The University of Bristol is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and consistently ranked in the UK Top 20. The main campus is located in the centre of the historic and vibrant city of Bristol, just 100 miles from London. In 2017 the city was named the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, an accolade which recognised it diverse culture, independent spirit and abundance of green spaces.

Key Facts


  • #13 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • #13 in the Complete University Guide 2021
  • #11 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2021
  •  #58 in the World according to QS Rankings 2021

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 17,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 6,000

Year founded

  • 1876

  • Bristol is the 2nd most targeted university by UK graduate employers (High Fliers Research).
  • Bristol is ranked 9th in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2021).
  • The University’s alumni network includes leading figures in science, industry, politics and the arts. Thirteen Nobel laureates are associated with the University, including Sir Winston Churchill, Bristol’s Chancellor from 1929 to 1965.
  • The University is organised into 25 academic schools which are arranged into six faculties: Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Law.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings 2020 place Bristol in the Top 100 universities globally for Arts and Humanities, Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, Bristol is ranked in the Top 10 UK universities for the following subject areas: General Engineering (#1), Mechanical Engineering (#3), Sociology (#3), Civil Engineering (#3),Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (#4), Geography and Environmental Science (#6), Veterinary Medicine (#6), Animal Science (#6) and Pharmacology and Pharmacy (#10).

Kings alumni at University of Bristol

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