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Aerospace Engineering Our Aerospace department is one of the best in the UK, with units informed by exciting research. Bristol is at the centre of the country’s aerospace industry, providing numerous partnerships with multinational companies including Airbus and Rolls-Royce. Aerospace Engineering units


Academic Language and Development The Centre for Academic Language and Development offers a range of courses to help students at all levels develop their academic language and literacy. Centre for Academic Language and Development units


Anatomy Applied anatomy examines structure-function relationships in the context of related subjects such as diagnostic imaging, pathology and other aspects of medicine. The Centre for Applied Anatomy (CAA) at Bristol is unique in the UK for providing anatomy training to medical, dental, veterinary and science undergraduates within a single, purpose-built facility. Anatomy units Health Sciences
Archaeology and Anthropology This department offers a friendly, informal atmosphere, bringing together all four fields of anthropology. We are known for our interdisciplinary outlook, focus on scientific approaches and specialist staff. Archaeology and Anthropology units Arts
Biochemistry Our research into human health and disease processes directly informs your course. You can expect modern facilities, outstanding teaching and diverse study options including synthetic biology, dynamic molecular cell biology, and biomolecular structure and mechanisms. Biochemistry units Life Sciences
Biological Sciences Based in the £56 million Life Sciences building, our department harnesses research to inform teaching. Our staff are top academics, currently including a leader of the ground-breaking UK wheat genome project. Biological Sciences units Life Sciences
Cellular and Molecular Medicine Our department’s world-class research has significantly improved human understanding of disease. We help you to conduct successful research and turn science into medicine, through specialisms including cancer biology, infection and immunity, and stem cell biology. Cellular and Molecular Medicine units Life Sciences
Chemistry Recognised globally for research and teaching, the School of Chemistry provides a modern learning environment. We are a dynamic department – Bristol chemists recently created environmentally-friendly fake snow, now used in blockbuster films. Please note that Chemistry units are only available to year-long Study Abroad students. Chemistry units Science
Civil Engineering Sustainability is at the heart of Civil Engineering at Bristol. Particular focuses include earthquake and geotechnical engineering, water and environmental management, and infrastructure systems and design. Civil Engineering units Engineering
Classics and Ancient History Intellectual ambition, rigour and debate – these are the hallmarks of the department. Our diverse specialisms cover everything from literature and visual art to mythology and history. Classics and Ancient History units Humanities
Computer Science The department is a hub for the UK’s IT and creative industries, with diverse classes encouraging first-hand student research. Staff interests include quantum computing, microprocessor design, biological computing and wearable computers. Computer Science units Engineering
Earth Sciences Boasting some of the UK’s best laboratories and most prolific research, Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences was ranked second in the UK for research intensity (2014 REF). Academic staff are leaders in volcanology, palaeobiology, experimental petrology and seismology. Earth Science units Science
Economics, Finance and Management Our school is home to three distinct departments - Economics, Accounting and Finance, and Management. We offer a challenging environment, supported by leading researchers and teaching staff who incorporate the latest ideas into their classes. Economics, Finance and Management units Social Sciences
Education Education courses investigate life learning across a range of contexts including Early Years, schools, and adult and community education. Our ethos is driven by the desire to promote achievement, opportunity and social justice. Education units Social Sciences
Electrical and Electronic Engineering With extensive interdisciplinary links in areas from mathematics to medicine, study topics in electrical engineering are diverse. Our researchers are at the forefront of 5G technology development as well as numerous other areas. Electrical and Electronic Engineering units Engineering
Engineering Mathematics As part of an engineering faculty we have unrivalled opportunities for collaboration. With this subject you can apply maths to fields as wide-ranging as artificial intelligence, ecology, medicine, physics, digital media and sustainability. Engineering Mathematics units Engineering
English Literature The English department provides a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, with frequent literary events. Our small-group teaching is facilitated by leading scholars and informed by their world-renowned research. English Literature units Humanities
Experimental Psychology Psychology at Bristol is considered a science. Our courses are taught by leading academics and contain frequent lab work, allowing you to approach psychology from a research angle. Applications include memory, addiction and neurological disease. Psychological Science units Life Sciences
