University profile

University of Bristol

2021/22 edition

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About University of Bristol

Since we were founded in 1876, we’ve had a reputation for doing things a little differently. We were the first institute of higher education in the UK to admit women on an equal basis with men, and in 2019 we became the first UK university to declare a climate emergency. We’re proud of our tradition of academic excellence which we combine with an independent and forward-thinking spirit. We attract students and staff from all over the world, creating an exciting and diverse community.

Bristol is ranked within the top ten UK universities (QS World Rankings 2021) and we’re a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities. Our research is ranked in the top five in the UK (Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014).

Our programmes

At postgraduate level, we offer both taught and research programmes in a large range of subject areas. Most of our taught programmes lead to a master’s qualification (eg MA, MSc, MRes, LLM) and typically last one year full-time or two years part-time. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the most common type of research degree, studied over three to four years. Find out more details about our taught and research programmes on our website.

The University is also home to a wide range of funded doctoral training centres and partnerships, which bring together internationally renowned staff with diverse areas of expertise and industry partners to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to launch a successful career in academia or in industry.

Explore your postgraduate study options at our virtual events running throughout the summer. Register your place for live and interactive sessions with academics, staff and students and browse a huge range of on-demand resources at a time that suits you.

Living in Bristol

Our University is at the heart of Bristol; a historic, lively and green city in the south-west of England. Bristol is less than two hours from the UK’s bustling capital, London, while also being close enough to beautiful counties such as Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall, allowing you to explore the outdoors. The city’s independent spirit, lively arts and music scene, sustainable ethos and thriving modern economy makes it the perfect place for postgraduate study. Explore our beautiful city with our 360 virtual tour.

Careers Service

The University's reputation makes its postgraduates highly attractive to employers; Bristol is ranked 9th in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). A postgraduate degree from Bristol can equip you with the skills and experience to help you go further in your professional field. Alongside your studies, our experienced careers advisers and expert staff also offer advice and organise events specifically for postgraduates.

Alumni and graduates

Bristol alumni include leading figures in science, medicine, industry and politics, award-winning writers and actors, and prominent members of the professions and their governing bodies. At Bristol, our students become part of a lifelong global community made up of a network of inspiring alumni and our world-leading experts and academics.

Contact details

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