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University of Bristol

Through its Royal Charter granted in 1909, the University of Bristol is committed to ‘the promotion of Arts Sciences and Learning’. The University of Bristol is an internationally recognised university with a brilliant academic reputation. A leading institution at the top of its game, making a significant and unique contribution to society and the economy. Bristol students benefit from an intellectually demanding, research informed education that encourages independence of mind and prepares them to achieve their personal goals and serve society’s needs across the globe. Discovery, learning and enterprise – this is what defines Bristol University.

Main Campus:

Bristol, Langford

Student Population:

 Arts, Engineering, Medical & Veterinary Science, Medicine & Dentistry, Science, Social Science & Law


Why choose The University of Bristol?

Through its Royal Charter granted in 1909, the University of Bristol is committed to ‘the promotion of Arts Sciences and Learning’. The University of Bristol is an internationally recognised university with a brilliant academic reputation. A leading institution at the top of its game, making a significant and unique contribution to society and the economy. Bristol students benefit from an intellectually demanding, research informed education that encourages independence of mind and prepares them to achieve their personal goals and serve society’s needs across the globe. Discovery, learning and enterprise – this is what defines Bristol University.


Teaching quality

The University’s mission is to pursue and share knowledge and understanding, both for their own sake and to help individuals and society fulfil their potential. Bristol University is dedicated to academic achievement across a broad range of disciplines, and to continuous innovation and improvement.

  • A world-renowned institution, the University of Bristol offers an exciting opportunity to study alongside internationally respected academics and talented fellow students in a supportive environment.
  • Bristol University is highly ranked in 11th position out of 116 higher education institutions in the UK (Complete University Guide 2012).
  • Bristol is very proud of its history but believes its future will be just as impressive as its past. As well as having access to superb facilities, students will benefit from an intellectually demanding, research-informed education that encourages independence of mind.
  • Bristol students thrive in a rich academic environment and are continually challenged to be the best. The teaching is enriched by the University’s position as a world-leading research institution.
  • The university expects the best for and from its students. After all, it is educating many of tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Bristol students come from all aspects of society, which ensures a diverse and interesting community. The University believes that anyone with great potential will thrive at the University, offering an opportunity to engage with intellectually challenging programmes of study, designed and taught by world leaders in research.
  • Bristol aims to give students the best student experience possible by continually investing in new and existing facilities, training, technology and services. It aims to provide its students with an education of the highest quality that is research-led and fulfills their needs and expectations.
  • The University’s supportive environment enables students to work in partnership with creative teachers, and its qualifications and characteristics are valued by employers throughout the world
  • Bristol is continually investing in its facilities to ensure that they are of the highest quality for its students. The student union building will undergo significant redevelopment from summer 2011. There are also plans to invest more than £50m in a state-of-the-art building and facilities for the university’s biological sciences education and research. This follows the construction of a £12m centre for nanoscience and quantum information, which is collaborating on education and research with the California Nanosystems Institute.


Research Quality

The University of Bristol is an international powerhouse of learning, discovery and enterprise. A centre for intellectually demanding, research-informed education that nurtures independence of mind.

  • The University of Bristol is among the UK’s top research universities, according to the outcome of RAE 2008, the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
  • Nearly 93% of research at the University was deemed to be of an international standard. The outstanding results positioned the University in 12th place in the UK out of only 17 multi-disciplinary institutions for whom over 61% of their research was awarded the top two ratings, 4* and 3* (defined respectively as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’).
  • These results confirm that Bristol is producing an exceptional volume of truly outstanding research. Established areas of excellence have continued to perform at the highest levels, and new areas are establishing themselves as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • Research at Bristol includes much that is of public benefit. The University’s activity is engaged with urgent issues such as disease, climate change, energy, social justice, natural resources and the welfare of the individual; engaged with the cultural life and history of nations and communities across the world; engaged with the future of technology and science and the development of innovations in medicine, nanotechnology, quantum cryptography, composite materials, stem-cell engineering and other emerging fields.
  • The University of Bristol is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, a body that brings together 20 of the UK’s leading, research-intensive universities.



The University of Bristol is an inclusive and united community of scholarship that attracts and retains people with outstanding talent and potential from all walks of life and all parts of the world.

  • Bristol University is home to nearly 3,000 students from 100 countries around the world.
  • Students come from all over the world to study at the University of Bristol, sharing their culture and experiences, and contributing to the vibrancy of university life. Overseas students make up 9 per cent of the total undergraduate student body, 24 per cent of postgraduate taught students and 30 per cent of postgraduate research students. The international experience at Bristol enriches both incoming and outgoing students, as well as the city itself.
  • Bristol continually enhances its global reputation through the strength of its research and by recruiting the best students from home and overseas. It will continue to work to attract and retain academically gifted and highly motivated students from a wide range of backgrounds, creating a diverse and international University community. The continued generosity of the University’s alumni, through the Alumni Fund, ensures that future students have opportunities to succeed.
  • The University has affiliations with many institutions around the world and is an active member of The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) – a global partnership of research-intensive universities and The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) – the world’s oldest association of international universities. Also, The Coimbra Group – which is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members, internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also one of the largest, with over 500 members from Commonwealth countries.
  • Bristol has a Language Centre which provides an extensive range of courses in English as a Foreign Language. There are intensive English language training courses for general, professional and academic purposes from nine months to four weeks in length.
  • Bristol has been welcoming international students for more than 50 years. It is one of the most diverse universities in the UK. The University is particularly popular with students from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the USA and India, but also has many students from continental Europe and welcome applicants from all countries.
  • The University of Bristol has a limited number of scholarships, up to a maximum of £2,000 per year of study, available to high-achieving undergraduate students paying fees at the international rate. Scholarships are allocated to students from a number of different countries, which are nominated on a rotational basis.


