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At Bristol University, we consider education the means to met the needs of today's changing workforce in the United States and the world. Through quality higher education delivered by highly-qualified professors, our students will become the successful skilled professionals of tomorrow.

Bristol University does not consider that education has to be expensive. On the contrary, education should be accessible to everyone everywhere. We are proud to have, in our student body, students from different parts of the world who have decided to either pursue education online or travel to the United States as international students. We have student athletes who strive to excel at their sport of choice and, at the same time, study hard to educate themselves to have better futures.

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Bristol university brochure

  1. 1. Top 10UK university in QS World Rankings 2015 Best city for student life WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2015
  2. 2. Top 5 for research in the UK 4th most targeted university by top UK employers
  3. 3. 16 Connect with us @ChooseBristolUG bristoluniversity UniversityofBristol UniversityofBristol 28 Talk to us Tel +44 (0)117 394 1649 Email For up-to-date information visit 26 2 INTRODUCTION CONTENTS
  4. 4. Contents 32 36 46 Introduction Welcome 4 Why choose Bristol? 6 Learning at Bristol 8 Research excellence 10 Learn from the best 12 A pioneering university 14 Shaping your future 16 Careers and employability 18 Life after Bristol 19 Get ahead 20 Real world experience 22 Global opportunities 24 The best of student life 26 Sports and healthy living 28 Arts and culture 30 Live in a leading city 32 A place to call home 36 Looking after your wellbeing 40 Bursaries and scholarships 42 #wearebristoluni 44 Discover more 46 Courses A-Z Choosing your course 48 Course pages explained 50 Course entries 52-134 Course index 135-139 Fees and funding 140 How to apply 142-145 University map 146 Our degree courses 148 Getting to Bristol 149 3INTRODUCTION CONTENTS
  5. 5. At our University you will have the opportunity to learn with and from some of the leading scholars in the world, in a supportive environment that challenges and stretches you. We can offer you the chance to study in a research rich environment, to live in one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe and to lay the foundations for an excellent career. Bristol graduates are targeted by the best employers – whatever your aspirations, a degree from this University will give you an excellent platform from which to take your next steps. In 2015, Bristol was voted best for city life in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, and we make the most of being set in such a wonderful city. There is a diverse arts, music and cultural scene and in the summer hardly a weekend goes by without a festival or celebration. There are also some beautiful green spaces and the city is known for being a leader in sustainability; just last year, we were crowned European Green Capital. Bristol was the first UK city to win that award. Bristol is consistently ranked within the top 40 universities in the world, and attracts some of the best and brightest students. I invite you to look through our prospectus and see what interests you, and I hope that I shall have the pleasure of welcoming you to join us in person in the near future. Professor Hugh Brady Vice-Chancellor and President Welcome 4 INTRODUCTION WELCOME
  6. 6. “Bristol is recognised globally for its high-quality research, and was recently rated amongst the top five universities in the UK. Our staff continually push forward the boundaries of discovery.” INTRODUCTION WELCOME 5
  7. 7. Why choose Bristol? 6 Our curriculum is world class, informed by the latest research and delivered by academics who are leaders in their fields Engage in a broad learning experience with opportunities to explore innovation and enterprise, sustainable futures and global citizenship 6 INTRODUCTION WHY CHOOSE BRISTOL?
  8. 8. 7 Discover an inspiring place to study at the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant, creative and dynamic cities Our focus on employability enables you to develop your career throughout your time at Bristol 7INTRODUCTION WHY CHOOSE BRISTOL?
  9. 9. Our learning experience encourages you to become an independent thinker by providing an education of the highest quality. We offer you the academic and personal development opportunities that will equip you to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter throughout your life and career. Work with leading academics Our students come from all parts of society, which ensures a diverse and interesting community. We believe that anyone with great potential will thrive at Bristol. Here, you will have the opportunity to engage with intellectually challenging courses, designed and taught by world-leading researchers. Our supportive environment enables students to work in partnership with creative teachers and Bristol degrees are valued by employers throughout the world. Teaching methods We use a variety of teaching methods, including face-to-face teaching and e-learning resources, to support student-centred learning. Lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals provide the framework within which you gain the skills to explore your subject through independent study. Our approach to teaching can be very rewarding and will enable you to develop the intellectual and technical skills you need both to succeed in your subject while also preparing you for the future. Personal academic tutors At the start of your course you will be assigned a personal tutor who you will meet with on a regular basis. Alongside a senior tutor, your personal tutor will advise you on any academic matters, provide personal support and, if needed, guide you towards the appropriate specialist support services within the University. Shape your studies Our students are partners in the learning process. Working with our Students’ Union, we encourage you to become fully engaged with the process of developing education at the University. Focus groups and questionnaires may be used to gather views on lectures and practical classes. Through student-staff liaison meetings and representation on a variety of University committees, you will contribute to the development of your own courses as well as new areas of study. Feedback from the National Student Survey and other avenues are also integral to helping define and enhance the student experience at Bristol. Achieve your potential Assessment is at the heart of the learning experience. To help you evaluate your performance and improve the quality of your learning experience, we provide meaningful feedback on assignments in time to influence the next activity or task. Assessment takes various forms, including written examinations, e-assessment, continuous assessment, essays and dissertations. Tutorials and seminars are used to monitor your progress and assess your level of competence. Bristol endorses the National Union of Students’ charter on feedback and assessment. Research-led teaching The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an assessment of the standard of research at every UK university. In the most recent results (2014) Bristol ranked among the best in the UK. The high quality of our research is shown to have a major impact on society and the economy. This success results in continued investment into the University, and allows our students to benefit from teaching that is directly informed by cutting-edge discoveries and delivered by world-leading academics. Learning at Bristol 8 INTRODUCTION LEARNING AT BRISTOL
  11. 11. 2 3 1 2 1 Protecting subglacial environments Research led by the Bristol Glaciology Centre has transformed our image of Antarctica from a lifeless landscape into a network of dynamic subglacial rivers. Professors Martyn Tranter and Jemma Wadham have demonstrated that isolated communities of microbes are likely to contain organisms new to science. These ideas are explored in glaciology units in our BSc and MSci Geography courses. 2 Treatment and prevention of bacterial infection Dr Michele Barbour, Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials in the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, has developed an exciting new technology called Pertinax™ which provides long-term protection against bacterial infection. Dentistry students conduct a research project, and each year there are opportunities to work in Dr Barbour’s group to investigate dental applications of this new technology. 3 Spin-out success An undergraduate computer science project is now being commercialised by spin-out company XMOS. The company produces the world’s lowest-cost, multi-core microcontroller which is used in products by a range of manufacturers including electronics giant Sony. XMOS employs over 50 people across three continents and has a quarterly turnover of over £1 million. Research excellence 10 INTRODUCTION RESEARCH EXCELLENCE /research
