The University of Bristol has been welcoming students from India for many years: we currently have over 130 students from across the country studying a wide variety of courses, from foundation programmes to our research degrees.

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.

Entry requirements for our undergraduate programmes will vary depending on the programme you wish to apply for, your Year 12 examination board and subjects taken.

Typical offers for CBSE and CISCE boards range from 80% (equivalent to ABB at A-Level) to 90% (equivalent to A*AA at A-Level). If you would like advice relating to your specific qualification, please contact us.

We understand that the majority of candidates from India have been taught in English throughout their education. A number of our departments will therefore accept Year 12 English language grades of 70% to 80% in lieu of another English test such as IELTS. For further guidance, please consult our English language requirements page.

Please note that this information is guidance only. Competition for places at Bristol is very strong and every application to the University 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 postgraduate programmes

You can apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.

The standard requirement for entry to a taught masters programme at Bristol is an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree that is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree (also known as a 2:1).

The majority of our Masters programmes require a First Class degree (60% or higher) from a recognised Indian university, with specific grades depending on the institution. Competitive programmes may require a First Class with distinction. If you would like advice relating to your specific qualification, please contact us.

We are aware that at many of India's elite higher education colleges it is very rare to be awarded a First Class. For this reason, a number of our departments may be willing to consider candidates from top colleges who have achieved 55% or above.

Applicants wishing to be considered for research study at Bristol should have a First Class pass in their Indian Bachelor degree and some research experience. It may also be advantageous to have completed a Masters degree with research elements.

Scholarship information

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

The University are pleased to announce the Bristol-India Scholarships for selected subjects at Postgraduate level in 2018. Please see our Bristol-India Scholarships page for further information on how to apply.

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

British Council in India

The British Council has offices in more than 100 countries, including India. Many of them are able to give guidance and information regarding Higher Education in the UK. Please visit their website to see if there is an office near you, and find out what services may be available.

Our representatives in India

The University has an India Office based in Delhi providing assistance to prospective students from all over India. For enquiries or to arrange an appointment, please contact Devesh Anand at

The University also has agreements with a number of education representatives (also known as agents) around the world, who can assist you with your application. Please note that 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.

Our registered representatives in your country:

Immigration and visas

Our International Advice and Support 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 India. 

Meet current students online

Find out what our current international students think about life in Bristol on 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.

English language requirements

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If English is not your first language, please refer to our English language requirements.

Visits to your country

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You can meet and talk to our staff at exhibitions held in your country; find out when we are visiting you schedule of overseas visits.

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