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Bournemouth University

Welcome to Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University (BU) is creative, enterprising and international. Located on England’s beautiful south coast, it has state-of-the-art facilities that help you get the most from your studies.

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Follow your path to Bournemouth University via a preparation course at Bournemouth University International College, based on the BU campus.

Top reasons to study here

Global university with students from 125 countries

Join a worldwide campus community

Ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world

Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2021

Work placement opportunity for every undergraduate student

Gain valuable professional experience during your degree

Top 40 in the UK

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022

4th most affordable destination in the UK

Numbeo Cost of Living Index 2021

Guaranteed entry

when you pass your College course at the required level with good attendance

Subject rankings

Subject areaRankingSource
Anthropology15th in the UKGuardian University Guide 2022
Archaeology 25th in the UKComplete University Guide 2022
Art and Design12th in the UK Complete University Guide 2022
Business, Management and Marketing20th in the UK (graduate prospects)Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
Communication and Media Studies29th in the UK
Top 220 in the world
Complete University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Forensic Science 26th in the UKComplete University Guide 2022
Social Work1st in the UKGuardian University Guide 2022
Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies / Hospitality and Leisure7th in the UK
16th in the world
Complete University Guide 2022 /
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Your Bournemouth experience

Learn more about how to start on your path to Bournemouth

Notable alumni

  • Espen Berg (Norway)

    Graduated from Bournemouth University

    Earned a BA (Hons) in International Business.

    Lifetime achievements

    Norwegian humanitarian and founder of the United Youth Development Organisation. Berg has become an authority on issues such as youth in development, youth-focused microfinance, and youth empowerment. He frequently speaks at events and conferences across the UK.

  • Naveen Goud Medaram (India)

    Graduated from Bournemouth University

    With an MA in Digital Effects in 2003.

    Lifetime achievements

    A visual effects artist, writer and director from India who has worked on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Iron Man 2. His recent project was the film The London Life, which follows the hardships that a group of students face after their arrival in London. Medaram was director, screenplay writer and visual effects creator for the film.

  • Paul Campion (UK)

    Graduated from Bournemouth University

    Earned an MA in Computer Animation in 1999.

    Lifetime achievements

    A film director and screenwriter, he has worked on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy as a texture painter and created digital textures and concept art for X-Men: The Last Stand.

  • Peter Huang (China)

    Graduated from Bournemouth University

    With an MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management 2011.

    Lifetime achievements

    Deputy Director of the EU-China Industrial Technology Transfer Centre, an organisation which aims to encourage cross-country cooperation and collaboration in new technologies.

Academic excellence and a genuine care for students are at the heart of everything we do here at BU. We help you develop as an individual and make the connections that will get you ahead in life, both professionally and personally.

John Vinney
Professor John Vinney Vice-Chancellor

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