Bringing life to research

At Bristol we do things differently. We bring all we are to deliver bold answers to big questions.

Why Bristol?


for excellence in research across all subjects (Research Excellence Framework 2021)


of research internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021)


in the UK for spin-outs companies, (Knowledge Exchange Framework 2023) 


subjects ranked in world top 100 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)

Explore our research community

Find a researcher

Find out about our research and connect with experts in your field.

Partner with us

Discover how we can work together for greater impact.

Discover PhD scholarships

Discover how to pursue an exciting future as a research student.

Our research themes

Equitable and sustainable health

Pushing the limits of medical innovation we are using stem cell research, synthetic biology, radar and more. We're also striving to break down the barriers to access.

Net zero and climate change

Confronting the climate crisis head on, we are advancing environmental modelling tools, developing green technology and making safe nuclear energy possible.

Creative and cultural industries

Learn how we're investing in culture and creativity to help integrate communities, advocate for change and enhance quality of life for some of the world's most vulnerable people.

Data and digitalisation

We're driving deep tech forward, turning up the power on AI discovery, accelerating quantum adoption and delivering a new generation of semiconductors.

Social justice

Demanding a more just world, we're amplifying the voices of vulnerable communities, shifting policy on issues relating to poverty, homelessness, migration, gender violence and beyond.

Enterprise and innovation

We're turning ideas into reality. If you are an innovation-led businesses, access our cutting-edge research, technology and talent to create breakthrough solutions that drive growth.

Latest research news

A step closer to a cure for HIV

A new study has shown a virus-like particle (HLP) can effectively 'shock and kill' the latent HIV reservoir.

New Pro VC for Global Engagement

Professor Michele Acuto appointed to the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement.

Advancing AI discovery

University of Bristol to host UK’s most powerful supercomputer, spearheading AI innovation and scientific discovery.

Centre spotlight

The Perivoli Africa Research Centre (PARC) represents the University of Bristol’s cross-disciplinary commitment to championing transformation in research collaborations with Africa to advance global science and the achievement of the continent’s own aspirations. 

Cultivating a positive research culture

Our institutes and centres

Find out how our institutes position us among the world's leading universities.

Our research publications

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Our research environment

Find out about our outstanding community and facilities.