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The University of Bristol, founded in 1876, is one of the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). The University is at the heart of Bristol, a historic, lively and green city in the south-west of England.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

6,584 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Domicile

  • UK 55%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 38%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 105 890 995
Accounting & Finance 10 490 505
Business & Management Studies 15 415 430
Law 35 350 385
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 90 180 275
Medicine 185 65 250
Biological Sciences 215 30 245
Economics 10 225 240
Politics 30 200 230
Physics & Astronomy 175 25 200
Computer Science 55 135 190
Chemistry 185 0 185
Anatomy & Physiology 65 120 185
Social Policy 60 125 185
Geography & Environmental Science 65 120 185
Other 5 180 180
Social Work 0 170 170
Dentistry 30 120 150
Psychology 50 100 150
Geology 80 50 130
History 55 50 105
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 105 0 105
Mathematics 75 25 100
Civil Engineering 40 55 95
Veterinary Medicine 40 55 95
English 30 55 85
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 15 70 85
Sociology 25 60 85
Philosophy 25 35 60
Music 15 45 55
Mechanical Engineering 45 5 50
Materials Technology 25 15 40
Agriculture & Forestry 0 35 35
History of Art, Architecture & Design 10 15 25
Theology & Religious Studies 10 10 20
Archaeology 15 0 15
Classics & Ancient History 15 0 15
East & South Asian Studies 0 15 15
Medical Technology 0 15 15
French 5 0 5
Iberian Languages 5 0 5
Italian 5 0 5
German 5 0 5
Anthropology 5 0 5
Russian & East European Languages 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Bursaries and scholarships are available to a range of postgraduate students, including refugees and asylum seekers. Please refer to the University of Bristol website for more information on all scholarships and bursaries.
  • The University of Bristol's reputation enables it to offer funding for doctoral education from a wide range of sources. There are currently 29 funded Doctoral Training Programmes offering studentships at Bristol.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Around 1,000 self-catered rooms are available to postgraduate students, all within a short walk of the university.
  • The university also provides advice for those seeking private accommodation.