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University of Bristol

2016 League Table Ranking 15
2016 Overall Score 833
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Entry Standards 486 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.18 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,453 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.99 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 433 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 80.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 96.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 86.3 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 48.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1876 as University College, Bristol.
  • It was the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men.
  • The new University of Bristol opened in October 1909 with 288 undergraduates and some 400 other students. Henry Overton Wills became the first chancellor.
  • In 2004 Baroness Hale of Richmond was officially installed as the university's second female chancellor.

Location and Transport

  • The university is set in the heart of the city of Bristol.
  • Bristol has excellent road links. The M4 and M5 put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive.
  • Bristol was recently voted one of the UK's five Centres of Cultural Excellence.
  • Bristol is designated one of six Science Cities in the UK.
  • Bristol became the UK's first Cycling City in 2008.
  • Bristol has been a Fairtrade city since 2005.
  • The university’s bus service connects Stoke Bishop halls of residence to the university campus.
  • Bristol became the UK's first European Green Capital in 2015.
  • Voted best UK city to live in by The Sunday Times 2014.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements vary from course-to-course. Please check
  • The undergraduate prospectus can be found online at

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • The university will accept the new A-level and GCSE qualifications, and will formulate offers on an equivalent basis to the current qualifications. We do not plan to make major changes to programme entry requirements.
  • We will continue to expect applicants to take three A-levels and eight GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications), and additional qualifications will not confer any advantage.
  • While we value the breadth which comes with studying 4 subjects at AS-level, we do not expect to introduce a requirement for AS-levels to be taken and do not plan to use them as part of the process to select applicants.
  • Specific programme requirements for GCSE achievement will be adjusted to fit the new grading format, using guidance from Ofqual on grade equivalences.
  • The university will not generally require the new core maths qualification, unless programmes specify this in entry requirements.
  • If a science A-level is taken, the university will generally require applicants to pass the practical element.
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Student Mix

The 20,170 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • All undergraduate programmes have a modular structure, which provides opportunities for student choice.
  • Most single honours programmes contain the option of increasing breadth of study by taking units outside the main department.
  • Many programmes offer the opportunity to study or work abroad or spend a year in industry.
  • A number of programmes may be studied part-time.
  • We welcome students from other universities who are looking to intercalate at Bristol.

Teaching Standards

  • Excellent teaching and academic standards recognised by external audits and reviews, including those undertaken by professional bodies.
  • Completion rates and graduate employment rates are high.
  • Staff are encouraged to access development opportunities including the appropriate use of e-learning.
  • Several of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.

Research Standards

  • The university is ranked among the top five institutions in the UK for its research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) study. This underpins Bristol’s position as a high-quality academic institution whose teaching is informed by world-leading research.
  • The university is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a grouping of 18 research-led institutions of international standing, and of the Russell Group of universities, an association of 24 major research-intensive UK universities, which means superb learning opportunities for students.
  • There are 39 Fellows of the Royal Society and 13 of the British Academy.

Academic Strengths

  • Awarded two national Centres of Excellence in Learning and Teaching: Bristol Chemical Laboratory Sciences and Applied and Integrated Medical Sciences.
  • Research-led teaching with students being encouraged to think independently and often undertaking substantial projects/dissertations in their final year.
  • Students have access across a range of subjects to academic staff with international reputations in their areas of expertise.

Student Facilities

  • Computing facilities are available in the libraries, in the 24-hour Computer Centre and in academic departments. Students living in the University's houses or halls of residence can connect to the University network and the internet through the ResNet (Residential Networking) service. The University's wireless service provides wireless internet access across the University campus.
  • Students are given a Gmail account, providing extensive mailbox quota and also offering students a university email address for life.
  • Dedicated student laptop and mobile clinic the only one of its kind in the UK.
  • The university is investing heavily in new study areas for students. Over 350 study places have been created at Senate House and the recently refurbished Students' Union.
  • A new study area in Senate House at the heart of the campus provides a further 148 spaces.
  • The university invests in teaching and research library collections, many of which are available online and can be accessed from wherever you are in the world.
  • The university offers a wide range of services and facilities to help make a student's time at Bristol successful, including the Disability Services, Student Counselling Service, Student Health Service, Multifaith Chaplaincy and University Nursery.

