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An insight into the University of Bristol!

Updated: May 14, 2022

One of the leading Russell Group institutions, the University of Bristol is at the cutting edge of global research. The academic quality of the University is reflected partly in the 13 Nobel Prizes and the numerous Fellowships associated with the University community. Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK, ranked in the world's top 60 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Bristol is a vibrant, dynamic city with a reputation for creativity and sustainability. It is a multicultural harbour city in the beautiful West Country, southwest of London and only 1 hour 40 minutes by train from London.

We have a great variety of bachelor courses at the University of Bristol, grouped into 6 Faculties. We find that Indian students tend to like Computer Sciences, Data Science, Engineering, Psychology, Economics, Management, Finance, International Business, Law and International Relations - but there are many others!

There are also different awards: BA, BSc, BEng, MEng, MArts, can be confusing! "B" as in BA, BEng, or BSc denotes the award is a bachelor (of Art, Science or Engineering) and gained after successfully completing 3 years.

If your course has a Study Abroad or a Placement Year (aka a Sandwich year), then you need to budget for 4 years in total, and you will usually do the additional year after the first two years. Confused? Wait - there are also "Undergraduate master's degrees: MArts, MEng or MSci. They are 4 years, as you'll do a Masters-level year straight after your regular 3 years without having to apply again - that's why these courses can also be called "integrated Masters". It can be possible to add a Study Abroad or Placement Year to these courses, in which case you are looking at 5 years in total.

We often get asked why UK Bachelors are 3 years long, as many other education systems run their bachelor's degrees over 4 years. The answer lies to a great part in the relatively high level of specialization of the UK senior school level, which requires students to take only 3 subjects at A-level for the final two years of their schooling. They will study those 3 subjects at greater depths than senior students in many other countries around the world, who take a greater number of subjects. The UK bachelor system is designed to be quite focussed and specific from year 1 when other bachelor systems can offer a more generalist and flexible start to their bachelors. Students who already know what they want to study benefit from the UK systems being more focused and of shorter duration. If a student is not sure what they want to study, a 4-year structure can offer more flexibility and exploration time."


Join us in a session with the University of Bristol at our education fair - College Brew 1.0 on 10th April! Click on the image below to register!

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