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University of Bristol

LogoThe University of Bristol is the 37th best university in the world (QS World University rankings 2015) and is one of the most popular universities in the UK.

With a completion rate of 96.7%, 12 Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and Winston Churchill as an ex-Chancellor (1929-1965), the University of Bristol is a powerhouse of teaching and research! The University of Bristol is a member of the elite Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities and the Worldwide Universities Network, a grouping of research-led institutions of international standing.

Fast Facts

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, nearly 83% of research at Bristol was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as ‘world leading’, or the 3* rating, classified as ‘internationally excellent’. Our researchers tackle some of the world’s most urgent issues in the areas of health and disease, climate change, food security, energy and social justice. The University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education – the highest accolade for any academic institution – in recognition of its leading-edge research in obstetric and neonatal practice, which has made a positive difference to mothers and babies throughout the world. The University is made up of 25 academic schools, organised into six faculties: Arts; Engineering; Medical and Veterinary Sciences; Medicine and Dentistry; Science; and Social Sciences and Law and has approximately 14,000 undergraduates and 6,000 postgraduate students from more than 120 countries.

Life in Bristol

The city of Bristol is also a wonderful place to study. Crowned European city of the Year (2009) and European Green Capital for 2015 Bristol has also been voted the best in Britain in a major survey of 20,000 university students across the country. The University of Bristol won the ‘City Life’ category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (April 2015). Nicknamed ‘The San Francisco of the UK’ by the locals, Bristol is haven for the arts (Banksy), music, festivals, culture, history and shopping.

LogoCompetitive and ambitious though it is, the University is also an open, welcoming community and an exceptionally positive environment in which to work and study. It is collegial and wonderfully diverse. It is a beautiful place at the heart of a beautiful city. And, like the city, it manages to be dynamic and innovative while retaining a certain laid-back charm.

The institution's principal aims are twofold: to drive an already ambitious research agenda harder and faster and so produce even greater benefits for society and scholarship; and to keep raising the quality of its students' learning experience. The University of Bristol is and will remain a profoundly exciting place where exceptional people from all backgrounds and from all over the world achieve great things.

Most of the University's 370 buildings - 

Logomany of which are officially listed as being of special architectural or historical significance - are located in the heart of this lively, creative, multicultural city.


Bristol has character. It is a thousand years old but right at the cutting edge. It is dynamic yet laid back, culturally rich but unpretentious. And it is big enough to provide everything you need while remaining human in scale.