University of the West of England, Bristol

The University of the West of England, Bristol history dates back to 1595 established as the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers’ Navigation School.

The forward-thinking University is the largest provider of higher education in the South West of England, committed to providing practice-oriented programmes incorporating work-integrated learning.


University of the West of England Fact Sheet

Fast facts


  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Number of Students

  • 29,497


  • Arts, Creative Industries and Education
  • Business and Law
  • Environment and Technology
  • Health and Applied Sciences


  • City Campus
  • Frenchay Campus
  • Glenside Campus
  • Gloucester Campus

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Architecture
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Building and Town & Country Planning
  • Design & Crafts
  • Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Education
  • Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • Film Production & Photography
  • Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Robotics
    (The Guardian University Guide per Subject, 2018; UK ranking)


UWE has research strengths in several areas ranging from robotics and big data to appearance issues.


in the UK

for Film Production & Photography - The Guardian University Guide per Subject, 2018


in the UK

Guardian League Table 2020


in the UK

for Philosophy - The Guardian University Guide per Subject, 2018


Located 90 minutes away from London, Bristol is the Southwest’s largest city and considered one of the best places to live in the UK.

This vibrant city is famous for its musical scene, culture, great restaurants and its amazing street art.

A small city that offers all the diversity and the feeling of a bigger place, with a greater quality of life having spaces as Wales, Devon, Somerset and the Cotswolds on your doorstep.

Other information

Programmes on the spotlight

  • Animation MA. 

This course will help you develop storytelling and craft skills to allow you to gain entry-level jobs in the animation industry. Bristol is a global centre of excellence in animation, film and television production, it attracts students from around the world. Bristol is the place to study animation, home to Aardman Animations, A Productions, Arthur Cox and other internationally renowned animation companies. You will learn from the best in the business, gaining industry insight as well as work experience opportunities and the chance to attend networking events and screenings.

  • BSc (Hons) Architecture

    Ranked 4th nationally for student satisfaction in UWE architecture courses (The Guardian University League Tables 2018), UWE produces sought-after graduates with specialist knowledge and the skill to create exciting buildings. Be taught by industry-experienced lecturers and visiting tutors, many of whom run their own architectural practices. Assess and review architecture on day trips and residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Gain real-world experience in internships and graduate ready for the next step in your professional studies.

  • MSc Engineering Management

    The MSc Engineering Management is ideal for engineers who want to mix technical and business learning with one customisable programme. The dedicated engineering facilities include a flight simulator, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, a motorsport workshop, specialist laboratories and industry-standard simulation suites.

  • BA (Hons) Media and Journalism

    Their strong industry links with Bristol's cultural scene ensure ongoing input from journalists and broadcasters, innovative companies and arts organisations. UWE partners contribute to live briefs, masterclasses and research projects, and offer volunteering and work experience. Benefit from regular guest lectures and take on placements at organisations like the BBC, Bristol Post and Bristol City Council.

Did you know?

  • UWE is home to the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, an academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research and the largest robotics laboratory in Europe.
  • The university ranks 7th in the UK for student satisfaction (source: National Student Survey, 2018)
  •  UWE has been awarded Gold status in the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)


UWE, Bristol offers university scholarships for overseas students. To get further information, please contact us.

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