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University of Bradford

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Overview
Overview

Overview

The University of Bradford has a life-changing ethos; as academics and industry experts shape the future of their sectors, their students become the best version of themselves and leave with the tools they need for their chosen career.

The friendly and compact campus is within a five-minute walk of the city centre, with accommodation and the SU all within its grounds. Bradford prides itself on having one of the most multicultural campuses in the UK. There are students from 130 different nationalities at Bradford and more than 70 languages are spoken in the city itself.

Bradford has a lot to offer; home to the National Science and Media Museum and a UNESCO city of film. Host to a diverse calendar of events and gig venues with a vibrant food culture, there is lots to discover in the city centre and countryside beyond. As well as being close to the larger cities of Leeds and Manchester.

Their award-winning virtual experience allows you to digitally visit their campus - immerse yourself in the 360° tour of their anatomage suite, television studio and active research labs.

Reviews from students were glowing with praise, and the University was awarded a Silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Overall I’m excited about the course I’m doing I have received all the support I needed. I’m pleased to have chosen this University. From the tutors right to the site, the modern buildings, it’s all a fantastic experience. Looking forward to completing my course successfully with all the support get from the Uni.”

“Very exciting journey, a place to explore cultural diversity and make new friends. Good environment for studying with excellent support both from the academic and non-academic staff.”

“My personal experience so far has been amazing and exciting. I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people who are so supportive in every way as best as they can, which I really find very helpful.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Bradford aims to ensure as many students as possible undertake placements, internships and sandwich years, as well as having exposure to industry-standard facilities. Many courses offer the option of a 12-month placement, as well as the opportunity to study abroad.

Many courses are created in partnership with employers in industry, supporting students to be work ready by learning in a creative and collaborative environment throughout their degree. The Career Development Services organises events and fairs, as well as offering one-to-one appointments for CV development and interview skills.

Student reviewers told us they’re particularly impressed with the number of careers fairs that the University holds throughout the year.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“There's a careers office in which you can really get great advice on how to apply for jobs, have a good cv, how to conduct yourself during interviews, applying for internships and funding, etc.”

“Work placements, careers and jobs fairs, volunteering opportunities that can be processed on HEAR whereby employers can see what you have done.”

“Careers department helped in order to be able to apply for jobs when I was an undergraduate, by helping me create a CV and work within the University (uni bars and student ambassador) as well.”

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

There are world-leading experts in every area of the University, pushing the boundaries of their field and bringing their knowledge directly to students. All courses meet strict quality standards with most courses boasting professional, statutory or regulatory body accreditation. 

Student reviewers applaud the lecturers for their knowledge, dedication to student learning and overall helpfulness, while a number mentioned they appreciate the ‘hands-on’ nature of their courses.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“There is a range of teaching styles (group work, lectures, seminars and independent study) Lectures also have regular office hours.”

“Teaching is interactive delivered in various formats like: lectures, workshops, seminars, group discussions and tutorials which are useful to facilitate individual learning.”

“I loved my classes! Lecturers have the perfect combination between academia and practice and they are always ready to help and push us to be better.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The SU is based in the £8 million Student Central building in the middle of the city campus. It is home to Team Bradford, a well-established and welcoming community of students led by the SU who aim to improve the student experience.

The union represents all clubs, societies, media and volunteers; encouraging all students to get involved with socials and student activism. They organise club nights, live music, comedy, film screenings and fresher’s week. 

Reviewers are incredibly impressed with the team and the events they organise.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“SU is good and provides support when needed.”

“Really supportive and tries to do as much as they can for all students.”

“It's quite varied and everyone is willing to help and is very friendly and is easy to get in touch with. There are numerous events going on around the year with trips to different cities and many societies to join alongside with volunteering opportunities.”

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

The Green is a self-catering student village at the heart of the city campus and a short walk away from the city centre, meaning from bed to class can be a matter of minutes.

The sustainable estate offers accommodation in six-bedroom apartments or 12-bedroom townhouses with plenty of social spaces and garden areas. Nearby facilities include an on-site laundrette and shared lounge area, and all first years are guaranteed accommodation.  Contracts last 42 weeks and rent is inclusive of bills and Wi-Fi.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“It is nice, the receptionists are pleasant, room is cosy.”

“The accommodation is comfortable, it's in a walking distance from the university and it has modern design.”

“My accommodation is good. Problems are fixed fairly quickly. Rooms are a good size.”

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£4,560

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

Bradford has invested £120 million in its city centre campus including:

  • A theatre, art gallery and music centre
  • Sports centre with gym, swimming pool and climbing wall
  • £40 million award-winning accommodation in The Green
  • £6 million Norcroft Building for biochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical research
  • Purpose-built cancer research building for tumour biology, cancer pharmacology and medicinal chemistry as well as commercial incubator units

Students particularly praised the 24-hour library and the University’s subject specific facilities.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“There is a good range of facilities, the library has lots of resources, the academic skills advice centre is supportive. Both carers and disability's work hard to support their students.”

