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Learning with a difference

Studying with us

Innovative learning, real-world experience and creating universal, future-proof skills lie at the heart of our academic approach.

Through the pioneering teaching methods exemplified by our Centre for Excellence in Learning and our range of world-class facilities, our students develop the talents to open up global career opportunities.

Our diverse teaching approaches and wealth of learning experiences – from archaeology students being involved in our ongoing Big Dig project to the work placements we offer on all our courses – ensure you’ll develop deep subject knowledge and real practical skills.

Pioneering research is central to our academic staff – 96% of our research was rated as internationally recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – meaning you’ll be exposed to the very latest thinking and cutting-edge approaches throughout your studies.

The exceptional learning experience our students enjoy was recognised when BU was the first British university commended for the quality of its student learning opportunities by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

Did you know?

We have more than 1,150 academic staff with specialisms ranging from addiction to yawning – and covering branding, foot dynamics, hactivism, mass graves, superheroes, tidal energy and much more in between. Explore our Expert Directory to find out more about our academics.

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Types of study

Types of study

Learn about studying degrees and other qualifications, such as Foundation, Top-up and Pathway degrees.

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Teaching and learning

Our approach enables you to expand your academic horizons and build work-ready skills.

Learning facilities

Learning facilities

See how we support your learning with our range of excellent facilities and collaborative study spaces. 

Placement stories

Anna-Maria Rusanova

Anna-Maria Rusanova

“Working at IBM was the greatest opportunity of my life, as well as a true pleasure.”

Ella Watson

Ella Watson

“I’ve laughed, cried and learnt so much. To say it’s been a rewarding experience is an understatement.”