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University of Bristol

University of Bristol
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The University of Bristol is a Russell Group research university situated in Bristol, England.

It was granted its royal charter in 1909, although its origins come from a Merchant Venturers school established in 1595 and University College, Bristol, which had been surviving since 1876.

The earliest foundation of the University was the engineering department of the Merchant Venturers' Technical College (established as a school in 1595) which became the Engineering Faculty of the University of Bristol. The University was also prefaced by the“Bristol Medical School" and “University College”, Bristol, established in 1876, where its 1stlecture was surfaced only by 99 students.

The University was able to stand for a “Royal Charter” mainly with the financial support of the Wills, Fry,& Colston families, who made their wherewithal in tobacco, chocolate, and the transoceanic slave trade, respectively. A study designated by the University evaluated that 85.0% of the magnanimous funds utilized for the institution's foundation were directly garnered by the transoceanic slave trade.

The “Royal Charter” was officially obtained in May 1909, with 280+ undergraduates and 400+ other students enlisting at the University 1909. The University College was the 1stof its kind institution in the country to register women on the same basis as men.

In 1946, the University of Bristol started the 1st drama department in the country. Student count increased day by day, and the Faculty of Engineering subsequently demanded the new premises that were to be remodeled as “Queen's Building” in 1955.

In 2004, the Faculty of Engineering finished work on the Bristol Laboratory for “Advanced Dynamics Engineering”. This was predetermined to extend the study of dynamics and is the most advanced facility of its kind in Europe.

September 2009 witnessed the commencement of the University's “Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information”. It offered advanced research in quantum computing & nano-technology.

The University of Bristol does not consist of the main campus but has spanned over a significant geographic area. However, most of its activities are condensed in the area of the city center, also addressed as the "University Precinct".

Faculties, Schools & Departments:

The University is comprised of several schools and departments structured in 6 faculties:

Faculty of Arts

School-of-Arts School of Arts

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Film and Television
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre (see also the University of Bristol Theatre Collection)

School-of-Humanities School of Humanities

  • Classics and Ancient History
  • English
  • History (Historical Studies)
  • History of Art (Historical Studies)
  • Religion and Theology

School-of-Modern-Languages School of Modern Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
  • Centre for Innovation
  • Faculty of Engineering

School-of-Computer-Science,-Electrical-and-Electronic School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Mathematics

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics

School-of-Civil,-Aerospace,-and-Mechanical-Engineering School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering with Management

Faculty-of-Life-Sciences Faculty of Life Sciences

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Biochemistry
  • School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • School of Psychological Science

Faculty-of-Science Faculty of Science

  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Earth Sciences
  • School of Geographical Sciences
  • School of Mathematics
  • School of Physics
  • Centre for Device Thermography and Reliability
  • Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information
  • Interface Analysis Centre

Faculty-of-Health-Sciences Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Bristol Dental School
  • Bristol Medical School
  • Population Health Sciences
  • Translational Health Sciences
  • Bristol Veterinary School
  • Centre for Health Sciences Education
  • Centre for Applied Anatomy
  • Master's in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals

Faculty-of-Social-Sciences-and-Law Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

  • School of Education
  • School for Policy Studies
  • School of Management
  • School of Accounting and Finance
  • School of Economics
  • Centre for Market and Public Organisation
  • School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
  • University of Bristol Law School

Distance Learning Courses:


  • English Literature-Ph.D.
  • French-M.Phil./Ph.D.
  • German-Ph.D./ M.Phil.
  • Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies-Ph.D./M.Phil.
  • History/History of Art-Ph.D.
  • Italian-Ph.D.
  •  Medieval Studies-Ph.D.
  •  Music-M.Phil./Ph.D.
  •  Philosophy-Ph.D.
  •  Religion and Theology-Ph.D./M.Phil.
  •  Russian and Czech-M.Phil.
  •  Theatre and Performance-Ph.D./M.Phil.

Arts,-Design-&-Architecture.jpg Arts, Design & Architecture

  • Film and Television-M.Phil.
  • History-Ph.D.
  • History of Art- Ph.D.
  • Music- M.Phil./ Ph.D.
  • Music 
  • Theatre and Performance- M.Phil./ Ph.D.

