About the Faculty of Health Sciences

Programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences

The faculty comprises three schools: Bristol Dental School, Bristol Medical School and Bristol Veterinary School, along with the Centre for Health Sciences Education. The breadth of programmes we offer, together with our success in recruiting an international cohort of students, ensures a dynamic experience for all those who choose to come to the University of Bristol.

We have strong collaborative relationships with the various National Health Service partners in the area, and these close links underpin much of our education and research activity.

Our postgraduate programmes are designed to expose our students to a research-intensive environment, with learning, knowledge and skills at the cutting edge of their chosen area of study.

Our taught master’s programmes include innovative distance-learning courses and options for part-time study. We publish our work in the highest-ranking journals and strongly support patient and public involvement in research as well as other public engagement activities. The faculty has an active postgraduate community pursuing a range of taught or research-based programmes, including a Wellcome Trust PhD programme, guided by leading clinicians and academics.

Postgraduates are based in high-quality research and clinical settings across the city, including the Bristol Heart Institute, Southmead Hospital, the Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Dental School and the advanced laboratory facilities in the Dorothy Hodgkin Building.

Many of our PhDs are available via distance learning. As a distance learning research student, you can access the University’s research environment through remote links and scheduled visits. Most of the library’s electronic resources – including journal archives, e-books and library catalogues – are available to use both on-site and at a distance.

Our work is funded by grants from many sources, including all the UK’s research councils and major research charities. Most recently we have launched a Biomedical Research Centre, thanks to a £21 million award from the National Institute for Health Research, and a Wellcome Trust Clinical Academic Training programme for doctors, dentists and veterinary clinicians. The Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit has been renewed for a further five years to continue ground breaking work with discovery scientists and population health.

The faculty is also home to two of the University’s Specialist Research Institutes, the Bristol Heart Institute and the Bristol Population Health Science Institute, and we work closely with the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to nurture inter-disciplinary research to improve health.

Strengths of the faculty

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to providing the highest standards of teaching in an excellent research environment. We have world-leading researchers, dedicated teachers and clinicians, and talented students. Our health science schools includes clinical medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and anatomy, and we are proud of our world leading expertise in population health, cardiology, infection and immunity, neuroscience and clinical trials.


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

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 Health Sciences

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

Tel: +44 (0) 117 331 1676
Email: fohs-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

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