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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 in Poole 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 investigation and archaeology. 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 four Faculties: Faculty of Science & Technology, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Faculty of Media & Communication and the Faculty of Management.

    The Faculty of Media & Communication is home to 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 Faculty of Science & Technology offers courses in subjects which include forensic sciences, archaeology, biology and geography, while the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has courses in nursing and paramedic science as well as social work and nutrition.

    The department of Tourism & Hospitality is award-winning and 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 £13,500 per year.

    For postgraduate courses it costs between £4,500 and £11,000 for a taught Master’s degree and £9,500 for an MBA (UK/EU fee).

    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 an open day you can tour the facilities of the university and attend presentations on funding, accommodation and student life, as well as subject-specific talks. This kind of visit is designed to give you an idea of what student life is like on campus.

    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. Details can be found on their website.