Online study in 2021/22

For some courses, we can offer an online study option until you get to the UK. Find out which courses and how to apply.

We believe your university experience is best experienced in Bristol. If you are travelling from overseas, we are providing financial support to help you get here for the start of the academic year. Unfortunately, some of you may not be able to arrive in time for your course start date.

Arriving after your course start date

For some courses, we can offer an online study option until you get to the UK. Find out which courses offer online study.

Eligibility

Online study is only available to courses and years of study listed in the tables.

If you are arriving between 27 September and the latest arrival point for your faculty (either 11 or 18 October) you will be able to follow the element of your course that is available online, but we will not make specific arrangements for you to move to online only study as your arrival is within the permitted window.  You will not need to complete a late arrival and online study form.

Details of online study

An online experience will be different from an on-campus experience.

  • You will have full access to the course materials through the blend of live online classes and pre-recorded activities.
  • Some teaching sessions will have a mix of students engaging online and on-campus. Some live sessions will be online for everyone.
  • You will be able to complete the core learning outcomes of your course while you are studying online.
  • You will be able to contact your tutors at agreed times to discuss your work and progress.
  • You may only have seminars and group work with students who are also studying online.
  • Unfortunately, we can't guarantee you will have access to all the study options which will be available for on-campus study. This is particularly relevant to Teaching Block 2.

You can travel to the UK at any time during the academic year within your visa conditions.

You can use general facilities once your quarantine requirements end however, there will be specific joining times for you to transition to on-campus activity.

Current UK government rules state you must arrive in the UK by 6 April 2022. If you intend to arrive in the UK after this date, you will be required to make a new visa application.

If you tell us that you will study online for a full year we will withdraw your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and our sponsorship of your visa in line with UK government rules.

How to request online study

You need to complete the Register for online learning and late arrival form if your course offers an option for online study until you arrive in the UK and:

You must:

  • Complete online registration before you can request to study online
  • Submit the form before the start of term or we will assume you plan to attend on-campus
  • Forms submitted after 27 September will be processed after those submitted before the start of term and there will be a delay in correcting your timetable
  • Provide your arrival date at least 2 weeks before you are due to arrive to give us time to prepare and adjust your timetable if necessary. If you give us less than 2 weeks' notice you may be delayed transitioning to full on-campus education.
  • Submit a new form if you need to update your arrival date
  • Complete any quarantine you are required to before you transition to on-campus study

Form guidance

  • Your arrival date is the date you arrive in the UK. If you are required to quarantine, this is day 0.
  • Check the government advice on Red, amber, green lists: check the rules for travel to England from abroad
  • If the country you are travelling from changes status after you have submitted your form, resubmit the form to update your answer to question 5
  • Make sure you are familiar with Information on how to quarantine and how soon you can leave quarantine

Request for online learning and late arrival form

International students

If you do not complete the form and are not attending on-campus sessions we are required to withdraw your visa sponsorship.

How to transition to on-campus learning after you arrive in the UK

When you arrive in the UK update your current address details with the location at which you are now living and submit a new online learning and late arrival form if your expected arrival date has changed. This will tell us when we can expect you to begin on-campus study.

Complete any quarantine period you are required to if you have arrived from a Red or Amber list country. When you have completed your quarantine you can attend any timetabled on-campus teaching sessions that are already in your timetable.

Continue to attend online-only teaching sessions until one of the joining points. 

It will take up to two weeks for timetable changes to be made following the submission of your late arrival form.  

Joining points

Dates to transition from online-study to on-campus study
Joining pointDate
1 1 November 2021
2 29 November 2021
Start of teaching block 2 24 January 2022
3 28 February 2022
4 6 April 2022

At a joining point your school will move you into any timetabled on-campus teaching sessions that you had previously been attending online. This will happen where an on-campus version exists.

International Foundation Programme

If you would like to request to start your studies online, contact Kaplan International Pathways our International Foundation Programme recruitment and admissions partner.

If you are based in mainland China, contact our China Office. Please be aware that the times of live online classes might not be during normal working hours in your home country.

Study abroad and Erasmus students

You are expected to be present in Bristol for your studies in 2021/22. You are not allowed to carry out your exchange remotely.
Contact the Global Opportunities Team email: global-opportunities@bristol.ac.uk, if you have any questions about your course.

Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs)

Arrangements for PGR students will differ for each student depending on their programme and agreement with their supervisor. Some PGR programmes have a taught element. Some of these can be accessed online but in some instances this will not be possible. PGRs should discuss this with their supervisors or programme directors.

Students on placements overseas

If your 2021/22 placement has been confirmed by your host institution/organisation and travel to your host country is possible, you can continue with your placement abroad as planned. If travel to your host country, prior to your placement start date, is not possible, you may need to return to Bristol to complete your studies before the start of the academic year - please contact your host institution/organisation and also the Global Opportunities team via go-abroad@bristol.ac.uk.

Cancel University of Bristol accommodation and deposit refunds

If you no longer need your accommodation booked with the University of Bristol and want your deposit refunded, contact the Accommodation Office.

