Bournemouth University

Introduction

Our university has come a long way in a short amount of time and we currently have more than 17,000 students of which 1,500 are international students from around 130 countries.

We have a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability. By way of illustration, we are recognised as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK and graduates from the National Centre for Computer Animation have worked in Hollywood on such films as Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Star Wars, Madagascar and King Kong. Areas of research expertise include forensic archaeology and crime scene science in which, for example, staff are currently investigating genocide in Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda and the implications of unearthing 40,000-year-old human footprints in central Mexico.

Bournemouth University is at the heart of the largest non-industrial conurbation in Europe. It is in a wonderful location sandwiched between the UK’s newest national park, best beaches, and largest natural harbour. It is home to a major financial services sector (JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide Building Society, and Liverpool Victoria among others) as well as having the largest concentration of language schools outside London and many national headquarters including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Sunseeker International.

Bournemouth is world renowned as an international conference centre and plays host to major academic, professional and, of course, political conferences. It also offers one of the largest exhibition and entertainment venues on the south coast.

The university is a powerful player in the economic and cultural life of South West England. We are at the hub of a network of educational, business and local government partners and also played our part in the region’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics.

Bournemouth University has an excellent reputation among students, their parents and staff in colleges and schools. And, since my arrival in September 2005, we have strengthened this reputation and have considered what Bournemouth University should be like in the future. As a result, many exciting changes are now in train. In particular, we are building on our strengths, while developing new professionally relevant areas, investing more than £100 million in staff and facilities, and reorganising to maintain our focus on academic excellence.

I hope you enjoy your virtual ‘Bournemouth Experience’.

Professor John Vinney

Our people

We believe our people are our most valuable asset. Every day, we encourage them to challenge the world around them and change it in a positive way.

More than 2,000 people work every day to make BU a happy, healthy and welcoming environment in which our students can thrive and where academic excellence and research prosper. Whether it’s our University Executive Team or our 1,150 academic staff, everyone strives to build on BU’s record of success and innovation.

Our faculties

All our courses and academic research are run by our four faculties: Health & Social Sciences; Management; Media & Communication; and Science & Technology.

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health | Nursing & Clinical Sciences | Social Sciences & Social Work

Faculty of Management

Departments: Bournemouth University Business School (including the departments of: Accounting, Finance & Economics; Leadership, Strategy & Organisations; Marketing) | Events & Leisure | Sport & Physical Activity | Tourism & Hospitality

Faculty of Media & Communication

Departments: Corporate & Marketing Communications | Journalism, English & Communications | Law | Media Production | National Centre for Computer Animation

Faculty of Science & Technology

Departments: Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science | Computing & Informatics | Creative Technology | Design & Engineering | Life & Environmental Sciences | Psychology

Vision and values

BU2018: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring
Our vision builds on BU’s current success to create a distinctive offer based on academic excellence underpinned by service excellence. At the heart is the powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience in which the sum is greater than the component parts. To achieve this we combine inspirational teaching, world-class research and the latest thinking in the professions to create a continuous and fruitful exchange of knowledge that stimulates new ideas, learning, and thought-leadership.

Strategic Plan 2012-18

Following the launch of BU’s new Vision & Values, BU2018: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring last summer, all staff and students were invited to help us shape the strategies that will support and underpin our vision. The strategies are based on four key themes: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring; Finance; People; and Environment.

The key points of the plan are:

  • At the heart of BU will be a powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience in which the sum is greater than the component parts. Fusion will be the key differentiator of BU, and this will inform and shape our marketing strategy.
  • We will invest in the delivery of Fusion through the establishment of an annual £3 million Fusion Investment Fund. The fund will support a range of practical initiatives that will underpin and deliver Fusion.
  • Areas of focus will include encouraging staff and students to work together to co-create and co-produce knowledge and research; driving excellent teaching and pedagogic innovation; improving staff and student mobility and networking; aligning our research themes to societal need; and increasing our share of the de-regulated higher education market (students entering with AAB and above or equivalent at A-level, international and postgraduate students).
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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA in 3D Computer Animation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Poole

This Master’s in 3D computer animation is the perfect launch-pad for a career in a wide range of disciplines, including concept design, character and creature animation, modeling, lighting, rigging, texturing, compositing and simulation. [+]

This Master’s in 3D computer animation is the perfect launch-pad for a career in a wide range of disciplines, including concept design, character and creature animation, modeling, lighting, rigging, texturing, compositing and simulation. This course will help you acquire the skills needed to work in a number of areas where computer animation is applied, including films, animated features, computer games, television production, commercials, illustration, scientific visualization, flight simulation, virtual environments, architectural visualizations and interactive media.

