Entry requirements for undergraduate courses

You can apply for undergraduate programmes either through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or the Common Application.

Please use only one method of applying.

If you are using UCAS to apply for other UK universities, please also make your University of Bristol application through UCAS and do not use the Common Application. The UCAS code name and number for this University is BRISL B78.

AP and SAT results can be sent to Bristol via the College Board Code: 5371

We will consider applicants with the following:

A High School Diploma (or equivalent) with a GPA of 3.2 minimum (3.4 for competitive courses)

and a total of THREE in any combination from the following list:

  • SAT I with a minimum of 630 in each element
  • ACT with a minimum score of 24
  • Any AP subject(s) with a score of at least 4 (more commonly 5)*
  • An Associate Degree with a CGPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0


*Some courses require a specific test score :

Any course asking for Maths must have specifically AP Calculus BC at grade 5

Engineering courses accept either AP Physics 1 or AP Physics 2 to meet the subject requirement


Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants who have completed the High School Diploma combined with a successfully completed appropriate foundation/bridging programme will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.

Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a U.S. University degree will be considered for admission to the first year of our Bachelor degree courses.

Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or British A-Levels will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.

Please note that we do not generally require any standardized tests, but students for Law will need to take the LNAT, and Medicine applicants are required to take the UKCAT test or the BMAT.

Please note that competition for places at Bristol is very strong, so the achievement of the qualifications listed above does not guarantee that an offer will be made. We aim to get you a response as quickly as possible to help you plan your studies.

Study Abroad

Students who are already at University in the United States but who are interested in spending one or two credit-bearing semesters as an undergraduate at Bristol should consult our Study Abroad pages for more details. Study Abroad applications do not go through UCAS.

Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes

You can apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.

The standard requirement for entry to a taught Masters programme at Bristol is an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree that is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree (also known as a 2:1).

Applicants who hold a Bachelor (Honours) degree will be considered for admission to a Masters degree.

A CGPA of 3.2 or above is considered equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree.

Applicants who hold a 2 year Masters degree from the United States or a 1 Year Masters from the United Kingdom will be considered for admission to PhD study. A research proposal is required.

To investigate research opportunities in our faculties please visit the postgraduate prospectus

Scholarship information

An International Office Scholarship is available for new international students.

Further information about scholarships is available from the University's Student Funding Office.

British Council in the USA

The British Council has offices in more than 100 countries. Many of them are able to give guidance and information regarding Higher Education in the UK. Here are details of the Washington Office, please visit the British Council website for further information.

The British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008-3600, USA
Tel: 1 202 588 6500
Fax: 1 202 588 7918

Meet current students online

Find out what our current international students think about life in Bristol on our international Facebook page or read our student profiles.

The University Students' Union has a number of cultural societies. You can check their website to see the whole range of clubs and societies that are here.

English language requirements

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If English is not your first language, please refer to our English language requirements.

Visits to your country

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You can meet and talk to our staff at exhibitions held in your country; find out when we are visiting you schedule of overseas visits.

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