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Bradford University

UCAS Code: B56

Location: Bradford, north of England Show on Map

Site: Main city-centre campus plus one further site

Research-intensive university; a member of the University Alliance group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:14,210
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:11,605
Full Time:83%
Mature on Entry:22%
UK Students:84%
State school entry:95%

Teaching Staff

475 full-time, 1020 part-time

Broad study areas

Animation & games; archaeological sciences; cybernetics & robotics; computing & informatics; design & technology; economics; electronics & telecommunications; engineering; geography & environmental sciences; health studies; humanities (incl history & English); ICT; law; life sciences (incl biomedical, chemical & forensic, clinical sciences, optometry, pharmacy); management & business (incl finance, HR, marketing); mathematics; media studies; peace studies; philosophy; psychology; social sciences.


Admission Information:UCAS tariff used together with specific requirements relating to subjects and grades; key skills may contribute for most courses. Range of qualifications (UK and international) accepted; applications from mature students particularly welcome.
Points on Entry (Mean):268
Drop Out Rate:8%
Accommodation:All first years (who apply by deadline) guaranteed a place in halls.


Founded:Royal Charter in 1966; originally Bradford Technical College founded in 1860s.
Site:Main campus close to city centre. School of health studies 10 minutes walk from main campus; school of management in parkland 2 miles away.
How to get there:Good rail and coach links to Bradford Interchange; well connected to motorway network via M62 and M606; also Leeds/Bradford Airport. For university, 576 bus from Bradford Interchange and nos 610/1/2/3/4 from city centre. 
Special features:University promotes ethos of teaching in an atmosphere of research. University-wide Ecoversity programme, aims to embed the principles and practices of sustainable development (sustainable education, healthy environment, social well-being, thriving economy).

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:The Hub, a one-stop support centre, incorporates accommodation office, international student adviser, fees & bursaries officer, mature students adviser. Also learner development unit (for academic and maths support), counselling service, health service. 69-place day nursery. SU welfare office, disability office. Online social network at http://developme.ning.com.
Amenities:Student Central building, brings together socialising, welfare and learning facilities and has bars/café areas, dance floor, disco and shop. Bank, bookshop on campus; studio theatre, music centre, art gallery, campus radio, cinematic facilities, 'Village Hall' for all types of functions, secondhand bike shop, debating chamber, amphitheate, biodiversity area, green campus trail, multi-cultural faith space and peace garden.
Sporting facilities:Refurbished sport and lifestyle centre with indoor sports hall, dance/aerobics studio, squash courts, state-of-the-art fitness suite, 25m swimming pool, new climbing and bouldering area. Outdoor grass football and rugby pitches (3 miles away), and artificial turf pitches.
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed accommodation (if Bradford is their firm choice) plus all students coming through Clearing by the deadline (3 September). 1026 self-catering places in new (2011) sustainable student village on campus; 408 in town houses, 618 ensuite rooms in flats. Rents £85.50 per week in houses, £93 pw in flats, including internet access but not utilities; contracts all 42 weeks. Most 2nd and 3rd years live in privately-owned accommodation, rents locally £50−£84 pw self-catering plus bills

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:2 sites: 600,000 volumes, 3000+ print and  7000+ electronic subscriptions; 1090 study places. Information provision, £124 pa spent for each student (FTE). IT and library services converged. 1500 workstations with access to library and internet (plus free broadband points in most student bedrooms), and wifi hotspots across campus; ratio workstations to students 1:8 (plus many students have own machines). IT and library facilities open 24 hours/day; support from advisory service, PC and network clinics. All new students offered introductions to library and information resources; more advanced help with information retrieval (when required); IT core skills integrated into all appropriate academic programmes.
Study abroad:1% of first-degree students spend a period abroad as part of their course. Erasmus programme and international visiting students' programme offer formal exchange links with 60+ universities and colleges in Europe and worldwide.
Careers:Professional guidance, up-to-date careers information, practical advice and support; extensive website, with vacancy database and interactive resources; workshops, recruitment fairs and skills events, Specialist JobShop service for vacation and part time work.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6000−£7000 for the academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Job Shop helps students find part-time and summer work, on and off campus.
Financial help:228 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1, open to English students whose family income is up to £25k pa and for care leavers, disabled students, refugees etc. Also departmental scholarships, those for international students, those with high entrance grades etc. Government funds £350,000 (average award £1000). Special help: students incurring childcare costs; mature students; self-financing students; care leavers. Own funds available as loans for international students with unexpected financial difficulties. Apply for help to The Hub  (01274 236504).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses (£6000-£7500 for foundation degree or foundation year). International students paid £9800 pa (classroom), £12,350 (lab-based); £1960-£2570 in placement year.


