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UWE Bristol

Postgraduate study at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

At UWE Bristol, we empower you to make a choice. To choose a university that pushes itself as much as you. To choose a passion that gives you purpose. To choose a community that leads the way, encouraging you to question everything, and get the future you want.

A postgraduate or professional qualification can give you a real advantage, especially in today's evolving jobs market. We offer a wide variety of courses with flexible ways to study – online, offline and a combination of both. Whether you’ve decided to change direction, or you need a professional qualification to take your career to the next level, UWE Bristol has many options for you.

Our courses

Our postgraduate courses are designed to give you the knowledge you need combined with real-world experience. We work with leading organisations, including the BBC, Airbus, NHS, Savills, ARUP and HP, to create relevant, industry-standard qualifications so you gain the skills employers want and need. You can study full-time or part-time on many of our courses and benefit from block release and online learning opportunities, enabling you to combine work and study.

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Why postgraduate study at UWE Bristol?

Accredited courses

Over 50 of our postgraduate courses are accredited by top professional bodies, meaning they have met high standards in teaching and learning. These courses will provide you with a recognised postgraduate or professional qualification, access to professional networks, plus a route to change your career or take your career to the next level.

Top 25% of UK higher education institutions for overall postgraduate student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2022)

91.5% in work or further study after 15 months (Graduate Outcomes Survey, published 2022)

Industry connections

We have connections with over 11,000 employers, professional bodies and industry specialists, who we collaborate with to design courses that equip our students with the skills they need to turn their ambition into success. You can be confident you’ll learn the in-demand skills and experience that employers want, with a growing professional network to match.

Student support

We’re here to support you from day one in getting the future you want, which is why we offer extensive support services. Whether you’ve recently finished your undergraduate degree or you’re returning to study, Starting Block will help you adjust to postgraduate and professional study. Through a series of activities at the start of your course, you’ll get to know your teaching team and course mates.

Benefit from our Careers and Wellbeing Services, academic personal tutors, student advisors and Info Point staff. There’s also a dedicated international student support service, specialist advice for students with disabilities and GP services on site. Plus, the purpose-built Halley Nursery can also provide on-site childcare.

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Our research:

We’re incredibly proud of our strong research reputation, with 79% of our research considered to be world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014). Plus, we have over 30 research centres and groups which cover a broad range of areas from sustainable planning and environments, to health and clinical research.

Explore our courses:

Arts, Technology and Environment
Subject areas: Animation and Photography, Architecture, Art and Design, Computer Science and Creative Technologies, Construction, Education and Teaching, Engineering, Filmmaking, Geography and Environmental Management, Journalism and Media, Planning, and Property and Surveying.

Business and Law
Subject areas: Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Economics, Law, Marketing.

Health, Science and Society
Subject areas: Biosciences, Environmental and Public Health, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Sport Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Psychology, and Social Work.

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Open events

Find out more at one of our postgraduate and professional open events.

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

Our Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is available to UWE Bristol alumni and provides a tuition fee discount of 50% on full-time and part-time postgraduate courses. Find out more.


Most of our postgraduate and professional courses require an online application. For more information read our application guide.

Contact details

University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus,
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
Tel: 0117 3283333

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A postgraduate qualification from Bristol Business School will give you the skills and insight needed for a successful career as well as the qualifications needed to lift you above other candidates in the job market.

When you're investing time and money in a postgraduate course, you need to be sure that it will establish your credentials as a serious candidate for senior positions within your chosen field. Bristol Business School courses are designed to be practical, comprehensive and academically rigorous.


Bristol is a creative, dynamic, thriving city and a wonderful place to live, learn and develop. You'll be part of a lively academic community of more than 3,000 students and 150 staff within the Business School.

You'll also benefit from a truly supportive environment. We're here to help you grow - so we'll get to know you, give you the support you need to make your study a success and something that will be an invaluable investment in your future career.

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Bristol Law School has been successfully involved in legal education for over 40 years and provide high quality courses taught in a fully supportive learning environment.

The teaching in the School is organised within two divisions: the Department of Law and the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice. The Department of Law encompasses a wide range of undergraduate programmes as well as providing taught postgraduate courses for the awards of MA and LLM. The Bristol Institute of Legal Practice is responsible for postgraduate vocational courses such as the LPC, BVC and CPE (GradDip). It also runs a wide range of short courses and conferences for the legal professional and other bodies, including an extensive continuing education programme for solicitors and the Professional Skills Course run in conjunction with Bristol Law Society.

