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University of Bristol

Welcome to the University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is a highly ranked Russell Group university with a fantastic reputation. You’ll join a global community of students from more than 150 countries, and enjoy life in one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

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You can gain entry to Bristol through the University-delivered International Foundation Programme on campus, or a pathway course at Kaplan International College (KIC) London.

Top reasons to study here

Top 10 in the UK

QS World University Rankings 2023

3rd most-targeted UK university by top employers

High Fliers Research 2022

World top 70 university

QS World University Rankings 2023

Top 5 in the UK for research

Times Higher Education Interpretation of Research Excellence Framework 2021

Bristol is the 8th best place to live in the UK

Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2022

Guaranteed entry

when you pass your pathway course at the required level with good attendance

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Subject rankings

Subject area RankingSource
Accounting and Finance18th in the UK
Top 150 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
ArchaeologyTop 125 in the worldTimes Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Biological Sciences11th in the UK
Top 70 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Business and Management Studies18th in the UKGuardian University Guide 2022
Chemistry9th in the UK
Top 70 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2022
Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Civil Engineering 1st in the UKGuardian University Guide 2022
Computer Science 9th in the UK
Top 120 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Economics and Econometrics15th in the UK
Top 110 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 15th in the UKTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
Geography and Environmental Science 10th in the UKComplete University Guide 2023
History17th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Law8th in the UK
43rd in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Mathematics8th in the UK
Top 70 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Mechanical Engineering 3rd in the UKGuardian University Guide 2022
Pharmacy and Pharmacology8th in the UK
Top 50 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Philosophy 10th in the UK
Top 25 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Physics and Astronomy12th in the UK
70th in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Politics and International Relations12th in the UK
Top 125 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2022
Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Psychology7th in the UK
Top 70 in the world
Complete University Guide 2023
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
Social Policy3rd in the UKComplete University Guide 2023
Sociology 7th in the UK
Top 70 in the world
Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

Why choose the University of Bristol?

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Notable alumni

  • Asitha Ameresekere (UK/Sri Lanka)

    Graduated from the University of Bristol

    Earned a BA in Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics in 1993.

    Lifetime achievements

    A filmmaker and writer, Ameresekere won the Best Short Film Award at the BAFTAs for his 29-minute film, Do Not Erase. He is currently writing a novella and planning for further films.

  • Laura Bechtolsheimer (Germany)

    Graduated from the University of Bristol

    Earned a BSc in Philosophy and Politics 2007 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2013.

    Lifetime achievements

    Two-time medallist in the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Equestrianism. She won gold for Great Britain in the Team Dressage, the first ever Olympic team gold for her country in the discipline, and bronze in the Individual Dressage.

  • Nizar Ibrahim (Germany/Morocco)

    Graduated from the University of Bristol

    Earned a BSc in Geology and Biology in 2006.

    Lifetime achievements

    The first palaeontologist TED fellow. Ibrahim was an integral member of the team that discovered the largest predatory dinosaur to walk the Earth: the Spinosaurus.

  • Patrick Aryee (UK)

    Graduated from the University of Bristol

    Earned a BSc in Cancer Biology in 2007.

    Lifetime achievements

    Presenter of the BBC wildlife documentary, Super Senses: The Secret Power of Animals. He has also worked on the Sky One production Cats: The Amazing Animal Family.

  • Simon Pegg (UK)

    Graduated from the University of Bristol

    Earned a BA in Theatre, Film, and Television in 1991.

    Lifetime achievements

    Simon Pegg is a British actor and comedian. His films include The World’s End, Star Trek, the Mission: Impossible series, Paul, Run Fatboy Run, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and the cult television show, Spaced.

  • Vicki Ooi (Hong Kong SAR)

    Graduated from the University of Bristol

    Earned a PhD in Drama in 1970.

    Lifetime achievements

    Vicki Ooi was one of the first directors to introduce translated plays to the Hong Kong stage. During more than 20 years in the industry, Ooi has won several theatre awards and served on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Her research on theatre and cultural policy has been widely published.

  • Will Dean (UK)

    Graduated from the University of Bristol

    Earned a BSc in Economics and Politics in 2003.

    Lifetime achievements

    Co-founder of Tough Mudder, an endurance event series in which participants attempt to complete a 12-mile-long obstacle course. The obstacles can include fire, water, electricity and of course, mud.

I am delighted that you are considering the University of Bristol during what is a uniquely exciting moment in our history. Bristol is a successful and ambitious university, offering you the chance to learn from and with some of the leading scholars in the world. We understand the opportunity that studying overseas can bring to both you and us. As such, we offer a wealth of support right from the point of applying to beyond graduation.
University of Bristol Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Hugh Brady Vice-Chancellor and President

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