Social-Sciences Social Sciences

  • French- Ph.D.
  • German- Ph.D.
  • Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies-Ph.D./ M.Phil.
  • Italian-Ph.D.-
  • Medieval Studies- Ph.D.
  • Russian and Czech- M.Phil.
  • German- Ph.D.
  • Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies-Ph.D./ M.Phil.
  • Italian- Ph.D.
  • Medieval Studies- Ph.D.
  • Russian and Czech- M.Phil.

Medicine-&-Health Medicine & Health

  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine- Ph.D./M.D./M.Sc. Res.
  • Dental Studies-MSc. /PG Dip. / PG Cert.
  • Healthcare Improvement- Postgraduate Certificate
  • Healthcare Management- M.Sc.
  • Stem Cells and Regeneration-M.Sc./PG Cert/PG Dip
  • Translational Cardiovascular Medicine-M.Sc./PG Cert/PG Dip

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine- Ph.D./M.D./M.Sc.
  • Stem Cells and Regeneration-M.Sc./PG Cert/PG Dip.

Engineering-&-Technology Engineering & Technology

  • Advanced Composites- Ph.D.

Journalism-&-Media Journalism & Media

  • Film and Television- M.Phil.

Grading System:

Under Graduate Grades

Marks obtained in the first year are not taken into account for one's degree classification.

All other unit marks will count towards one’s classification.

  •  One’s final program marks are evaluated by aggregating one's weighted unit marks and rounding the result to the nearest integer.
  •  Unit marks are evaluated by the unit's credit point value (C.P.V.).
  •  Unit marks are then evaluated by the year of study in which the unit is taught.
  •  Classification is then concluded by one’s final program marks, as judged in compliance with designated bands.

All Faculties

First Class Honours                                                 70.0 and higher

Second Class Honours, First Division                        60 to 69

Second Class Honours, Second Division                    50 to 59

Third Class Honours                                                 40 to 49

Fail                                                                        39.0 and below

If one’s final program mark is seated within 2 marks of a higher classification boundary, it will be subject to revaluation.

Post-Graduate Grades:

The categorization of the award with respect to the overall taught component mark and the disquisition mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction at least 65.0 out of 100 for the taught component aggregate and, for Masters awards, at least 70.0 out of 100 for the disquisition. Faculties uphold discretion to increase these thresholds*.

Award with Merit at least 60.0 out of 100 for the taught component aggregate and, for masters awards, at least 60.00 out of 100 for the disquisition. Faculties uphold discretion to increase these thresholds*.

Pass at least 50.0 out of 100 for the taught component aggregate and, for Masters awards, at least 50.0 out of 100 for the disquisition.

Fail                                                    49.0 or below out of 100 for the taught component aggregate or, where relevant,49.0 or below out of 100 for the disquisition.

* Any higher threshold for classification should be detailed in the related student handbook

The categorization of a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma (where applicable) is as below:

Award with Distinction          at least 70.0 out of 100 for the program mark

Award with Merit                  at least 60.0 out of 100 for the program mark

Pass                                    at least 50.0 out of 100 for the program mark

Fail                                     49.0 or below out of 100 for the program mark

The evaluation must be cited using one of the approved marking scales, as follows:

• 0 to 100 marking scale

• 0 to 20 marking scale

A 5-point “A to E” marking scale is only available for the School of Education programs.

