Postgraduate study

The faculty has an active postgraduate community following a range of taught or research-based programmes, including two Wellcome Trust PhD programmes, guided by leading clinicians and academics.

Postgraduates are based in high quality research and clinical settings across the City, including the Bristol Heart Institute, Southmead and Frenchay Hospitals, the Bristol Eye Hospital, the £15M refurbished dental facilities at the Bristol Dental School and the advanced laboratory facilities in the Dorothy Hodgkin Building.

Taught masters programmes

Our taught masters include innovative distance learning courses and options for part-time study.

Research programmes

MRC GW4 BioMed Doctoral Training Partnership

The Medical Research Council (MRC) GW4 BioMed DTP brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to develop the next generation of medical researchers.

MRC GW4 BioMed Doctoral Training Partnership

Wellcome Trust PhD Programmes

GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme (GW4-CAT)

The Wellcome Trust-funded GW4-CAT gives exceptional early career medical, veterinary and dental graduates the chance to undertake interdisciplinary PhD training at the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We have a comprehensive programme of CPD courses for experienced medical and dental practitioners, and researchers. This includes short courses for health services research and epidemiological methods.

Bristol Dental School offers a range of CPD programmes, run through the Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists (BOULD) programme, which provides courses based on flexible learning and runs the Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies.

Early career training and support

Early career training and support for health and biomedical science postgraduates.

Doctoral training partnership

South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership

Opportunity Bristol

Scholarships for UK students from Black backgrounds to undertake a research-related Master’s degree at University of Bristol

Visiting student application form

Please apply here and select (visiting) (PGR) for the relevant PhD.

REF 2021 results

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the University of Bristol's position as a leading centre for health research. More than 94% of our submitted research outputs were rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

I learnt about fundamental principles in neuroscience and developed a wide range of professional skills that will surely help me in my future career.

Jalilah Idris

I've found the perfect PhD for me and the MSc played a part in that... it gave me a thorough understanding of regenerative medicine and the latest developments in a rapidly moving field.

Stephanie Wallis

Did you know?

Faculty researchers have been at the forefront of many treatments, discoveries and healthcare programmes which are now in use around the globe.

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