Applicant numbers and demographics: undergraduate and postgraduate admissions statistics

Many factors have an impact on an applicant receiving an offer of a place at the University. We recommend that you do not use the admission statistics as a guide to whether you might receive an offer. You can find more about how we make offers by:

On this page

Admissions statistics

Our undergraduate and postgruaduate admission statistics dataset contains admissions information from the 2016 to 2021 admissions cycles.

Read contextual information and background to help you understand our admission statistics

You can also read the technical notes to correctly interpret the dataset. 

Overview admissions statistics

Age on entry admissions statistics

Disability admissions statistics

Ethnicity admissions statistics

Gender admissions statistics

POLAR3 admissions statistics

School type admissions statistics

Technical notes

Counts are reported by admissions cycle. Whilst there is some variation according to study level and application scheme, the admissions cycle generally runs from September to September. The admissions cycle name refers to the calendar year in which the cycle ended: for example 2021 refers to the September 2020 to September 2021 cycle.

Not all applications within an admissions cycle will be for entry in the immediate entry year as applicants can apply for deferred entry. This should be understood when interpreting counts of 'registered' for the latest cycle, as applicants for deferred entry will not have yet registered.

Undergraduate data is accurate as of 1 December 2021, whilst data for all other study levels is accurate as of 20 January 2022.

Rounding

We have a responsibility to make sure that we do not risk identifying individual applicants by publishing this data. As such, in line with the HESA rounding and suppression policy, all figures are rounded to the nearest 5. This means that, for example, where 0 is reported this may be rounded from 1 or 2.

Providing the statistics as a single table splitting counts by all University areas and applicant characteristics would require a significant degree of rounding that would sum to misleading totals. Instead, the whole dataset is provided as a series of tables with different aggregations.

University area groupings

Faculty name

The University faculty responsible for the course the application was associated with. An application’s faculty may change depending on the count. For example, an application that initially applied to a course in the Faculty of Health Sciences but that went on to receive an offer to a course in the Faculty of Life Sciences will belong to the Faculty of Health Sciences in the ‘Application’ count but the Faculty of Life Sciences in the ‘Offer’ count. More information about counts.  

Our faculty structure changed during the cycles covered by these statistics. View our current faculty structure.

School name

The University school responsible for the course the application was associated with. An application’s school may change depending on the count. For example, an application that initially applied to a course in the Bristol Medical School but then went on to receive an offer to a course in the School of Biological Sciences will belong to the Bristol Medical School in the ‘Application’ count but the School of Biological Sciences in the ‘Offer’ count. More information about counts.  

Our school structure has changed during the cycles covered by these statistics. View our current school structure

Some courses do not belong to any school and applications associated with these courses are therefore reported with the name of their faculty in the school field.

Study Level

The study level of the course the application was associated with:

Applicant characteristic groupings

Applicant category

Age on entry

Disability

Ethnicity

Gender

POLAR quintile

School type

Counts

Application

Offer

Contextual offer

U offer

Accepted

Registered