University Profile:

Bournemouth University has over 17,000 students from across 135 different countries and regions. We are ranked in the top 500 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Courses at Bournemouth University have a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability. Our degrees are accredited by 29 different professional bodies, including some of the biggest names in industry. We blend education, professional practice and research in everything we do. You’ll be learning from inspirational academics who are passionate about the subjects they teach, are involved in research, and possess real world industry experience. All our undergraduate courses and most of our postgraduate courses offer you the chance to undertake a work placement, giving you the opportunity to put your learning into practice while building an invaluable network of professional contacts at the same time.

Located on the south coast of England, Bournemouth University is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty less than two hours from central London by train. We are a green, safe and friendly town welcoming students from many countries. Our 11km of award-winning stretch of sandy beaches holds four European blue flags and Bournemouth beach was named the best in the UK by TripAdvisor. The town is also close to two UNESCO World heritage sites - Jurassic Coast and Stonehenge – and benefits from great access and links to London as well as many airports.


University Ranking:

  1. BU has been named as one of the top 500 universities in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. BU has been listed between 401 – 500 in the 2021 rankings for the second year running.
  2. BU has been ranked 95th in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings.
  3. BU is included in the QS Top 150 under 50 rankings 2019 (the world's 150 leading institutions founded after 1968). BU is in the 101-150 ranking category in 2019.
  4. BU was awarded a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver award in June 2017 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the quality of our teaching at undergraduate level. 
  5. The Guardian University Guide 2020 recognises BU as one of the top five universities in the UK by value added score. This compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications, to show how effectively they are taught.
  6. We awarded postgraduate scholarships and bursaries worth over £3.2 million in 2019/20
  7. The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5% of business schools around the world have achieved this. 
  8. Every undergraduate and many postgraduate courses offer the opportunity of a work placement.
  9. BU is 15th in the UK in the employability rankings, as voted for by businesses (THE).
  10. BU has once again been named in the top ten universities in the world for Hospitality & Leisure Management (QS World University Rankings).
  11. BU is ranked 4th in the top 25 animation schools and colleges in the world, 3rd in Europe and 1st in the UK (Animation Career Review, 2020). 
  12. 91% of BU postgraduate students are in work or further study six months after graduating from university according to the DLHE Survey 2018 (HESA).
  13. 90% of Bournemouth University students are in employment or further study six months after graduating from university (undergraduate level) according to the DLHE Survey 2018 (HESA).

University Scholarship:

Undergraduate Scholarships

If you’re an international student looking to study your first degree at BU, you could be eligible for a scholarship, including our £2,500 Academic Excellence Scholarship if you meet our criteria for grades.

Academic Excellence Scholarship
Key Facts
  • For courses starting September 2021. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • 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 (see equivalences chart, pdf 94kb).
  • 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).
  • The value of the scholarship is a £2,500 (tuition fee reduction) for the first year of your study (Level C, I or H)
  • Students will automatically be considered for this award.
  • When we've received your results, we'll contact you to advise you if you've been awarded a scholarship.

Postgraduate Scholarships

For International postgraduate students joining us in January 2021, we offer an Academic Achievement Scholarship of £3,500 provided you meet certain criteria.

Academic Excellence Scholarship
Key Facts
  • For courses starting in January 2021, September 2021 and January 2022. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
  • Any international applicant for a full-time taught postgraduate course or Master's by research at BU.
  • You must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.8 in your Thai degree from a NARIC recognised institution.
  • Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) are eligible for this award.
  • If you are applying for a Postgraduate Diploma, distance learning course or certain courses delivered by the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, you will not be eligible for this award.
  • You can receive this scholarship alongside a Sports or Music scholarship, but cannot receive any other academic award.
  • The value of the Scholarship is a £3,500 (tuition fee reduction).
  • You will automatically be considered for this award if you meet the criteria.
Important information

Scholarships are reviewed on a regular basis and the university reserves the right to withdraw, amend or introduce new scholarships at any time. Scholarships are offered subject to funding and availability. Scholarship is awarded in your first year only, unless stated otherwise.


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