  12. 12. 5 6 4 6 4 Understanding bacteria Dr Matthew Avison, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, is investigating the reasons behind antibiotic resistance in an attempt to reverse this deadly trend. Students studying BSc Medical Microbiology can undertake extended research projects and work on solutions to this problem. Without this research, Dr Avison warns we could go back to a time when people routinely died of infections that are currently treatable. 5 Joining the fight for freedom As part of the bicentennial celebrations of Latin American independence (2008-2012), Dr Matthew Brown, reader in Latin American Studies, researched the role of foreign adventurers in the region in the early 19th- century. Students studying in the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies have the opportunity to explore the research that Dr Brown conducted. 6 A new understanding of child poverty Research carried out by the University’s Townsends Centre for International Poverty Research has become the ‘gold standard’ for measuring child poverty and deprivation. Known as the Bristol Approach, the research has helped put the rights of children at the heart of advocacy efforts by organisations such as UNICEF and Save the Children. Students studying social policy will explore the Bristol Approach and its impact. /research 11INTRODUCTION RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
  13. 13. “We’re committed to supporting our students so you get the most from your time here.” Debbie Martin, Lead Histology Laboratory Technician Learn from the best We bring together international experts in individual subjects, giving you the chance to learn from staff who are at the forefront of their fields. Come to Bristol and you will have the opportunity to engage in real-life research projects on current and intellectually challenging courses that are shaped by the latest thinking. We emphasise a research-led curriculum, meaning that both the content of our degree courses and the way that they are taught is influenced and informed by our research. As well as teaching the facts, our staff pass on their knowledge, interests and experience. Our enthusiastic community of teaching and support staff create a positive and stimulating learning environment where your personal and academic development are a priority. This, along with the University’s continued investment in new facilities and technology will ensure you have access to the highest quality of education. 12 INTRODUCTION LEARN FROM THE BEST
  14. 14. “Bristol is a fantastic place to be a student. It’s a place to learn, enjoy life and make an impact.” Dr Mojtaba Dorri, School of Oral and Dental Sciences “From your first day at Bristol, you’ll join a supportive community of staff and students.” Dr Chris Bell, School of Physics 13 INTRODUCTION LEARN FROM THE BEST
  15. 15. 1 Establishing equal rights We were the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis with men. 2 Academic recognition We have been associated with twelve Nobel Laureates, including Paul Dirac (Physics), Dorothy Hodgkin (Chemistry) and JMG Le Clezio (Literature). 3 Making discoveries In 1964, our Professor of Pathology, Sir Anthony Epstein discovered the first cancer-causing virus, the Epstein-Barr virus. A pioneering university 3 2 1 14 INTRODUCTION A PIONEERING UNIVERSITY
  16. 16. 4 A part of British history Wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill was our Chancellor from 1929 to 1965. 5 Advocating equal rights George Odlum, former Deputy Prime Minister of St Lucia, became the UK’s first black students’ union president while at Bristol. 6 Pioneering science We pioneered beating heart surgery, now used in heart operations worldwide. 4 5 6 15INTRODUCTION A PIONEERING UNIVERSITY
  17. 17. Shaping your future With unique access to Bristol’s alumni network, an outstanding Careers Service and award- winning start-up support, a degree from the University of Bristol will help you get wherever you want to be. Bristol graduates are highly regarded by employers. We are in the top five universities targeted by leading graduate recruiters* and our graduate employment record is one of the best in the UK; 93% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating.† Bristol graduates progress into top-flight careers in a wide range of industries. Many pursue careers in law, finance, IT, electronics, engineering and consulting at firms including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rolls-Royce, Jones Day, PwC, Linklaters, Deloitte, Accenture, Teach First, Bain Company and Bloomberg. Alongside its thriving arts and cultural scene, Bristol is developing a reputation as a leading centre for creativity and technical innovation and a hotbed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Many of our graduates draw on the city’s independent spirit, pursuing careers within media, arts and social enterprise or accessing the wealth of start-up support available in Bristol to launch their own enterprises. At the University of Bristol, we actively encourage the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. There is a wealth of support to help you cultivate your ideas while developing highly desirable enterprise skills. SETSquared – best university business incubator in the world SETSquared is a partnership between five UK universities including the University of Bristol and has a centre in Bristol’s Engine Shed. It has recently been named, ‘best university business incubator in the world’ by UBI Global. As well as working with technology start-ups, it supports a programme of student enterprise activities, an entrepreneurship programme and the annual Student Enterprise Awards. Basecamp Our student enterprise and support service, Basecamp, is an entrepreneurship hub for University of Bristol students. A member of the SETSquared partnership, Basecamp’s team of in-house consultants and external business advisers offers consultancy services for anyone with an idea. A weekly masterclass series aims to deliver the innovation skills needed to set up a business and you can develop your ideas while pursuing start-up funding through numerous competitions and challenges. Enterprising student societies The University of Bristol’s enterprise society, Inc. runs a packed programme of talks, workshops and challenges, where you can meet like- minded people and progress ideas. They also run the award-winning RISE social enterprise conference in partnership with Bristol Hub. The annual conference is the biggest student- run conference in the UK and attracts top guest speakers such as Liam Black, CEO of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and Tim Smit, co-founder of The Eden Project. *‘The Graduate Market in 2016’, High Fliers Research † HESA Employment Indicator 2013-14 for UK first degree graduates. We are in the top five universities targeted by leading graduate recruiters SETSquared is a partnership between the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Surrey and Southampton and is ranked best university business incubator in the world by UBI Global. 16 INTRODUCTION SHAPING YOUR FUTURE
  19. 19. Careers and employability With one of the largest event programmes of any UK university and enviable connections to top graduate recruiters, the Careers Service will support you toward your future career. Whether you have firm ideas or are still deciding about your path after university, the Careers Service can help you find inspiration. Located at the heart of the campus, the service offers an extensive programme of appointments and events to help you assess your skills and values and gain insight into potential career options. Careers workshops cover essential topics such as networking, assessment centres and perfecting job applications. You can also meet with careers advisers for CV writing guidance and one-to-one interview practice. Mycareer is the service’s online career portal where you can access hundreds of career resources including videos, industry guides and Goinglobal, a subscription-based international careers and jobs portal. Mycareer is also an online jobs board advertising part-time and vacation work, internships and graduate jobs and includes a searchable database of employers who have advertised vacancies to Bristol students and graduates. Careers events There are few better ways to gain insight into a profession than talking to those already doing it. The University of Bristol has close links with hundreds of employers, from national and