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Postgraduate and Professional programmes

At the Faculty of Health Studies you can choose to study individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

Find a programme - search by keyword, study level or practice area.

Continuing Professional Development

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Continuing Professional Development / Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

How to Apply

Apply for a single module

You can download a single module application form here:

Return the completed form via email

Apply for a programme (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert)

  1. Find the programme you wish to apply for using the search function above, or via the University of Bradford Postgraduate section.

  2. After checking you meet the listed entry requirements, click the Apply button on the programme listing:

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  3. You will then go to our online application system (click here to go there now). Either login to your existing account, or create a new one:

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  4. ‌At the Course Selection screen, select Postgraduate and the Faculty of Health Studies, select your desired programme from the dropdown list and the start date:

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  5. You will then go onto the application form. There are seven sections to complete - you will need to complete all of them to proceed, but you can save your progress and come back to the application later:

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  6. The next stage is to upload required documents to support your application. The following file types are permitted: .doc .docx .pdf .jpg .jpeg .gif. Please ensure each file is no larger than 2048 kb (2 mb) in size:

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  7. ‌After you click submit, the application has been received and will be processed as soon as possible. You will receive an email shortly which will give further details of the supporting documents required before your application is considered. Please remember your username or print the confirmation page as a record.

What to expect after you apply

What happens once an application is made?

After you apply you will receive an automatically generated email acknowledgement.

The application is then passed to academic staff for consideration. This process can take up to four weeks during busy periods, although we endeavour to process applications as soon as possible.

If your application is successful you will receive an offer letter via email, with full details of the programme and schedule.

What happens once I receive an offer?

Simply reply to the email indicating that you wish to accept or decline the offer.

What if my offer is conditional?

Please send us any documents / proof requested in the offer letter as soon as possible.


Once you have accepted the offer and all conditions have been met you will be sent an email near to your start date requesting that you enroll online, with full instructions on the process.

Once you have enrolled the University will issue your student card, which will give you full access to university facilities.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The demonstration, assessment and formal recognition of prior learning and achievement. This may either be prior certificated learning or prior experiential learning.

Download our guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning

The University of Bradford recognises that students/applicants may have gained knowledge, understanding and skills from prior learning or experience that is relevant to their intended programme of study. The RPL process enables the University to recognise prior learning and achievement, for example enabling admission to a programme where a prospective student does not meet the standard entry requirements.

  • Applicants / students should request an RPL application form as part of the admissions process, or at their annual review if they wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning
  • When applicants / students are invited to study planning, they will complete a RPL mapping form, and asked to bring any certificates to the meeting with them, including a transcript/statement of results
  • At the meeting/distance learning discussion, the Admissions Tutor will discuss the type of claim that the applicant/student wishes to make, access the RPL template and guide the applicant/student to complete the first part of the form

Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)

A process through which previously assessed and certificated learning is considered and, as appropriate, recognised for academic purposes, sometimes with an award of academic credit.

  • Applicants/students can make a claim against a module or a selection of the programme aims which account for up to 50% of the University of Bradford award title
  • Applicants/students need to provide evidence of achievement including a transcript from a previous Higher Education Institution along with module/course information, including details of learning outcomes, curriculum and/or assessment
  • The claim will be checked by the Admission Tutor for validity and cross referenced with the outcomes. It is possible that further evidence will be requested from the applicant/student.
  • In the case of claims to UG or PG professional courses, the relevant Admissions Tutor will make the decision with the Head of Division, in accordance with University guidance
  • Students will receive notification of credit awarded, within 10 days of the Board of Examiners, where confirmation of marks/credit has been made

Applicants/students may also complete an RPL Advanced Standing Mapping Form. This is similar to “admission with credit” but where an RPL claim is made successfully for a substantial volume of academic credit allowing direct entry to a named award at an intermediate level, e.g. entering an undergraduate programme at FHEQ level 5 or level 6, instead of level 4.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)

A process through which learning achieved outside of formal education or training is assessed and, as appropriate, recognised for academic purposes, sometimes with an award of academic credit.

  • Academic staff undertaking study planning will be the first point of contact for potential applicants/students wishing to initiate a claim for RPEL
  • The outcomes should be inserted in the third page of the RPL form, so that the evidence can be cross referenced. All evidence must be set against the outcomes, both in terms of subject and academic level. Applicants/students have a choice of creating a portfolio of evidence, or having a viva with the reviewers, using an appropriate level marking criteria
  • For applications made by the close of admissions, the applicant/student will normally have 6 weeks to compile the evidence
  • Students will receive notification of credit awarded within 10 days of the Examination Board
  • Claims for RPEL will be judged by the relevant module leader(s) or named award lead, and the Framework Lead or a designated specialist, who will agree whether the claim is supported/declined and marks given for the evidence, or if an application for waiver needs to be made for calculation of award at the end of the programme based on the University of Bradford marks only

Contact the Admissions Team

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Current applicants and admissions queries