Disability Services

  • For information on the disability services at Bristol please contact Disability Services, University of Bristol, Lower Ground Floor, Hampton House, Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6JS.
  • Telephone +44 (0) 117 331 0444; fax +44 (0) 117 331 0456; email; or visit the website

Students' Union

  • Offers a variety of shops, entertainment facilities, and more than 180 student societies ranging from music, dance and the arts to politics, food and drink, and 54 sports clubs including watersports, team and individual sports and racket sports. For more information please visit
  • Home to the Anson rooms, one of the city’s biggest live music venues which has hosted artists such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and recently London Grammar.
  • Produces student-run media, including a fortnightly newspaper, arts magazine and online radio station and TV station.
  • Raises money for charity and organises student volunteering – the Raising and Giving (RAG) team raised over £125,000 in 2013–14
  • Represents the student body within the University and nationally.
  • Just Ask – Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre is run by a team of professional student advisers alongside the student sabbatical officers for education and welfare. The centre offers independent information and advice on any matter regarding student life as well as free workshops and training sessions on a range of student welfare issues.
  • The Richmond Building, home of the Students' Union is undergoing a £30-million refurbishment due to be completed in March 2015. Facilities will include a new cafe-bar, two theatres, a student media digital suite and three floors of study space.


  • Indoor Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health in the heart of the University campus.
  • Sports complex (gym, studios and sports hall) – indoor tennis centre, two artificial pitches; extensive playing fields; indoor 33-metre swimming pool; rowing facilities and boathouses; squash courts. All facilities are accessible.
  • The University has an active Athletic Union and is recognised for its sporting achievements through high-performing teams, excellent facilities and a large range of clubs. The University has a proud record of success in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships (BUCS), and aims each year to finish in the top ten sporting universities overall.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • £200 million will be invested on campus facilities between 2012 and 2016.
  • The university is continuing to invest in teaching facilities which will enhance the student experience. A £56-million project to construct a new Life Sciences building was completed in spring 2014. This new facility provides a state-of-the-art space for teaching and research.
  • A new public transport hub at the Stoke Bishop site was completed in 2013 and an extension to Hiatt-Baker, a hall of residence, was opened for the 2014 intake. A rolling programme of refurbishment is underway to modernise the existing halls.
  • A major refurbishment and redesign of the Richmond Building, which houses the Students’ Union and other student services, commenced in 2011 and will be finished for the 2014 intake. The £30-million project is transforming this iconic building over the next four years, providing new space for community activities and over 180 societies and 50 sports clubs.
  • A lecture theatre capable of seating 450 students was opened in 2014.
  • A learning hub for students is due to be opened for the 2015 intake. Planned facilities include 350 study spaces, areas for group work and a cafe.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University Careers Service is available to assist current students find part-time work. Located at the heart of the campus, JobShop is a part of the Careers service dedicated to advertising term-time and vacation job opportunities for current students at the University of Bristol.

Careers Guidance

  • The Career's Service has built up an extensive alumni network to help current Bristol students.
  • The university's careers service provides support throughout the application process including help with CVs and applications.

Notable Alumni

  • Television Presenter Alastair Stewart OBE (Economics and Politics, 1970–1973).
  • Presenter of TV show BBC Breakfast, Susanna Reid (BSc Philosophy and Politics, 1992).
  • Actor and comedian Simon Pegg (BA Drama 1991).
  • Children’s writer Julia Donaldson (BA Drama and French 1970).
  • Polar explorer Tom Avery (BSc Geography and Geology, 1998).
  • Zoologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek (BSc Zoology and Psychology, 1988).
  • Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell (BA Drama and French, 2013).
  • Wildlife documentary presenter Patrick Aryee (BSc Cancer Biology 2004–2007)

For further information

  • +44 (0)117 394 1644
  • Undergraduate Admissions Office
    University of Bristol
    Howard House
    Queens Avenue
    BS8 1SN
UCAS Code B78

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