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Bournemouth University

Welcome to Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University (BU) is creative, enterprising and international, with a  history of creating successful graduates. 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

Top 40 in the UK

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

Ranked in the top 70 young universities in the world

Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2022

Work placement opportunity for every undergraduate student

Gain valuable professional experience during your degree

World top 50 for sustainable development goals

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022

3rd most affordable destination in the UK

Numbeo Cost of Living Index 2022

Guaranteed entry

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

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Subject rankings

Subject areaRankingSource
Animation1st in the UKAnimation Career Review 2021
Anthropology20th in the UKComplete University Guide 2023
Archaeology 23rd in the UKComplete University Guide 2023
Art and Design18th in the UK Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2023
Business, Management and Marketing16th in the UK (graduate prospects)Complete University Guide 2023
Communication and Media Studies13th in the UK (graduate prospects)
Top 200 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Forensic Science 21st in the UKGuardian University Guide 2023
Social Work5th in the UKGuardian University Guide 2023
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism / Hospitality and Leisure15th in the UK
17th in the world
Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2023 /
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

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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