Research-informed teaching

Come to Bristol and not only will you be taught by internationally renowned academics but you could also have the chance to contribute to the University's groundbreaking research by undertaking a study of your own.

Learn from leading academics

Our emphasis is on a research-informed curriculum, meaning that both the content of our degree courses and the way that they are taught is influenced and informed by our research. This gives you the opportunity to engage with up to date and intellectually challenging courses, designed and taught by staff who are experts in their field.

Bringing the best together

At Bristol, we don't just bring together the best minds in individual fields, we look at how researchers from different disciplines can work together to find solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

For example the Cabot Institute brings together academics from across the University's six faculties to take a multidisciplinary approach to tackling problems such as climate change, food and energy security, water access and natural disasters.

The University attracts research funding from some of the world's most prominent grant-giving organisations as well as investment from industry. It is also involved in numerous international research collaborations, such as the Aquatest Research programme, which is developing a novel device for testing water safety in developing countries. 

Research highlights 

The University's research highlights include:

  • the groundbreaking Children of the 90s study, which has been running for more than 20 years, making remarkable scientific discoveries relating to pregnancy and child development;
  • neuroscience studies impacting on a broad range of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, schizophrenia, obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

Discover more about the range and depth of research undertaken at the University with our Research Impact Stories.

Fact file

Bristol is part of the Russell Group of research-led institutions.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 83% of our research was rated as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent'.

Our students are part of a collaborative community that shares and builds knowledge together. Through our teaching we share our innovative research in education and support students to develop their research skills so that they can be part of answering challenging questions about education and its role in social change.

Julia, Senior Lecturer in Education
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