We enjoy very strong links with industry, due largely to the ubiquity of NCCA graduates in the film, game and television industries. We host regular visiting practitioners lecture series where you'll be able to learn about the 2D and 3D industry from practicing artists and companies, as well as attend regular Masterclasses from professionals. Over the past five years we have attracted some of the best Visual Effects, Animation and Games studios from around the world to present to our students, find out more here.... [-]


MA in Advertising

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Poole

This dynamic course is for determined and driven people who are ambitious about their career within the advertising industry. [+]

This dynamic course is for determined and driven people who are ambitious about their career within the advertising industry. Whether you have recently graduated with a good degree in an advertising-related subject or you are a communications professional looking to further your career, this challenging degree provides the knowledge and tools necessary to become an advertising specialist.

The course features an advertising ‘boot camp’ where you will get the chance to be embedded in a live agency environment (either in Bournemouth or elsewhere in the UK) or work as part of an agency team in-house on campus. This brings together all your learning and experience into an intensive work experience that prepares you for your future career in the industry.... [-]


MA in Corporate Communication

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Poole + 1 more

Corporate Communication is an all-encompassing term referring to businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organizations (Non-Governmental Organisations), and is increasingly replacing the terms public relations and public affairs in the communication industry. [+]

Corporate Communication is an all-encompassing term referring to businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organizations (Non-Governmental Organisations), and is increasingly replacing the terms public relations and public affairs in the communication industry.

The Faculty of Media and Communication has extensive experience in the research and teaching of corporate communication and public relations, having been one of the first UK universities to launch undergraduate studies in PR in the late 1980s. This course draws on the expertise of academics who are engaged in leading-edge research and consultancy work, and you will benefit from studying in a department with an excellent reputation within the industry, as well as strong links with both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). The course is also accredited by the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) and there is an opportunity to obtain the IDM Certificate in Digital Marketing alongside the degree course.... [-]


MA in Directing Film and Television

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Poole

The Director is central to the creative process in media production and this course has been designed to build and develop your knowledge of the industry, enabling you to step up to the challenge of delivering winning productions. [+]

The Director is central to the creative process in media production and this course has been designed to build and develop your knowledge of the industry, enabling you to step up to the challenge of delivering winning productions. This hands-on course provides many opportunities for practical production across platforms and genres. It will enhance your storytelling skills and build your technical understanding of film, television and transmedia production, developing advanced skills as a director in line with current industry practice.

The Faculty of Media & Communication encourages dynamic collaborations between students across courses. Working with the producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students you will create a showcase of your skills as a visual, creative storyteller. Many of these collaborations have continued beyond the course as students set up their own production companies. This comprehensive course will equip you with the skills to understand and manage the entire production process, from effective planning and pre-visualisation to overseeing creative post-production work alongside our editing students.... [-]


MA in Media and Communication

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Poole

This flexible course gives you the chance to study communication and media theory at an advanced level. It will provide you with a highly employable set of skills, together with the ability to engage with theoretical concepts and display critical understanding and analysis. [+]

This flexible course gives you the chance to study communication and media theory at an advanced level. It will provide you with a highly employable set of skills, together with the ability to engage with theoretical concepts and display critical understanding and analysis.

You can tailor this MA to suit your needs, with the option of a start date in September or January, and three exit points from the course, each leading to a different qualification: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree in Media & Communication.

Significantly, this MA also offers you the option of a 30-week professional placement within the communication or media sector, designed to enhance your employability after graduation. You will be offered a range of options, giving you the opportunity to focus on subjects that are of interest and relevance to you. This MA is underpinned by our practice-led research expertise, which allows you to develop your capability to engage with research and communicate your ideas in a variety of media, including text, video, and audio.... [-]


MA in Producing Film and Television

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Poole

This ground-breaking course is for those who want to turn their ideas and aspirations into success. Whether you plan to manage the next generation of film and television programmes, shape a career as a researcher, associate producer or production manager, or even run your own independent production company, the course will give you the practical training and theoretical grounding to help you to achieve your ambitions in the dynamic world of media production. [+]

This ground-breaking course is for those who want to turn their ideas and aspirations into success. Whether you plan to manage the next generation of film and television programmes, shape a career as a researcher, associate producer or production manager, or even run your own independent production company, the course will give you the practical training and theoretical grounding to help you to achieve your ambitions in the dynamic world of media production.

You may have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject or may be able to show your suitability for this programme of study through associated work-experience or evidence of and outputs from other related activities.

