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PhD (Faculty of Health Studies)


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Suitable for applications.

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
  • 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, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, 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.

Available PhD projects

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Study support


You will receive excellent guidance, advice and support from experienced, knowledgeable and approachable supervisors on a regular basis.

Training and development

We provide our PGRs with every opportunity for personal and professional development via our unique PGR Framework. Our PGRs and their supervisory teams determine a personalised and progressive plan for the PGR to meet their potential. The opportunities include:

  1. A personal self-audit and training needs analysis (TNA) carried out at regular intervals to ensure that both project-specific, and advanced transferable, research skills are developed.
  2. Expert-led workshops, modules, one-to-ones and seminars on a variety of topics and skills.
  3. Opportunities to access external training (e.g. via the White Rose ESRC DTC, NARTI, CARMA, North-West and Yorkshire Training Group etc.)
  4. Career and employability advice and development for PGR, including access to specialist advisors and the Bradford Graduate Fellowship scheme for PGRs. This is a bespoke opportunity to achieve a teaching qualification through attending training events and acquiring teaching experience under the support of a teaching mentor.
  5. PGR Connect - a student-led scheme to help people adjust to and progress in doctoral research by getting to know others, sharing experiences and ideas, tackling common wellbeing issues and developing a sense of community and belonging.  


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.