About us


‌Bristol’s outstanding research profile is underpinned by the contribution of our postgraduate researchers. The Bristol Doctoral College (BDC) provides a focal point for doctoral training activity and researcher development across the University and in collaboration with our partner institutions.

With over 250 PhD scholarships available across our six faculties, Bristol has one of the largest concentrations of funding for collaborative research training in the UK. This includes doctoral training grants from all UK Research Councils alongside EU funding and charitable organisations. The BDC offers integrated support for staff setting up and running doctoral training partnerships and centres.

Our key aims are to:

  • Provide a hub of information and guidance for all postgraduate students working towards a doctoral degree, for staff in academic schools and faculties, and for professional service divisions
  • Coordinate a central skills training and researcher development programme to support postgraduates in  maximising their potential and succeeding in their chosen careers
  • Drive the development of the University’s PGR processes and data management systems

Welcome from the Director

As the Director of the Bristol Doctoral College (BDC), I am very pleased to introduce you to the Postgraduate Research Community of the University of Bristol, and to welcome you as a member of the College. The BDC is here to work across the whole University, providing a central coordinating and support framework, and working with your Schools and Faculties where you will be focussed on your research topic.

We provide support for the entire PGR constituency of the University – 3,500 at the last count - and look to provide coherent training and networking so that you can develop professionally, carry out more and better research, and be prepared as fully as possible for the next stage of your career after your PhD. You will hear from us regularly with news of special training courses, the Festival of Postgraduate Research, and many other events, and we would like to hear from you about what we can do to help you in your PhD. All best wishes and we look forward to meeting you!

Dr Terry McMaster, Director of Bristol Doctoral College