multinational firms to SMEs. Careers fairs Our series of careers fairs attract the top graduate recruiters in the UK. Most of the fairs are sector-specific, reflecting the professions many Bristol graduates enter, while our biggest fair in the autumn term offers a diverse range of organisations, ensuring that there is something for all career interests. Careers fairs offer an excellent opportunity to talk to recruitment teams and recent graduate trainees about the company culture and the application process and maybe uncover a few insider tips. Employer-led events The Careers Service hosts an extensive events programme, bringing hundreds of employers onto campus to talk to you. The programme includes employer presentations, networking opportunities and employer-led skills workshops; small, interactive group sessions, focusing on a key skill or aspect of the graduate recruitment process. Sign into mycareer early in the autumn term to browse and register for events and keep an eye on departmental and student society websites for additional employer activities. Making connections As a student and after you graduate, there are numerous ways to tap into the knowledge and experience of Bristol’s alumni network across the globe. The Careers Network is a database of over 1,000 University of Bristol alumni, working in a variety of industries. Access the database to search for alumni case studies by occupation, employer and level of study, or to find relevant alumni who have agreed to be contacted by current students. 6,706 job vacancies advertised in 2014-15 285companies visited the campus in 2014-15 The Careers Alumni Mentoring Scheme enables you to seek advice from University of Bristol alumni to help you reach your potential. Whatever your objective, from confidence building to achieving a defined goal, your mentor can draw on their career experience and insight to help you progress. Taking part in the scheme allows you to demonstrate initiative and professionalism while making a valuable connection. Find out more at 18 INTRODUCTION CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
  20. 20. Life after Bristol 1 Nicholas Phan (BSc Economics and Management 2010) Bristol was an environment for me to step out of my comfort zone and gain new perspectives. This made me more confident to try new things even if it might lead to failure. During my time at Bristol, I acquired the soft skills that are now far more useful to me than any equation: organisation, leadership and bravery. Nicholas is Founder of Biju Bubble Tea 2 Will Ashford Brown (BSc Environmental Geoscience 2012) Studying for a BSc in Environment Geoscience helped me realise where my interests lay and, ultimately, led to pursing a postgraduate degree. The support offered by faculty staff and the Careers Service greatly helped me to prepare for the challenges awaiting life post-Bristol. Will is Geophysicist at CGG 3 Steph Croft-Simon (BSc Sociology 2010) A degree from Bristol helped my career by providing me with the necessary tools and confidence to start my own business. My degree offered me so much more than the qualification. I learned about myself and the environment and people I wanted to be around when it came to choosing a career. Steph is Founder/Director of Nom Foods Limited 4 Alex Ayling (MSci Chemistry with Study in Continental Europe 2002) After studying Chemistry, I took the less-than-obvious career path into media, but my Bristol degree was still instrumental in setting me up professionally. Although, I have made an interactive chemistry experiment for the BBC using the power of YouTube annotations, so maybe there was a link after all! It was during the Insight Into Media course run by the Careers Service that I first realised that it would be possible for a humble science student like me to make the leap into the creative industries; it allowed me to think beyond the standard progression expected of me. Alex is Head of BBC Worldwide Digital Studios 3 4 2 1 19INTRODUCTION LIFE AFTER BRISTOL
  21. 21. Get ahead Internships and work experience Internships can offer invaluable insight into an industry or role and, increasingly, internships and work placements are seen as a stepping stone to future graduate employment. During the Autumn term look out for internship events via the Careers Service and log in to mycareer to search for vacancies throughout the year. University of Bristol internship scheme Our own internships scheme provides high quality, paid, work experience with a small or medium enterprise (SME). Internships are flexible to fit around your study and can be four or eight weeks long, full or part time, and can take place during terms or vacations. Companies taking part in the scheme include charities, publishing houses, research consultancies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) offering roles in marketing, events, research, IT and business development. Positions are advertised on mycareer and if you source your own opportunity, you may be able to apply for funding through the scheme. Santander Universities Internship Programme The Careers Service works with the Santander Universities Internship Programme to provide internships with SMEs. The programme provides 12-week, full-time positions for final-year students and recent graduates. Faculty of Engineering internships The Industrial Liaison Office in the Faculty of Engineering provides paid internships for first year Engineering and Computer Science students. The internships last for six to 12 weeks during the summer and aim to help you explore career development in engineering or technology industries while enhancing your employability. Visit Industry accreditation Many of our degree courses are industry accredited, providing external confirmation that our courses meet professional, statutory and regulatory requirements. Some employers prefer to recruit graduates with accredited degrees and such degrees are likely to be recognised in other countries. Several courses offer exemptions toward a professional qualification. Check course pages for full details. Part time jobs Gaining experience through part-time work can be a highly effective way to strengthen your CV. The JobShop team source and advertise part- time vacancies on mycareer, many exclusive to Bristol students. They also run drop-in sessions throughout the week to help you find and apply for work. Throughout the year, there are five part-time jobs fairs on campus offering a direct route to regional recruiters. Volunteering Many students volunteer as a rewarding way to make a difference to their community, meet new friends and have fun. Volunteering can also help you to develop new skills and experiences, which can boost your employability. The Students’ Union advertise volunteering opportunities if you want to volunteer with local charities or community projects and they can help you set up your own project: volunteering. Gain industry endorsed recognition The Bristol PLUS Award, endorsed by 45 leading graduate recruiters including Airbus, Burges Salmon and Unilever, rewards students who have developed significant life and professional skills through work experience, volunteering or other extracurricular activities. Students who demonstrate exceptional skill development can progress onto the Outstanding Award. “In such a competitive job market, the ability of a potential employee to demonstrate success both academically and in extra-curricular fields is a key differentiator. Knowing a candidate will not only be intellectually capable but has proactively taken part in corporate responsibility activities means Zurich in the UK holds achievements such as the Bristol PLUS Award in high regard” Jon Vaughan-Williams, UK Life Financial Controller, Zurich Insurance 20 INTRODUCTION GET AHEAD
  22. 22. Sophie Smith (BA Theatre, Film and Television, 2003) Pre and Post Production Manager at Aardman Animations 21INTRODUCTION GET AHEAD
  23. 23. Real world experience Applying your degree to real-world challenges in industry can bring your subject to life. Spending a year working in industry as part of your course can be an unforgettable experience. Throughout your placement, you will work on live projects as a valued member of a team, applying your subject specialism practically, while gaining invaluable insight into your discipline. We offer 16 courses that include a ‘with industry’ option. Through our considerable links to industry we will help you find a position that complements your subject focus and will support you throughout the application process. With over a third of entry-level positions filled by graduates who have previously worked for a company on placements and internships,* your year in industry could become the first step on your future career. *’The Graduate Market 2014’, High Fliers. “The £60m National Composites Centre is hosted by the University and offers a range of fantastic opportunities.” Dr Hamish McAlpine NCC Project Manager, Industrial Liaison Office 22 INTRODUCTION REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
