Bournemouth University campus

Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University

The institution

Bournemouth University (BU) is a vibrant, dynamic and innovative institution and over 18,000 students choose to study with us each year. Of these, more than 2,610 are international students from 125 different countries, creating a lively and diverse culture.

We are based on two campuses, Talbot Campus and Lansdowne Campus. Lansdowne Campus is close to Bournemouth town centre, while Talbot Campus is 3km away, on the border with Poole. Bournemouth and Poole are student-friendly towns located near some of Britain’s best beaches. Poole Harbour also has fantastic sailing and water sports facilities as well as cultural, artistic and social opportunities.

Our subject areas

We offer an extensive range of postgraduate taught courses, as well as doctoral opportunities in the following subjects

  • Accounting, Finance & Economics
  • Business, Management & Marketing
  • Computer Animation & Visual Effects
  • Computing & Information Technology
  • Games & Music Technology
  • Design & Engineering
  • Health & Social Care
  • Law
  • Media & Communication
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Sport
  • Tourism, Hospitality & Events

If you study at BU, you’re choosing be fully prepared for professional practice, to gain industry accreditation and to take advantage of the placement opportunities available on some courses.

Why choose BU

If you’re looking to broaden your horizons and enhance your career prospects with a postgraduate degree, then you should know that we have more to offer than just a beach. Here are a few of our highlights:

  • Rated among the top 20 universities in the UK for its links with industry in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017
  • 91% of our graduates are in work or study six months after graduating (DLHE Survey, 2016)
  • Only university in the UK to have a Centre for Excellence in Media Practice
  • Silver-rated for teaching excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework)
  • One of only 15 universities with the EcoCampus Platinum and ISO14001 certification
  • Accommodation is guaranteed for all postgraduate students as long as you apply by the relevant deadlines
  • Famous for its sandy beach, Bournemouth is a beautiful place to live, work and study. On the south coast of England, it offers a cosmopolitan town centre and lots of vibrant places to socialise. It’s easy to find your way around and less than two hours from London by train.

We have a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability, helping you to prepare for your future. Many of our courses are accredited by the biggest names in relevant industries.

We are recognised as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK.  BU has a long tradition of success at the Oscars, with BU graduates working on Oscar winning films such as Avatar, Gravity and The Jungle Book. BU graduate Andy Lockley collected an Oscar for visual effects for his work on Inception and Interstellar. Fellow graduate Mark Ardington collected the visual effects nod in 2016 for his work on the film Ex Machina. 2018’s VFX Award went to Blade Runner 2049, which also won the BAFTA for best special visual effects, with BU graduate Richard Clegg working on the film as Visual Effects Supervisor. More than 63 BU graduates have worked on Oscar-nominated films since 2017.

Funding support

We know that postgraduate study can involve a considerable personal and financial commitment; however, graduates holding a Master’s degree are more likely to secure a better graduate job and earn significantly higher wages. Visit our website for all the information you need about fees, funding and the non-repayable scholarships available to help you invest in your future.


As well as offering modern lecture theatres, seminar rooms, dedicated laboratories and 24 hour Open Access computing centres, our specialised academic resources reflect our commitment to first-class resources.
These include: purpose-built studios for computer animation and digital special effects, recording and radio studios, Final Cut Pro editing suites and a HD Sony television studio, MoCap (motion capture) studios, Rapid Prototyping Suite, Virtual Manufacture Centre, as well as subject specific lags, a Bidome and our crime scene training facility.

Our impressive Executive Business Centre is home to many of our business and management courses, including the Bournemouth MBA.

It is a hub for expertise, information and consultancy, available to hundreds of businesses across the South of England. What better place to learn that where business itself is happening?

Our library service is a leader in the provision of electronic information and its integration into the fast-growing Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a website giving you access to learning materials, email and discussion groups. It is also accessible externally, off campus.

We deliver a great student experience, and have invested heavily in ensuring our learning and social spaces are modern and attractive. That’s why we were awarded a silver award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – recognising that we are delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. We are continually improving and there is much more to come in terms of new facilities.


Research is a vital component for underpinning a high-quality curriculum and for maximising our contribution to regional and national economies. We place a huge value on research and innovation and our research offering is amongst the best in the country. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 96% of our research was rated at an international level, with 18% of that deemed to be world leading. We have a thriving research community supported by highly trained supervisors. Our Doctoral College provides excellent support and guidance for all research students.

Are you ready for the next chapter?

If you’re looking to enhance your employability, change your career, specialise in a certain field or secure that promotion, our industry-linked Master’s degrees will ensure that you stand out from the  crowd..
Visit the BU website to read more about the benefits of studying at BU and how you can meet us.


Visit the Bournemouth University website for a complete A-Z listing of the postgrad courses available at Bournemouth.

Get in touch

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.

Key information

Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
BH12 5BB
Telephone number: 
01202 961916

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