The School offers supervision for full or part-time studies leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil), supported by specialist research training.

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The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment is an innovative centre of academic excellence, with an established global reputation.. The department is one of the biggest departments of planning and architecture in the UK, situated in a large, well-resourced and multi-disciplinary faculty, which continues to grow to meet new challenges in education and research.


Its unique and innovative approaches to teaching and learning bring together architecture, planning and transport in a wide range of courses for full time and part time students, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


All its courses are accredited by the relevant professional bodies, including the ARB, RIBA, RTPI and ILT, and graduates have an excellent record of obtaining employment when they finish, assisted by the extensive links with practice, including work placements which are integrated into the courses.


We have a long-established reputation for enabling professional development in the disciplines covered within the Department. More specifically:

• We offer a range of short courses covering planning and architecture topics, related topics in spatial planning, construction, built environment law, air quality policies and practice and more.
• We lead on the delivery of an annual Planning Law and Policy Conference
• We offer a variety of programmes aimed at those in work who want to qualify in the field of planning as mid-career professionals
• We offer consultancy and advisory services
• From day one, our students are developed to become professionals through the provision of real life projects throughout their studies


We hold regular meetings with practitioners of architecture, planning and transport where education and practice come together for a lively exchange of views about the relationship between the two.


We have a long experience of distance learning courses in planning. We run and manage the only distance learning course in the UK for students wanting to become qualified planners, known as the Joint Distance Learning MA in Town and Country Planning, which is operated in partnership with a number of other UK universities.

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The Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies combines the rigour of computer science with a deep understanding of the impact of digital technology and engagement with the challenges and opportunities it presents. Part of our work focuses on user-centred approaches to IT and technology - ensuring that technology meets the needs of those for whom it is intended.


Our postgraduate courses are flexibly structured and allow for both full-time and part-time study. This flexibility caters for those who wish to continue their professional development whilst remaining in full-time employment, as well as for those looking to further their qualifications on a full-time basis. Some modules may also be taken as short courses and our MSc Software Engineering is available entirely by distance learning.


We adopt a partnership and collaboration approach with regard to teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, professional development and international work and so this could be the start of many invaluable connections.

Through links that UWE Bristol has forged with institutions all over the world, staff and students come to UWE Bristol from countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. This strong multicultural mix, particularly at postgraduate level, makes for an interesting and lively student experience.


We conduct world class research in unconventional computing, large scale distributed systems, data processing and management and embedded systems. Much of our research is conducted in collaboration with industry and academia, including CERN.


There are over 50 academic staff based in the Department in areas such computer science, forensic computing, information management, web design and development, digital media, computer security, music technology, games technology, experience design and software engineering.
We offer a diverse range of degree programmes, short courses, professional development opportunities, consultancy and international partnerships to meet the needs of both society and business today.

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The Department of Education is one of the West of England’s largest centres for teacher education, with nearly 1,000 students in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and more than 600 students taking part-time courses for professional development.

UWE Bristol has a reputation for leadership and innovation in teacher education. The School works closely with schools and colleges throughout the West of England, South Wales and beyond, to keep its courses at the leading edge of new developments.

The Department offers research degrees of MPhil and PhD as well as a range of specialist courses for professionals working in the careers, vocational guidance and Connexions services, and the Learning and Skills sector. The Department also offers the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

At the Department of Education, we offer equal opportunities to all suitable applicants to train as teachers and study education, irrespective of race, creed, sex, marital status or disability.

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Addressing the complex challenges of the 21st century requires graduates who can use a range of engineering technologies, mathematical skills and design methods to define, develop and deliver solutions that meet user requirements, offer value for money and are environmentally effective.


Mathematics is as an integral part of engineering, but also provides solutions in computing, finance, business and health. Our staff work in integrated teams, covering a range of subject disciplines, to deliver programmes of research and study that aim to challenge, enthuse and stimulate students, providing them with the best possible positioning for their future careers.


A key element of our approach is based on partnership and collaboration. Partnership is at the heart of all our activities, including research, teaching, knowledge exchange, consultancy and professional development.
Our unique partnerships and relationships put us in a strong position as a Department, working closely with regional, national and international partners, to develop the cross-disciplinary solutions needed for the modern age.