Grade 0 to 20 point scale 0 to 100 point scale Criteria to be satisfied
A 20 19 18 17 16 15 100 94 89 83 78 72 Work should be worthy of dissemination under judicious conditions. Mastery of advanced methods and techniques at a level beyond that distinctly taught. Capability to integrate and apply in an original way ideas from across the subject. In group work, there is proof of outstanding individual performance. Brilliant presentation. Distinguished command of critical analysis and judgment Superb range and, a deep hold of attainment of intended learning outcomes. Superior command of a wide range of methods and techniques. Proof of study and originality clearly beyond the lines of what has been taught. In group work, there is proof of brilliant individual performance. Excellent presentation. Ability to project  command of critical analysis and judgment
B 14 13 12 68 65 62 Absorbed all the intended learning outcomes for a unit. Ability to utilize well a range of methodologies and techniques to conclude Proof of study, comprehension, and projection beyond the lines of what has been explicitly taught. Very good presentation of material. Ability to utilize critical analysis and judgment. Where group work is involved, there is proof of a productive individual performance
C 11 10 9 58 55 52 There are some limitations in achieving learning objectives but have managed to absorb most of them. Able to utilize most of the methods and techniques taught.
Proof of study and understanding of what has been taught Significant presentation of material. Some absorbance of ideas and concepts underlying the techniques and material taught. Where group work is involved, there is proof of a significant individual contribution
D 8 7 6 48 45 42 Limited absorbance of intended learning conclusions. Ability to utilize a proportion of the basic ideas and techniques taught. Proof of study and understanding of what has been taught, but grasp insecurity. Poorly projected. Some comprehension of the ideas and concepts underlying the techniques and material taught, but weak and incomplete.
E 5 35 Achievement of only a handful of the learning conclusions. Ability to demonstrate a clear but inefficient use of some of the basic ideas and techniques taught. Weak and incomplete understanding of what has been taught. Inadequate comprehension of the ideas and concepts underlying the techniques and material taught.
  1 to 4 7 to 29 The attainability of almost all the intended learning outcomes is inadequate. Lack of ability to utilize at all the right methodology and techniques taught. Deficiently&ambiguously presented. Fully inadequate understanding of what has been taught. Deficient in comprehending the ideas and concepts underlying the techniques and material taught.
0 0 0 No substantial computable material, absent, or assessment missing a "must-pass" component

Relationship between the 3 marking schemes

     0 to 20  point scale   A to E scale Equivalent to these fixed points on the 0 to100 point scale
20 A 100
19 A 94.0
18 A 89.0
17 A 83.0
16 A 78.0
15 A 72.0
14 B 68.0
13 B 65.0
12 B 62.0
11 C 58.0
10 C 55.0
9 C 52.0
8 D 48.0
7 D 45.0
6 E 42.0
5 E 35.0
1 - 4 E 7 – 29
0.0 0.0 0.0

Ranks & Ratings:

With the predominance of renowned educational organizations that have positioned it within the top 100 universities globally, Bristol University has encircled a niche for itself in higher education. QS “Top Universities” has rated Bristol within the top 50 universities constantly in the last 3 years and twice within the top 100 universities globally

Likewise, Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report have positioned it among the top 100 universities globally since 2017, and 2018 respectively. Hence, whether it is academic or research eminence or teaching quality Bristol has substantiated itself on mostly all the parameters.

2 popular ranking expounders of the UK, “The Guardian” and “The Complete University Guide”, have also ranked the University of Bristol among the best 50 universities in the UK since 2017. Bristol has augmented its position for both the ranking providers. In 2017, The Guardian ranked it at the #38 position whereas, in 2021, it was placed at the #11 position, with a commendable jump of 27 points. Likewise, “The Complete University Guide” placed it at #24 in 2017, and in 2021 it was ranked at No.14th position. Bristol has substantiated itself on every parameter planted by the industry, whether research aspect, student satisfaction, entry tenets, or graduate prospects.

Ranked By 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) - Universities Rankings  #57 #61 #74 #64 #64 NA
QS - World University Ranking NA #41 #44 #51 #49 #58
#THE (Times Higher Education) - University Ranking  NA #71 #76 #78 #87 #91
The Complete University Guide - University Ranking (UK)  NA #24 #17 #15 #16 #14
The Guardian - University Rankings. NA #38 #27 #20 #23 #11
US News & World Report - Global Universities. NA NA #77 #81 #81 #86

Ranking for Business Courses

Ranked By 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
QS - Accounting & Finance  101 to 150 51 to 100 51 to 100 51 to 100 NA
THE (Times Higher Education) - PG Business and Economics  NA 101 to 125 151 to 175 176 to 200 201 to 250
The Complete University Guide - Accounting & Finance Ranking  #10 #11 #30 #31 #36
The Complete University Guide - Business & Management Studies (UK)  #25 #12 #31 #20 #24
The Guardian - Accounting & Finance Rankings  #60 #43 #92 #57 #46
The Guardian - Business, Management & Marketing  #55 #39 #76 #20 #18

