University of Bristol

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.18 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.96 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    79.5 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    95.1 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    87.9 / 100.0


  • 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.
  • 12 Nobel prizes have been awarded to Bristol graduates and members of staff.
  • There are now more than 15,000 undergraduate and 5,000 postgraduate students at the university.

Location and Transport

  • The university is set in the heart of Bristol, the biggest city in the south west of England.
  • The university’s bus service connects Stoke Bishop halls of residence to the main university campus.
  • The School of Veterinary Sciences is housed at a dedicated site on the edge of the rural Mendips in the village of Langford, 14 miles south of Bristol. This includes a student common room, cafe, gym and accommodation.
  • Bristol has excellent road, rail and airport links. The M4 and M5 put both London and Birmingham within a two-hour drive, while direct flights from Bristol Airport go to cities across the UK and mainland Europe.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary from course to course.
  • 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 that comes from studying four 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.

Student Mix

The 21,555 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%


  • UK 77%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 18%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • All undergraduate courses have a modular structure, which provides opportunities for student choice.
  • Most single honours courses contain the option of increasing breadth of study by taking units outside the main department.
  • Many courses offer the opportunity to study or work abroad or spend a year in industry.
  • A number of courses 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 42 Fellows of the Royal Society and 15 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.

Undergraduate Courses

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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.
  • We offer a 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.
  • 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.
  • Support services available to students include the Student Counselling Service, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Careers Service, University Nursery and Students' Health Service.

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, or telephone +44 (0) 117 331 0444; fax +44 (0) 117 331 0456; email

Students' Union

  • Bristol Students' Union exists so that all students have the best possible time while they are at Bristol. Led by students, Bristol SU is central to your university experience and works to support all aspects of student life.
  • It represents students’ views to the university through elected student officers and course reps.
  • The SU supports student development through more than 250 sports clubs and societies (covering everything from international relations to Pokemon), as well as volunteering and sustainability programmes and many other initiatives.
  • The recently refurbished Students' Union building provides a buzzing social hub, hosting a wide range of activities such as club nights, gigs, debates and conferences.
  • Bristol SU provides quality services such as a lettings agency and an advice service, which are key to improving the lives of Bristol students.
  • There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with student media, including Burst (student radio station) and Epigram (free, fortnightly newspaper).

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 Careers Service is committed to making sure that students have every opportunity to get ready for life after graduation, offering a range of support through from first-year undergraduates to final-year research postgraduates.
  • Careers Service staff are available to discuss careers-related topics, such as advice on CVs, applications or interviews, career ideas and options after graduation.
  • Workshops offer practical advice on job hunting, CVs, applications and interview techniques.
  • Bristol came fourth in a list of the universities that are most targeted by top graduate employers, such as Google, Dyson and the BBC.
  • The Careers Service handles thousands of vacancies for undergraduates and postgraduates, including internships, graduate and term-time opportunities.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university is continuing to invest in teaching facilities which will enhance the student experience. A new £56m Life Sciences building was opened by Sir David Attenborough in October 2014, providing 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 2014–15. A rolling programme of refurbishment is underway to modernise the existing halls.
  • The university has invested £30m in a major refurbishment and redesign of the Richmond Building, which houses the Students’ Union and other student services.
  • A £12m project to provide a new learning hub, cafe and university reception will be completed in summer 2016. It will provide a focal point for all visitors to the University, including prospective students and parents.
  • The Grade II listed Fry Building is being refurbished and improved in order to provide a new home for the School of Mathematics.

Notable Alumni

  • Simon Pegg  (BA 1991) – actor and comedian.
  • David Walliams (BA 1992) and Matt Lucas (1993–95) – BAFTA Award-winning television duo.
  • Julia Donaldson MBE (BA 1970) – children's author.
  • Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer) MBE (BSc 2007, Hon LLD 2013) – Olympic equestrian gold medal winner.
  • Paul Hayward (BA 1987) – chief sports writer of the Telegraph.
  • Miranda Krestovnikoff (BSc 1994) – President of the RSPB.
  • Rachel Joyce (BA 1983) – author of the international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
  • Derren Brown (LLB 1994) – Illusionist.

Further Details

Address Student Recruitment, Access and Admissions
University of Bristol
Howard House
Queens Avenue
UCAS Code B78
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