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Entry requirements

Faculty research is very important and recruitment of high quality postgraduate research students is a key part of the Faculty of Life Sciences strategic plan.

Selection of PGR students will be subject to successful interview (either in person or by skype or conference call) by the supervisory team and one independent member of academic staff with significant PGR supervisory experience.

See specific entry requirements on the individual project pages.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we ask for a minimum standard entry requirement of 6.0 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.


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Medicines Development and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research facilities of MDPS research group are located in state-of-the-art laboratories located in the Norcroft Building.

Research spaces are close to the facilities of the Research Analytical Centre and are shared with the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science, directed by Professor Anant Paradkar.

Our core processing facilities include: spray driers, freeze dryer, planetary mill, mixer mill, tablet press, high share granulator,fluid bed coater and hot melt extruders.

Analytical equipment comprises inversed gas chromatography, dynamic vapour sorption, spectrometers (FTIR, RAMAN), HPLCs with DAD, UV and spectrofluorometric detectors, UPLC, X-ray powder diffraction and single crystal instruments as well as thermal analyses suit: differential scanning calorimeter, thermogravimetric analysis instruments with autosamplers as well as dynamic mechanical analyser.

Researchers have direct access to scanning electron microscope.

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

In addition to capabilities for molecular and cellular biology, the core facility includes shared technological platforms: these include cell culture facilities, and industry standard Flexstation 3 and luminometer technologies for plate-based assays, high-throughput immunoblotting and imaging, an electrophysiology suite and image analysis.

The group also has access to the Bio-imaging suite (live imaging, confocal, light microscopy, laser dissection microscopy, electron microscopy), Biological Services Unit (maintaining mouse breeding colonies, including transgenics) and has access to FACS, proteomics, chemical synthesis, ADME and Analytical Centre facilities.

Available PhD projects


Study support

When you join the University of Bradford you will take part in both a University wide and a faculty based Induction Programme, which is a requirement for all full-time and part-time research students. This will help you understand the academic and social environment here, and give you an introduction to all the services, support and training available to you.

The University induction provides students with information on student support systems, library services and the availability of central training courses covering areas such as general statistics, referencing, IT and communication skills (abstract and report writing, presentation in local research seminars, attendance and presentation on external conferences as well graduate teaching assistant training).

Following this you would also undertake a comprehensive induction programme organised by the Faculty of Life Sciences. Students are supported by Personal Academic Advisors, and we use Training Needs Analysis to determine an individualised programme of generic and discipline specific training.

The institution also subscribes to the Vitae Research Development Framework Planner which all students are encouraged to engage with. Training opportunities are advertised throughout the academic year on the PGR website. The Faculty of Life Sciences offers both scientific generic and specialised training courses in house (ethical considerations, data analysis, personal development and employability) and facilitates attendance at external courses. 


Postdoctoral Researchers follow a career staff development plan including the “Realising Your Research Potential” cohort training programme. This programme has been developed for early career researchers and academics who have the interest and potential to engage in research activity.

Training is aimed to help kick-start their research career by development of the skills needed as well as connecting PDRs to a network of colleagues from across the University including access to the University-wide events currently organised in our annual seminar programme: Costing your Research Grant, Research Ethics Approval Process, European funding - visit by UKRO Representative, Winning Grant Funding, Research Professional Workshop, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Information Session and Yorkshire Innovation Fund Information Session.

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.