  24. 24. INTRODUCTION REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE “My work placement will give me invaluable experience that I can use when applying for graduate employment.” Rob Robinson First year, MEng Engineering Design with Study in Industry “The collaboration here creates an interesting mix of academic and industrial research.” Harry Clegg, EngD, Composites Manufacture 23
  25. 25. Global opportunities Each year more than 500 Bristol students travel abroad as part of their degree to destinations as varied as Madrid, Copenhagen, California and Singapore. Studying or working abroad is an exciting adventure and also a great investment in your future. Research shows that students with global experience are more likely to be employed six months after graduation and earn higher starting salaries. Students with cross-cultural experience are increasingly sought after by employers, many of whom recognise and value the skills gained by living abroad. A world of opportunity Depending on your degree course, you could have the option to go abroad for a semester or full year at one of our partner universities. Our Global Opportunities team are on hand to provide practical advice and support from the time you make an application right through to your return to Bristol. Study abroad Look for degree courses that include ‘with Study in Continental Europe’ or ‘with Study Abroad’ in the title, or talk to your prospective University department about the opportunities it offers. Work abroad If you study a language degree at Bristol you will also have the option of doing a work placement in Continental Europe, Latin America or Russia, which is a great way to enhance your CV. This placement forms an integrated part of your degree course. In recent years Bristol students have worked at companies such as Clifford Chance in Madrid, Air France in Paris and MC Saatchi in Berlin. The excellent career prospects these opportunities provide are demonstrated by the popularity of these placements. All students on European study and work placements are eligible to opt in to the Erasmus+ programme which provides students with a grant to help with travel and living costs. Evie Snee, Fourth year, MSci Geology with Study Abroad I spent my year abroad in New Zealand and it was amazing. I learnt lots of new skills to help me in my geology work as well as how to adapt to new situations and surroundings. This has given me lots of relevant experience to talk about now I’m applying for graduate jobs. 250+Erasmus+ work placements were undertaken by students in 2015-16 24 INTRODUCTION GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES
  26. 26. Sophie Leader, Fourth year, BSc Politics and Spanish I had an amazing time during my year abroad in Barcelona and would recommend the experience to anyone. I worked at two legal firms on lots of different tasks such as meeting with clients, attending court and translating and proof-reading legal documents. The skills I learned and the experience of living abroad has really boosted my CV. Alex Waudby, Fourth year, BA French and German I spent half of my year abroad teaching in rural Germany and the other half working in the arts scene in Paris. Spending time abroad shows I am adaptable and determined and has given me invaluable experience in working towards a career beyond the UK. 32Number of countries available for study placements 150+Partner universities across the world 25INTRODUCTION GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES
  27. 27. Led by students, for students, Bristol Students’ Union is here to ensure you get the most out of your time at university, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. Societies and activities With over 300 student societies and activities ranging from the Skydiving Society, Wingardium Leviosoc (Harry Potter Society) to the Breakdance Society, and the Chocolate Society, you’re sure to find something that interests you. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved with student media at Bristol SU, so if you’re a budding journalist, radio DJ or television presenter, you will have the chance to learn new skills and develop your craft. Whether you are continuing a hobby or want to try something completely new, joining a society, sports club or volunteering project is a great way to have fun and develop skills relevant to your chosen career. Welcome week Bristol SU coordinates a huge range of activities to welcome you to the University. The week kicks off with the Welcome Fair where you can find out about all the societies and sports clubs here at Bristol. Events are held every night in the Students’ Union, ranging from quizzes and club nights, to karaoke and Ted Talks, giving you the chance to get to know the University and make new friends. The Richmond Building The Richmond Building, home to Bristol SU, has recently undergone a £30 million refurbishment, transforming the building into a vibrant place to study and relax. As a student here, you will have access to fantastic, state-of-the-art facilities which include: the Winston Theatre and Pegg Theatre, opened by Simon Pegg; a pottery studio; music practice rooms; dance studios; a café-bar; and a swimming pool. The Richmond Building is also home to one of the city’s biggest gig venues, The Anson Rooms. Over the years it has hosted big name acts including The Smiths, David Bowie and Ed Sheeran. Representation Six full-time officers, eight part-time officers and a network of student representatives, all elected by you, work hard to represent your views and needs to the Union, the University and National Union of Students (NUS). There are lots of ways to make your voice heard: voting in elections and contributing to consultations, or by taking up one of the various roles as an elected representative. Advice and support Our Just Ask service provides free, friendly, impartial and confidential advice to all students on everything from academic issues to welfare and housing. We also offer mentoring, mediation, student-led support groups and study skills workshops. The best of student life £30 millionrefurbishment of the Richmond Building Join us online bristolsu @Bristol_SU bristol_su 26 INTRODUCTION THE BEST OF STUDENT LIFE
  29. 29. Bristol’s excellent sports and fitness facilities will help you stay on top of your game in an environment that promotes a proactive approach to sports, health and wellbeing. Something for everyone We encourage every student at Bristol to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. So whether you are looking to compete at the highest level, bring sport to the local community or try something new to keep fit, we offer something to suit all levels of ability, interest and experience. Our range of memberships offer great value for money, giving you free or discounted access to the University’s extensive sports facilities which include: • an indoor sports centre on the main campus featuring The Pulse health and fitness suite, studios, an indoor jogging track, sports hall and sports medicine clinic; • a 33-metre swimming pool in the Richmond Building; • the Coombe Dingle Sports Complex featuring first-class pitches for a range of sports, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suite, and indoor tennis centre; • a brand new £1.2 million boathouse at Saltford on the River Avon; • an outdoor gym and multi-use games area • a gym at Langford Veterinary School, Hiatt Baker Hall and Badock Hall; • exclusive use of squash courts at nearby Bristol Grammar School and Kingsdown Sports Centre. Sports clubs and programmes The Students’ Union, Bristol SU, has more than 50 sports clubs, ranging from cycling to ultimate frisbee and from American football to skydiving. This means plenty of opportunities to play sport at university representative level; in the Intramural Programme; or as part of the UBU Active Programme. Sport Performance Squad Our Sport Performance Squad helps student athletes continue their sporting careers without compromising academic achievements. Members develop a personal action plan, supported by services such as nutrition advice, physiotherapy and mentoring. The squad has supported Olympians, Commonwealth medallists and world champions. Scholarships Exceptional student athletes can apply for sports scholarships including the Vice-Chancellor’s Award and Lloyd Robinson, Dave Attwood, Jeavons-Fellows Rugby and Undergraduate Rowing scholarships. Sports and healthy living 53sports clubs ranging from gliding to volleyball Coach and volunteer Gain coaching qualifications and volunteer through sport at Bristol 28 INTRODUCTION SPORTS AND HEALTHY LIVING
