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Research 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.

We invite applications from enthusiastic research students wishing to explore an aspect of practice related to our research clusters. You are welcome to contact staff within the school who work within your area of interest to discuss your research ideas before before submitting your application and research proposal. Please also feel free to contact Dr Mel Cooper should you require general information about undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Health Studies:

Dr Mel Cooper, Director of Postgraduate Research

What can I expect as a PhD student in Health?


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

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.

Training and development

As a new student you can expect a comprehensive induction programme to welcome you to the Faculty of Health Studies and wider university.

You will also be offered the opportunity to sign up for Vitae, a website dedicated to creating a UK development framework for postgraduate researchers and research staff in higher education institutions. This will help you to identify your learning needs in relation to knowledge, behaviour and attributes of successful researchers.

As a university, we currently offer nearly 100 short courses and modules from which you will be able to select those which meet your learning needs. These are designed for distant and part time as well as full time students based in Bradford.

Within the Faculty of Health you will be able to choose from a selection of lunchtime seminars aimed specifically at students undertaking health related research. You will also be encouraged to identify appropriate external development opportunities that will support your learning.

We will carefully monitor your progress to ensure as a university, we are meeting your learning needs.