Bournemouth University’s (BU) academic, business and student services are geared to the professions and supported by a passionate commitment to high-quality academic endeavour and achievement. The university enjoys a reputation for excellence through education, research, enterprise and professional practice. And whilst we remain committed to our region, we have an outlook that is truly global.
Recognised as the UK’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University has a strong professional orientation, with graduates from their National Centre for Computer Animation going on to work on Hollywood blockbusters such as Lord of the Rings, Gladiator and Star Wars. With a current student population of over 17,000, of which 1,500 are international students, Bournemouth University has come a long way in a short time, and in doing so, has developed areas of research expertise in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Science.
Bournemouth value creativity, innovation, partnership and enterprise with an attitude that is friendly, professional, inclusive and supportive. The university is large enough to offer students diversity, yet small enough for them to be part of a friendly and thriving cosmopolitan community.
The university’s programmes are designed and delivered to give graduates every opportunity to pursue employment and career enhancement and we consistently achieve high rates of graduate-level employment.
Bournemouth University is located on two campuses:
This campus is located two miles from Bournemouth's centre and is home to the majority of our Academic Schools, the Sports and Recreation Centre and the Student Village.
• Lansdowne Campus
This campus is based near the town centre and is home to our School of Health and Social Care and also serves as a centre for postgraduate study for the Business School.
The University's origins can be traced to the early part of the 20th century with the foundation of the former Bournemouth Municipal College. Its modern history began in the early 1970s with the creation of the Bournemouth College of Technology. Construction of the new buildings on what was the largest farm in Talbot Village, and is now BU’s Talbot Campus, was completed by September 1976.
During this time, the Dorset Education Committee reviewed the provision of further and higher education throughout the county. As a result, the College was renamed the Dorset Institute of Higher Education.
Throughout its life, Bournemouth University has developed a strong reputation for offering a wide range of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes geared to the professions, informed by research and consultancy.
The number of students at BU has risen to over 17,000 and the University is amongst the leaders in the UK for graduate employment.