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The University of Bradford

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12 000

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Computing, Informatics and Media, Engineering, Design and Technology, Health Studies, The Life Sciences, Lifelong Education and Development (SLED), School of Management (including law), The Social and International Studies

Why Choose The University of Bradford?

The University of Bradford has a strong history of providing modern, forward thinking education and creating a vibrant student community. Its motto is ‘Making Knowledge Work’ and the University is committed to starting students’ careers in excellent facilities with knowledgeable staff.

The University has a reputation for pioneering course provision, being the first British University to offer a Peace Studies course and the first University outside of London to provide part-time degrees. University was established in 1882 as Bradford Technical College, making a mark on Bradford as the technical capital of the world. Since then, the University of Bradford has created new courses according the changing needs of students. As such, the University remains a world-class destination for a range of subjects.


Teaching Quality

Teaching and learning are at the forefront of Bradford’s focus on producing employable graduates.

  • 70% of courses at Bradford are accredited by professional bodies and offer work experience placements to support students.
  • The University prides itself on having a long track-record of good teaching, developing innovative curricula and providing the support students need to move into good graduate roles.
  • Teaching is focused on preparing students for graduate employment in their chosen field.
  • The Centre for Educational Development is a dedicated resource in developing the University of Bradford’s recognition nationally and globally in all of its subject areas.
  • The curriculum at Bradford is primarily based on Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs), highlighting the University’s commitment to focusing on programmes that develop work skills and prepare students for their careers. 


Research Quality

The University of Bradford believes that research is reflective of social and economic improvements as well as technological advancements and the university works with employers and organisations in the region to make an impact on these areas.

  • The University of Bradford conducts research in all of its seven academic schools as well as for businesses and within industry, giving students a wide range of knowledge to engage with in their studies.
  • There are also dedicated Research and Knowledge Transfer (RKT) Centres across the University each of which have impressive records of research council funding, studentships and links with business and industry.
  • The University of Bradford is home to the following RKT Centres: Centre for Advanced Material Engineering; Automotive Research centre; Centre for Applied Social Research; Centre for Managerial Excellence; Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science; Centre for Skin Sciences; Centre for Sustainable Environments; Centre for Visual Computing; Polymer Micro & Nano Technology Centre.
  • The University of Bradford has implemented a Research and Knowledge Transfer Strategy to strengthen and drive forward its vision to become a research-led university by 2014.
  • The strategy seeks new ways to engage with partners and develop enhancing collaborations with other universities, industry, government and the community, in order to apply knowledge in real-world situations.



22% of The University of Bradford’s students come from over 110 countries internationally, making it a multicultural and vibrant learning environment.

  • The University’s International Office was rated the best in the UK in the International Student Barometer 2006, which measures international student satisfaction in the areas of Learning, Living and Student Support.
  • Expert staff and a team of student ambassadors are on hand to welcome International students to the University and help them through their studies and beyond.
  • Bradford has a strong reputation for providing a welcoming community and friendly atmosphere, both on campus and the surrounding area. Bradford contains a diverse mix of people from different backgrounds, creating a close-knit community of students from all over the world.
  • The cost of living in Bradford is relatively low comparatively, offering a great value location to gain an internationally valued UK qualification.
  • The University offers some scholarships to both undergraduate and postgraduate level international students.
  • The University offers three summer pre-sessional courses allowing students the opportunity to improve their English for academic purposes. Students studying Business and Management are offered a six-week English course specific to their needs.
  • The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is available for one or two semesters for students who are already academically eligible for their chosen course, but would like to improve their English language skills. The programme improves students’ general and academic English skills and successful completion of the course is accepted by the University as competence in English to enrol on a degree course.
  • The University also runs IELTS preparation courses for students who wish to upgrade their IELTS score.


Student Satisfaction

The University of Bradford has rated consistently well in the National Student Survey for a number of years, proving its popularity with students.

  • 87% of students across all courses are satisfied with how staff explain course material.
  • 93% of students across all courses said that they were satisfied with the placement they were allocated for their course and said that it was relevant, whilst another 84% said that their practice supervisor understood how their placement related to the broader requirements of their course.
  • Students at the University of Bradford are also supported by the various student support services that are on offer, such as: The Hub, The Learner Development Unit, Career Development Service, IT and Library, Disability Service, Counselling Service and Faith support services.
  • The University of Bradford campus is home to a theatre, gallery, music centre, new gym and pool, as well as a number of places to eat, drink and socialise. Located close to the city centre of Bradford, students have everything they need at their fingertips.


Employable Graduates

The University of Bradford is focused on creating employable graduates and its ethos is that of ‘Making Knowledge Work.’

  • The University of Bradford’s graduate employment record is one of the best in the country, largely thanks to both the Careers Advisory Service and the University’s commitment to courses focused on graduate employment.
  • The Careers Service is available to help students from their first day in Bradford and provides information, advice and guidance services.
  • All courses at the University of Bradford are designed with industry input to ensure their relevance to students going into industry.
  • Many undergraduate courses offer placement opportunities and students can gain part-time work through the Careers Service. There are also dedicated services to help students who want
  • For postgraduate students, extra support is provided by Career Development Advisors who work in partnership with the graduate school to ensure that they provide relevant advice. The Career Development Services is responsible for the majority of the speciality activity for postgraduate career advice.


Variety of Courses

The University of Bradford has over 140 undergraduate courses and around 80 postgraduate courses to choose from as well as specialised language and study support programmes.

  • The University has seven academic schools: the School of Computing, Informatics and Media; the School of Engineering, Design and Technology; the School of Health Studies; the School of Life Sciences; the School of Lifelong Education and Development (SLED); the School of Management (including law) and the School of Social and International Studies.
  • Each school covers a range of specialisms and courses and all except the School of Management are located on campus. The School of Management is only a short bus journey away and set in listed buildings in a parkland setting.



The University of Bradford campus is located very close to the centre of the city of Bradford, making traveling around the city simple. The campus itself includes green spaces, modern facilities and historic buildings which nod to the wealth of industrial and manufacturing history in and around the city.

Bradford is located in the centre of the UK in West Yorkshire, and is just 10 miles from the city of Leeds. It has a long history of textile manufacturing and industrial growth in the UK, a heritage which is continued today with the innovation of the University of Bradford. The city is easily reached by car, rail and air and is also very close to the Pennines, some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK.

Bradford lies at the heart of the UK and has one of the most diverse and inclusive populations in the UK. Its vibrant multicultural environment makes for an international haven set in classic English countryside.

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