  31. 31. Bristol is a city rich in culture. From art galleries and museums to concert venues and theatres, you’re sure to find somewhere to indulge your creative passions. The city Bristol is home to a wide range of exciting cultural venues, including renowned galleries and small independent arts projects. The Royal West of England Academy and Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery, both within a five-minute walk of the University, host major art shows and exhibitions of internationally recognised artists. The Harbourside is the city’s cultural hub. Here you’ll find the M Shed, a fascinating museum which tells the story of the city, and the celebrated Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts. If you are interested in film you’ll find multiplexes showing the latest blockbusters, as well as independent cinemas such as the Watershed that work in partnership with the University to explore design and creative technology. Catch popular musicals at the Hippodrome, witness pioneering performances at the Old Vic, the UK’s oldest working theatre, and see performances from just about every genre of music at Colston Hall. The University As a student at Bristol, you can join a wealth of dynamic arts societies ranging from the Drama Society and the Opera Society to the more unusual Panto Soc and Bristol Improv. Bristol’s diverse population is reflected in the many cultural appreciation student groups that you can join to explore and celebrate cultures from around the world. Whatever your passions, some of the best facilities are on your doorstep; the Students’ Union is home to two theatres, several dance studios, a pottery room, music practice rooms and a photographic darkroom, as well as one of the city’s biggest gig venues, The Anson Rooms. From arts to literature to music, you can make many exciting discoveries on campus. If you’re interested in drama and theatre history, lose yourself in the world’s largest archive of British theatre history, housed in the Theatre Department, with over 100,000 items spanning from 1572 to the present day. Explore your love of literature and writing with the University’s Penguin Archive, a comprehensive collection of Penguin books dating back to 1935. From the University Symphony Orchestra to the University Barbershop Singers, all students have the opportunity to join a musical group, or to watch classical concerts and recitals at The Victoria Rooms. Whatever your future career aspirations, getting involved with the arts at Bristol is an enjoyable way to make yourself stand out to employers. Demonstrate your leadership skills by taking on a committee position, or organise a play or exhibition to develop and showcase your organisational ability. If you are interested in a working in the arts sector, our Careers Service can help you gain experience of the many arts organisations in the city. Bristol has a strong tradition of supporting the arts, with many of our alumni making their name in the creative industries including film star Simon Pegg, Greg Doran, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo. Arts and culture 300+clubs and societies ranging from the Breakdance Society to the Book Club, the Nordic Society to the PhotoSoc. World’s largest archive of British theatre history, with over 100,000 items 30 INTRODUCTION ARTS AND CULTURE
  32. 32. The Winston Theatre in the Students’ Union INTRODUCTION ARTS AND CULTURE 31
  33. 33. Live in a leading city Lush green spaces and famous performance venues like the Bristol Old Vic are just minutes from the University Bristol is famous for its festivals and holds more than any other European city The University of Bristol is right at the heart of the city 32 INTRODUCTION LIVE IN A LEADING CITY
  34. 34. There’s much more to Bristol than Banksy, Brunel and hot air balloons. It’s a vibrant, friendly city that’s really geared towards student life. Welcome to Bristol With lively music and arts scenes, enticing places to eat and drink, a fantastic range of shops and plenty of relaxing green spaces, you are sure to feel at home here. As the largest city in the South West of England, Bristol combines the traditions of a historic city with the atmosphere of a fast-paced, dynamic and modern metropolis. Thanks to its thriving cultural life and strong independent spirit, the city also holds a number of prestigious accolades. Bristol was voted the best university for city life in the 2015 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, is one of only six UK science cities and was named Europe’s best small city of the future by influential business publication FDi magazine. 33INTRODUCTION LIVE IN A LEADING CITY
  35. 35. The sound of Bristol Bristol is famous for its diverse music scene, with festivals championing new music and venues where you can enjoy everything from unsigned bands to chart acts. Gig spaces vary from pubs such as The Louisiana and The Fleece to the O2 Academy and Anson Rooms for big-name bands. Bristol’s clubbing scene has it all too, from huge venues to sleek hip-hop basement bars. For something more chilled, Colston Hall and St George’s stage classical, folk and world music concerts. A festival city The city plays host to a wide range of festivals all year round. These include the International Balloon Fiesta; Bristol Harbour Festival; music festivals such as Bristol Summer Series and Love Saves the Day; and Upfest, Europe’s largest urban art festival. Eat, drink and shop Bristol’s central shopping area, Cabot Circus, is packed with big-name department stores and famous high street names. If you’re looking for something a bit different there are hundreds of distinctive independent shops close to the University in Clifton Village, Park Street and Gloucester Road which is home to the largest number of independent traders in the UK. There’s an abundance of good food too. As well as the usual array of curry houses and takeaways for cheap eats, Bristol is home to top- end restaurants including Casamia and Bordeaux Quay, the UK’s first eco-restaurant. Global food in all its diversity is celebrated in Bristol, where you will find a range of ethnic eateries. A safe city For the past five years Bristol city centre has been awarded the Purple Flag which recognises that our city centre is a safe and vibrant place to enjoy a night out. A green capital Bristol has earned a reputation as a green city based on the quality of its open spaces. Bristol has over 450 parks and open spaces for you to enjoy, proportionately more per square metre than any other city in the UK. In 2015 the city was named European Green Capital for the year, the first British city to be awarded the title A city for life When you experience the quality of life Bristol has to offer – the perfect mix of urban bustle and rural tranquillity – you will be pleased that you chose to come here. Many of our students love Bristol so much that they stay here after graduation, with a fifth of our graduates finding work with local employers such as the BBC, NHS, Deloitte and Rolls Royce. Best city to be a graduate Bristol was voted the best city in which to be a graduate by The Sunday Times, 2015 450parks, proportionately more than any other city in the UK MEMBER OF 34 INTRODUCTION LIVE IN A LEADING CITY
  37. 37. A place to call home For many of you, moving to a new city is one of the most exciting parts of your university experience. With it comes a sense of independence as well as new opportunities and challenges. Our Accommodation Office will help you to find the perfect place to live and make the transition to university life as easy as possible. Choosing where to live Our residences are more than just a place to eat and sleep, they are dynamic and exciting communities that will become your home for your first year. You will have the chance to mix with students from around the world and meet people who will become your friends for life. We have accommodation to suit all tastes, from shared Georgian townhouses in colourful Clifton to large modern residences right in the city centre. Where you choose to live will depend on the experience you are looking for, your budget and how independent you want to be. There is a real mixture of new and old, big and small, catered and self-catered. Many of our residences are within walking distance of the main University campus. 36 INTRODUCTION A PLACE TO CALL HOME
