Pathway Certificate International Graduate Programme in English for Academic Purposes

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available Pathway Certificate
Programme length September - June: 25 weeks
January - June: 15 weeks
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
This programme is only for students whose first language is not English.
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016
January 2017

Programme overview

This International Graduate programme explores the communication and comprehension of academic subjects in English across a range of disciplines at postgraduate level and beyond, equipping you for the increasingly interdisciplinary world of the 21st century. We will help you to improve your knowledge and use of academic English grammar and vocabulary, and to develop an awareness of the expectations of study at postgraduate level.

You will improve your general academic skills of taking notes from lectures, dealing with long reading texts and a heavy reading load, taking an active part in academic discussions and giving presentations. You will also build an e-portfolio of general academic essays and more subject-specific types of writing.

You will leave the programme fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that you need to succeed at a top British university, and the confidence to communicate your ideas with professors, peers or the public.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

AHRC funding and scholarships information is available on the Faculty Scholarships page.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You may join the course at the start of Term One in September or at the start of Term Two in January, depending on your IELTS score.

Term One

  • Essential Academic Writing
  • Essential Text Response

Term Two

  • Research and Report Writing
  • Exploring British and Academic Culture

Term Three

  • Discipline-specific Research Project

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements
September entry: IELTS 5.0 overall with 5.0 in writing January entry: IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing

Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Application deadline:

1 July 2016

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email:

Postgraduate Admissions
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road


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