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MSc

MSc in Computer Animation and Visual Effects

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Poole

You are expected to come from a technical background (Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Engineering) with an existing knowledge of programming and the course will build upon this, providing you with a combination of artistic sensibilities, problem-solving and technical skills, which can be applied to the role of technical director within the animation and games industries. [+]

You are expected to come from a technical background (Computer Science, Physics, Maths, Engineering) with an existing knowledge of programming and the course will build upon this, providing you with a combination of artistic sensibilities, problem-solving and technical skills, which can be applied to the role of technical director within the animation and games industries. Technical directors often have to work alongside computer animators and resolve technical problems either by configuring existing software tools or designing new tools.

During your year-long study, you will develop your programming and scripting skills, and become familiar with special techniques and tools associated with computer animation. These skills are assessed in a variety of projects you will undertake during the year. Emphasis is placed on the use of industry-standard hardware and software in the development of these techniques. Typical examples include the development of C++ programs to test new algorithms, the writing of shaders to support rendering, and the developing of scripts and tools to create new effects.... [-]


MSc in Events Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Poole + 1 more

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills essential for working in the events sector, using theories and processes of the project and operational management. [+]

This course is a conversion course, it is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills essential for working in the events sector, using theories and processes of the project and operational management. You'll learn about the event management cycle, including planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of events. As an academically driven course, you'll learn to critically evaluate a range of theories and models relevant to events management. The practical element of this course focuses on the application of theories and models to event examples, including the organization of your own live event as part of a group.... [-]


MSc in Events Marketing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Poole + 1 more

This course is a conversion course, it is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction. This course focuses on events marketing, defined as the use of events for marketing purposes. [+]

This course is a conversion course, it is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course focuses on events marketing, defined as the use of events for marketing purposes. In a competitive marketing environment, organizations are now marketing through events, whereby events are used as an integral part of the marketing communications mix. The event is not the end itself, but a means to achieve a product’s or brand’s marketing objectives. Events marketing is, thus, part of the experiential marketing domain, defined as the strategy of achieving marketing objectives through personal experiences which allow customers to engage and interact with brands, products, and services.... [-]


MSc in Finance

Campus Full time 12 - 16 months January 2019 United Kingdom Poole

This challenging and rewarding course provides a unique blend of theory and practice, with the aim of you developing necessary skills to pursue a career in finance. The course is designed to be highly flexible, enabling you to tailor its content to suit your needs and career ambitions. [+]

This challenging and rewarding course provides a unique blend of theory and practice, with the aim of you developing necessary skills to pursue a career in finance. The course is designed to be highly flexible, enabling you to tailor its content to suit your needs and career ambitions.

The course is designed for those who have a background in finance or a related discipline, such as economics and accounting, and are looking to further develop their skills and access a career in the areas of financial analysis, financial management, and investment. Core units are designed to develop your quantitative skills, ability to analyze financial data and understanding of financial instruments, as well as your theoretical understanding of financial economics. You'll then be provided with a range of optional units from which to choose.... [-]


MSc in International Economics and Finance

Campus Full time 12 - 16 months January 2019 United Kingdom Poole

This course has been developed with two key features in mind – the development of a strong capacity in economics in finance and the ability to apply these skills in practice. [+]

This conversion course is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course has been developed with two key features in mind – the development of a strong capacity in economics in finance and the ability to apply these skills in practice. Furthermore, the modern world increasingly requires an ability to understand these issues in a global context. Therefore, this course also will address key developments in global markets. This course should be a great asset in your career by enabling you to develop key technical, analytical and decision-making skills. It will also help develop the personal skills you need to succeed in any career: effective teamwork, objective analysis, and communication.... [-]


MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Poole + 1 more

This course is intended to provide you with an advanced understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry and a managerial perspective of how to run such organizations. [+]

This course is a conversion course (meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously). It is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course is intended to provide you with an advanced understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry and a managerial perspective of how to run such organizations. After completing this course, you'll have the capacity to be involved in more analytical, developmental and strategic perspectives of the industries than those at the undergraduate level, and gain insights of the issues affecting hospitality and tourism.