  39. 39. Our halls and student houses are based in three areas: Stoke Bishop • A student village of six halls housing over 2000 students with a mixture of catered and self-catered halls • Halls range in size from 228 places at Durdham Hall, to 740 places at Hiatt Baker • Each hall has its own bar/common room, computer room and study room • There is a dedicated bus service to and from campus. Clifton • The area is made up of three halls and a number of student houses located near the independent shops of Clifton Village • Each residence has its own bar/common room • The University and the city centre are within a short walking distance. City centre • There are a number of centrally-located student houses and halls of residences owned in partnership with external housing companies • The University, city centre and Harbourside are all within a short walking distance. Accommodation guarantee We guarantee to make an offer of accommodation to all new undergraduates who accept Bristol as their firm choice and apply by the given deadline. Our accommodation guarantee is subject to conditions. Find out more at accommodation/undergraduate/guarantee. Joining a community All residences have a Junior Common Room (JCR), a committee of students who run events in your hall throughout the year. Events include fancy dress nights, pub quizzes and all-day music festivals. You will be able to suggest events to your JCR and take an active role in organising them. Whether you plan to live at home or in private accommodation, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet new people at the University’s welcome events. The student network Brunel organises socials for students living outside of halls. Members of the JCR committee represent you at Students’ Union Council meetings and help you get involved with University-wide initiatives such as HEETs – student networks that collaborate on environmental and ethical issues, and projects in halls and the wider University and community. How much will it cost? Accommodation fees vary but the table below will give you a good idea of how much you will need to budget for: Room type Weekly cost* Annual fee* Self-catered Shared £78-£89 £3,284-£3,748 Standard single (no basin) £98-£134 £4,111-£5,758 Large en suite £152 £6,832 Catered Shared £124-£130 £5,197-£5,455 Standard single (no basin) £137-£159 £5,755-£6,698 En suite £179 £7,525 Typical accommodation fees for a 42 or 43 week tenancy (based on 2015/16 figures). *Figures rounded to nearest pound. Accommodation fees include a bus pass, internet, heating and electricity costs. Additional compulsory costs include insurance, a damage deposit and a Junior Common Room subscription. Visit before you apply You will have the opportunity to visit a selection of our residences on the undergraduate open days on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June, and Friday 9 September 2016. In the meantime, you may wish to take a virtual tour of our residences at accommodation/ug. After your first year Most students move into private accommodation after their first year. The cost of renting privately will depend on the size, quality and location of the property you choose. The most popular areas with students are those close to the University: Kingsdown, Clifton, Cotham and Redland. If you are willing to venture a little further out you will find cheaper rents. Costs vary between £300-£500 per calendar month, with £375 per calendar month plus bills being the average you can expect to pay. Accommodation advice and support Our Accommodation Office can help you find somewhere to live and offer advice on both University and private accommodation for the duration of your time at Bristol. We provide specialist advice to those with particular needs, such as students with disabilities and those with young families. We aim to provide you with the perfect place to live and continue to invest in our residences. We will do everything we can to make sure you feel at home throughout your time at Bristol. 38 INTRODUCTION A PLACE TO CALL HOME
  41. 41. Looking after your wellbeing We want you to get the most out of your time at university. Our comprehensive network of student services will ensure you have access to support for all aspects of university life – academic, personal and practical. Looking after your health Bristol is one of only two universities in the UK to run a full NHS GP practice. It provides all the usual GP services and is run by a team of doctors, nurses and administrative staff who have a wealth of experience in working with students and their dependants. Counselling service Our Student Counselling Service provides a safe place for you to talk through any problems. It offers a wide range of services including individual counselling and therapeutic group sessions, a well-stocked resource library and workshops covering topics such as how to cope with stress. Childcare Our subsidised day nursery is conveniently located on the main campus. It can accommodate children from three months to five years and is open weekdays throughout the year. Disability support Disability Services provides advice and study support for students with long-term health conditions including mental health difficulties (eg anxiety, depression), specific learning difficulties (eg dyslexia), autism spectrum conditions (eg Asperger’s syndrome), sensory (vision and hearing) impairments, and mobility difficulties. It is best to contact us early in the application process so we can advise you on the support that may be available to you and how to access it. Support for care leavers We offer guidance and support to young people leaving care throughout their time at Bristol and can provide specific information on financial help, accommodation and pastoral support. Faith and spiritual support The Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre offers support to all members of the University regardless of belief or background. The centre hosts a number of worship and meditation groups, as well as lunches and other opportunities to explore faith and spirituality. Healthy lifestyles We want you to have the best student experience possible and stay healthy and active during your time at Bristol. That’s why we provide great facilities for sport and physical activity, and a range of programmes designed to help you make healthy lifestyle choices. A safe environment Bristol has been awarded the police certification of a ‘secured environment’. We do not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or victimisation and we are committed to providing a fair and safe environment in which students can study and socialise. International student support Our International Team will support you from the moment you accept an offer, right through to graduation. This includes a meet and greet service at Heathrow and Bristol airports, an exciting programme of welcome events and practical support as you settle in during September. Throughout the rest of the year, our team of International Students Ambassadors organise outings and events and provide ongoing support. 1,800appointments per week offered by the Students’ Health Service during term-time Dedicated student health service Bristol is one of only two universities to have a full NHS GP service 40 INTRODUCTION LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELLBEING
  43. 43. Bursaries and scholarships Studying at university is one of the most significant investments you will ever make and financing your studies may seem daunting at first. If you have the talent and ability to succeed at Bristol, concerns about funding your studies should not stop you from applying. The University offers a range of generous bursaries and scholarships to help with the costs of studying and living here. UK bursaries The 2017 bursary support package will be announced in summer 2016. As a guide, the bursary support for 2016 entrants is as follows: Household income Bursary entitlement £25,000 or below £2,000 £25,001-£30,000 £1,250 £35,001-£40,000 £750 £40,001-£42,620 £500 Conditions apply. To find out if you are eligible, visit Access to Bristol bursaries The University continues to invest in the local community by offering additional bursaries to local students from low income households. One example is the Access to Bristol scheme which gives local students a taste of life at the University by providing access to its academic expertise and facilities. Students who successfully complete the Access to Bristol scheme and meet the qualifying household income threshold will be eligible for the Access to Bristol bursary. Details of the 2017 Access to Bristol bursary will be announced in summer 2016. As a guide, the bursary for 2016 entrants is as follows: • a full tuition fee waiver for the first year of study only, in addition to a living cost bursary of £3,750 for the first year; • a living cost bursary of £3,750 for each subsequent year of study, provided that the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more about the scheme and how to apply at University of Bristol Financial Assistance Fund The University has invested in its own financial assistance funds to provide discretionary additional support for UK undergraduate students who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in financial difficulty. There are also a small number of special scholarships available: Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are available to undergraduate students with exceptional musical, dramatic or sporting talent outside their normal field of study. Last year 20 scholarships of up to £3,000 were available. Find out more about the scholarships and how to apply at awards/vc-scholarship. Lloyds Scholars The Lloyds Scholars Programme is open to UK students, or EU students currently residing in the UK, where the annual household income is £25,000 or less. Find out more about the programme and how to apply at awards/lloyds. Scholarships for international students A number of International Office Scholarships are available to high-achieving international students. The scholarships are allocated to students from a number of different countries, which are nominated on a rotational basis. To find out more about any of our scholarships and bursaries visit search. Please note: all figures are quoted from 2016. Details for 2017 are not available at the time of going to print. All figures are therefore subject to change. 42 INTRODUCTION BURSARIES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