“My University has excellent facilities and is second to none.”

“Excellent, they have a new building for nursing students and they accommodate us quite well with the newer technology they have in place for us.”

City life
City life

City life

Bradford has a diverse population with an international airport, direct trains to London and the cities of Leeds and Manchester nearby.

As well as having a rich heritage and culture, this is a city with a young enterprising spirit nurturing a thriving arts and music scene. Bradford is also a great place to be if food and drink is your thing.

The Broadway is the city’s main Westfield shopping centre with more than 70 shops and restaurants. The city centre boasts no less than 3 cinemas and regularly holds community events at the centrally located City Park.

There are more than 35 public parks and the city has been named Curry Capital of Britain for six years in a row.

Students are happy in Bradford with lots going on in the city, and they can benefit from a short journey to Leeds and surrounding countryside for day trips or nights out.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Good, there is a wide variety of activities and festivals and celebrations on throughout the year. Also good transport links to other cities and into the countryside.”

“Bradford needs more credit, the people are friendly and there are many eating places etc, at a cheap price, it is 20 mins away from Leeds which if you're looking for something more or a day out is handy. The outskirts of Bradford has amazing scenery so it is like the best of both worlds.”

“Bradford is a fairly small city but there is no lack of shops or food places, especially around the university itself, which I find convenient as there's no need to travel very far for basic shopping or to eat. The university is well placed because it is so close to the city centre and there are a few ways to entertain yourself, e.g. the IMAX cinema, ice skating rink, etc.”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£2.50 - £3.50

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There are 35 sports, more than 70 societies, plus a volunteering service to get involved with. From water polo to break dancing, fencing to debating, there is plenty to get involved with in the Team Bradford ethos. The SU also encourage and supports its students to set up their own team or society if it does not already exist.

Student reviewers praised the variety of clubs on offer, with sporting societies getting several mentions for their welcoming members and events throughout the year.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“There are over 100 societies to join and over 40 sports to play. You can even become an executive member and have a direct say in how the society works or start up your own society if you and your friends have a great idea. Taking part in sports and societies is a great way to make friends, boost your confidence and add to your CV. I'm currently involved in the first aid, henna, and Islamic society.”

“There are many societies and clubs available to join and the society i joined last year was very enjoyable.”

“Very good, a wide range with good sports (ice hockey).”

Student support
Student support

Student support

The MyBradford Student and Academic Skills Advice Services support students in all areas of academic study and interpersonal skills. Students can take advantage of 1-2-1 sessions, group advice, workshops and clinics, as well as online study skills resources.

The University of Bradford supports students emotionally and physically in their university journey with a variety of services:

The Personal Academic Tutor scheme means that throughout your time at university you’ll have regular meetings with an assigned member of academic staff to discuss your personal and professional progress.

The Student Union Student Advice Centre is another port of call for welfare and academic issues. It is run by the SU out of the Student Central building and is open weekdays all year round.

Student reviews often mention the range of support on offer, including academic and personal guidance, and many say they feel well supported by University staff.

University of Bradford students on Whatuni say:

“Lots of support available - personal tutor is very helpful.”

“The tutors are good at responding via email and are very approachable in or outside of office/contact hours. The disability service is useful and offers all students a basic test at the start of the year for specific learning difficulties.”

“For personal support Bradford uni have amazing services like counselling and dyslexia screening which is amazing as I was diagnosed and I wouldn't have got the help I have in place if it wasn't for then doing this. As for the academic side the tutors give detailed feedback and help when we need it. They're very supportive.”

Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Students per Year: £9,250.

International Students per Year: Ranges from £1,500 to £18,440 depending on the course and level of qualification.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

The University of Bradford invests £4m in scholarships each year. You can find out more on their website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Bradford applies scientific knowledge to improve society, focusing on: Advanced Healthcare, Innovative Engineering and Sustainable Societies.

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Animation, Games and Visual Effects
  • Archaeology and Forensic Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biosciences
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Film and Television Production
  • Law
  • Management
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Peace Studies and International Development
  • Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work and Social Care
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Radiography
Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

119th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

63rd / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

7,690
AVERAGE

TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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  • Full-timePart-time
    93%7%
  • School leaversMature students
    72%28%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    76%24%
  • UKInternational
    86%14%
Student Reviews

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What's it like to study at this institution? Current students and alumni share their opinion...

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Tomas
29 Feb 20

Civil and Structural Engineering BEng (with a placement year) BEng (Hons)

I would rate the university experience 8/10 for UoB. This is for many reasons. All the positives that could be said about the university I have already mentioned. However ther e are 2 negatives left in my personal opinion. The city itself drags the university down a huge mile. Lack of...
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Lynn
27 Feb 20

Economics and Finance for Development MSc

The strikes have been very disruptive to learning which is something I haven't liked. But the University itself has been very welcoming and I have not felt out of place once. I have made great friends and I have enjoyed my...

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