Ranking for Engineering Courses

Ranked By 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
QS - Engineering and Technology  #115 #119 #128 #106 NA
THE (Times Higher Education) - PG Engineering and Technology  NA #75 #86 #93 101 to 125
The Complete University Guide - Civil Engineering Ranking  #9 #10 #7 #8 #5
The Complete University Guide - Electrical & Electronic Engineering  #9 #6 #7 #13 #10
The Complete University Guide - Mechanical Engineering Ranking  #5 #7 #4 #5 #6
The Guardian - Civil Engineering #17 #11 #3 #8 #2
The Guardian - Electronic & Electrical Engineering  #24 #9 #10 #16 #15
The Guardian - Mechanical Engineering  #6 #6 #4 #2 #1

Fees & Other Costs:

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
M.I.M.(13 Courses) (12 months to1 year) £20.6 K - 27.5 K
Master of Surgery(17 Courses) (12 months to 1 year) £20.8 K - 25.6 K
B.B.A.(11 Courses) (3 to 4 years) £20.1 K - 24.7 K
B.E. / B.Tech.(9 Courses) (3 to 5 years) £24.7 K
B.Sc.(10 Courses) ( 3 to -4 years) £20.3 K - 25.9 K
M.B.B.S.(1 Course) (5 years) £36.8 K
M.A.(1 Course) (1 year) £22.1 K

Cost of Living/Other Costs:


Average costs-

  • Room in University accommodation: From £4,665 for a single self-catered room to £9,095 in a catered ensuite (42 weeks), inclusive of utilities.
  • Studio flat: From £10,532 for a studio flat in the University accommodation to £13,340 for a studio flat from a commercial provider (51 weeks).
  • Privately rented room: Around £6,100 for a privately rented room in a shared house (52 weeks)+ utilities.

Food Food

Average costs - £915 for the 3 terms in catered halls. £1,235 if one is self-catered or renting privately.


Average costs

  • In a 4-person shared house, one will pay £550 to £750 a year for utilities. This includes electricity, gas, internet, insurance, and water bills.
  • In University accommodation, one does not need to pay for utilities separately, and they are comprised of accommodation fees.

Books,-printing,-and-photocopying Books, printing, and photocopying

Average costs - £410 a year.

Clothes-and-toiletries Clothes and toiletries

Average costs - £750 a year.

Sports-and-entertainment Sports and entertainment

Average costs - £1,550 a year. This would comprise a sports pass, entertainment, additional activities, and travel expenses.

Extra costs

If one has additional hobbies or an expensive lifestyle then him/she will need to count on these into one’s budget additionally.

One should also take into account extra provisions for:

  • mobile phone bills
  • dinners/outings/restaurants
  • travel costs, particularly if one is studying at a long distance from home
  • additional course expenses, like placement expenditures.


Various accommodations offered by the University of Bristol:

  • Accommodation at Thirty-Three
  • Badock Hall
  • Brunel House
  • Campus Houses
  • Chantry Court
  • Churchill Hall
  • Clifton Hill House
  • Culver House
  • Durdham Hall
  • Dean Street Works
  • Deans Court
  • Goldney Hall
  • Harbour Court
  • Hiatt Baker Hall
  • Hillside Woodside
  • Langford
  • Manor Hall
  • Marlborough House
  • New Bridewell
  • Northwell House
  • Orchard Heights
  • Print Hall
  • Queen's Road
  • Redland Road
  • Richmond Terrace
  • Riverside
  • St Thomas Street
  • The Courtrooms
  • The Hawthorns
  • Unite House
  • University Hall
  • Wills Hall
  • Woodland Court
  • Winkworth House

Admissions & Selections

University of Bristol International Students Admission

The general application process for both home-bred and international students is quite similar. However, some additional requisites are to be met by the international students seeking to pursue their degrees at Bristol.