  45. 45. #wearebristoluni Here’s a look at the University from our students on Instagram. Check out our Instagram page and visit the hashtag to see more fantastic shots of Bristol. UniversityofBristol Physics Building and Royal Fort Gardens in the sun 44 INTRODUCTION #WEAREBRISTOLUNI
  46. 46. Mirror maze in Royal Fort Gardens Harbourside The Clifton Suspension Bridge at night Sciences vs Arts social Snow day Bristol Improv Society 45INTRODUCTION #WEAREBRISTOLUNI 45
  47. 47. Discover more Want to see more? Take a 360° virtual tour and explore some of our schools and facilities from our website Become a VIP Register now and discover exclusive news and updates about the subjects you’re most interested in If you are ready to find out more about becoming a student at the University of Bristol we are here to answer your questions. There are many ways to visit, meet and research us online. Visit the University The best way to get a sense of living and studying in Bristol is at one of our undergraduate open days. Visit Our 2016 open days will take place on: Friday 17 June 2016 Saturday 18 June 2016 Friday 9 September 2016 Booking early is essential as places fill quickly. For our June open days booking opens online from 4 May 2016, and for September booking opens on 27 July 2016. Start exploring the University of Bristol online If you can’t visit in person, or just can’t wait for the open days, we run guided tours and open afternoons throughout the year. You can also explore University buildings and residencies with a virtual tour, or download our self-guided walking tour and visit the University at a time that suits you. Our website contains information on all aspects of student life and the application process including up-to-date course and admissions information via the online course finder. Visit You can sign up to Bristol VIP to create your personal web page for exclusive content and updates about the subjects you are interested in. Visit Meet the team There are several ways to meet with us and ask questions in person. You can come and meet us at one of the higher education or careers fairs we attend throughout the UK. Visit bristol. We regularly visit schools and colleges to give talks and run workshops about life at university and the admissions process. If you are a teacher or careers adviser, find out more on our website. Visit If you’re considering returning to study, we hold information sessions in the autumn. Visit International applicants If you live overseas, our international recruitment advisers attend education exhibitions around the world. You can find a list of upcoming dates on the website, or contact the team for further details. Visit ug-study. Tel: +44 (0)117 331 8591 Email: Speak to the Enquiries Team If you have any questions about a course or about making an application, contact the Enquiries Team. Tel: +44 (0)117 394 1649 Email: @ChooseBristolUG bristoluniversity UniversityofBristol UniversityofBristol 46 INTRODUCTION DISCOVER MORE
  49. 49. BIOLOGY A-LEVEL (SEE ALSO SCIENCE) Dental Hygiene 75 Palaeontology and Evolution 92 Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science 133 Veterinary Science 134 CHEMISTRY A-LEVEL (SEE ALSO SCIENCE) Biochemistry 58 Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry 58 Biochemistry with Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 58 Cancer Biology and Immunology 62 Cellular and Molecular Medicine 62 Chemical Physics 64 Chemistry 65 Dentistry 77 Medical Microbiology 63 Medicine 111 Pathology and Microbiology 111 Pharmacology 115 Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science 133 Veterinary Science 134 Virology and Immunology 63 ENGLISH A-LEVEL English 84 HISTORY A-LEVEL History 98 LANGUAGES A-LEVEL Czech 74 French 90 German 97 Hispanic Studies 122 Italian 102 Modern Languages 112 Portuguese 122 Russian 127 Spanish 131 (Some languages may be studied from beginners’ level, provided you can demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning) MATHEMATICS AND/OR PHYSICS A-LEVEL (SEE ALSO SCIENCE) Accounting and Finance 52 Accounting and Management 106 Aerospace Engineering 53 Chemical Physics 64 Chemistry 65 Civil Engineering 67 Computer Science 72 Economics 78 Economics and Accounting 52 Economics and Econometrics 79 Economics and Management 106 Choosing a university course can be difficult. The following table gives you some suggestions of the degree courses that build on the subjects you are already studying at A-level or equivalent. This list covers the required A-levels for entry to our courses. We hope it gives you some ideas about the broad range of options open to you. Please refer to the relevant course pages for further details. Choosing your course COURSES A-Z CHOOSING YOUR COURSE48
  50. 50. Electrical and Electronic Engineering 80 Engineering Design 82 Engineering Mathematics 83 Geophysics 94 International Business Management* 107 Management* 107 Mathematics 108 Mechanical Engineering 110 Philosophy and Economics 116 Physics 118 Physics with Astrophysics 119 Theoretical Physics 119 MUSIC A-LEVEL Music 113 SCIENCE A-LEVEL (SEE ALSO BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, MATHEMATICS AND/OR PHYSICS A-LEVELS) Biology 61 Environmental Geoscience 95 Geography 91 Geology 92 Neuroscience 114 Physiological Science 120 Psychology 120 Zoology 61 *We are considering removing the Mathematics requirement. Please visit management. The following A-levels are not required but are preferred subjects that may prove useful preparation for the courses listed. CLASSICS/CLASSICAL STUDIES A-LEVEL Ancient History 54 Classical Studies 68 Classics 69 Liberal Arts 105 DRAMA A-LEVEL Film and Television 87 Theatre and Film 132 Theatre and Performance Studies 132 ENGLISH A-LEVEL Classical Studies 68 Theatre and Film 132 Liberal Arts 105 Philosophy 116 HISTORY A-LEVEL Ancient History 54 Anthropology 55 Archaeology and Anthropology Classical Studies 68 History of Art 99 Liberal Arts 111 Politics and International Relations 105 Religion and Theology 126 LAW A-LEVEL Law 103 PSYCHOLOGY A-LEVEL Childhood Studies 76 Psychology 131 RELIGIOUS STUDIES A-LEVEL Liberal Arts 66 Philosophy 116 Religion and Theology 126 SOCIOLOGY A-LEVEL Childhood Studies 66 Social Policy 128 Sociology 130 These suggestions do not reflect the full entry requirements. There may be additional subject requirements (eg biology courses require at least two science or mathematics subjects). Please refer to the entry requirement tables on the relevant subject pages. Enhance your employability and consider one of our Innovation or Quantitative Research Methods courses. Details on p100 and p124. COURSES A-Z CHOOSING YOUR COURSE 49
