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    Welcome to Bournemouth University

    A modern university, Bournemouth was founded in 1992 and offers students a trendy beachside experience on the south coast. Set across two campuses, one to the north of Bournemouth and one in the town's centre, it's particularly renowned for its media courses.

    In addition to this, it offers courses in niche subjects such as forensic archaeology and food marketing. A vibrant place to study, the main student nightclub is set in Bournemouth's old fire station, and the New Forest and the Jurassic Coast are just next door, providing a serene break when you want to get away from it all.

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    Courses and fees

    There are over 225 undergraduate courses on offer at Bournemouth University, covering a range of subjects, Every undergraduate student has the opportunity to undertake some sort of work placement as part of their course.

    The university uses the UCAS points system for entry and usually asks for between 200 and 340 points depending on the course you apply to. The biggest range of courses are in Business and Management, Media, and Accounting and Finance.


    Bournemouth University is divided into five schools and faculties: The Faculty of Science and Technology, The School of Health and Social Care, The Media School, The Business School and The School of Tourism.

    The Media School is the largest centre of higher education for media industries in the UK and has a range of undergraduate courses, short courses and postgraduate qualifications on offer.

    The School of Applied Sciences offers courses in subjects which include forensic sciences, archaeology, biology and geography, while the School of Health and Social Care has courses in nursing and paramedic science as well as social work and nutrition.

    The School of Tourism is an award-winning department which is internationally recognised - and as well as qualifications in tourism it offers courses in events management, retail, and sports.

    International offerings

    The university offers the option to study abroad to its current students and also caters for international students coming to the university. As an international student you have the choice of either studying a full course at the university or simply staying for a term or two.

    Tuition fees

    For undergraduate students it costs £9,000 per year for those from the UK and EU. International students will pay £12,500 per year.

    For postgraduate courses it costs between £4,500 and £11,00 for a taught masters degree and £14,000 for an MBA.


    The modern campus is mostly set in Bournemouth and offers an array of facilities to enhance students' learning experience. Recent developments include Kimmeridge House which has a state-of-the art lecture theatre with audio-visual equipment and surround sound.


    The two campuses are located on the south coast of England, with the main site being the Talbot campus and the secondary campus being the Lansdowne campus. The lovely sandy beach is one of Britain's cleanest, and Bournemouth town itself is renowned for its nightlife and student-focused evenings out.

    Library and study facilities

    The library has access to printed and online resources and stays open until midnight most days during term time. It provides a mixture of study spaces for independent, group and silent study.


    There's a devoted IT department which provides support and services to students of Bournemouth University. In addition to computer stations and wi-fi throughout the campus, the IT team has a range of media and IT equipment for hire and provides internet connections in halls of residence.

    Careers service

    The Careers and Employability Service at Bournemouth University provides you with support up to three years after your graduate and is focused on helping you find work during your study and after you leave. They can help you with your CV, preparing for interviews and they also arrange employer events.

    Student Union

    SUBU organises a number of events throughout the year, and its Summer Ball was officially the biggest university ball in the UK. Alongside the clubs and societies it runs, BUSU also runs a magazine as well as a radio station to put students' voices out there; they also run a range of shops and bars across both campuses.


    sportBU - Bournemouth University's sports department - has a wide range of sporting facilities to help you keep fit and entertained whilst studying. There's a fitness training centre, dance studio, sports halls, treatment rooms, astroturf pitches, and a cricket ground. The university also partners with other independent centres which include the local swimming pool, athletics stadium and golf club.

    Medical and Welfare Services

    A student medical centre is on site where you can register to make appointments with doctors and nurses. In addition to this, a health and wellbeing service is in place which offers counselling, advice and help relating to personal and academic problems.

    Financial aid

    There are a number of scholarships and bursaries on offer which award academic excellence. There are also bursaries on offer for those who come from a low-income household. In addition to this you can apply for a maintenance grant when you apply for a tuition fee loan from the government.


    For undergraduates starting in 2015, the university will guarantee accommodation to first year undergraduate students that have selected the university as their firm choice and have applied to UCAS by the 15 January deadline (for UK/EU students) or the 30 June deadline (for non-EU students). Terms and conditions will apply.

    There are nine halls for undergraduates which are all dotted along the coast and near the campus, so you can stay as close or as far away as you like from your studies.

    BU guarantees accommodation to first year undergraduate students who select BU as their firm choice and have applied to UCAS by the 15 January deadline (for UK/EU students) or the 30 June deadline (for non-EU students)*.

    Chesil House

    One of the newest halls on offer, Chesil House opened in 2011 and offers students the choice of living in cluster flats of five or six rooms, or self-contained studio flats. Situated close to the Lansdown Campus, it costs from £116.43 per week for a standard room.

    Corfe House

    For those who want a quieter stay, Corfe House is situated in Poole which is about 25 minutes away from the main campus by bus. Divided into five or six room cluster flats, the rooms all have double beds and are en suite. For a standard room it costs £117.36 per week.

    Cranborne House

    This large halls of residence are based in the town centre and offer five or six room cluster flats with en suite facilities. Close to the Students' Union, it costs £121.76 per week for a standard room.

    Dorchester House

    These modern flats opened in 2012 and are arranged into cluster flats of between three and seven bedrooms, all ensuite. There are also a number of studio flats available. Situated right next to Lansdown campus, they are ideal if you don't want any travel time to classes. It costs £123.31 per week for a standard room.

    Lyme Regis House

    At the heart of the Lansdown campus, this modern residence consists of 390 rooms in cluster flats and 10 studio flats. Standard rooms cost £120.99 per week, while studio flats cost £141.52 per week.

    Purbeck House

    Situated close to the students' union, Purbeck House is divided into cluster flats of between five and six bedrooms with ensuites and shared kitchen facilities. For a standard room it costs £120.27 per week.

    Student Village

    The Student Village is near the Talbot campus, and consists of a group of houses divided up into three to seven bedrooms. There are also two dozen studio flats on offer for postgraduates, creating a cozy community feel. Standard rooms cost £104.14 per week.

    Open days

    Bournemouth University holds several different events throughout the year so you can get a taster of what the university is like, hosting both campus visits and open days.

    On a campus visit you can tour the facilities of the university and attend a presentation on fees, funding, accommodation and student life. This kind of visit is designed to give you an idea of what student life is like on campus, and doesn't include any visits to subject departments or academic schools: these take place on open days.

    Term Dates

    The university runs a full academic year which isn't divided into terms but rather is dictated by the vacation breaks in between. The 2014/15 dates are as follows:

    • Undergraduate students: 15 September 2014 - 10 July 2015 (with two breaks from 15 December 2014 - 2 January 2015, and 30 March - 17 April 2015)
    • Postgraduate students: 15 September 2015 - 18 September 2015 (with two breaks from 15 December 2014 - 2 January 2015, and 30 March - 17 April 2015)


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