Bournemouth University is a university in and around the large south coast town of Bournemouth. Traditionally known for its focus on professional courses, in the 2000’s Bournemouth University invested in research to underpin its curriculum and maximise its contribution to the regional and national economies; the University already has a variety of specialist research groups including The Market Research Group. The schools of health and social care, business, management, tourism, design, media, engineering and computing are all highly regarded in some aspects.

The reputed Bournemouth Media School is recognised as the only Center for Excellence in Media Practice. Bournemouth University’s Media School is proud to be an accredited Skillset Media Academy. The Bournemouth Skillset Media Academy, a partnership between the Arts University College at Bournemouth and Bournemouth University’s Media School, is the largest centre of professional higher education for the film and media industries in the UK, and offers some of the world’s finest education and training in the disciplines of practical creative media. Bournemouth’s reputation reaches across the planet with alumni winning the very highest accolades in film and media including BAFTAs, Oscars and Emmys.

BU was a finalist for two of the most coveted prizes in UK higher education – the 2009 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for ‘University of the Year’ and ‘Research Project of the Year’ for the archaeological examination of early human footprints conducted by professor Matthew Bennett in the School of Applied Sciences.

Teaching Standards

  • Bournemouth University is the first university to have achieved a 'commended' judgement for the quality of student learning opportunities from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the highest award possible.

  • The University has more students on work placements than any other university in Great Britain.

  • BU is home to the UK's only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and the award-winning National Centre for Computer Animation.

  • Many of Bournemouth University courses are accredited by the biggest names in relevant industries. In total, 29 different bodies offer accreditation to courses at BU.

Academic Strengths

  • High employability. 93.6% of our UK-based undergraduate students were employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE, 2014/15).

  • The Faculty of Media & Communication is the only place in the UK to be named a Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP).

  • A number of courses in the Faculty of Media & Communication are accredited by Creative Skillset and have been awarded the Skillset Tick.

  • Bournemouth University recognised as world leaders in education and research for the tourism and hospitality sectors.