The following entry requirement information is for guidance only. Competition for places at the University of Bristol is very strong and every application is considered on its individual merits. We aim to get you a response as quickly as possible to help you plan your studies.

Entry requirements for undergraduate courses

You can apply for undergraduate programmes either through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or The Common Application. Please use only one method of applying. If you are using UCAS to apply for other UK universities, please also make your University of Bristol application through UCAS and do not use the Common Application.The UCAS code name and number for this University is BRISL B78.

Individual course entry requirements are listed in our Undergraduate Prospectus for each course.

  • Applicants with the Gaozhong Biye Zhengshu (Senior High School Certificate) and Gaokao (Chinese University entrance exam) combined with a successfully completed appropriate Foundation programme will be considered for admission to our Bachelor's degree courses.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a Chinese University degree at a prestigious university will be considered for admission to the first year of our Bachelor's degree courses.
  • Applicants will be required to meet the English language requirements for the programme. The profile level requirements can be found on the English language requirements for study page.

Entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose first language is not English.

  • Applicants with the Gaozhong Biye Zhengshu (Senior High School Certificate) and Gaokao (Chinese University entrance exam) will be considered.
  • You must provide a valid official Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate with scores that meet the programme requirements. For the tests and skill levels you need to achieve for the International Foundation Programme, please visit the Profile page.

Studying on our International Foundation Programme guarantees you either a conditional offer or an interview from the University of Bristol. However, some degrees are highly competitive or require extra qualifications. In subjects related to your intended undergraduate degree, we may require higher grades than specified above. Your first choice of degree is not guaranteed. When you complete the IFP, you can progress to an agreed degree relevant to your previous studies, provided you meet the entry requirements and/or the interview standards. You select which degrees you wish to apply for. 

Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes

You should apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.

To be considered for admission to postgraduate study at the University of Bristol, the minimum requirement for entry is an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree that is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree (also known as a 2:1). Please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions Statements for each programme for individual entry requirements.

  • Applicants who hold a 4-year Bachelor's (Honours) degree from a prestigious university with a minimum of 80% will be considered for admission to a Master's degree.
  • Applicants who hold a good Master's degree from a prestigious university will be considered for admission to PhD study.
  • Applicants will be required to meet the English language requirements for the programme. The profile level requirements can be found on the English language requirements for study page.

Scholarship information

For information on the Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme (for Postgraduate Research students), contact the Cultural Section of the British Embassy in Beijing or to the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1.

The RCUK (Research Councils of the United Kingdom) Office in China liaises with research support agencies to enable the funding systems in both countries to work more closely together, and so increase opportunities for UK-China research collaboration. For more information on the visit the RCUK website.

Think Big scholarships - New for 2018, the University of Bristol is delighted to launch the new Think Big scholarship scheme. 52 scholarships are available to international applicants for undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes at the University of Bristol. Information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at If you have any specific queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Scholarships & Sponsors team at

Scholarship opportunities can be searched for on our scholarship database.

Further information about scholarships is available from the University's Student Funding Office.

British Council

The British Council has offices in more than 100 countries, including China. Many of them are able to give guidance and information regarding Higher Education in the UK. Please visit their website to find out what services may be available.

Our representatives in China

The University has agreements with many education representatives (also known as agents) around the world, who can assist you with your application. Using a representative does not put your application at any advantage or disadvantage when the academic decisions are made within the department. Independent applications will be considered on an equal basis.

Please use the services of only one representative to avoid administrative complications. We only work with representatives listed on our website.

The University of Bristol has a China Office, based in Beijing. Their contact details are:; tel: 00 8610 8515 1899.

The team works with the following agencies:

Meet current students online

Find out what our current international students think about life in Bristol through our student profiles.

The University Students' Union has a number of cultural societies. You can check their website to see the whole range of clubs and societies that are here.

Immigration and visas

Our International Student Visa Team provides extensive guidance on applying for your study visa.

The University of Bristol is a supporter of the We Are International project, who have produced a helpful video about applying for a UK visa from China - the video can be viewed on Vimeo and Youku.

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