If you have booked King Square Studios, contact Kaplan International Pathways.

Courses offering online study 2021/22

Faculty of Engineering

Courses in the Faculty of Engineering offering online study 2021/22
Course nameSchoolLevelYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Notes
Computer Science (BSc) Department of Computer Science UG Online available Online available Online available      
Computer Science (MSc) Department of Computer Science PGT Online available          
Interactive Artificial Intelligence (PhD) Department of Computer Science PGR Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Cyber Security (TIPS at Scale) (PhD) Department of Computer Science PGR On-campus Online available Online available Online available    
Financial Technology with Data Science (MSc) Department of Computer Science PGT Online available          
Computer Science (MEng) Department of Computer Science UG Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Computer Science with Study Abroad (MEng) Department of Computer Science UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available    
Digital Health and Care (PhD) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGR Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Optoelectronic and Quantum Technologies (MSc) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGT Online available         See note on Quantum Information Pathway 
Image and Video Communications and Signal Processing (MSc) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGT Online available          
Communication Networks and Signal Processing (MSc) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGT Online available          
Optical Communications and Signal Processing (MSc) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGT Online available          
Wireless Communications and Signal Processing (MSc) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGT Online available          
Computer Science and Electronics (BEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available      
Computer Science and Electronics (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering (MSc) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGT Online available          
Computer Science and Electronics with Study Abroad (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available    
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Study in Continental Europe (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG On-campus only On-campus only Contact Placement Coordinator Online available    
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Study Abroad (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available    
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available      
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (BEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available      
Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available Online available  
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with a Year in Industry (MEng) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available Online available  
Digital Health (MSc) Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering PGT Online available          
Engineering Mathematics (MSc) Department of Engineering Mathematics PGT Online available          
Data Science (MSc) Department of Engineering Mathematics PGT Online available          
Engineering Mathematics (MEng) Department of Engineering Mathematics UG Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Biorobotics (MSc) Department of Engineering Mathematics PGT Online available          
Robotics (MSc) Department of Engineering Mathematics PGT Online available          
Engineering Mathematics (BEng) Department of Engineering Mathematics UG Online available Online available Online available      
Engineering Mathematics with Study Abroad (MEng) Department of Engineering Mathematics UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available    
Engineering Mathematics with a Year in Industry (MEng) Department of Engineering Mathematics UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available Online available  
Aerospace Engineering with a year in Industry (MEng) Department of Aerospace Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available   See note on Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration project unit
Aerospace Engineering (MEng) Department of Aerospace Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available Online available   See note on Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration project unit
Aerospace Engineering with Study in Continental Europe (MEng) Department of Aerospace Engineering UG On-campus only On-campus only Contact Placement Coordinator Online available   See note on Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration project unit
Aerospace Engineering (BEng) Department of Aerospace Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available     See note on Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration project unit
Aerospace Engineering with Study Abroad (MEng) Department of Aerospace Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact Placement Coordinator Online available   See note on Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration project unit
Aerial Robotics (MSc) Department of Aerospace Engineering PGT Online available          
Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience (MSc) Department of Civil Engineering PGT Online available          
Civil Engineering (MEng) Department of Civil Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available Online available   See note on Field methods
Civil Engineering with Study in Continental Europe (MEng) Department of Civil Engineering UG On-campus only On-campus only Contact placement coordinator Online available   See note on Field methods
Civil Engineering with a year in Industry (MEng) Department of Civil Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available Online available See note on Field methods
Civil Engineering (BEng) Department of Civil Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available     See note on Field methods
Civil Engineering with Study Abroad (MEng) Department of Civil Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available   See note on Field methods
Water and Environmental Management (MSc) Department of Civil Engineering PGT Online available until 22 November          
Engineering Design (BEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available      
Engineering Design with Study in Industry (MEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available Online available  
Engineering Design (MEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Mechanical Engineering (MEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available Online available    
Mechanical Engineering with Study in Continental Europe (MEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG On-campus only On-campus only Contact placement coordinator Online available    
Mechanical Engineering with a year in Industry (MEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available Online available  
Mechanical Engineering (BEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG Online available Online available Online available      
Mechanical Engineering with Study Abroad (MEng) Department of Mechanical Engineering UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available    
Engineering with Management (Infrastructure Systems) (MSc) Faculty of Engineering PGT Online available          
Engineering with Management (Intelligent Manufacturing) (MSc) Faculty of Engineering PGT Online available          
Engineering with Management (Energy for Sustainability) (MSc) Faculty of Engineering PGT Online available          
Engineering with Management (Modelling and Simulation) (MSc) Faculty of Engineering PGT Online available          
Biomedical Engineering (MSc) Faculty of Engineering PGT Online available          

Requirements for specific engineering courses

Aerospace Engineering MEng and BEng courses

You must complete the Aerospace Vehicle Design and Systems Integration project unit in years 2 and 3 in-person to graduate. You will need to come and complete this either in term time or over the summer. 

