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Fees & funding

One of the biggest things you need to arrange before you start a Bachelor’s degree or other undergraduate course is how you’ll fund your studies. Most students use student loans to help pay their tuition fees and living costs.

Broadly speaking, if you are ordinarily resident in the UK (or the Channel Islands) and have been for at least three years prior to the start of your course, you’ll pay what are known as ‘home’ fees.

There are numerous criteria to determine whether you will be paying ‘home’ fees. For a comprehensive overview, check out the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. They have an extensive guide explaining who is eligible for ‘home’ fee status.

For more information about fees and costs for specific courses, visit our course pages – where you’ll also find fees for our Integrated Master’s degrees.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help fund your studies, we offer a varied range of scholarships to reward academic excellence as well as musical or sporting talents. Depending on your scholarship, you may be awarded a cash payment (often via a pre-paid card) or a discount on your tuition fees. We also offer Maintenance and Care Leaver bursaries based on specific criteria.

Tuition fees for UK and EU students

Fees for 2019 entry

Our full-time tuition fees for UK/EU students for the 2019/20 academic year range from £6,000 for a Foundation degree to £9,250 for a Bachelor’s degree at one of our campuses or Partner Colleges.

For more information about fees and costs for specific courses, visit our course pages – here, you will also find our fees for Integrated Master’s degrees.

If you spend a year on a work placement as part of your course, your fee for this year will be significantly lower at £830.

Our BU fees commitment ensures that whichever fee you start your course on, it will remain the same for the duration of your honours degree course – irrespective of any future changes in government policy or rises in maximum fee levels.

Loans

As a UK or EU student, you are entitled to certain financial support from the government in the form of loans. Find out more about tuition fee loans.

Studying part-time?

If you are studying your course part-time, your annual fee will be charged at half of the full-time rate for each level of study. On a full-time course, there are three levels with one completed each year; for part-time students, you generally complete one level every two years.

For example, if the full-time fee for your course is £9,250 per year and you are completing the course on a part-time basis – taking six years instead of three – you would pay £1,541.66 per year, equating to £4,625 per level of study.

Find out more about the tuition fee changes

A useful and impartial guide to tuition fee changes has been produced by Brightside – an independent charity that provides information to schools, colleges and universities enabling young people to access education and career pathways. 

Our fees commitment

Our fees commitment means your tuition fees are fixed throughout your course and applies to all undergraduate honours degree students.

After you’ve started at BU, there will be no changes to your fees – irrespective of future changes in government policy or rises in maximum fee levels. This applies to new entrants for September 2019, as well as all our current students.

Brexit and tuition fees for EU students

EU students studying with us in 2019/20 will continue to pay the same fees as domestic students for the duration of their degree as well as being able to access student finance loans. 

Fee discounts

If a member of your family works, is currently studying at or is a graduate of BU, you may be eligible for a fee discount. Please email fees@bournemouth.ac.uk to discuss your eligibility; please include your applicant/student ID number. See page 4 of the 2019/20 fees policy (pdf 422kb) for more details.

What's included in your tuition fee?

Your tuition fee covers expenses associated with your course, including tuition materials, access to facilities and field trips. This will include:

  • Consumables for lab and field-based teaching activity
  • UK fieldwork and associated travel costs
  • Lab coats, glasses and standard enclosed headphones (where applicable)
  • First-set of consumables, such as a DVD or memory stick.

There are certain things associated with your studies that you will be expected to pay for, which may include:

  • Text books
  • Printing and photocopying
  • UK telephone and travel costs for interviews, coursework and securing placements
  • Optional and experiential fieldwork in the UK and abroad, and associated travel costs
  • Outdoor wear and footwear suitable for fieldwork (where applicable)
  • Inter-campus travel.

We've done our best to highlight on our individual course pages the expected additional costs you may encounter while studying at BU to help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

NHS students

If you're starting a Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional pre-registration course in England after 1 August 2017, you'll need a Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan as the funding has changed for NHS courses. Find out more on our Funding for NHS courses webpage.

Our fees

Our annual full-time tuition fee for international (non-EU) students joining us in 2019/20 is £9,500 for a Foundation degree and £13,750 - £14,500 for an undergraduate (BA/BSc/BEng) degree delivered at one of our campuses or partner colleges. 

For more information about the fees applicable to specific courses, please see your offer letter if you already have one. Alternatively, visit our course pages.

If you are studying a course that includes a work placement, making it four years long instead of three, the placement year carries a much lower fee – currently £830.

Price-freezing policy

We operate a price-freezing policy for all of our international fee-paying students. This means that you will pay the same annual fee (with the exception of your placement year) for the duration of your course at BU, allowing you to budget more effectively.

This applies to all undergraduate students who are classed as international for fee purposes and the amount you pay will be based on your first year’s tuition fee.

Fee discounts

If a member of your family works, is currently studying at or is a graduate of BU, you may be eligible for a fee discount. Please email fees@bournemouth.ac.uk to discuss your eligibility; please include your applicant/student ID number. See page 4 of the 2019/20 fees policy (pdf 422kb) for more details.

Paying your fees

There are a number of ways for you to pay your fees each year. You can choose to pay in a single lump sum, or split the cost into three equal instalments and can make your payments in person, by post or online.

If you pay the full amount of your tuition fees during online registration or on enrolment, you will be entitled to a 5% reduction in the cost.

All payments must be made in pounds sterling (£).

We accept cash payments, cheques (made payable to Bournemouth University), banker’s drafts and payment by credit or debit card. If you are paying by credit card, please note that we accept Visa and Mastercard. If you are paying by debit card, we accept Delta, Electron, Maestro, Solo and Visa debit cards.

You can also pay your fees in person at either of our campuses.

Talbot Campus – Cashier’s Office

Bournemouth University
Ground floor, Poole House
Fern Barrow
Poole
Dorset
BH12 5BB
UK

Phone: +44 (0)1202 961491

Lansdowne Campus – Finance Department

Bournemouth University
Second floor, Melbury House
1–3 Oxford Road
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH8 8ES
UK

Phone: +44 (0)1202 961600

What does your tuition fee include?

p>Your tuition fee covers all the expenses associated with your course, including tuition materials, access to facilities and field trips. This will include:

  • Consumables for lab and field-based teaching activity, such as chemicals and other materials
  • UK fieldwork and associated travel costs
  • Lab coats, glasses and standard enclosed headphones (where applicable)
  • First-set of consumables, such as a DVD or memory stick.

There are certain things associated with your studies that you will be expected to pay for, which may include:

  • Text books
  • Printing and photocopying
  • UK telephone and travel costs for interviews, coursework and securing placements
  • Optional and experiential fieldwork in the UK and abroad, and associated travel costs
  • Outdoor wear and footwear suitable for fieldwork (where applicable)
  • Inter-campus travel.

For more information about the fees applicable to specific courses, please see your offer letter if you already have one, or visit our course pages.

Fees policy

The university reviews its fees and fees policy annually. View our Fees Policy for more information.