Equally, this course will provide the opportunity for you to identify and engage with specialisms such as consumer behavior, marketing, international human resource management, revenue management and international market trends. You will also have access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities and qualifications, such as our visiting speaker's programme for example representatives from Hilton International, Shangri-la Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons. You will have the opportunity to attend our Annual hospitality student conference and to undertake added value courses such as the Wine and Spirits Trust Award, trips to the World Travel and Tourism Market, London and the HOTS Hotel Simulation package.... [-]


MSc in International Management

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months January 2019 United Kingdom Poole

Be it people, strategy, networks or markets, they all require expert management. But the difference between strong and poor management can mean the difference between success and failure for an organization. [+]

Be it people, strategy, networks or markets, they all require expert management. But the difference between strong and poor management can mean the difference between success and failure for an organization. That’s a lot of pressure on any manager’s shoulders. Empowering yourself with the business skills and acumen will help you become a dynamic leader.

Business is a broad and fascinating subject with many different areas to specialize in. Those new to and practicing in management will need a strong grasp of all areas of an organization and how these networked departments work together in order to become a much demanded 'chameleon' of business.

The International Business Management framework is a combination of truly contemporary, specialist units, and our internationally rich culture provides a global perspective on management in practice across the globe.... [-]


MSc in Management with Human Resources

Campus Full time 12 - 18  January 2019 United Kingdom Poole

During this course, you'll acquire the necessary skills and acumen to plan and manage HR strategies within the public and private sector. You'll develop an ideal blend of specialist human resource and generalist management expertise in order to stand out in the highly competitive HR career market. [+]

During this course, you'll acquire the necessary skills and acumen to plan and manage HR strategies within the public and private sector. You'll develop an ideal blend of specialist human resource and generalist management expertise in order to stand out in the highly competitive HR career market.

Specialist units explore issues including employment and law relations and the development of people as a resource. These are complemented by core management units which concentrate on the management of people, marketing & strategy, as well as contemporary issues in the business world.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above.... [-]


MSc in Marketing Management

Campus Full time 12 - 18 months January 2019 United Kingdom Poole

In a world where your brand sits among millions and where it seems your consumers would rather talk about you than to you, it is vital that marketing practitioners stay ahead of the game. Marketing is arguably at the center of all business activity. [+]

In a world where your brand sits among millions and where it seems your consumers would rather talk about you than to you, it is vital that marketing practitioners stay ahead of the game. Marketing is arguably at the center of all business activity.

Our newly developed framework incorporates specialist units which explore contemporary issues for today’s marketers and is complemented by broader management units. This will develop your appreciation of the relationship between marketing and the wider sphere of the organization, and heighten the demand for your insights in the industry. The diverse international culture at the Business School provides a truly global learning experience.... [-]


MSc in Sport Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Poole + 1 more

The MSc Sports Management course responds to this market demand by providing a critical and applied examination of research and practice essential for developing future sports managers. [+]

The growth of the sports industry has prompted the need for a more professional and commercial orientation for managing sport. The MSc Sports Management course responds to this market demand by providing a critical and applied examination of research and practice essential for developing future sports managers.

This course is ideal for students with a sports psychology or coaching degree who would like to develop their sport management skills as well as those with non-related sports degrees. You'll develop a higher level understanding of management principles and their application to the sports industry. This will allow you to advance your knowledge of the processes by which sport has become a global phenomenon within the wider service and entertainment industry, the subsequent tensions that have emerged, and the implications for the future development and management of sport.... [-]


MSc in Tourism Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Poole + 1 more

This course reviews a range of key issues, challenges, and developments in tourism management, with a particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context. [+]

This course is a conversion course (meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously). It is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

This course reviews a range of key issues, challenges, and developments in tourism management, with a particular focus on the relationships between tourism and the wider economic, environmental and socio-cultural context.

The course aims to develop your management, research, and analytical skills to allow you to operate at a high level within this dynamic industry. During your studies, you'll meet industry experts, with the opportunity to take a professional placement, network and share knowledge and experience whilst learning in a structured environment. The course also offers a unique opportunity to mix with a diverse range of nationalities, allowing you to increase your inter-cultural competence. This is vital to tourism management in an increasingly globalised world. Thus, the course prepares graduates to develop within a variety of potential career paths.... [-]


MSc in Tourism Management and Marketing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Poole + 1 more

The course aims to establish your understanding of the principles of tourism marketing management, providing you with a framework to understand business development and marketing planning. [+]

This course is a conversion course (meaning it is intended for students who have not studied the subject previously). It is ideal for graduates who would like to change subjects or career direction.

The course aims to establish your understanding of the principles of tourism marketing management, providing you with a framework to understand business development and marketing planning. Specifically, it examines the relationships between the customer experience and marketing organizations, research planning, budgeting, marketing strategies, and communication.

You'll develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in marketing and the ability to question current marketing patterns and trends. In that context, attention is given to the use of IT and social media in destination management and marketing.... [-]