Application portal - University application portal

Application fees - UG- £20-25; PG- up to £50

Basic Admission Documents:

  • Academic Documentation
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Copy of passport
  • Statement of purpose
  • Work Experience (if applicable)
  • Proof of Financial Strength
  • Reference letter
  • Research Proposal (for P.G. Research)

English Language Requisites

The English language requisites differ for various undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The requirements enlisted below are categorized into 3 groups. Students are required to refer to the profile for their opted course and submit the required E.L.P.results mentioned as under:

Test Profile- A Profile- B Profile- C
T.O.E.F.L.iBT 103.0 overall UG- 95.0; PG – 95.0  88.0 overall 
I.E.L.T.S. 7.50  UG- 7.0; PG- 7.0  6.50
Pearson P.T.E. 78  UG- 62.0; PG- 62.0 overall  67.0 
Cambridge C.P.E./C.A.E. 184.0  Grade -C  Grade- C
Trinity integrated skills in English (IV) Pass- in all components Pass- in all components Pass- in all components

University of Bristol - Undergraduate Admissions

Students desiring admission to the University of Bristol may opt from 400+ of Bristol’s Undergraduate programs. The applicants must follow the below-cited admission guidelines while drafting an application to the University.

Application Portal: U.C.A.S.Application portal

Application Fee: £20

Required Documents:

  • Official academic documentation
  • Personal statement
  • Academic references
  • Copy of passport
  • Financial documents
  • Resume

University of Bristol - Graduate Admissions

The University of Bristol is recognized worldwide for its superior teaching and research excellence. The University offers 200+ postgraduate programs that are specially structured to provide students with practical learning exposure. Students must comply with the following admission requisites while applying:

Application portal: University Online application portal

Application Fee: up to £50

Required Documents:

  • L.O.R.(s)
  • Statement of purpose in 1000 words
  • Copy of passport
  • Financial documents
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Resume/C.V.
  • Official academic documentation of all formerly attended institutions
  • Research statement for Ph.D. students


Applications from talented candidates from all backgrounds are accorded equal opportunities. The admissions committee picks the students who can and potentially benefit from their intended programs of study and make remarkable contributions to the community. The University of Bristol craves to:

  • Maintain high academic standards,
  • Create a student body that is balanced and diverse in terms of background(s), and experience(s)
  • Register students who will involve with and contribute to the intellectual and cultural exuberance of the university community.

The University intends to achieve this by:

  • Promising applications from applicants with the motivational and academic skills to bloom at Bristol, regardless of their background
  • Analyzing each application carefully and judiciously
  • Offering places to suitably eligible applicants who have the ambitions to succeed at Bristol.

Scholarships Offered:

Various Scholarships offered by the University of Bristol for both Undergraduates & Graduates are:


  • Think Big Undergraduate scholarships
  • Global Accounting& Finance undergraduate scholarships
  • Global Economics undergraduate scholarships
  • School of Policy Studies international undergraduate scholarships
  • Think Big About Global Justice undergraduate scholarships
  • Think Big bursaries for sciences


  • Think Big Postgraduate scholarships
  • Future Leaders scholarships
  • Global Accounting and Finance postgraduate scholarships
  • Global Economics postgraduate scholarships
  • Michael Wong Pakshong's bursary
  • Phyllis Mary Morris bursaries
  • School of Policy Studies postgraduate international scholarships
  • Think Big About Education Scholarships
  • Think Big About Global Justice postgraduate scholarships


Top recruiting companies who approach the University of Bristol are:

  • Lloyd
  • Huawei
  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Toshiba
  • HSBC
  • Intel

Nearby Cities and Airports:



  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Kingswood, United Kingdom
  • Mangotsfield, United Kingdom
  • Nailsea, United Kingdom
  • Chipping Sodbury, United Kingdom
  • Clevedon, United Kingdom
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
  • Newport, United Kingdom
  • Trowbridge, United Kingdom
  • Frome, United Kingdom
  • Chippenham, United Kingdom
  • Glastonbury, United Kingdom
  • Cwmbran, United Kingdom
  • Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom


  • 10 miles - Bristol Airport
  • 41 miles - Gloucestershire Airport
  • 60 miles - Cardiff Airport
  • 64 miles - Southampton Airport
  • 76 miles - Bournemouth Airport
  • 76 miles - Exeter International Airport
  • 93 miles - London Heathrow Airport
  • 96 miles - Birmingham Airport

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