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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, or a pathway course at Kaplan International College (KIC) London.

Top reasons to study here

Top 10 in the UK

QS World University Rankings 2021

Top 10 most-targeted UK university by top employers

High Fliers Research 2021

World top 60 university

QS World University Rankings 2021

Top 5 in the UK for research

Times Higher Education analysis of Research Excellence Framework 2014

#1 place to live in the UK

Sunday Times 2017

Guaranteed entry

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

Subject rankings

Subject area UK ranking Source
Anatomy and Physiology4thGuardian University Guide 2021
Biosciences10thGuardian University Guide 2021
Business, Management and Marketing18th Guardian University Guide 2021
Civil Engineering 2ndGuardian University Guide 2021
Computer Science and Information Systems8thGuardian University Guide 2020
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 10thComplete University Guide 2021
Geography and Environmental Science 6th Complete University Guide 2021
Law 15thTimes and Sunday Times University Guide 2021
Mechanical Engineering 1stComplete University Guide 2021
Philosophy 5thGuardian University Guide 2021
Psychology7thComplete University Guide 2021
Social Policy7thComplete University Guide 2021
Sociology 2ndComplete University Guide 2021

Why choose the University of Bristol?

Ian from Kenya, BEng Civil Engineering

Ian from Kenya

BEng Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol

I chose the University of Bristol because I was looking for a place that not only builds me academically, because I can go anywhere and get an academic degree, but where will I be challenged to be a better person. To me, Bristol was just the perfect fit.

University of Bristol International Foundation Programme student Hellin from China

Xiaohan (Hellin) from China

BSc Computer Science at the University of Bristol

I researched a lot of universities in the UK and I found that Bristol is a very colourful, vibrant city. I really love the buildings and the people here — I find it very friendly and I have so many things to do, literally every day.

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.

Learn more about how to start on your path to Bristol

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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