Bristol has a distinctive blend of historic charm and dynamic, creative energy – it’s made for student life. When you experience the quality of life Bristol has to offer, you’ll be pleased you chose to come here.

Find your perfect postgraduate research programme

Bristol offers an interdisciplinary, exploratory and nurturing environment for postgraduate study, with more than 80 research programmes across six faculties. Besides the traditional PhD and research master’s degrees, the University offers a growing number of professional and extended doctoral programmes.

Search our programmes and discover an interdisciplinary and nurturing environment for postgraduate study.

Why choose Bristol?

  • Our graduates benefit from excellent links with industry, constructive work placements and a range of global opportunities.
  • Within six months of graduating, 93 per cent of our postgraduates are employed or undertaking further study.
  • The University has nine libraries housing more than 1.4 million books and journals.
  • Students have access to state-of-the-art academic building and a wide variety of group and private study spaces.
  • Our alumni are among the highest paid and 2nd most targeted by UK employers (High Fliers, 2019).



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The University’s research is renowned for its impact across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Our researchers tackle some of the planet’s most urgent issues in areas including health and disease, climate change, food security, energy and social justice.

Times Higher Education analysis of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked Bristol joint 5th for research intensity and judged 83 per cent of our research to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Our staff and alumni are known for their impact on academia, policy and practice across the world.

Discover our research.

Facilities and support

We want you to get the most out of your time at university. We aim to provide a safe, supportive environment in which you can reach your potential.

  • Students can choose from more than 400 sports clubs and other societies, including the Postgraduate Network.
  • Our extensive sporting facilities include a newly refurbished indoor sports centre, swimming pool, sports complex and boathouse.
  • Our comprehensive network of support services is available across the University: in our residences, our academic schools and through central services such as student counselling and student health.
  • All students can take advantage of the advice, events and inspiration provided by the University’s Careers Service.
  • Additional support services include Disability Services, which offers tailored advice and support.
  • A University day nursery is available for children up to five years of age.
  • We offer a University-wide Language Programme for students wishing to develop their foreign language skills.

Explore all our facilities.

Living in Bristol

University accommodation is guaranteed to all international postgraduate students who apply before our deadline. We also accept accommodation applications from home and EU students.

We can also offer advice if you want to rent privately.

Funding your studies

We understand that finance can be a major concern when considering postgraduate study. Our dedicated Student Funding Office provides advice on fees and finances, and our Careers Service can help students find part-time work. The University also offers funded PhD studentships for outstanding research students.

About the University and the city of Bristol

Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol is ranked among the top ten universities in the UK (QS World University Rankings, 2020). Part of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK Universities and the Worldwide Universities Network of international research-led institutions, we attract students from more than 150 countries. We’re also part of the GW4 Alliance of innovative, research-intensive universities in south-west England and Wales.

Based in the centre of Bristol, and just 90 minutes from London, our students enjoy a diverse arts, music and cultural scene, a packed festival calendar and a wealth of historic architecture and green spaces. It’s no wonder the city has been named the best place to live in the UK (Sunday Times, 2017).