About our courses

The University offers a wide range of degree courses made up of single honours degrees, which involve studying one main subject, and joint honours degrees, which allow you to study two subjects alongside one another.

Social sciences and arts courses (apart from modern languages degrees) take three years to complete and lead to a bachelor's (BA, BSc or LLB) degree.

Most science, engineering and some medical sciences schools offer a choice of four-year integrated master's (MEng, MSci) or three-year bachelor's (BEng, BSc) courses. If you are in doubt about which course to choose, we recommend that you apply for the master's course to secure four years of financial support, since funding bodies may refuse a subsequent extension of study.

Dentistry, medicine and veterinary science degrees usually take five years to complete.

Our courses have a modular structure made up of mandatory and optional units chosen from within your subject area. You may also be able to take one or more units in a different subject enabling you to explore your interests in other areas of study.

Courses with Study in Industry

A number of our science, medical science and engineering courses include a year of industrial experience. The first two years of these courses are normally the same as the corresponding honours degree courses. The third year is spent gaining valuable experience in industry, before resuming your course for your fourth and final year.

Courses with time spent abroad

Many of our courses offer you the opportunity to study or work abroad, which gives you a broader experience of university education and enhances your CV. Look out for courses with 'Study Abroad' or 'Study Abroad in a Modern Language' in the title. 

BSc with a preliminary year of study

In chemistry and physics we offer courses with a preliminary year of study. These four-year courses are suitable for applicants who wish to study science but who need to improve their level of attainment in the sciences. You need the equivalent of good GCSE passes in sciences and mathematics for entry onto these courses.

Courses with Innovation and Quantitative Research Methods

Two-thirds of the content of courses with Innovation and Quantitative Research Methods (Q-Step) follow the relevant single honours degree course structure. The remaining third provides additional practical innovation project work or training in quantitative methods which serve as invaluable employability experience.  


We support our students who want to enhance their medicine, dentistry or veterinary science degrees by intercalating, and we welcome students from other universities who are looking to intercalate at Bristol.

For more information and a list of available courses, please see our Intercalated degrees pages.

Studying part-time

We offer specific part-time degrees, such as the BA English Literature and Community Engagement. A number of our full-time degrees may also be studied part-time. Please check individual course entries for details.

Personal tutor

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the start of your course. They can advise you on academic issues and, alongside a senior tutor, can provide personal support and guide you toward specialist support services within the University. Find out more about personal tutoring at Bristol.

Bristol really encourages you to find your passion. As you progress through your degree you can hone in and specialise. Bristol encourages its students to be hardworking, charismatic and dynamic, but also really collaborative and not single-minded.

Emma (BSc Economics)
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