University of Bradford
Welcome to University of Bradford
Set in the heart of Yorkshire, the University of Bradford was founded in the 1960s on a green and vibrant campus slap bang in the middle of the city.
With its roots in technology and mechanics the university has well-established courses in engineering, computing and media on offer as well as one of the top ophthalmic courses in the country.
A close-knit and friendly place to study, the university has a student body of approximately 13,000 and is considered one of the most diversive and inclusive institutions in the UK.
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Courses and fees
There are a wide selection of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees on offer at the University of Bradford’s five main academic schools. You have the opportunity to choose from more than 300 courses with the option of studying full-time, part time or as part of a sandwich degree. For undergraduate students the typical entry requirement is 320 UCAS points.
The five schools at the University of Bradford are: Engineering and Informatics; Health Studies; Life Sciences; Management; Social and International Studies.
You can study for qualifications in subject areas such as physics, computing, media, film studies, midwifery, nursing, archaeology, chemistry, forensics, pharmacy, accounting, marketing, law, economics, psychology and sociology.
70 percent of the courses on offer at the university are accredited by professional bodies.
The University of Bradford encourages students to gain experience of studying or working abroad for up to a year and there are many opportunities to study at one of the institution’s many partner unis in Europe and many other parts of the world. The university partners with more than 280 universities in 41 destinations.
The cost of an undergraduate degree in 2014/15 is £9,000 per year for UK and EU students, while the cost for overseas students is between £11,000 and £13,000 per year. Postgraduate courses also cost between £11,000 and £13,100 depending on what you are studying.
The University of Bradford has a wide selection of modern facilities including those in the brand new £1.5 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Building. In addition to this, key facilities include a physiotherapy clinic, outside broadcasting truck, and a clinical simulation suite, giving your practical experience you might only usually learn on the job.
The University of Bradford is made up of two campuses: City Campus and the School of Management. The former is based in the heart of Bradford while the latter is based in parkland a few miles away from the main campus. A vibrant city, Bradford has excellent connections to the rest of Yorkshire including Leeds and York.
Library and study facilities
The main JB Priestly Library, named after the famous Bradford-based writer is at the heart of the main city campus and has a calm and welcoming environment, ideal for studying hard! You can help yourself to books using the self-service facilities and the library at the School of Management has specialist business books for loan.
There are extensive IT facilities at the university including more than 15 IT cluster suites and 24-hour access in the main university building, meaning you can study during the times that suit you. There is also full IT support during university hours should you come into technical difficulty.
Should you need some help and advice on what to do after you finish studying, the careers service at the University of Bradford offers personal development workshops and one-to-one advice so you can ensure you’re on the right track to finding a job or moving on to further study. An up-to-date jobs board lists relevant jobs from potential employers.
There are plenty of amenities on campus including two shops, a Costa Coffee shop and a Sodexo restaurant. There is also a free cinema, and a 1,300 capacity student bar with discounted student drinks and 10 pool tables.
The active Student Union forms part of daily life at the University of Bradford and organises more than 100 clubs and societies for students in a diverse array of interests plus volunteering schemes in the local community. It also runs one of the longest-running studio radio stations, RamAir, which you can choose to be a part of.
A fitness and lifestyle centre is in the heart of the main campus at the University of Bradford and has had a recent £5 million refurbishment, providing students with the latest facilities and sports equipment. In addition to this, there are more than 35 student-led sports clubs in a variety of disciplines from hockey to ultimate Frisbee.
Medical and welfare services
If you attend the University of Bradford you will be encouraged to join the Bradford Student Health Service which runs regular health appointments and is based a short walk from campus. In addition to this, the university offers a counselling service which gives free and anonymous advice to both students and staff members.
Around £3 million is invested annually to support students at the University of Bradford, with an array of scholarships on offer to both home and international students. To find out more about the finance available, visit the university’s website.
At the University of Bradford there is one major set of halls which was built recently at a cost of £40 million. In addition to these halls, which are based at the City campus, there is a selection of accommodation for postgraduate students who are based at the School of Management.
What’s more, if you don’t want to stay in halls, the university can help you find accommodation through its Student Safespot scheme enabling you to find a safe and friendly place to live off of campus. Visit the university website for more information about the accommodation on offer.
Based just two minutes’ away from your lectures, the Green is the most sustainable halls of residence in the world – in fact it won first prize for Best Student Housing in the 2013 CUBO Awards. A selection of en suite and shared facility rooms are on offer, with rent here costing between £100 and £108 per week.
Vernon Barnby Hall
A cozy set of halls located at the School of Management, this accommodation offers 25 en suite rooms with shared kitchen facilities. Rent is £89 per week which also includes the costs of utilities, internet, insurance and security.
There are regular open days organised at the University of Bradford where you can find out more about the courses on offer, see the facilities and talk to current students about life at the university.
Take a tour of the campus, speak to lecturers and visit the brand new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Building to find out more about what life at the University of Bradford is really like.
A variety of open day dates are on offer, with the following happening in 2015:
- Friday 2nd October
- Saturday 3rd October
The university year is divided into three terms and two semesters. Whether you are on a semester based or term based year depends on the course you take. The 2014/15 dates are as follows:
- Autumn term: 15 September - 12 December 2014
- Spring term: 5 January - 27 March 2015
- Summer term: 13 April - 22 May 2015
- Semester 1: 15 September 2014 - 16 January 2015
- Semester 2: 19 January - 22 May 2015
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