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University of Bradford

United Kingdom
Overview

Overview

One of the world's greatest technology institutions, the University of Bradford offers a diverse educational experience with a global perspective.

The university is dedicated to inspiring students to make a positive impact on the world. It's home to over 13,000 students who represent around 130 countries.

Students benefit from a GBP 120 million campus that has a close-knit community atmosphere. Teaching is provided by expert staff across four academic faculties, where there are a wide variety of subject areas to pick from-the majority of which are accredited by professional bodies.

Course content is informed by the university's pioneering research and global industry network. Its partnerships with top organisations mean that students have access to invaluable industry opportunities and can develop the skills that employers all around the world are looking for.

There is plenty of support on offer, from dedicated international student services to personalised career guidance. With more than 100 sports clubs and societies to join, students have plenty to enjoy in their spare time.

The Green is the award-winning campus accommodation which is a short walk away from the city centre. Based in Yorkshire, the city of Bradford offers vibrant cultural, retail, dining and entertainment experiences, as well as stunning nearby countryside. It's well connected to other parts of the UK and is one of the country's more affordable student locations.

All students become part of Team Bradford, a fun and supportive community, which transforms the university experience into something more than just working towards a degree.

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What's new

What's new

Scholarships for science and technology

New scholarships have been announced from the University of Bradford for their science and technology subjects.

A number of the scholarships can be used for newly developed course areas, and many do not require a separate application:

  • Architectural Engineering and Technology
  • Satellite Systems Engineering
  • Construction and Project Management
  • Filmmaking

Bradford offers a range of awards to students from all over the globe based on academic excellence, personal circumstances or financial hardship.

New Space AI Centre puts Bradford in the global conversation on space

Through generous donations from an alumnus, the university was able to launch a brand-new centre for space AI in late 2022, offering new and innovative courses such as the MSc in Satellite Systems Engineering. Students on this course will work through a curriculum co-developed through partnerships with companies like Satellite Applications Catapult and Airbus, as well as explore graduate job opportunities with them after their studies.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Teaching at the University of Bradford is informed by research that is conducted for the good of society through the main themes of advanced healthcare, innovative engineering, and sustainable societies.

It has always been a pioneer of education and in 1969, the university founded the world's first University Centre for the study of peace. It's still one of the largest of its kind across the globe today.

Students are taught by experts in their field as well as industry professionals, using world-class facilities such as a motion capture studio and Bloomberg Trading Room.

Academic faculty are at the forefront of innovative work and their achievements include developing an innovative new blood test for cancer and being awarded two Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education for work in helping people with dementia and research in archaeology.

Accreditation and rankings

Many courses have accreditation or professional approval. The business school has Triple Crown accreditation by EQUIS, AMBA & AACSB.

In the Complete University Guide's 2023 subject tables, Bradford is in the top ten UK universities for:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Optometry & Ophthalmics
  • Paramedic Science
  • Forensic Science

The University of Bradford is listed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 as 501-600 in the world.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of Bradford was first established in 1832 as the Mechanics Institute. It received a Royal Charter in 1966 and become the UK's 40th university.

It's comprised of four academic faculties, which are located on one city-based campus. Each cover a large variety of disciplines:

  • Faculty of Engineering & Informatics (FoEI) – home to the School of Engineering School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and School of Media, Design and Technology.

  • Faculty of Health Studies (FoHS) – well known for its nursing, midwifery and allied health professions courses.

  • Faculty of Life Sciences (FoLS) – home to the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biosciences, School of Optometry and Vision Science, and School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

  • Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences (FoMLSS) – home to the School of Law, the accredited School of Management, and School of Social Sciences.

Each academic programme belongs to one of the four faculties, and may incorporate tutorials, seminars, lectures, lab work and practical work. The academic year begins in September and ends in May, with some courses starting in January.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Students will need to meet the subject-specific academic requirements to study at the University of Bradford.

English language requirements

International students will also need to meet the English language requirements of the university. IELTS is the university's preferred English language test, but the university has its own entry test, the BASALT. The following tests are accepted:

  • IELTS – students will need a score of at least 6.0 with no lower than 5.0 in each band, or 5.5 in each band if a Student Visa is required.
  • TOEFL – students will need a score of at least 80, with no lower than 18 in reading, 17 in writing, 17 in listening and 20 in speaking if a Student Visa is required.
  • Pearson PTE Academic – students will need a score of at least 62, with no lower than 59 in each of the four sub-tests.
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 – students will need to achieve a minimum of 148 overall with a minimum of 33 in each subskill
  • Or an accepted equivalent

Some courses may ask for higher language proficiency requirements. Students are encouraged to check individual course information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses

Those who cannot meet the required English language proficiency requirements to qualify for their chosen degree course can choose to study a pre-sessional English language course. This will help them to build their language and academic skills and get them ready to study at university level.

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Facilities

Facilities

The University of Bradford offers a welcoming and vibrant environment where international students will find a home-away-from-home. As well as the many modern, industry-standard learning facilities to assist with studies, there is plenty to support students outside of the classroom.

Students' Union

To help students get the most out of their student experience, the University of Bradford Students' Union (UBU) has plenty of support resources, activities and events on offer year-round. All students are automatically members of UBU. It's led by elected student representatives, and international students can find confidential assistance for anything to do with their studies, finances, welfare, immigration and more.

UBU is also host to more than 100 different student-run sports clubs and societies. From street dance to politics, there is something for all students to enjoy outside of their studies, and if there's not, students can start their own club or society.

Accommodation

The university's recommended accommodation is the Green, the GBP 40 million award-winning student halls of residence. Located on campus but close to the city centre, the Green is a friendly and safe place to live. Comprised of townhouses and apartments, there are 1,026 rooms as well as high-quality, fully equipped communal areas. It's also one of the most sustainable developments of its kind in the world.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

To help students from all backgrounds who are in need of extra financial support, the University of Bradford puts more than GBP 4 million each year into scholarships. A number of these are dedicated to self-funding international students. Scholarships are based on academic excellence, personal circumstances or financial hardship.

Students are encouraged to search for what is available and check the eligibility requirements. Some scholarships are subject-specific and may require an application.

The University of Bradford has unveiled fresh scholarships for its programmes in science and technology. Various awards are accessible for recently developed courses and many of these grants do not require an additional application. These include but not limited to:

  • Architectural Engineering and Technology
  • Satellite Systems Engineering
  • Construction and Project Management
  • Filmmaking

Bradford University extends different kinds of scholarships to students from all corners of the world, taking into consideration academic merit, personal situations and financial difficulties.

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