• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.00 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.72 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.29 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    71.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    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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  • Good Honours
    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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    77.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

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

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    83.9 / 100.0

Bournemouth University courses are designed with direct input from employers, with many courses accredited by the biggest names in industry. 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. Bournemouth is a major tourism destination, a cosmopolitan town with seven miles of sandy beaches. 

Entry Requirements

  • The university welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications.
  • Places are typically offered based on the applicant's 3 main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. However, breadth of study may be valuable and the university will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the extended project qualification and general studies, although these may not be part of the offer.
  • If students do not meet the criteria of their original offer, the university may still offer them a place after reviewing their entire application and all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) to assess whether students have the academic potential to succeed on the course.
  • Please refer to the university website for specific course entry requirements.

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.

Teaching Methods

  • Bournemouth University is the first university to achieve a 'commended' judgement for the quality of student learning opportunities from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the highest award possible.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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 student is given the opportunity of a work placement, with more students completing work placements than any other university in Great Britain.
  • There are opportunities for students to study, work or take part in extra-curricular activities around the world, many of which are funded.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Facilities include specialist laboratories, a unique crime scene training centre and the UK's first university based Sony HD TV studio.
  • Libraries include electronic, print and multimedia resources, with staff on hand for support. Students can also access library services and many of the university's e-collections – which includes reading list materials – from their mobile devices by downloading the iBU app.
  • Open Access Computing Centres are available 24/7.
  • Excellent sport facilities are found at SportBU.
  • Planned future investment includes a new building for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, and industry-standard healthcare simulation and practice suites.

Disability Services

  • The Additional Learning Support Team (ALS) is available to support students who may have specific learning differences, physical/sensory impairments, medical conditions or mental health issues.
  • As well as 1-to-1 learning support, the service can advise on diagnoses, and funding assistance from 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 to over 3000 student members. Last year over 347 volunteering opportunities were offered by SUBU; students also get involved as course reps, community wardens and student officers, while over 175 students work for SUBU throughout the year.
  • SUBU is the central hub for over 100 clubs and societies, volunteering opportunities and the 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 won the NUS award for Education, and was a finalist for SU of the year. The Freshers’ Fair was voted best in the country and the Summer Ball is one of the largest in the UK with 7,500 people attending.

Availability of Part-Time Work

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

Careers Guidance

  • The university's Careers and Employability Service offers support and guidance to all current students as well as graduates (up to 3 years from graduation).
  • All undergraduate courses offer a work placement, with most offering a 30-week placement.
  • A number of funded opportunities to work and study abroad are available, alongside a range of extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, summer schools and conferences.
  • The Global Talent Programme offers a way to demonstrate the breadth of student's extra-curricular activities as they work to achieve badges towards the Global Talent Award.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%


  • The university’s origins can be traced to the early 1900s with the foundation of the former Bournemouth Municipal College, which in the 1970s became the Dorset Institute of Higher Education.
  • In the 1990s this became first Bournemouth Polytechnic and in 1992, Bournemouth University, with campuses in Poole and Bournemouth.

Notable Alumni

  • Andrew Lockley – Oscar and BAFTA award winner for visual effects on Inception and 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.
  • Peter Hoar – director of Marvel TV series Daredevil.
  • Mark Ardington – Oscar winner for visual effects on Ex Machina.
  • Georgia Brown – Amazon’s director of original TV for Europe.

Further Details

Address Bournemouth University
Fern Barrow
BH12 5BB
UCAS Code B50