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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 2022

Top 10 most-targeted UK university by top employers

High Fliers Research 2021

World top 70 university

QS World University Rankings 2022

Top 10 in the UK for research quality

Complete University Guide 2022

#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 RankingSource
Anatomy and Physiology4th in the UK
33rd in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Accounting and Finance16th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Complete University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
ArchaeologyTop 150 in the worldQS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Biological Sciences10th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Business and Management Studies16th in the UKComplete University Guide 2022
Chemistry5th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Classics and Ancient History8th in the UK
39th in the world
Complete University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Civil Engineering 2nd in the UKGuardian University Guide 2021
Computer Science and Information Systems8th in the UK
Top 150 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Economics and Econometrics9th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Education and Training11th in the UK
34th in the world
Complete University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 9th in the UKComplete University Guide 2022
Engineering and TechnologyTop 115 in the worldQS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
English Language and Literature42nd in the worldQS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Geography and Environmental Science 7th in the UKComplete University Guide 2022
Geology21st in the worldQS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
History8th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Law and Legal Studies15th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject
Mathematics11th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Mechanical Engineering 1st in the UKGuardian University Guide 2021
Pharmacy and Pharmacology5th in the UK
Top 75 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Philosophy 5th in the UK
30th in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Physics and Astronomy17th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Complete University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Politics11th in the UK
Top 150 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject2021
Psychology15th in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Complete University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Social Policy11th in the UK
28th in the world
Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Sociology 2nd in the UK
Top 100 in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Veterinary Science6th in the UK
13th in the world
Guardian University Guide 2021
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Why choose the University of Bristol?

Learn more about how to start on your path to Bristol

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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