Research programmes

Join over 3,500 postgraduate researchers from all over the world. Our community is the perfect place to start your research journey.

Research at Bristol

Bristol was ranked 5th in the UK for research and is home to world-changing research across many fields (THE analysis of REF 2021). We welcome students from across the globe and offer a supportive community with significant opportunities for professional development. Find out more about research at Bristol.

Applying to Bristol

Things are a little different when you apply to study a postgraduate research degree, so we recommend familiarising yourself with the application process by reading our how to apply pages early in your journey.

It is also a good idea to find a suitable supervisor and contact them before you start your application. Depending on your research area, you may need to name a proposed supervisor in your application. Specific advice relating to supervision and applications is available on the programme webpage, which you can visit using our online programme finder.

Programme finder

Postgraduate Research Scholarship: Applications closed

We will open scholarship applications for 2024 entry in autumn 2023. These cover full fees and an annual stipend. Find out more.

My MSc and PhD at Bristol have made me an excellent thinker and improved both my team and independent working skills.

Awal (PhD Veterinary Sciences)

Bristol Doctoral College

‌The Bristol Doctoral College provides a home for all postgraduate research students and a wealth of funding advice, skills training and researcher development.

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