Postgraduate Opportunities at the University of Bristol


The Institution

The University of Bristol has its origins in the late 19th century and gained its Royal Charter in 1909. Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK; ranked within the top 40 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2015. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network of research-led institutions of international standing.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which assessed the quality of the research at every UK university, ranked Bristol joint 5th for research intensity, with the University of Oxford. In the same exercise, 83% of our research was ranked ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Our staff and alumni are known for their impact on academia, policy and practice across the world – among them, 11 Nobel Prize winners.

Beautiful, cosmopolitan and vibrant, Bristol is the South West's leading city. Arts, sport, green spaces and community activities thrive within its boundaries, and it has won an array of accolades including ‘best UK city to live in’ (The Times, 2014). In 2015, Bristol was voted best for city life in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, and there is a diverse arts, music and cultural scene. The University’s historical and innovative central campus pins together some of Bristol’s most popular districts, and includes the iconic Wills Memorial Building.

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Postgraduate study

With over 120 postgraduate taught and 70 research programmes across six faculties, attracting students from all over the world, Bristol offers an interdisciplinary, exploratory and nurturing environment designed to both stimulate and refine your understanding. Our emphasis is on a research-informed curriculum, which means our excellence in research translates into an environment of teaching excellence, evidenced by cutting-edge course content and world-class teaching staff.

We understand that a major concern when considering postgraduate study is how to pay for it. For this reason, we have a range of resources to assist you in your studies, including a dedicated Student Funding Office, who can help with loan application advice or managing your finances, and an online funding search facility. The University of Bristol has over 250 funded PhD studentships for outstanding students across our six faculties.

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The University’s research is world-renowned for its impact across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Our researchers tackle some of the planet’s most urgent issues in the areas of health and disease, climate change, food security, energy and social justice. The University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education – the highest accolade for any academic institution – in recognition of its leading-edge research in obstetric and neonatal practice.

We are also a member of the GW4 Alliance, which combines the intellectual capacity and physical resources of the four leading research-intensive universities in the South West of England and Wales: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. The resulting areas of collaboration, pooled resource, knowledge and funding benefit students, researchers and society alike.

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Facilities and support

The University of Bristol has a network of facilities and support services to help you succeed in your academic career and beyond. We offer guaranteed University accommodation to all overseas domiciled postgraduate students who apply within the deadline*, and accept non-guaranteed applications from home-domiciled students too.

The University is home to ten libraries and over 1.4 million printed books and journals, offered alongside a plethora of group and private study spaces. The new Beacon House study centre is part of an estates plan to create 600 new study spaces in 2016, and contains 350 of these.

The University’s sporting facilities include an indoor sports centre, swimming pool, sports complex and boathouse, and athletes are encouraged to join one of our performance sports clubs.

Disability Services provides confidential advice and study support to disabled students and applicants, such as personal tutoring, access to recordings of lectures, assistive software and alternative exam arrangements.

Our Careers Service is available to inspire and support you in finding work after you complete your studies, or to help you plot out your career in advance!

Finally, for students with young children, the University of Bristol offers a Day Nursery for children up to five years of age.

*Terms and conditions apply.

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Contact details

Enquiries team
Howard House, Queens Avenue
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 117 394 1649


General funding sources

For general sources of funding that may apply for study in this department, visit the page(s) below.