Civil Engineering MEng and BEng courses

You must complete the practical element of Field Methods in years 1 and 2 in-person to graduate. If you cannot complete it in term time, you will need to complete it over the summer.

Optoelectronic and Quantum Technologies MSc

We cannot offer an online alternative for the Quantum Information Technology Pathway. If you cannot get to Bristol you will have to switch pathways if you want to study online only.

Faculty of Life Sciences

  • Applied Neuropsychology (MSc) - online available

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Courses in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law offering online study 2021/22
Course nameSchoolLevelYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Notes
Public Policy (MSc) School for Policy Studies PGT Online available        
Finance and Investment (MSc) (T) School of Accounting and Finance PGT Online available        
Accounting, Finance and Management (MSc) (T) School of Accounting and Finance PGT Online available        
Accounting and Finance (MSc) School of Accounting and Finance PGT Online available        
Banking, Regulation and Financial Stability (MSc) School of Accounting and Finance PGT Online available        
Economics and Accounting (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Online available    
Accounting and Finance (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Online available    
Accounting and Management (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Online available    
Accounting and Finance with Study in Continental Europe (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG On-campus only On-campus only Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Accounting and Finance with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Economics and Accounting with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Online available    
Accounting and Management with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Accounting and Finance with Professional Placement (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Finance (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Online available    
Accounting and Management with Professional Placement (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Economics and Accounting with Professional Placement (BSc) School of Accounting and Finance UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator  Online available  
Economics and Finance (MSc) School of Economics PGT Online available        
Economics (MSc) School of Economics PGT Online available        
Economics, Finance and Management (MSc) School of Economics PGT Online available        
Economics (BSc) School of Economics UG Online available Online available Online available    
Economics with Study in Continental Europe (BSc) School of Economics UG On-campus only On-campus only Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Economics with Study Abroad in a Modern Language (BSc) School of Economics UG On-campus only On-campus only Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Economics with Study Abroad (in final year) (BSc) School of Economics UG Online available Online available Online available    
Economics and Finance (BSc) School of Economics UG Online available Online available Online available    
Economics and Econometrics (BSc) School of Economics UG Online available Online available Online available    
Economics with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Economics UG Online available Online available Online available    
Economics and Finance with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Economics UG Online available Online available Online available    
Economics and Econometrics with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Economics UG Online available Online available Online available    
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MSc) School of Education PGT Online available        
Education (MSc) School of Education PGT Online available        
Education (Leadership and Policy) (MSc) School of Education PGT Online available        
Education (Learning, Technology and Society) (MSc) School of Education PGT Online available        
Education (Mathematics Education) (MSc) School of Education PGT Online available        
Education (Policy and International Development) (MSc) School of Education PGT Online available        
Education (Teaching and Learning) (MSc) School of Education PGT Online available        
Management (Project Management) (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Marketing (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Global Operations and Supply Chain Management (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Management (Marketing) (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Human Resource Management and the Future of Work (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Business Analytics (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Management (International Business) (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Management (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available        
Economics and Management (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
International Business Management with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
Economics and Management with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
Marketing (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
Marketing with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
Management (CSR and Sustainability) (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available Online available Online available    
Management (Digitisation and Big Data) (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available Online available Online available    
Management (International HRM) (MSc) School of Management PGT Online available Online available Online available    
Management with Study Abroad (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
Management with Study in Continental Europe (in final year) (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
Management (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
Management with Study in Continental Europe (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available    
International Business Management (BSc) School of Management UG Online available Online available Online available   See note on International Business Management
Commercial Law (LLM) University of Bristol Law School PGT Online available        
General Legal Studies (LLM) University of Bristol Law School PGT Online available        
Law (MA) University of Bristol Law School PGT Online available Online available      
Company Law and Corporate Governance (LLM) University of Bristol Law School PGT Online available        
International Commercial Law (LLM) University of Bristol Law School PGT Online available        
Banking and Finance Law (LLM) University of Bristol Law School PGT Online available        
Honours Law (LLB) University of Bristol Law School UG Online available Online available Online available    
Law with Study Abroad (LLB) University of Bristol Law School UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Law with Study in Continental Europe (LLB) University of Bristol Law School UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available  
Law with Study Abroad (in final year) (LLB) University of Bristol Law School UG Online available Online available Contact placement coordinator Online available  

Requirements for specific social sciences and law courses

International Business Management (BSc)

We cannot offer an online alternative for the option of a language unit from the School of Modern Languages in year 1, so you would need to take EFIM10021 (Enquiry, Analysis and Communication) if you cannot get to Bristol and need to study online only.

Centre for Academic Language and Development

Courses in the Centre for Academic Language and Development offering online study 2021/22
Course nameSchoolLevelYear 1
International Foundation Programme Social Sciences and Law Centre for Academic Language and Development UG Online available
International Foundation Programme Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centre for Academic Language and Development UG Online available
International Foundation Programme Arts and Humanities Centre for Academic Language and Development UG Online available
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