University of Bristol

Bristol , England
Public-University

Overview

The University of Bristol (simply referred to as Bristol University and abbreviated as Bris. in post-nominal letters, or UoB) is a red brick research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1909, although like the University of the West of England and the University of Bath, it can trace its roots to the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College, founded as a school in 1595 by the Society of Merchant Venturers. Its key predecessor institution, University College, Bristol, had been in existence since 1876.

Bristol is organised into six academic faculties composed of multiple schools and departments running over 200 undergraduate courses largely situated in the Tyndalls Park area of the city. The university had a total income of £642.7 million in 2017/18, of which £164.0 million was from research grants and contracts. It is the largest independent employer in Bristol.

The University of Bristol is ranked 44th by the QS World University Rankings 2018, and is ranked amongst the top 10 of UK universities by QS, THE, and ARWU. A highly selective institution, it has an average of 6.4 (Sciences faculty) to 13.1 (Medicine & Dentistry Faculty) applicants for each undergraduate place. It was ranked 9th in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality (GPA) of its research and for its Research Power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Current academics include 21 fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 13 fellows of the British Academy, 13 fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 44 fellows of the Royal Society. The university has been associated with 13 Nobel laureates throughout its history, including Paul Dirac, Sir William Ramsay, Cecil Frank Powell, Sir Winston Churchill, Dorothy Hodgkin, Hans Albrecht Bethe, Max Delbrück, Gerhard Herzberg, Sir Nevill Francis Mott, Sir Paul Nurse, Harold Pinter, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézioand most recently, 2015 Economics Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton.

Bristol is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities, the European-wide Coimbra Group and the Worldwide Universities Network, of which the university’s previous vice-chancellor, Eric Thomas, was chairman from 2005 to 2007. In addition, the university holds an Erasmus Charter, sending more than 500 students per year to partner institutions in Europe.

78 in World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1909
Size Large
23,590 Students
Location
Bristol
England

Learning

3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Theology
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Applying

How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application, Common App

For International Students

7.5 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
PTE, TOEFL, CPE, CAE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Jan
15
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 9,250
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available

Merit-based
Need-based
Sports
Departmental
Endowed
Regional

Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship
Total Worth up to £3,000 per annum
Eligibility and Requirements The scholarship supports undergraduate students with an exceptional musical, dramatic or sporting talent, who are: holding an academic offer and intending to start studying at the University of Bristol
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline March 15
Alumni academic achievement awards
Total Worth up to £1,000
Eligibility and Requirements Undergraduate in his or her first year of study. Identified by the faculty as the top student(s) in his or her faculty through an accountable mechanism. Students may be Home, EU or overseas students. Awards are open to both full and part-time students.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Think Big Undergraduate Scholarships
Total Worth £10,000 or £5,000
Eligibility and Requirements You can apply for a Think Big Undergraduate Scholarship if you: are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND have applied to start a full-time undergraduate degree in one of the qualifying courses at the University of Bristol
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline March 31
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