The University of Bristol was founded in 1876. It received its Royal Charter in 1909. The university enjoys an excellent reputation in teaching and research, and is a truly international university, with a leading position in research and higher education worldwide. Its prestigious medical college was set up in 1833, and is the oldest college compared to the other colleges and departments. Its academic ability is also well renowned. Engineering and Computer Science are amongst the school’s strengths, for which its teaching and research quality assessment have gained excellent results.
Bristol City is located in the southwest of England, a beautiful and historic city about 100 miles west of London. The government named Bristol a ‘Science City’ (one of only six in the UK), and a Centre of Culture (one of only five in the UK). The city is home and workplace to artists, scientists, engineers and academics.
Cultural life ranges from a multitude of galleries, theatres, concert halls, museums and cinemas to more community-based projects, like art trails, neighbourhood carnivals, poetry competitions and farmers’ markets. Bristol is also famous for its wide range and high number of annual festivals. Events celebrating everything from kites, sailing ships and hot-air balloons, to music, short animated films, and nature.
Teaching and research capabilities of the University of Bristol are very strong. It received a high rating (World Class – Grade 5) in the United Kingdom’s Research Assessment Report, making it a close competitor of other famous UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and University College London.
Under the rigorous independent assessment activities by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the university’s overall quality of teaching was rated ‘excellent’. The university is also regarded as an outstanding centre for enterprise, innovation and research by the government, scientific research departments, funding agencies and industries. Its excellent scientific research achievements are used in the teaching and learning process to ensure that the best scientific research professors in the field teach the students.
Research partners include Rolls Royce, British Aviation Services, Glaxo Wellcome and Pfizer and Dyson. It also shares many prestigious academic reputations. Geography took 5 * in 1996, with another 19 disciplines also very good. Electronic Engineering got full marks, and 80% of the subjects were rated excellent or got 18 points out of 24 points.
In 2000, The Times ranked the university number 4, just after the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and Oxford University. It also won 5 and 5 * ratings, as issued by an authoritative study assessment, and ranked fourth overall in UK. 84% of the faculties received 4 points or above. According to the research assessment exercise in 2001, 95% of the subject areas achieved the highest rating (5 * / 5 and 4). The Times ranked the University of Bristol 11th from the assessment made in 2010.
The university’s research subjects have a good reputation. The British Formula One benefits from Aerospace Engineering designs of the University. The academic ability of its Geography department also stands out internationally. In addition, overseas students usually pick Law, Economics, Accounting, or Arts and Social Science courses, which are the university’s strengths.
Besides the prestigious School of Medicine, another major feature is engineering. The manufacturing of British F1 racing cars has benefited from the vision of the aerodynamic engineering discipline. Other overseas students favour subjects such as Law, Economics, Accounting, Arts and Social Science, because they are all up to world-class standard.
Bristol is centre of independent film production and television companies, and it attracts many applications for media courses. Moreover, the university established exchange programmes with many famous universities in the United States, Australia, Canada, Argentina and Japan, to transfer exchange students’ credits to overseas universities.
The University of Bristol has first-class teaching facilities. Its library is divided into 13 categories, with more than one million books and six thousand journals. Approximately 25,000 new books are put in storage every year; many departments have their own professional library. All libraries are linked together through the central computer network provided by the department of computer services. Faculties, student unions and the dormitories have computer workstations. All students have free access to e-mail, Internet and other network services.
University of Bristol Professions
Professions: Anatomy and Physiology, Social Work, Archaeology, Chemistry, Engineering, Civil Engineering, Humanities and Arts, Theatre, Dance and Film Arts, Economics, Education, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, English, Geography, Iberian Language, Cultural and Social Studies, Law, Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Machinery and Aviation.
Curriculum: Aeronautical Engineering, Anatomy, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Urban Engineering, History, Classics, Computers, Computer Systems, Dental, Drama (theatre, film, TV), Earth Science, Economics, Accounting, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Mathematics, English, Psychology, Habits, French, Geography, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Literary History, Italian, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics , Modern Languages, Molecular Genetics, Music, Pathology and Microbiology, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Politics, Russian, Sociology, Theology and Faith and Veterinary.
There are a total of six faculties in the University of Bristol: The Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (including dentists and veterinarians) and Faculty of Social Sciences and Law (including education). Those faculties provide courses of Literature, Biology, Physics and Geological Sciences, Classical Literature, Dentistry, Drama, Economics and Accounting, History, Language, Law, Medicine, Politics, Social Science, Veterinary Science and other subjects for more than 120 undergraduate courses, 100 taught master’s, postgraduate diploma and traditional doctoral research programmes.
Courses of Medicine, Earth’s Atmosphere Engineering, Geology, Law, Economics, Accounting, Arts and Social Science are up to world-class standards.
University of Bristol Popular Courses
Engineering of the Earth’s Atmosphere, Geology, Film Production, Clinical Medicine, Psychology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Theoretical Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Law, Politics and International Studies, Sociology, German, French, Russian, Italian, Latin, Classical History and Modern Studies of Greek, Music, Drama and Education.
IELTS: 6.5 with average sub scores of 6.5 on every part (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).
Standard campus dormitory:
- Meals provided: Single room=£2,236-2,528/ 30 weeks; Co-housing= £1,781-2,026/ 30 weeks.
- Meals not provided: Single room=from £1,453 / 30 weeks; Co-housing= £951/ 30 weeks.
Student self-service dormitory (self-catering): Single room=from £1,514 / 38-50 weeks; Co-housing=£1,010/38 weeks.
Accommodation outside campus (homestay, etc.): £70-80 per week, including meals, heating costs and other expenses.
Private housing: £45-60 per week, not including heating costs and other expenses.
Please Note: Students can choose their accommodation according to their needs.
Tuition fees are subject to change according to different disciplines:
Postgraduate (12 months): (2010/2011; 2011/2012)
Arts: £7,885; £8,085 per year
Science: £10,360; £10,620 per year
Clinical Medicine: £19,185; £19,665 per year, but Oral Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry incur slightly more expensive tuition fees, £27,000 per year (Masters)
Undergraduate (12 months): (2010/2011; 2011/2012)
Arts: £7,885; £8,085 per year
Science, £ 10,360; £10,620 per year
Clinical Medicine, £19,185; £19,665 per year
June 30 – September 19 (12 weeks)=£2,340
July 28 – September 19 (8 weeks)=£ 1,560
August 18 – September 19 (five weeks)=£995
Living Costs and Accommodation
At the University of Bristol, the average annual cost of living is approximately £5,000-6,500 per year
University accommodation (three categories):
£70 – £96 per week (30 weeks); £35 – £70 per week (36-40 weeks); £30 – £76 per week (38 weeks)