  51. 51. Course pages explained This prospectus outlines the many undergraduate courses available at the University of Bristol. More information about course content, alternative entry qualifications and student life at Bristol can be found on our online course finder 1 Faculty The Faculty that the subject belongs to. 2 Fact file Key facts about the subject. 3 Why study…? This section gives you more detail about studying this subject. 4 Additional course information Visit the online course finder for more information about individual units and more detailed entry requirements. 5 Courses available All the courses available within the subject area are listed here. Single Honours degrees usually have one subject, but there may be variations such as study abroad options or industrial placements. Joint Honours courses allow you to study two subjects, usually equally weighted; this table may refer you to another page to find out more about particular subject combinations. 6 Number of years/applicants accepted This indicates the duration of the course. Some courses include a year abroad or working in industry. There is also an indication of the number of applicants accepted onto the course for entry in 2015. Please check our online course finder for the latest information at 7 Entry requirements This section lists the typical and contextual entry requirements for the Single Honours subject. The requirements for Joint Honours courses are listed on the online course finder. The University accepts a wide range of qualifications. • EU and International qualifications For information about international qualifications accepted from EU and overseas applicants, please visit international/countries. • BTEC students If you are studying towards BTEC qualifications please refer to the individual entry tables on the online course finder. • Mature students We welcome applications from mature students. If you are studying towards Access qualifications, please refer to the individual entry tables on the online course finder for entry requirements. For more information on applying and studying at Bristol visit Typical offer Typically, these are the grades we request when you apply for one of our courses. An offer can be unconditional (if you have already met our requirements) or, more commonly, conditional on you gaining these grades in your examinations. Contextual offer (UK only) Contextual offers are typically a grade lower than the standard offer. We may make a contextual offer to applicants who attend schools or colleges which ranked in the bottom 40 per cent of all schools and colleges in the previous academic year according to the average score per A-level student; the average score achieved for each individual A-level taken there; and the percentage of students applying to higher education. We are committed to recruiting the best students to our courses, and we have evidence showing that students from these schools perform just as well at degree level as their peers from high-achieving schools. More information, including a list of these schools, is available at English language We require all applicants to meet particular language requirements in spoken and written English to ensure that you benefit fully from your degree studies. If you are not a native speaker of English you will be asked to provide evidence that you meet the requirements for your chosen course. Each course will specify one of the University’s six language profiles, which are explained at Selection The University assesses applications in accordance with a clear set of principles, which are explained at admissions-policies. We also publish admissions statements for all of our courses, which outline how applications are assessed, if that course holds interviews and what format these take, etc. The admissions statement for your chosen course is available within the individual course entry on the online course finder. 8 Accreditation logos Accreditation, where applicable, will be indicated on the course entry. 9 Find out more Visit the school or department’s website. Further information about how to apply and entrance requirements can be found on p142. Table of equivalences Scottish Highers/ Advanced Welsh Cambridge A-level EB IB Advanced Highers Baccalaureate Pre-U A*AA 88% 38 (HL 18) AAAAA / AA D2 D3 D3 AAA 85% 36 (HL 18) AAAAB / AA D3 D3 D3 AAB 80% 34 (HL 17 AAABB / AB D3 D3 M1/M2 ABB 77% 32 (HL 16) AABBB / AB D3 M2/M2 BBB 75% 31 (HL 15) BBBBB / BB M1/M2 BBC 73% 29 (HL 14) BBBBC / BB M1/M2 M3 Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade. COURSES A-Z COURSE PAGES EXPLAINED50
  52. 52. LAW FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND LAW Why study Law at Bristol? As one of the UK’s top ten law schools, we offer an education that will give you a head start in your career. Our courses will provide you with excellent legal, analytical and reasoning skills. Activities such as mooting, debating and pro-bono legal provision through our law clinic, will give you a broader understanding of the operation of law in society. Whatever your plans, this subject provides a great foundation for many careers, both in and out of law. All of our law degrees are accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. All applicants must sit the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). Details are available on the LNAT website ( or the Law School website ( For more information on these courses, visit LLB Law A-levels AAA or A*AB (AAB† ) IB 36 (34† ) The Law School is committed to nurturing the talents of our students. We have small-group teaching throughout, and an embedded law clinic programme, enabling students to work on real-life cases with professional guidance and support. We provide an intellectually demanding, research- informed education, alongside activities to give you experience of legal practice. This will give you a rich, ethically grounded appreciation of law in business and society. Our LLB course is a three- year qualifying law degree. In the final year, all students produce a 5,000-word project on a topic of their choice. The core and optional units reflect the wide variety of approaches to legal research adopted by the scholars in the Law School. LLB Law with Study in Continental Europe/ LLB Law with Study Abroad A-levels AAA or A*AB (AAB† ) IB 36 (34† ) You may apply to transfer to these courses at the end of your first year. Selection is on the basis of first-year results (and language ability if the student is going to be studying in a foreign language). This course gives you the opportunity to spend your third year abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands or Spain), Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, mainland China or Australia. LLB Law and French/German A-levels AAA or A*AB (AAB† ) IB 36 (34† ) This four-year Joint Honours course, which leads to a qualifying law degree, gives you the opportunity to spend your third year at a French/German university. At Bristol, you study core units in law, as well as French/German language, literature and history to degree level. During your year abroad, you study units in French/German law. Visit abroad to find out more. What are my career prospects? Our graduates are highly sought after by employers. Most enter legal practice, with many securing training contracts with City solicitors’ firms and pupillages at barristers’ chambers, as well as in key provincial centres such as Bristol. Our courses will also give you an excellent basis for working in a variety of other sectors including business and finance, the civil service and the media. 103 Why choose Bristol? • Established student exchanges with universities in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia and more • An award-winning student Law Club and professionally focused societies that organise events for career development • Housed in the iconic Wills Memorial Building, in the heart of the student centre of Bristol • New facilities to house a moot court and a dedicated pro-bono suite • Access to Law graduates who organise skills workshops, networking events and provide career mentoring Single Honours LLB Law 3 years M100 LLB Law with Study in Continental Europe* 4 years LLB Law with Study Abroad* 4 years Applicants accepted (2015 entry): 397 overall *Entry by transfer from M100 at end of first-year Joint Honours LLB Law and French 4 years MR11 LLB Law and German 4 years MR12 Applicants accepted (2015 entry): 15 overall Entry requirements Typical offer for LLB Law Visit for Joint Honours and other qualifications A-levels Typical offer AAA or A*AB (contextual AAB† ) IB Diploma 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level (contextual 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level† ) Access Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. LNAT required* English language profile B (see p50) GCSE No specific subjects required Selection UCAS or Common Application (see p50) and LNAT§ Part-time study No Deferred entry Welcomed Academic qualifications § LNAT is the National Admissions Test for Law. Details are available on the LNAT website ( or the Law School website ( † Contextual offer; see p50 Law Accreditation • Bar Standards Board • Solicitors Regulation Authority Example course page This prospectus contains information for students planning to start university in autumn 2017. We have made every effort to ensure all details are correct at the time of going to press (February 2016). However, since this information is subject to change, you are advised to check the University’s website,, for the latest updates. 1 3 4 5 7 5 6 8 2 9 COURSES A-Z COURSE PAGES EXPLAINED 51