Prospective postgraduate researchers

World-leading researchers

Study alongside world-class researchers at the University of Bristol. Across six faculties, all with international profile, supervisors produce challenging, ground-breaking research.

The breadth of research opportunities available to postgraduate students is impressive and inspiring: from ‘American landscapes in the lyrics of Bob Dylan’ to ‘Dinosaurian Body Sizes’; from ‘Exploring acute illness in preschool children’ to ‘The Quantum Optics of Insect Eyes’.

Independently assessed as excellent, the University of Bristol is recognised globally for the standard of its teaching, the quality of its research, and the enjoyment of living in a first-rate British city.


Dental Hospital Clinical Skills LaboratoryWith advanced facilities housed in both brand-new and historical buildings, Bristol is an impressive mix of old meets new. To support technically challenging programmes, the University’s horizon scanning ensures the most cutting edge technologies are available to staff and students.

BlueCrystal – a £7 million supercomputer facility

The Advanced Computing Research Centre manages the University’s state-of-the-art High Performance Computing and Research Data facilities. Here, BlueCrystal, the University’s £7 million supercomputer facility, can carry out 37 trillion calculations per second supporting high-level research across a range of disciplines.

The Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information

The Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information is an £11 million building housing specialised laboratories where vibration and acoustic noise levels are among the lowest ever achieved, despite being located in the centre of Bristol.

Virtual tours

For a closer look at some of the schools and facilities that make up the University of Bristol campus take a 360° virtual tour.

Skills training

The University of Bristol ensures that students excel in their studies and emerge as well-rounded, highly employable individuals.

While academic achievement is at the core of postgraduate study at the University of Bristol, other skills are key to achieving overall success at postgraduate level. From developing researcher skills to accessing Vitae (the Researcher Development Organisation funded by Research Councils UK to support the development of PhD researchers and early career researchers), the Bristol Doctoral College offers an excellent range of resources to help researchers manage their PhDs and develop broad ranging skills sets.

Personal growth

A highly supportive environment, the University encourages personal growth alongside the pursuit of academic excellence. With over 2000 postgraduate research students, the University and the Students’ Union offer a wealth of opportunities, enhanced greatly by the social, cultural and sporting landscape offered by Bristol itself, one of only five UK cities designated by the Government as a European Capital of Culture.

Choose a programme

Use our postgraduate programme finder for details about postgraduate courses and how to apply.

Information for applicants

To help you make an informed choice about coming to study here and to find out about accommodation, fees, funding and how to visit us, read our postgraduate study pages.