The Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol is home to over 600 full-time and part-time postgraduate students.

Our internationally renowned academic staff actively conduct research in their own individual disciplines and also contribute to interdisciplinary exchanges across subject boundaries to foster a vibrant community of advanced learning.

Taught programmes

Our courses are offered full-time taken in one year or part-time with the workload split over two or three years.

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Research programmes

Our research programmes commence in either September or January.


The MPhil is a one-year (two-years part-time) tailor-made research programme at Masters level. The qualification is awarded upon successful completion of a 25,000-word dissertation.


The PhD research programme can normally be taken after completion of an MA or MPhil programme. Doctoral programmes are usually three years in length on a full-time basis or six years part-time. The qualification is awarded upon successful completion of an 80,000-word dissertation.

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Faculty of Arts subjects are eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. We also offer funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

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