University profile

University of Bristol

2022/23 edition

About University of Bristol

Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol is a forward-thinking institution with a long history of academic excellence.

Bristol is one of the UK’s top ten universities (QS World University Rankings 2023) and in the top five for research (THE analysis of REF 2021). The University is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities.

We have a reputation for doing things a bit differently. Bristol was the UK’s first institute of higher education to admit women on an equal basis with men. In 2019, we were the first UK university to declare a climate emergency.

The students and staff in our diverse academic community come from over 150 countries around the world.

Explore your postgraduate options at an upcoming event, where you will have an opportunity to speak to academics and current students and ask any questions you have about study at Bristol.

Our programmes

Bristol offers taught and research degrees in a wide range of subject areas.

Most taught programmes last one year full-time or two years part-time and lead to a master’s qualification (MA, MSc, MRes, LLM). Our research degrees usually lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification, studied over three to four years.

The University’s funded doctoral training centres and partnerships bring together expert staff with industry partners. These programmes can help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to launch a successful career in academia or industry.

Living in Bristol

Bristol is the perfect place for postgraduate study. Our vibrant, thriving and green city is in the south-west of England. It's less than two hours from London, but also surrounded by beautiful countryside.

The University is at the heart of the city. You can enjoy the lively arts and music scene, independent shops and buzzing neighbourhoods just minutes from campus.

Explore the University and city of Bristol with our 360-degree virtual tour. If you’re visiting Bristol, book a guided tour with a current postgraduate student.


Bristol students are highly sought after by employers. The University has an outstanding reputation, ranked joint seventh in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022).

We make sure you’re well prepared for your future career. Our strong industry connections and careers support will help you go further in your professional field. Bristol’s Careers Service offers expert advice and events exclusively for postgraduate students.

Careers Service

The University's reputation makes its postgraduates highly attractive to employers; Bristol is ranked joint 7th in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). 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.


Our campus is designed to enhance your university experience and give you all the tools you need to succeed.

We are continually investing in our facilities and technology. The University has committed around £700 million to projects that will transform our campuses, buildings and facilities.


Bristol master's students can apply for the UK government’s Postgraduate Loans Scheme.

Our new Bristol Master’s Scholarship offers awards of £2,000 each to talented applicants. 50 awards are available to home students from underrepresented backgrounds.

International students can apply for our Think Big scholarships, which can help fund your tuition fees.

Visit the University website for the latest finance information and to search for funding.

Contact details

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Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 117 394 1649
Beacon House
Queens Road