University of Bradford
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 2.95 / 4.00
- 4.08 / 5.00
- 75.0 / 100.0
- 84.1 / 100.0
- 75.4 / 100.0
- Originally founded in 1882 as a technical institute
- We were awarded our Royal Charter by the Queen in 1966. The university celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.
- Received university status in the same year as Aston, Bath, Brunel and Loughborough.
- We have gone from strength to strength, gaining world-class research credentials and national respect in key subjects.
- The university has a strong and respected history of embracing technology. Technology and its application underpins and defines our outlook as a future facing university – providing our students with the skills and knowledge they need to be progressive and successful in their chosen careers.
- The university is committed to sustainable development, and has won numerous environmental awards for pioneering initiatives.
Location and Transport
- Set over two campuses; our city campus is just a 5 minute walk from the city centre, whilst our Management and Law campus is a short 10 minute bus ride from the city centre.
- Bradford is one of the least expensive student cities in the UK.
- A great central UK location, we are close to Leeds and Manchester.
- We have excellent transport links with two international airports nearby and strong road, rail and coach links to major cities including: Manchester, by train or road approx. 50 minutes; London, by train just under three hours, road 4 hours; Birmingham, by train or road approximately 2.5 hours.
- The stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park is on our doorstep; Yorkshire was named as one of the top places in the world to visit in The Lonely Planet travel guide.
- Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, within the district is the model village of Saltaire a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the village of Howarth, home to the literary Bronte family.
- 53.2% of undergraduate degree students are admitted to university with A levels or BTECS as their highest qualification for admission.
- Average entry points 300.
- The university accepts a range of qualifications and present our entry requirements in the UCAS tariff.
- Some courses have subject specific requirements. GCSE equivalents are accepted on some, but not all of our courses.
- You can read our admissions policy on our website.
The 11,520 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 77%
- Postgraduate 23%
Mode of study
- Full Time 77%
- Part Time 23%
- UK 83%
- EU 6%
- Other 11%
- Male 42%
- Female 58%
- Most of our undergraduate courses offer options to study abroad or undertake a placement in industry.
- Part-time study and January starts are available for some of our postgraduate courses.
- Full details of our courses ,including their flexibility, are found in the course information on the our website.
- All programmes are aligned with our innovative curriculum framework which puts students at the heart of learning, and offers real-world experiences and exposure to pioneering research.
- We were the first UK university to adopt an innovative Team Based Learning approach in the School of Pharmacy to promote active, engaging and sustainable learning.
- Over 70% of our programmes across all 5 faculties have professional, statutory or regulatory body recognition where input from our extensive network of industry contacts aids transition into employment.
- Specialist teaching facilities boast state-of-the-art equipment and simulation suites for putting knowledge into practice in real-world environments.
- 21% of our student population are International or EU representing more than 150 countries. This offers a vibrant, diverse learning community and ensures our programmes have global reach.
- We are committed to providing high quality development opportunities to support staff to provide excellent teaching and to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy; our schemes have received several commendations from the Academy.
- We have received prestigious National Teaching Fellowships for the last 4 consecutive years.
- In the 2015 NSS we performed higher than the sector in terms of the learning resources available to students and for student personal development.
- NSS scores also improved for the teaching on the course and for academic support. In addition, we are above the sector for providing clear marking criteria in advance and for feedback on work being prompt.
- Our NSS open comments reveal numerous positive experiences of teaching, particularly in relation to practical aspects of programmes, TBL or problem based learning, links to industry, work-based learning and placements. Lecturers were praised for being engaging and knowledgeable, as well as for their helpfulness and support. Students also highlighted their own development including confidence, communication and problem-solving skills.
- The university is proud of the high quality of its research and knowledge transfer activity, its continued development enables it to be a world-leading, research-intensive university that brings real solutions to issues affecting society and communities worldwide.
- The university was awarded a coveted Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in November 2015 for its world-leading work to improve the lives of people living with dementia.
- It is a research-intensive institution and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the University of Bradford in the top 50 in the UK for research quality, three quarters of which is classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
- Allied Health in top 20 for the quality of its research publications.
- Mechanical Engineering in top 20 for research impact and publication quality.
- Civil Engineering in top 10 for the quality of research publications.
- Civil Engineering in top 20 for its research impact.
- Archaeology in top 10 for its research impact.
- Politics and International Studies top 10 for its research impact.
- Social Work top 10 for the quality of research publications.
- The university offers researchers the opportunity to work in an environment which supports the application of research within education, society, industry and through the academic experience of students.
- The university is an established research active university whose heritage dates back to 1882 and was awarded its Royal Charter in 1966. Key areas of excellence include physical sciences and engineering, life sciences and health services, management and business, and international relations, politics and societal impact.
- Health studies students interact with service users and carers from a huge variety of backgrounds through regional NHS trusts and social care providers, experience that is priceless in the working world.
- The School of Management in the Faculty of Management and Law is recognised as one of the world’s top business schools with the coveted Triple Crown of accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
- Following a £4.3m modernisation, the Faculty of Life Sciences has a range of highly sophisticated facilities and equipment - and it continues to develop.
- Many Bradford academics in Development, Politics and Peace Studies and Economics advise governments and organisations around the globe. Their department hosts one of the world’s six Rotary International Centres in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
- The university offers fantastic work placement opportunities and maintain a global network of potential employers. It also strongly supports entrepreneurship among its students and graduates.
- Bradford has a strong track record of graduates entering professional and managerial level jobs. The university’s focus on industry relevant course content and experience means that University of Bradford graduates can expect the best start possible to working life.
- Over £120m has been invested in world-class facilities over the last 10 years.
- There are 120+ student societies and sports clubs to join and engage with.
- Culture. The City Campus has its own dedicated theatre, art gallery and music centre. Run by Arts on Campus, it has an exciting programme of events, from original drama to art exhibitions and African drumming workshops. You can also check out Bradford Student Cinema.
- The University of Bradford has a student support centre known as the Hub. In addition to general admin and support, students can get help and advice with enrolment and courses, finance and accommodation.
- International Office – with 15% of the university’s students originating from outside of the UK; the International Office is experienced in understanding the extra support needed by international students.
- Library and IT. Free wi-fi is available throughout both our campuses; the university also has well-stocked libraries and computing facilities.
- Academic skills advice is available independently of the course of study. Advice, workshops and one-to-one support is available to support students with academic and interpersonal skills.
- Faith. There is a huge variety of backgrounds and nations at the University of Bradford, with provision for different faiths on campus or in the surrounding area. Students will find societies, places of worship and staff dedicated purely to student faith.
- The Disability Service provides support, information, advice and guidance for disabled students, including students with Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia.
- We also offer a comprehensive screening for Specific Learning Difficulties.
- The University of Bradford Union of Students (UBU) is there to support each and every student studying at Bradford through activities, welfare, support, events and campaigning. Every student is automatically a member of the Students’ Union.
- The UBU is home to Team Bradford; the heartbeat of the student community in Bradford. Team Bradford is here to encourage student participation and representation whilst striving to improve the overall student experience.
- The UBU is where you will find everything you need to complement your student life:
- You can expand your skills through over 100 sports and societies, four vibrant media areas and our volunteering department
- Meet new friends through our student activities, weekly events, regular society meetings and monthly day trips
- Join up with like-minded students in areas of politics, campaigning and democracy
- Get academic or social advice and support from our advice centre
- The Students' Union is based in the £8m Student Central building, home to study and social space, bookable rooms for meetings and events and other facilities including a cinema, bars, Costa Coffee outlet, shop, radio station, 1300-capacity nightclub and large outdoor amphitheatre space.
- You can find out more about the Students’ Union at ubuonline.co.uk where you’ll discover more information about us plus links to all our social network portals.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The JobShop helps students find part-time work, on and off campus, by sourcing and advertising opportunities with local and regional businesses or within the university, and providing application advice and support.
- For on-campus work, all students are paid a rate of pay equivalent at least to the Living Wage (pay depends on type of job applied for). The Living Wage is higher than the minimum wage and is defined by the Living Wage Foundation as the hourly rate of pay 'deemed adequate for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life'.
- In addition to placements as part of programmes of learning, a programme of extra-curricular paid student internship opportunities, sourced from regional employers, runs over the summer vacation to enhance student employability.
- As well as helping students find local employment, part-time, vacation and graduate vacancies across the country or abroad can be accessed through our Jobs Online facility.
- On-campus recruitment fairs are held in each term providing opportunities to talk directly to employers about part-time work, placements and internships, and graduate opportunities.
- Career Development Services offer a welcoming, supportive environment where you can access impartial careers information, advice and guidance from our team of experienced guidance and employability staff.
- Drop-in sessions, ideal for quick information and application queries.
- Longer bookable appointments for any aspect of career planning and application support e.g. CV development, job applications, preparing for interviews and deciding what to do after university.
- A dedicated online jobs portal detailing local, regional and national vacancies.
- A dedicated online jobs portal detailing international vacancies.
- Weekly employability workshop programme.
- Termly graduate recruitment and career fairs.
- Career-related accredited modules and in-programme workshops.
- Entrepreneurship – schemes exclusive to our students and graduates which can help with every aspect of starting a business.
- Placements – when it comes to preparing for the working environment, a work placement is invaluable, either as a part of the course or during spare time. Not only will academic skills put into practice, but you will also learn what aspects of your chosen career you might need to improve on while you still have our academics here to help. You will also make contacts which could be useful for the future.
- 91% of our graduates are employed or studying within six months of graduation according to the latest report from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (June 2015).
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- The university has invested £120 m in its City and Management Campuses. Developments include a sustainable student village, two new science buildings, a conference centre, new Faculty of Health Studies and Faculty of Management & Law buildings and major refurbishment works to the library and Students’ Union and to the sports centre.
- Most recently completed are the Bright Building (at a BREEAM rating of 96.4 it is the highest rated building in the HE sector) and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Centre (STEM Building), which has been built to the BREEAM Outstanding and Passivehaus Standard, the only building of its kind in Europe
- The university has developed, and now manages, a newly constructed award-winning student village consisting of townhouses and cluster flats to accommodate 1,026 students. This has achieved a BREEAM rating of 94.5, the highest score in the world for residential accommodation.
- The Faculty of Life Sciences has undergone a £5.3m modernisation of the biomedical science laboratories, the forensic enhancement suite, clinical skills and aseptic suites. It is in the process of developing an Integrated Learning Centre that will feature highly sophisticated human patient simulators and dedicated facilities for scholarship in pathology and anatomy.
- Substantial investment in the estate, completing the university’s ambition to deliver a fully inclusive City Campus.
- £1.5m investment in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre.
- Developed a £260m Estate Strategy for the next ten years commencing with the development of a £7m Health and Wellbeing Centre on the City Campus.
- Tony O’Reilly (ex CEO of Heinz) – went from rugby union star to Ireland’s first billionaire. He studied a marketing PhD at the university’s business school.
- Kate Swann – until recently Kate was CEO of WHSmith and has been listed by Fortune as one of the 50 most powerful women in business. She is also a graduate from the university's business school. In 2015 the University of Bradford appointed Kate Swann as Chancellor.
- Rob Wilmot – he was co-director of Freeserve back in 1998. After floating on the London Stock Exchange, Rob became one of the youngest directors of a FTSE 100 company at the age of 29. Rob exited Freeserve after the completion of a £1.6 billion sale to Wanadoo in 2001. He studied a BSc (Hons) Electronic Imaging and Media Communications at the university.
- Dr Mo Ibrahim – he is a global expert in mobile communications, who through his charitable trust now works to promote good governance among heads of state in African countries. In 2008, he was listed by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He studied MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the university.
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