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Bournemouth University

UCAS Code: B50

Location: Bournemouth, central south coast of England Show on Map

Site: Two campuses in Bournemouth/Poole; 7 partner colleges.

A modern university; a member of University Alliance group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:19,750
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:16,980
Full Time:78%
Mature on Entry:22%
UK Students:93%
State school entry:92%

Teaching Staff

580 full-time and part-time

Broad study areas

Accounting & finance; archaeology & heritage; business & management; computing & business information technology; computer animation; conservation sciences; design; food & nutrition; forensic science; health & social care; law; marketing; media & communications; psychology & computing; tourism, sport & hospitality.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted in combination with 2+ A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff used.
Points on Entry (Mean):285
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:All first years housed who apply by the deadline


Founded:1992 as a university; previously Dorset Institute (1976) from merger of various colleges of technology and education.
Site:Talbot Campus, 2 miles from centre of Bournemouth, and Lansdowne Campus in near town centre. Partner colleges: Bournemouth & Poole, Bridgwater, Kingston Maurward, Weymouth colleges, Wiltshire College Salisbury and University Centre Yeovil.
How to get there:By air, rail, National Express or road to Bournemouth. Unilinx bus service plus good local bus network link campuses and accommodation; limited parking but extensive cycle routes in town.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Doctors, nurse, counsellors, multi-faith chaplaincy, accommodation staff, family planning advisers, SU welfare officer.
Amenities:Large SU entertainment facilities, including nightclub (in refurbished fire station), 3 bars, bistro internet café. Nursery.
Sporting facilities:All-weather and turf pitches, county-standard cricket ground, 4-court sports hall, 2 activity studios, large climbing  and bouldering centre, fitness suite, golf simulator and elite sports training suite. Individual athlete sport scholarship & performance scheme.
Accommodation:All first years housed in halls or private accomodation. 2485 self-catering university-allocated places: 989 in university halls, 575 in university-managed houses, 920 in partner-provided halls (Unite plc/Signpost Homes) allocated by university: rents £75−£112 per week (including bills and internet connection in most rooms). Most students live in local privately-owned accommodation for 2 years (university letting service helps); self-catering rents typically £70−£85 pw plus bills.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Large library & learning centre plus libraries on both campuses; total of 292,000 books, 1405 journals, 48,000 e-books and 41,000 e-journals and report series; 1172 study places. Information provision, £91 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service: 1620 points with internet access, some open 24 hours (ratio 1:10 workstations to students). IT support from helpdesks in term-time; some IT skills included in courses, some self-managed learning packages available.
Other learning resources:Virtual learning environment, internet radio station, musical centre with music rooms, product design computer studios and workshops; national centre for computer animation, HD TV studio, specialist health and social care facilities (including midifery suite and simulated operating theatre).
Study abroad:Wide range of opportunities to engage with international activities. Exchange links with universities in Europe and Canada (funding available through Erasmus and university travel bursary scheme).
Careers:Information, advice and placement. 90+% of graduates in employment or further study within 6 months, 75% in graduate-level employment.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £7300–£8200 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university
Term-time work:Some work on campus in bars, library, help with open day tours; off-campus in retail, hotels etc (local temping agencies keen to place students).
Financial help:333 bursaries of £3000 in Year 1 (£15000 pa thereafter), open to English/EU students whose family income is up to £25k pa; bursaries for care leavers of £6000 in Year 1 (£5000 pa thereafter). Scholarships (of £1000−£3000) for students with high entrance grades and others based on high entry qualifications and in specified departments. Government funds of £396,000: special help for students with additional needs/disability, students with childcare needs, mature students and those with high travel and housing costs.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £8200-£9000 pa for first degree courses (£675 in placement years; £6000 for most foundation degrees at partner colleges). International students pay £9500–£11,500 pa (£685 in placement year); international fees do not rise during the course.


Academic features:

Placement year in a third of degree programmes.

Awarding body:

Bournemouth University.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, LLB, FdA, FdSc.

Length of courses:

3−4 years (full-time); 4 years (sandwich); 4−5 years (extended programme). 2 years (foundation degrees).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Animal Science
  • Animation
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Audio
  • Banking
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Countryside Management
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Digital Microelectronics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electronic Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Equine Studies
  • European Business Studies
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Financial Services
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Health
  • Heritage Studies
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Microelectronics
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • New Media Publishing
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Physiotherapy
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Studies
  • Retail Management
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Systems Analysis
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Virtual Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Management

Student view

Angela Smith, Vice President Communications (BA Public Relations)


What’s it like as a place to live? Bournemouth is a lovely place to live with a great beach and night life as well as shops and activities for both day and night time. Bournemouth is a great town and many students stay after finishing their studies.

How’s the student accommodation? Uni accommodation has been improved recently and more and more halls are being built to get more freshers into halls, but the unilet houses are just as good to live in. There are some great private lets around but students need to be careful of some letting agents that rip students off, but the University is trying to stop this happening. It isn’t very difficult to find somewhere to live and prices aren’t too bad for the area but Bournemouth is a bit more expensive than a lot of other UK towns and cities.

What’s the student population like? The student community is good and includes a lot of people with different and diverse backgrounds as well as international students. Bournemouth attracts a lot of people from all over the world but the community is generally friendly and there are no obvious splits.

How do students and locals get on? The local community aren’t too happy with the amount of students now in Bournemouth but there are no major issues or anything that affects students.


What’s it like as a place to study? Bournemouth is undergoing development and there are a lot of new facilities being built, such as HD studios for the media school. The courses are generally vocational and quite practical which is good after graduation having some actually experience to help sell yourself when trying to get a job. 

What are the teaching staff like? The staff are quite helpful and many inform students of their free time from teaching so students can go and talk to them if they need to.


What are student societies like? There are lots of ways to socialise at Bournemouth with the Union offering lots of opportunities to do something to meet new people. There are over 50 clubs and societies, TV, radio and magazine media to contribute to, as well as fund raising, personal development and volunteering. The Uni also offer a wide range of sports.

What’s a typical night out? There are a range of bars and clubs in Bournemouth, including a club run by the Students’ Union offering competitive prices. There is generally something for everyone, nothing specific that everyone does.

And how much does it cost? During the week is cheaper than weekends, but there is generally something for everyone’s budget.

How can you get home safely? There are always taxis around and night buses so it is easy to get home safely.


Is it an expensive place to live? Bournemouth is quite expensive with being a seaside tourist town, but it is not over priced and every budget is catered for. Depending on what your lifestyle is like the loan is fine, but quite a few people who have no support from parents with rent or anything will often get a part time job.

Average price of a pint? £2.70

And the price of a takeaway? £7 depending on how much you want.

What’s the part-time work situation? There are plenty of part time jobs and the Union provides a job shop which advertises suitable positions so students can balance work and uni.


What’s the best feature about the place?  The beach, it is a great place to go. 

And the worst? It’s a very busy place with lots of people meaning there is a lot of traffic around so can cause delays and make it difficult getting to places sometimes. Is best to use public transport.

And to sum it all up? Bournemouth is great, I loved doing my degree here and had a great time. This is an amazing place to study and live and offers the chance to have a fantastic university experience.

More info?

Enquiries from SU, tel 01202 965765, email studentsunion@bournemouth.ac.uk or the website www.subu.org.uk.



Bournemouth University
Fern Barrow
Talbot Campus
BH12 5BB


01202 524111





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