University profile

University of Bristol

2017/18 edition

About University of Bristol

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The University of Bristol is internationally distinguished and one of the very best in the UK thanks to its talented students, superb facilities and outstanding staff.

Since our founding in 1909, the University has maintained high standards and a dynamic approach to research and teaching. New facilities, cutting-edge technology, fresh ideas, innovative techniques - all of these help to create learning opportunities for you.

Assessments by independent bodies consistently show the University to be a leader in many fields, in subjects ranging from aerospace engineering to biochemistry, classics to mathematics, clinical neuroscience to policy studies. Our world-class research and our excellent teaching take place in a stimulating environment. We have strong links with leading businesses, NGOs and technology companies, some of which started out at the University. We are a community of scholarship in a creative and dynamic city. We set very high standards and we have a clear vision for the future. Staff at Bristol are recruited from all over the world, and in the past have included five Nobel Laureates. They work at the forefront of their academic disciplines - which means that many of their students do too. Study here and you can expect to be challenged and inspired.

Our students are inquisitive, lively, open-minded and passionate about their subject. They come from all walks of life and every part of the world, making for a diverse and vibrant community. We believe strongly in equal treatment and respect for all, and in dealing with people as individuals.

If you like the look of our programmes, if the city appeals to you, and if you believe you have what it takes to do well here, we want to hear from you.

Our programmes

At postgraduate level, we offer both taught and research programmes in a large range of subject areas, as well a small number of other doctoral-level and professional qualifications. We currently have approximately 220 Postgraduate programmes available for 2016/17 entry across our six faculties; Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences and Law. You can find detailed programme information in our online programme finder where you can browse or search for a specific programme or research interest.

The University is also home to a wide range of popular doctoral training centres and partnerships, which bring together internationally-leading staff with diverse areas of expertise and exciting industry partners to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle issues that are still evolving and launch a successful career in academia or in industry.

Funding opportunities

The University offers a number of scholarships and studentships to postgraduate students. In some cases, schools and departments have access to programme-specific funding. Information on funding is available from our Student Funding Office. You can also keep up to date on postgraduate studentships available at the University by following us on Twitter.

Careers Service

The University's reputation makes its postgraduates highly attractive to employers and our employment record is among the UK's best. Many major organisations have strong links with our Careers Service and often recruit directly from campus. Our experienced Careers Advisers and other staff also offer specific information and advice for postgraduate research students, taught Masters students and international students.

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. Our alumni are offered a range of services, from publications and reunions to entrepreneurial advice, networks and funding opportunities, careers advice, access to facilities and other special promotions.

Our City

When you come to Bristol you come to a multicultural city steeped in history and rich in culture. It has everything you'd expect from a big city, but human in scale, with much of the city easily travelled by foot, on bike or by bus. With its vibrant culture, historic buildings, green credentials, good standard of living and excellent transport links, it's no wonder Bristol was given the European City of the Year award.

Bristol is situated in the South West of England, surrounded by rolling countryside, but only 90 minutes from London by train. The city is well connected as a major road and rail network hub and also has a busy international airport. The region is known for its Engineering, IT and the Creative Industries, and the city is home and workplace to scientists, engineers, academics and artists of many different kinds.

Bristol is a thousand years old but right at the cutting edge; dynamic yet laid back; culturally rich but down to earth; independent but influential.

Contact details

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