There are currently two methods of application for postgraduate programmes:
Entry requirements vary depending on the programme. Most taught programmes require an upper second-class Undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree or equivalent. You may need to have a degree in a relevant field for some programmes, whilst others accept applicants from different (non-related) backgrounds.
Some programmes have additional requirements, such as work experience or certain professional qualifications.
Please check individual programme information for entry criteria also detailed in the Admissions Statement of each programme.
If you are unsure as to whether you meet the entry requirements, please contact the department before applying.
If you are a non-UK applicant, there are additional factors to bear in mind. Please see our information for international applicants for advice.
You are still welcome to apply even if you haven't graduated or received your final grades or certificate. Please provide transcripts to-date as well as other supporting documents; if applying online these can be uploaded.
For taught programmes to start in Autumn 2013, applications are accepted from October 2012 through to summer 2013. Please check the relevant programme page in this prospectus for further information, including deadlines. We advise to apply as soon as you can.
Please give yourself enough time to make arrangements, depending on the outcome of your application. This holds especially true in regards to accommodation or if you need to meet funding deadlines.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but please check department and funding deadlines.
If you have applied before and were unsuccessful, you will need to re-apply, unless in possession of a deferred entry offer.
Many of our taught programmes have a fixed deadline. Please check individual programme information since they hold different closing dates. Popular programmes often fill in advance, so we advise you apply as soon as you can.
Before applying please ensure you have:
More information about individual programmes, departments and academic members of staff is found on departmental webpages, accessed via programme pages within this prospectus.
Our online system is designed to make our application process easy. You will be guided through our application form so you complete only the necessary sections for your programme. You can upload documents, request references or save your application and return to work on it later. Once submitted, you can check the progress of your application and view and respond to our admission decision online.
Should you experience any problems, please use the Technical Support function. If this does not resolve your query, please contact us at email@example.com.
You will need to create an account in order to apply. When you create an account, you can create a username and password so that you can return to work on your application at any time before submission.
Please provide a current email address when creating your profile. We will use this address to communicate with you about different matters. You can amend your profile email address by using the 'Update Profile' link in the top navigation of the application form.
If you forget your log-in details, you can use the Technical Support, or 'Forgot your user name or password?' links on the log-in page to reset your password.
You can also contact the Technical Support team for advice by using the ‘Technical Support’ link at the top of the screen throughout the process.
After submission, you cannot make any changes to your application, other than uploading supporting documents in the 'Post submission uploads' section. If you need to make any other updates, please contact the appropriate University of Bristol admissions office immediately.
Some students may be asked to submit a fees questionnaire. If you have been asked to do this, use the 'Downloadable Forms' section (left navigation) to download the questionnaire, Complete the form, save it and upload in the 'Post submission uploads' section.
The University welcomes applications from candidates from all backgrounds, and our admissions policy includes a commitment to such recruitment with all the educational and cultural benefits this brings. The life of the University is enriched by a student body which reflects the diversity of the community at large, including students from all parts of the UK, the local area, students from other EU countries and from overseas, mature students and those entering straight from their first degree.
The University's admissions policy is directed towards the selection of students who have the ability and motivation to benefit from the programmes which they intend to follow and who will make a contribution to the life of the University.
If you wish to find out more, please see our Admissions Principles and Procedures.
We require two references as part of your application. We recommend you use academic referees, unless you have employment references which are directly relevant to the programme you are applying for.
Please include your references with your application form and other supporting documents, where possible. Otherwise you can submit your references separately, either by post or as scanned attachments by email. Please refer to our guidelines for submitting supporting documents.
It is your responsibility to ensure the University's receives your references.
If you have applied online or given us your email address on your application, you will receive an email once your application has been received. If you do not have an email address, it will not always be possible for applications to be acknowledged.
You can check whether we have received your application by logging into the application system, or by contacting the relevant Admissions Office. If you are contacting us by email, please include your full name, date of birth, applicant ID number and the name of the programme you have applied for.
Please allow sufficient time for your application to reach us before enquiring, especially if your application has been posted from overseas.
Once your application has been received, it will be processed by our Faculty or School Offices (provided it is complete). Your application will also be sent to the relevant department for assessment, and once a decision has been made, you will be informed.
If you have not applied online, your application will be added to the online system once we receive it. You will be able to log in and check the progress of your application, view your decision (once it has been made) and, if applicable, accept our offer of admission.
When assessing your application, your University degree grade, and grades achieved in individual units/components of your degree will be looked at, along with your references and a personal statement. We assess applications on a case-by-case basis in a holistic manner.
We aim to make decisions on applications to taught postgraduate programmes within 21 calendar days of receipt of a completed application, and to get in touch with research applicants within five calendar days. If you have not heard within this time, please log into the application system to check the progress or contact the relevant Admissions Office.
It may be possible to defer entry, however some programmes will require a new application. Please contact the relevant Admissions Office for further information.