Bournemouth University



Bournemouth University (abbreviated BU) is a public university in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, with its main campus situated in neighbouring Poole. The university was founded in 1992 as one of the new universities, however the origins of its predecessor date back to the early 1900s.

Traditionally known for its focus on professional courses, in the 2000s Bournemouth University invested in research to underpin its curriculum and maximise its contribution to the regional and national economies. The university currently has over 16,000 students, including over 1,500 international students. The university is recognised for its work in the media industries, being home to the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP). Graduates from the university have worked on a number of Hollywood films, including “Gravity”, which was awarded the Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards.

The university was a finalist for two prizes in British higher education – the 2009 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for “University of the Year” and “Research Project of the Year”. In 2017 Bournemouth University received silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, a government assessment of the quality of undergraduate teaching in universities and other higher education providers in England.

Bournemouth University (BU) has been ranked as one of the top 300 universities in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. In 2024, according to the Complete University Guide league tables, Bournemouth University was ranked in top 55th in the UK in overall score including student satisfaction, research quality and so on.

55th in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1992
Size Large
19,000 Students


2,3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL (iBT), PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 18,800
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



BU Music scholarships
Total Worth Worth £600
Eligibility and Requirements Any applicant for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at BU. You must be able to demonstrate that you are a talented musician or vocalist, and that you have been involved in ensemble activity.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline August 31
Other Details Scholarship is available to 45-50 applicant.
BU Sport Scholarship
Total Worth £500 to £5,000
Eligibility and Requirements Any applicant for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course delivered at BU. Be a high performing sportsperson and have the desire to continue to develop in the sporting arena, as well as academically.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline August 31
Unite Foundation Scholarship
Total Worth Free accommodation for three years of study in Unite's student property (Purbeck House)
Eligibility and Requirements UK students under the age of 25 who are either estranged from their parents or are care leavers
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline June 14
BU Academic Excellence Scholarship (International)
Total Worth £3,750
Eligibility and Requirements Any international applicant (for fee purposes) applying for a full-time undergraduate course at BU (that is not funded by the NHS) and who achieves equivalent to ABB or above at A-level
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Applicants for courses offered through partner colleges are not eligible for this scholarship If you have been awarded any other BU scholarship then you are not eligible for this scholarship (except the Sport and Music Scholarships).