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Guide To Postgraduate Study In Bournemouth


Bournemouth is such a great town you’ll want to stay forever 

Students In BournemouthBournemouth is a creative and inspirational place to live and the ideal place to study alongside the 200,000 people who call Bournemouth home. Close to the town of Poole, many students come from all over the country and beyond to experience an excellent creative education. 

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Set in the south of England on the coast in Dorset, Bournemouth is about two hours from London's major airports and has efficient road and rail links to make this journey easy. Most students travel around on the cost-effective bus system and use the popular train routes to get further afield.

Beautiful Beaches

This attractive Victorian spa town has been thriving since the 19th century and the lovely beaches and lively nightlife are still a big draw for tourists.

Thriving Industries

There are significant creative industries, a thriving tourism industry and a large financial industry all based in Bournemouth. This all adds up to excellent networking and career prospects both during and after your postgrad program.

Bournemouth Beach5 Reasons Why You Definitely Don’t Want to Be a Student in Bournemouth...Or Maybe You Do! 

750,000 ice creams are sold each year on the beachfront – indulging could easily become a habit! 

287 postgrad courses – how will you choose the right one? 

4,180 postgrad students – you’ll have too many friends to go out with… 

500 restaurants, bistros & cafes means there are far too many places to eat at!

Bournemouth's 7s Festival is the world's largest Sports and Music Festival and it is held every year in May – plenty of reasons not to study in exam season! 


Bournemouth StudentsStudents in Bournemouth – Facts & Figures

The coastal town of Bournemouth has a healthy student population being home to two well-respected universities and one sixth form and undergraduate college.

Excluding the students attending Bournemouth & Poole College – because these are predominantly sixth form and pre-university level students – there is a total of 23,215 students studying and living in Bournemouth, and of these students there are 4,180 postgraduate students and 19,035 undergraduate students.

If you include the Bournemouth and Poole College students there are 34,125 students in total living and studying in Bournemouth.


Living the high life… in Bournemouth 

There is a great choice of accommodation for postgraduate students living in Bournemouth. Both universities offer accommodation on or near to the main campuses, and there is also a great selection of options from private suppliers. In addition to traditional private landlords, there are excellent private halls of residence supplied by companies such as Fresh Student Living. Fresh Student Living offers a brilliant way to meet students outside of your course or institution and get to know other people in Bournemouth. Fresh Student Living has locations in the centre of Bournemouth offering a choice of accommodation options from the more traditional halls of residence to studio flats, all in a bright and modern style. Postgraduate students live all over Bournemouth, especially in the centre nearby to the two university campuses. When renting privately, many students live in the areas of Winton, Ensbury Park and Charminster. 

Student Case Study BournemouthStudent Case Study 

Vidyut has recently completed an MA in Broadcast and Film Management at Bournemouth University. He felt that the large number of international students and people from different backgrounds in Bournemouth made him feel welcome and at ease. 

What Can You Do In Bournemouth When You’re Not Studying? 

Bournemouth New ForestThere are many great things to do in Bournemouth – a town famous for its beach life and nightlife. During the day you can relax and sunbath on the beach – if the English weather lets you – or trying out one of the many water or beach sports based on the beachfront. The beachfront has everything you could hope for in a Victorian resort town with a brilliant old fashioned arcade to while away the hours playing on retro games like Pacman.

If that doesn't interest you, then you are right on the Jurassic Coast, which as the name suggests is a wonderful place to hunt for fossils and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exploring the Dorset countryside with its moorland or heading out to the New Forest is another brilliant way to clear your mind and escape your studies.

Bournemouth is also home to a unique selection of independent shops and if sport is your thing you've always got AFC Bournemouth football team to follow.

Once the evening descends there are an array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to try, especially if you fancy a sophisticated night out on the beachfront. You'll just need to find some time when you're not studying to get away from the books and explore this beautiful region. 

Bournemouth UniversityBournemouth University

Bournemouth University has a postgraduate population of 4,060 students. Of these 1,786 are studying full time and 2,274 are part-time students. 

There are 268 postgraduate courses on offer at Bournemouth University. 

Bournemouth University PG Students

Tuition fees & costs 

It currently costs between £5,750 and £11,500 for UK and EU students to study a postgraduate program at Bournemouth University, and between £11,500 and £15,000 for international students. 

Facilities & specialisms 

The largest departments at Bournemouth University are Nursing, Philosophy, Social Work, and Hospitality Leisure and Tourism. 

Student life 

The main campuses are based in and around the centre of Bournemouth and have a lively atmosphere with an active Students’ Union. There are a wide range of sports clubs and societies to join including a Japanese Society and a Harry Potter Club. 

Famous alumni 

MPs David Amess and Angela Browning, football commentators Gary Taphouse and Dan O'Hagan, and children's author Carl Ashmore are all alumni. 

5 Fascinating Facts About Bournemouth University 

It was established in 1942 as Bournemouth Municipal College 
There are 20,200 students studying here 
Journalist Kate Adie is the current Chancellor 
The College of Arms granted an official Coat of Arms to the university in 1992
It gained university status in 1992 

Arts University Bournemouth 

Arts University BournemouthThere are 120 postgraduate students studying at Arts University Bournemouth, 73 full time and 47 part time. 

There are currently 19 Postgrad Courses on offer. at Arts University Bournemouth. 

Arts University Bournemouth PG Students

Tuition fees & costs 

The tuition fees for postgraduate courses at Arts University Bournemouth are £6,500 to £7,000 for UK and EU students, and £16,500 for international students.

Facilities & specialisms 

There are three areas of study at Arts University Bournemouth – Art and Design, Architecture, and Drama, Dance and Cinematics. 

Student life 

This design-centric campus is a stylish place to study and you will find plenty of creative extra-curricular activities to do in your spare time. Students are also welcome to join any of the clubs and societies at the nearby Bournemouth University. 

Famous alumni 

The screenwriter and editor of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy and Chris Dickens – are both alumni. 

5 Fascinating Facts About Arts University Bournemouth 

It was established in 1880 
3,315 students study here 
Its Students’ Union building, CRAB Drawing Studio, and the North Building Extension were shortlisted for a 2016 RIBA South West Awards 
Gained university status in 2012 
The Refectory won 'Breakfast of the Year' in 2018 

Bournemouth & Poole College 

Bournemouth & Poole CollegeBournemouth and Poole College has 11,000 students mostly studying at the sixth form and pre-university level. Students can study towards an undergraduate degree, but it does not currently offer postgraduate qualifications. Established in 1913 Bournemouth and Poole College has multiple sites across the two towns and the wider region of Dorset.


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