Student satisfaction

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  • According to the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2011, Bristol University students gave the University a score of 84% satisfaction, a figure well above the national average.
  • The University is proud of its students. It recognises that, in order for them to make the most of their time at University, they need a supportive environment, comprehensive facilities and a range of opportunities. The University is committed to providing a full range of support that will enable students to excel in every aspect of their lives at Bristol and to make their university experience a genuinely transformative experience.


Employable graduates

The University is engaged with society’s interests, concerns, priorities and aspirations. A Bristol degree is highly attractive to employers and a sound investment for the future.

  • Studying at university is one of the most significant investments a person can make. The University will ensure that its students are prepared for employment and worldwide opportunities when they graduate.
  • One of the ways in which the University does this is through the Bristol PLuS Awards, which recognise and reward students who have gained significant professional and life skills through extracurricular activities, and help articulate these skills successfully to potential employers. The Bristol PLuS Awards are endorsed by many well known companies and organisations, such as the NHS and Airbus.
  • Bristol graduates join a vibrant global community of over 100,000 Bristol alumni in more than 170 countries. The Campaigns and Alumni Relations office connects both UK and international alumni in every field and almost every country – a great network to belong to that can bring lifelong career and social benefits.
  • Bristol is committed to ensuring that students have a fulfilling, demanding and intellectually stimulating experience at university that prepares them for employment and worldwide opportunities when they leave. Bristol alumni are innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers, changing the UK and the world for the better in fields as diverse as business, research, public policy and entertainment.
  • The University’s Careers Service helps graduates get on the career ladder, in the UK and abroad, and the service is free for the first three years after graduation. All recent alumni who register with the service also have access to the Careers Network, an invaluable tool that enables graduates and current students to network with over 700 alumni in a range of industries around the world. Many members are in a position to offer work experience placements or vacation work, and all are happy to offer informal advice exclusively to Bristol alumni and students.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

Bristol offers students the chance to study a wide variety of subjects across its academic schools and faculties at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Many degrees also offer the chance to spend some time studying abroad.

  • The School of Arts offers a stimulating and challenging study experience across a tremendous range of programmes. Subject areas comprise: philosophy (including programmes with connections to mathematics and medical sciences), drama (film, tv, and theatre studies), archaeology, anthropology (including human evolution and social anthropology), and music (history of music, performance, composition).
  • The School of Humanities offers a large and prestigious study programme for undergraduate students across its five departments: Classics and Ancient History; English; History; History of Art; Theology and Religious Studies.
  • Bristol offers stimulating degree programmes covering all aspects of language studies, giving students a thorough knowledge of present-day language, both written and spoken, opportunities for studying a wide range of topics on literature, society, civilization and culture and training in translation or literary criticism. Courses are offered studying French, German, Hispanic Portuguese, Latin American Studies, Italian, Russian Studies (includes Czech) and also offers Joint Honours Degrees.
  • Bristol’s engineering heritage is world famous, and the city continues to be an international leader in engineering. The Faculty comprises six departments and many research centres and groups and offers courses to suit all those interested in pursuing engineering degrees.
  • The Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences consists of four schools, all with a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching, they are: Biochemistry, Cellular and Mollecular Medicine, Physiology & Pharmacology, Veterinary Sciences and the Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy.
  • The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry was formed in 2003 and currently comprises three schools: The School of Clinical Sciences, The School of Social and Community Medicine and School of Oral & Dental Sciences.
  • The Faculty of Science is one of the leading centres for scientific research and education in the UK. Some of the most significant discoveries of the last century are associated with research carried out in Bristol.
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law is not only one of the UK’s top social sciences and law faculties, but is also ranked in the top 50 world-wide (the 2010 Times Higher’s World Rankings).


Campus Facilities


Bristol is a thousand years old but remains at the cutting edge; energised yet laid back; culturally rich but unpretentious; unorthodox and influential. And it’s big enough to provide everything one would need while remaining human in scale, with lively neighbourhoods and dozens of parks and public spaces. The city is surrounded by rolling countryside, rugged moorland, ancient forests and dramatic coastlines. It was recently named European City of the Year owing to its superb quality of life, vibrant culture, strong city-region economy, green credentials and excellent transport links. The government has named Bristol a Science City (one of only six in the UK) and a Centre of Culture (one of five). The city is home and workplace to artists, scientists, engineers and academics. Cultural life ranges from a multitude of galleries, theatres, concert halls, museums and cinemas to more community-based projects like art trails, neighbourhood carnivals, poetry slams and farmers’ markets. Bristol is also famous for its wide range and high number of annual festivals: events celebrating everything from kites, sailing ships and hot-air balloons to music, short and animated films, and nature.

Bristol is home to a host of attractions spanning the arts, science, nature & history. The main sights and diversions – from interactive science exhibits and ancient sailing ships to the legacy of the great 19th Century engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel are located in the heart of the city or within easy reach of the centre.

Bristol is located in the south west of the United Kingdom about 100 miles west of London

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