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Research degrees

As a technology university, our mission is to create knowledge through research.

We apply this knowledge for the benefit of society, tackling the major global challenges of our age.

Studying a research degree at the University of Bradford makes you part of this mission; you’ll work with academic experts who are shaping the future of their sectors.

96% of our research was rated world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

The new postgraduate doctoral loan

The UK government is introducing loans worth up to £25,000 for new postgraduate doctoral research students from 2018/19.

Loans are not means-tested and are open to English-resident UK nationals aged 59 or under, who do not have Research Council studentships.

Existing student loans won’t affect eligibility for the postgraduate doctoral loan, and repayments will be combined with those for the Master's loan if you have also taken one out.

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PGR Connect

A new peer support initiative to provide connectivity and mental wellbeing for postgraduate research students at the University of Bradford

The project has an emphasis on preventative early intervention initiatives. It centres on the development of a peer support model within which a healthy thriving and connected PGR student community can been cultivated; one that will last beyond the Bradford student experience.


Break new ground

You'll be joining a vibrant community of doctoral students.

You'll receive all the support you need to achieve your academic and career aspirations, and benefit from a dedicated study space for PhD students - the Postgraduate Research Lounge - as well as bespoke facilities for your area of interest.

Our research focuses on:

  • advanced healthcare
  • innovative engineering
  • sustainable societies

The Postgraduate Research Framework

The University offers a range of opportunities to help you succeed in your research.

The Postgraduate Research (PGR) Framework has been designed to enhance your immediate research experience, as well as your future employability, supporting your development as an ethical, rigorous independent researcher.

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Read personal research stories written by our academics

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