high-quality technical facilities for the Media and Communication, and Science & Technology faculties.

Students' Union

  • SUBU offers a variety of experiences from fundraising and volunteering to becoming a member of any of over 100 clubs and societies, or being elected onto the SUBU Council.
  • SUBU is home to the student-run media outlet, Nerve* magazine, TV and radio; it also manages a number of cafés and shops on both campuses, including the award-winning student night club, the Old Fire Station.
  • SUBU's Summer Ball is one of the largest in the UK.


  • The university's origins can be traced to the early 1900s with the foundation of Bournemouth Municipal College, which then became the Dorset Institute of Higher Education and Bournemouth Polytechnic.
  • On becoming Bournemouth University in 1992, it was granted a coat of arms with its motto 'Discere Mutari Est' or 'To learn is to be changed'. Now, more than 19,000 students are enrolled on courses across undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, with over 2,600 international students representing some 130 countries.

Fascinating Fact

  • Bournemouth University graduates and staff had a hand in the sets for the Oscar-winning films, such as Avatar, Gravity, The Jungle Book, Inception, Interstellar, and Ex Machina.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 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 – MP for Southend West.
  • Tommy Sandhu – presenter, BBC Asian Network.
  • Peter Hoar – director of Marvel TV series Daredevil.
  • Mark Ardington – Oscar winner for Ex Machina.


Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB