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Entry requirements

The minimum requirements to apply for a PhD are:

  • First or upper-second class Bachelor’s degree at an approved university or institution
  • A higher degree at an approved university or institution or in the case of Professional Doctorates as specified in individual course regulations
  • Exceptionally, candidates with lower than above but with experience and training as suitable preparation

The minimum requirements to apply for an MPhil are:

  • Bachelor’s degree at an approved university or institution
  • Professional qualification approved by Research Degrees Committee and suitable general education and training
  • Exceptionally, candidates with less than above but able to give satisfactory evidence of having obtained adequate standard of knowledge may be accepted by the Research Degrees Committee

Places are subject to a robust research proposal followed by a successful interview process.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we ask for a minimum standard entry requirement of 6.5 IELTS (with sub tests not lower than 5.5).

The certificate must have been gained within two years of the proposed start date.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

PhD students undertake a viva to assess that they are progressing sufficiently in their studies.

The student is usually required to produce a report and a detailed timetable for further work.

This takes place 12-18 months after initial registration.


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In summer 2011, the Faculty of Health Studies relocated to the University's City Campus, marking a £6 million investment in health at Bradford. Our new building forms a gateway to the campus and is equipped with state-of-the-art practice simulation suites and study areas.

You will be offered a work station, storage facilities and access to printing, in our large, purpose built area dedicated to PhD students. You will also have the use of a meeting ‘pod’ room including a webcam which is ideal for students to arrange face to face and skype meetings.

The wider University has a new PGR lounge where you will be able to join in activities related to the wider PGR community, access study facilities, and network with PGR students from across the University.


Study support

In order to make life easier for our students the University has brought together a number of its support departments in an area known as MyBradford.

MyBradford is located in the Richmond Building adjacent to the Atrium. This Student Support Centre provides a central reception where students can receive information and guidance.  

The Research Administration Team based in the PGR Lounge (Carlton Building) provides regular drop in support sessions.

Peer support

We have a community of PhD students who share a dedicated office space.

You will meet as a group on a monthly basis with the Director of Postgraduate Research to discuss issues, progress and concerns.

You will have the opportunity to join our forums to share our learning including action learning sets and journal clubs which involve regular meetings in small groups.

We also arrange annual poster presentations to provide you the opportunity to share your research and learn from other students.


We have purpose built, excellent facilities for researchers and a vibrant community of enthusiastic staff and doctoral students.

92% of our research was classified as 4*(World Leading) or 3* (Internationally Excellent). In terms of the Impact of our research and the environment in which research is undertaken 100% was classified as world leading or international excellent.

We also have excellent links with service providers in health and social care, voluntary sector organisations and community groups with collaborative work being undertaken at local, regional, national and international levels including The Alzheimers SocietyBradford Institute for Health Research and the Born in Bradford project.

These links are highly beneficial for doctoral students in the school, helping their studies to progress.

We have a thriving service user and carer research group who are enthusiastic about our work and keen to be involved with our research, offering the public patient perspective.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.