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University of Bristol Majors

The University of Bristol is one of England's oldest and most prestigious university institutions. It is a multi-faculty research-led university and has over 20,000 students. As well as being the most popular multi-faculty UK University, the University of Bristol is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network.

3 quick facts:

1. We are ranked in the top 10 Universities in the UK and top 30 in the World.

2. We are a Russell Group University in the UK (The UK's equivalent of the Ivy League)

3. Students in the UK continually vote Bristol as being one of the best UK universities for student life!

As a Russell Group university, students will be taught by internationally renowned experts right from the start of their degree. Most of the academics are actively engaging in research in their field meaning that you will be taught by someone at the cutting edge of his or her field.

Key Facts:

  • 93% of our research is of international standard (RAE 08)
  • 11 Nobel Prize winners amongst alumni
  • 37 members of the Royal Society
  • 11 members of the British Academy
  • Why Choose Bristol?

  • Why choose the University of Bristol, UK?

  • The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol has recently received a knighthood from the British Royal Family for services to Higher Education in the UK.


    A-Z of our UG Courses

    A-Z of our PG Courses

    The University has 6 Faculties

    The Faculty of Arts

    The Faculty of Engineering

    The Faculty of Science

    The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

    The Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences

    The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

    Degrees of Choice:

    There are a huge range of undergraduate programs to choose from, including:

    The Faculty of Arts

    New Liberal Arts Course

  • Archaeology & Anthropology
  • Ancient History/History/Art History
  • Classics
  • English
  • Music
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • TV & Film and Theatre
  • Theology/Religion
  • The Faculty of Engineering

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic and Communications Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Maths
  • The Faculty of Science

  • Biological Sciences e.g. botany, zoology, palaeontology
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Law
  • International Relations
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Childhood Studies
  • The Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Veterinary Science
  • The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol

    The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the exceptional University of Bristol offers innovative, flexible programmes in archaeology, social anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeological sciences; the only department in the UK to offer such a range.

  • BA Archaeology - UCAS code V400, Single Honours, three years full-time
  • BA Archaeology and Anthropology - UCAS code VL46, Single Honours, three years FT
  • BA Anthropology - UCAS code XD49, Single Honours, three years full-time

  • Staff and students form a vibrant, tight-knit and friendly community who work as cooperative teams during field trips and excavations. Our teaching is led by the ongoing research of our academics, and many of our academics are specialists in groundbreaking and employable topics, including scientific study of cultures and their remains, transatlantic slave trade, globalisation and conflict.

    With the latest facilities including three archaeological laboratories and a micro CT scanner, we benefit from close connections with the Schools of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, supporting research in archaeological sciences.

    Throughout the year, we organise training excavations, field trips, and classes taught on location, aided by our fleet of Land Rovers. Close links with Bristol heritage organisations, such as Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery and the SS Great Britain, along with easy access to heritage sites in the South West, like Berkeley Castle, provide ample opportunity for applying new skills. Many of our academic community are involved in excavations in Africa, North America, France, Turkey, Spain and the UK, and there is an active, student-led Archaeology and Anthropology Society that organises social events, weekly lectures and other extracurricular activities.

    Archaeological Excavations and our US Students

    Bristol Dig Berkeley is the annual archaeological excavation at local Berkeley Castle which aims to build up a detailed picture of the history and archaeology of the castle and the associated settlement of Berkeley.

    This year our current archaeology students were delighted to be joined by our 9 Fulbright Summer Institute students from across the USA. This was a great opportunity to learn both excavation techniques and to understand how the Atlantic Slave Trade fits into the context of British History.

    Dr Stuart Prior, Director of the excavation and Senior Teaching Fellow in Archaeological Practice has many interesting photos, videos and information about the department if you click on his name.


    A degree in archaeology and anthropology prepares you for a huge range of professional careers. You will acquire strong analytical, practical and field-based skills that will equip you to work in diverse fields. You find further information here.

    Bristol's top 10 links to American history including the discovery and naming of America!

    Study Abroad at Bristol

    The University of Bristol's Study Abroad programme is open to students from our exchange partners outside of Europe as well as fee-paying students from universities that we do not have exchange agreements with.

    Study abroad information


    David Line or Nia Evans

    Study and Work Abroad Officers

    Tel: +44 (0)117 3318504


    Student Profiles from North America