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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 2020

Work placement opportunity for every undergraduate student

Gain valuable professional experience during your degree

Ranked top 20 in the UK for teaching effectiveness

Guardian University Guide 2021

Fantastic seaside location

on the south coast of England, just 2 hours from London

Guaranteed entry

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

Subject rankings

Subject areaUK rankingSource
Anthropology20th Guardian University Guide 2021
Archaeology 28thComplete University Guide 2021
Art and Design9th (graduate prospects)Complete University Guide 2021
Business, Management and Marketing20th (career prospects)Guardian University Guide 2021
Communication and Media Studies9th (graduate prospects)Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
Forensic Science 24thComplete University Guide 2021
Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism10thComplete University Guide 2021
Social Work1stGuardian University Guide 2021

Your Bournemouth experience

Bournemouth student Anelia from Kazakhstan

Anelia from Kazakhstan

Postgraduate degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at Bournemouth University

I chose to study at Bournemouth University because I heard that it is the best place to study Tourism. Bournemouth has a very pleasant atmosphere for studying; it's not crowded or too noisy, which helps me focus on my studies.

Bournemouth student Alifia from Indonesia

Alifia from Indonesia

Undergraduate degree in Communication and Media at Bournemouth University

I chose Bournemouth because it is one of the best schools for Media and it’s also on the south coast by the beach. The weather in Bournemouth is great and it’s the perfect size for a student; not too big but also not too small.

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.

Learn more about how to start on your path to Bournemouth

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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