Film and Television Bristol was among the first universities in the UK to offer film and television at degree level, and this commitment to the screen continues today. Our courses invite you to explore its history, its theoretical perspectives and your own specialist interests. Film and Television units Arts
Geographical Sciences Bristol’s combination of human and physical geography is unique. Our reputation, including being ranked first in the UK for research intensity (2014 REF), reflects our expertise and interdisciplinary courses. Geographical Science units Science
History Department expertise encompasses everything from medieval and early modern to contemporary history. You will be encouraged to get involved in hands-on historical studies, while benefiting from research-led teaching. History units Humanities
History of Art We combine rigorous research with public engagement projects and collaboration with top arts institutions. You’ll be encouraged as a scholar and intellectual leader, and you'll work with live exhibitions and collections from local and national galleries. History of Art units Humanities
Law The University of Bristol Law School offers an empowering education, supported by established professional links at local, national and global levels. The department’s combination of tradition and innovation directs an international curriculum. Please note that Law units are only available to year-long Study Abroad students. Law units Social Sciences
Mathematics Mathematics is central to many areas of science and technology. At Bristol, our international staff are engaged in globally relevant research in areas such as cybersecurity, climate change and data science. Mathematics units Science
Mechanical Engineering The Department of Mechanical Engineering is an international centre of excellence and among the top percentile of UK engineering departments. Research areas that inform our teaching include robotics, solid mechanics and non-destructive testing. Mechanical Engineering units Engineering
Modern Languages The department offers a range of classes regardless of your prior linguistic knowledge. Study of language, literature, society, civilisation and culture is complemented by cultural weeks and extra-curricular opportunities. Modern Languages units Arts
Music The Music department is home to an auditorium, recital spaces and recording studios. All staff are practising musicians or composers, while performance opportunities range from the Symphony Orchestra to our unique Laptop Band. Music units Arts
Neuroscience Our internationally recognised research groups include memory and learning, sensory processing and motor control. This research directs our teaching. You'll have practicals in state-of-the-art dissection labs, working with high-fidelity Human Patient Simulators. Neuroscience units Life Sciences
Pharmacology Pharmacology at Bristol investigates drug development and design through the lens of single cells, organs and the whole body. You will have access to world-class academics, modern facilities and inspirational teaching. Pharmacology units Life Sciences
Philosophy Considered one of the UK’s best, our Department of Philosophy has a reputation for high-quality research across the subject. Expertise encompasses logic, applied ethics, phenomenology, and philosophy of science, mathematics and medicine. Philosophy units Arts
Physics With high teaching standards and modern science at the cutting edge of theory and experiment, Bristol’s School of Physics tackles fundamental challenges in particle physics and astrophysics, as well as emerging technologies such as quantum communications. Physics units Science
Physiology Physiology is an experimental discipline fundamental to medicine and health sciences. At Bristol you will benefit from research-active teaching staff, well-equipped labs, and collaborations with psychology and philosophy. Physiology units Life Sciences
Policy Studies Courses in this department explore the theories and practice of social policy, childhood studies and criminology, reflecting our research. Classes are taught by inspirational lecturers at the forefront of their fields. Policy Studies units Social Sciences
Politics and International Studies Political practice and theory sit alongside more abstract issues such as the nature of power and justice. You will benefit from research-informed teaching, political societies and regular events. Politics and International Relations units Social Sciences
Religion and Theology Our teaching spans Judeo-Christian and Buddhist traditions, Chinese religions, Hinduism and Islam. You’ll be encouraged to think critically and analytically about belief systems and practices, exploring why individuals respond to religion. Religion and Theology units Humanities
Sociology Study fascinating topics such as the media, religion, political participation, marriage, family and interpersonal relationships. We pride ourselves on an engaged environment led by prominent academics, sociologists and political scientists. Sociology units Social Sciences
Theatre We offer a stimulating environment, rich in history and experimental contemporary practice, with a well-equipped studio theatre. Our department is home to many active practitioners who show work at venues including Shakespeare’s Globe and the South Bank Centre. Theatre units Arts

I chose Bristol because of its flexible programme. My degree back home is aeronautical engineering but it also has a mechanical engineering component, and I managed to fit classes in both subjects into my timetable. I’m interested in current affairs too, and I was able to take a class about globalisation in the School of Economics.

Felipe (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
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