Bournemouth University

At Bournemouth University, we want to help you shape your future - wherever it may take you.

Our courses are designed with direct input from employers and we recognise the importance of work experience as part of a degree, which is why every UG Honours degree student has the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course. Here’s how we’ll help you develop the skills and flexibility you need to succeed throughout your career:

  • Many of our courses are accredited by the biggest names in industry
  • We have more students with work experience on their CV than any other university in the UK (, 2013)
  • We’re the First University to be "commended" for the quality of student learning opportunities (QAA, 2013)
  • We offer scholarships recognising academic, sporting and musical excellence
  • 93% of UK-based BU graduates were either in employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2013/14)
  • We’re investing £200 million in BU buildings, facilities and IT by 2018.

Perhaps all this is why we’ve moved 11 places up to 54th in The Complete University Guide (2015), placing us 4th in the southwest.


Gain real-world experience

We have links with hundreds of companies across a range of industries, in the UK and abroad.

To find out more about where you may go on a placement, take a look at the relevant course pages to see which organisations we work with.

Students on health and social care courses will be placed at various NHS hospitals and medical centres throughout the south west.


Student life beyond the classroom

Going to university is a great experience, but if it’s your first time studying abroad or living away from home we realise you may need some help and advice. We want all of our students to enjoy their BU experience and to stay healthy and happy, so we provide a wide range of services to support you throughout your time with us, as well as giving you access to a variety of facilities to help you during your time at university.


AskBU Students’ Service

AskBU Students’ is a one-stop-shop for all student enquiries. Our friendly, professional and helpful advisers are available to help you with information, advice and guidance throughout your studies at BU.
The AskBU Students' Service offers a drop-in style service where our friendly advisers offer all kinds of support and signposting, leaflets and forms and provide you with information on issues such as student finance, appeals and complaints.


Careers & Employability Service

The Careers & Employability Service at BU exists to provide impartial and professional information, advice and guidance to all current BU students and graduates (up to three years from graduation) on issues related to developing your employability. From 1-2-1 appointments, to large employment fairs and industry specific presentations, the careers service equips students with the skills and opportunities to thrive in professional environments.


At SportBU we’re proud of the fantastic facilities, physical activities and sports that we can offer all your round to students, staff members and the community. SportBU has activities for all interests and abilities. From gym memerbship, social sports, to a comprehensive Varsity programme for our performance athletes, there’s something for everyone.


Find out more

If you want to know what it’s really like at BU, why not hear from our students? Read blogs or watch vlogs from our current students to get a taste of being a BU student.

You can also join us on Facebook to hear the latest news, join live web chats and find out about events.

We offer foundation courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research opportunities.

All of our degree courses start in September and many of our postgraduate courses have a January start option too.

BU International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Colleges, offers a range of preparatory and pathway programmes that will give you the opportunity to prepare successfully for entry to most of our degree courses. Progression is guaranteed when you pass your programme at the required level.

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