Academic features:

Non-standard and mature applicants encouraged; combined studies, informatics, engineering & science courses foundation year for those with non-standard qualifications. Many courses have a practical orientation; 20% of students are on sandwich degree courses. Distinctive courses include chemistry with pharmaceutical & forensic science, archaeological sciences, robotics with artificial intelligence, virtual design & innovation, peace studies.

Awarding body:

University of Bradford

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEng, BSc, MEng, MPharm, MChem, FdA, FdSc, FdEng.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (some sandwich courses, those with foundation year); 5 years (sandwich). Foundation degrees, 1–5 years.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Animation
  • Archaeology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cybernetics
  • Data Processing
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Microelectronics
  • E-business
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Business Studies
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Health
  • History
  • History/Philosophy of Science
  • Human Biology
  • Human Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Rights
  • Human Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Informatics
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Law
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Materials Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Microelectronics
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multimedia
  • New Media Publishing
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Optometry
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Pathology
  • Peace Studies
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Politics
  • Pollution
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Radio Frequency Engineering
  • Radiography
  • Social Administration
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Third World Studies
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Virtual Design
  • War Studies
  • Waste Studies
  • Water Resources
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view


Small, friendly campus university, 10 minutes’ walk from city centre. School of health studies is walking distance away from main campus; management 2 miles away (on main bus routes). A technological university, academic strengths for example are pharmacy, optometry and archaeology, as well as rare humanities courses such as peace studies and interdisciplinary human studies. Popular for electronic communication courses such as telecommunications, and electronic imaging and media communication. Workloads vary hugely depending on course and time of year. Many courses include a placement (industrial or educational); university’s ethos is applied rather than theoretical knowledge. Easy to change course in first term and dropout rate is low. Very good sports facilities and loads of different sports to try; sports centre on campus has a swimming pool, sports hall, gym, weights room, etc; astroturf pitches within walking distance and playing fields easily accessible by bus. University halls of residence are good standard. Plenty of private accommodation in Bradford, mostly in large Victorian terraced houses within a mile of campus; standards vary but Unipol (student housing standards agency) aims to iron out poor housing. Active students’ union, with campaigns running all the time. SU runs four bars and three nightclubs, two shops and an advice centre. 40 sports clubs, ranging from traditional rugby and football to more adventurous frisbee and sub-aqua; 35 societies, eg clinical sciences, twirling, karaoke and CND. Hardship funds and budgeting advice from SU and university (but Bradford inexpensive, so money stretches well!). Students from over 90 nationalities and no two people there for the same reason; cosmopolitan atmosphere and always new people to meet. Teaching methods a good balance of traditional stuffy academia to off-the-wall experimentation; university committed to whole-student experience. Small but varied nightlife in city; usually something for everyone. Union events predominately cheese-based, but also regular hip hop, rock, reggae and drum & bass nights. Flirt on Fridays is nite to remember; Rio’s is one of the best rock/alternative clubs in the north. Not many live national bands but lots of student bands do gigs and close enough to Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield so it’s never far to a decent gig. Mainstream and independent cinemas in town; SU cinema on campus. National Museum of Film, Photography & Television nearby, and only 10 minutes on the train to the Yorkshire Dales!


Housing: Halls reasonable. Plenty of inexpensive housing in city; check shop windows and Unipol. Eats: You can’t starve in Bradford. The best curry houses in Britain; get a meal for £3+. Union bars and loads of international restaurants. Drink: Usual suspects eg Revolution, Walkabout and Wetherspoons; lots of local student bars and real ale pubs in town. JBs local brew. Nightlife: SU nights: Flirt, cheese, hip hop, D&B; rock, Rio’s close by. Locals: Quite friendly. Some dodgy areas (as in any large city). Sports: Very good, cheap sports centre on campus. Astroturf pitches on campus; playing fields 3 miles away on direct bus route. Travel: Well placed to reach eg London, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield. Student travel agent provides great cheap deals. Financial help: Excellent; union and university funds. Jobs: Lots of casual work, in SU and locally (bars, shops etc). University-run JobShop helps find work. Most tutors now expect students to have jobs. Best feature: Friendly, cosmopolitan community atmosphere. And worst: The atmosphere tends to suck people in – you might never leave! 

Past Students

Dr Barry Seal MEP; Roland Boyes, Ian Bruce, David Hinchcliffe, Alice Mahon, Ann Taylor, all MPs; Tony O’Reilly (chairman of Heinz International); John Hegley (poet); Ifem Onura (Gillingham FC); John McGregor (author).

More info?

Enquiries to SU Communications Officer; tel 01274 233300, email ubu-comms@bradford.ac.uk or checkout the website www.ubuonline.co.uk.



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