About the Faculty of Engineering

Programmes in the Faculty of Engineering

Studying engineering at Bristol will immerse you in a vibrant postgraduate community at the heart of a faculty with strong links to world-class engineering industry.

The faculty comprises two academic schools: the School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Maths and the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Our taught and research postgraduate programmes evolve continually to stay at the cutting edge of research and industrial advances.

In 2019, the University was awarded more than £50 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to establish nine new Centres for Doctoral Training. These include four-year PhD programmes in advanced composites, robotics, cyber security and digital health and care. The centres will train and equip talented engineering and science students with the skills needed to tackle global challenges.

The Faculty of Engineering also hosts major research centres, including: Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering; the cutting-edge Communication Systems and Networks and High Performance Networks research groups; and the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science.

Bristol was selected to lead the National Composites Centre, a government-funded project, with investment well in excess of £45 million. The faculty was awarded a prestigious £12 million interdisciplinary research collaboration fund to establish the SPHERE project, developing sensor systems to address challenges in healthcare.

Our aim is to address pressing societal issues and grand technical challenges in science and engineering. Through dedicated, strategic research groups, we tackle diverse issues in a wide range of areas. Research students are attracted to Bristol by the strength of our major research groups to:

  • work within a research group to make a significant contribution to the development and understanding of a specific field;
  • engage in cutting-edge research in an internationally recognised university;
  • explore novel areas of research, directed by world-leading researchers.

Industrial links are a key part of our research strategy and we have strong partnerships and strategic alliances with local and global industry.

The faculty is central to the Cabot Institute, Jean Golding Institute and Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, the University’s multidisciplinary hubs dedicated to environmental uncertainty, data science and health respectively. The faculty is home to a number of internationally renowned research groups in areas such as smart cities, composites, quantum, robotics, water and digital health.

Strengths of the faculty

Bristol is known internationally for sustained engineering achievement, from Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge through to Concorde and now as one of the UK’s largest centres for the microelectronics industry. Our teaching and research are conducted in close collaboration with world-leading industry, much of which is local, including Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Airbus, Arup, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard and EDF Energy.


Find out about funding opportunities for programmes in the Faculty of Engineering.

Visits and open days

Find about out the Postgraduate Open Day, visits to schools and departments or meet our staff at events around the world.

More about the Faculty of Engineering

Visit the Faculty of Engineering website for more information or contact postgraduate admissions:

Tel: +44 (0) 117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

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