Enhance and update your skills and continue your professional development with a postgraduate qualification at the university for the real world. The Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics offers a number of courses that can lead to a Masters by Research, Masters in Science (MSc), Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. This flexibility caters for those who wish to continue their studies while remaining in full-time employment, as well as for those looking to further their qualifications on a full-time basis.

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See what's happening on the ground at UWE Bristol’s Department of Geography and Environmental Management. We practice innovative teaching and research in human and physical geography, environmental management and tourism. We collaborate with a wide range of regional, national and international partners.

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The Department brings together specialists in the areas of social work, sociology, criminology and social policy that make an important contribution to these areas of work.

Staff are engaged in research and consultancy across a wide range of activity, for example: Older People, Education, Research and Development, Children and Young People, Offender Health Work, Leadership and Management, Arts and Health, Clinical Research, and User Involvement. Interprofessional, multidisciplinary and international approaches are now major dimensions to much of our work.

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The Department of Applied Sciences aims to develop the full potential of our students whilst offering an enriched educational experience that equips them with the qualifications and skills to achieve their ambitions.

Based at the University's Frenchay Campus, we offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, professional training and continuing professional development courses and events.


We have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching and approvals from external bodies such as the Forensic Science Society, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and the Institution of Environmental Sciences. We have received excellent feedback in the National Student Survey, and believe in maintaining a high quality student experience and high standing with graduate employers.


We have an international reputation for research and knowledge exchange and hosts the Centre for Research in Biosciences in addition to the Science Communication Unit, which provides an environment for research students and post-doctoral scientists. We also have student transfer partnerships with institutions in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and the USA, and research collaborations across the globe.


Research and knowledge exchange are fundamental to the Department, both in terms of our contribution to the global academic community and society, and to enhance the quality of our teaching and student experience.

Staff and students in the Department work on various projects funded by Research Councils, charities, business, industry and government agencies, and the Department contributes to the University Institutes of Biosensing Technology and Health, Sustainability and the Environment.

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The School of Art and Design is a leading educator of creative practice in the South West, offering outstanding postgraduate teaching across inspirational city-centre venues. Join a thriving artistic community that’s highly respected in the sector and located in the creative hotspot of Bristol.

Led by the latest research and extensive input from professional and industry specialists, the School offers courses including multi-disciplinary printmaking, curating, fine art, graphic arts and design. Explore new technologies in design, fabrication and print and contribute to progress in the sector to turn your ambition into success.

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The School of Creative and Cultural Industries offers a diverse range of postgraduate courses in the creative arts and humanities, across filmmaking, animation, photography and journalism. Join a vibrant community of makers, producers, performers, writers, scholars and storytellers, with strong ties to Bristol’s creative and cultural sectors.

Benefit from a rich experience, with both practice and research-based teaching at our heart. Use the latest insight from practical research to explore digital and immersive technologies, such as virtual reality. From local museums, news hubs and artistic venues, the School has industry partners who share their expertise and knowledge to help you get the career you want.


Based at City Campus, our scenic Bower Ashton site is equipped with specialist maker spaces and technical workshops. We’re also home to two international contemporary art centres, Arnolfini and Spike Island, complete with inspiring city centre studio spaces.


As one of the biggest creative hotspots outside London, Bristol is brimming with a huge variety of artistic organisations. We share a broad range of partnerships, from the BBC to Watershed, which are strengthened by our location.


From multidisciplinary printmaking to fashion textiles, our cutting-edge courses are led by the latest research developments. We’re working with agile industry innovators to explore new technologies in design, fabrication and print, driving progress in this growing sector.

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The School of Health and Social Wellbeing brings together specialists in the areas of Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy and Oncology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy.

The School has an excellent national and international reputation with students from all over the UK as well as overseas. We’re committed to educating students to meet the demands of their professions. Particular emphasis is placed on creating an environment which facilitates the development of effective therapists who are analytical and reflective; use evidence-based practice to guide their clinical reasoning; and who are able to meet the changing needs within health and social care today and in the future.

Staff are actively involved with research and consultancy in many fields, representing the breadth and diversity of the professional groups.

The School also incorporates discipline specific and interdisciplinary education to prepare students to work in a diverse health and social care environment.

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