University of Bristol

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Intake Periods September 2024

About University of Bristol

We are a truly international university. Around one quarter of our students are from outside the UK, helping to make Bristol a diverse community.

During September our Global Lounge runs a welcome programme – a great opportunity to meet other new students and get your questions answered. As well as a place to relax and meet others, the Global Lounge is also host to a vast range of social events and cultural celebrations, running throughout the year, bringing students together from the UK and all over the world, to socialise, celebrate global festivities, and share and learn about others’ cultures and traditions in a friendly and inclusive environment.

Some of these events are held in the Lounge – however we also work with Bristol SU to host some of our larger scale events; such as past events Day of the Dead, Global Carnival, Afrocentrik and many more!

Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol offers a world-class learning environment. Students and staff come from more than 150 countries around the world, creating a friendly and diverse academic community.

Bristol is one of the UK’s top 10 universities and 61st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023). A member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Bristol is also a top five UK institution for research (THE analysis of REF 2021).

Bristol is home to state-of-the-art facilities and academics who are leaders in their fields. Students can choose from more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and our 6 faculties offer a comprehensive range of subjects.

Our Careers Service offers tailored careers support for up to 3 years after graduation. The University is ranked joint 7th in the UK for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022), and Bristol graduates are the 3rd most targeted by top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2022).

The University is at the heart of Bristol, a beautiful and vibrant city in the south-west of England. It’s just 90 minutes from London but also close to beautiful English countryside. A friendly, historic and multicultural hub, Bristol is home to world-class culture and plenty of green space.

Bristol was the first UK university to declare a climate emergency. We continue our commitment to sustainability with an ambitious green strategy and innovative environmental research.

Bristol graduates will join our inspirational alumni community, with more than 190,000 alumni in 198 countries.


1) 9th in QS World University Rankings 2023
2) Top 5 university for research (REF 2021)
3) one of 3 most targeted universities by top UK recruiters (High Fliers Research)
4) Home to the best business incubator in the world (UBI Global 2019)

What their Students Say

“I chose the University of Bristol as it offers the programme that I wanted to study the most: Cancer Biology and Immunology. It’s also located in one of the safest cities in the UK, so my parents felt comfortable with me living alone. Bristol is an energetic and creative city that never lacks art, street food or parties. I love the view when I look down from the medical library; the lights in the city are like moving stars.

I lived in university accommodation for over 5 years, it’s one of the most heartwarming places and where I made my first friend at university. The warden and senior residents cared about my wellbeing and supported me through all my hard times. My senior resident and my flatmates helped me transition into university life smoothly.

In the first year of my undergraduate course, the school office gave me early access to the handouts so I could be more prepared for the lecture content, and I took lessons in the Centre for Academic Language and Development to overcome my language barrier.

I am proud to say I am a Bristol Child and I’ll always see Bristol as my second home.”

Jiahe Lu
PhD Cellular and Molecular Medicine, China
Student in lab in Bristol

“I chose to study at the University of Bristol because of how my programme was structured and the content that it intended to deliver. I liked how the finance aspect of my course was well integrated with Economics, especially with the extra freedom of modules I had during years 2 and 3, which equipped me with the knowledge needed for my future career and helped me to gain an edge over other prospective applicants. I have enjoyed many things during my course, such as the incredibly intellectual and friendly teaching staff, who have helped me significantly with my academic development.

The University also helped me in terms of residential support, providing advice and information for navigating the city. The presence of our personal tutors was also essential as they really put in the effort to help us with our matters and to give us valuable advice, as well as celebrate our achievements.

Bristol’s diverse and multicultural environment helps you to meet people from different backgrounds. The landscape, greenery and nature is very attractive and helps you with organizing any mini trips during the weekends. The friendliness of Bristolians is also fantastic, and I have developed relationships with many people in Bristol.”

Bader Al Sarraf
BSc Economics and Finance, Bahrain
Student on bridge in Bristol

University of Bristol Subject Areas

Subject Areas

Accounting and Finance, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering, Anatomy and Physiology, Arts and Humanities, Biology, Business and Management, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classics and Ancient History, Computing and IT, Criminology, Dentistry, Drama and Dance, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Film Production, Geography and Environmental Studies, Health and Social Care, History, International Relations, Languages, Law, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Veterinary Science

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