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Bournemouth University BU Music Scholarships, UK 2023

Application is now open for the Bournemouth University BU Music Scholarships. Interested candidates are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About Bournemouth University and Scholarship

The university’s origins trace back to the early 20th century when it was initially established as Bournemouth Municipal College. This institution’s primary focus was to provide preparatory courses for students aiming to pursue University of London degrees from 1942 to 1976. By the mid-1960s, the college had a student body consisting of 6,850 day and evening students.

Around 1965, the college’s growing student population was brought to the attention of the House of Commons, prompting discussions about the possibility of upgrading it to a university status. However, during that time, the government had no plans to create new universities until the late 1970s.


In the 1970s, the institution transformed and became known as Bournemouth College of Technology. Later in the same decade, following a review by the Dorset Education Committee, the College of Technology evolved into the Dorset Institute of Higher Education (DIHE).

In 1983, Bernard MacManus took on the role of Director and oversaw a significant expansion of the curriculum and student enrollment. This expansion occurred alongside initial uncertainties regarding the Weymouth Campus. During this period, the Talbot Campus, established in 1976, was further developed and the nearby Student Village was constructed. A second campus, Lansdowne, was also established. Between 1983 and 1994, the institute introduced new academic disciplines, including heritage, tourism, tax, public relations, computer animation, and information systems. Some of the university buildings still bear the foundation stones from this era.

Bournemouth University made its debut in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the 2015/16 edition, where it was ranked jointly between 401st and 500th in the world and 57th among UK universities. The university briefly saw an improvement in national rankings, with a rise from 65th to 54th in The Complete University Guide in 2016, a jump from 71st to 63rd in The Guardian University League Table, and an increase from 88th to a joint 82nd position in the Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Bournemouth University BU Music Scholarships are available for the first year of study and may be renewed for subsequent years if the criteria are met. To be eligible for this award, candidates should have achieved Grade 8 from the Associated Board, Trinity, or LCM, or an equivalent qualification in their main instrument or voice. Additionally, they need to demonstrate a solid academic background in music, including having passed A-level (C grade or above) in the subject or obtained a Grade 8 theory qualification. In exceptional cases, and depending on the availability of funds, applications from those with ABRSM/Trinity Grade 6 or higher may also be considered.

Details about Bournemouth University BU Music Scholarships:

Scholarship Sponsor: Bournemouth University, UK

Scholarship Value: GBP 600

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Masters

Host Institution(s): Bournemouth University, UK


Free tuition is provided to music students, along with additional in-kind perks including test expenses and help purchasing music. This works out to about GBP 600 a year.

Bournemouth University BU Music Scholarships – Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be qualified for Bournemouth University BU Music Scholarships:

  • Any candidate applying to BU for a full-time undergraduate or graduate program who is from the UK, the EU, or another country
  • You have to be able to show that you are an accomplished musician or vocalist and that you have participated in group activities.
  • You must have achieved Grade 8 in your primary instrument or voice on the Associated Board, Trinity or LCM, or a comparable level, to be eligible for the award. Furthermore, you must demonstrate that you have a solid academic foundation in music and that you have earned a Grade 8 theoretical certificate or an A-level (C or higher) in the discipline.

Application Process for Bournemouth University BU Music Scholarships

Two references will need to be cited in your application. Referees can be anyone competent to write about your musical ability, such as your ensemble conductor, director of music, music instructor, vocal/instrumental coach, etc. The online reference form must be filled out and submitted by them.

The Submission Deadline is: November 30, 2023

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