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Why Study at Bradford?

As a technology university, our mission is to be a leader in the creation of knowledge through research, and to apply this knowledge for the prosperity and wellbeing of all people.

By undertaking a research degree at the University of Bradford you will become a part of this mission.

The world faces major challenges - ill-health, poverty, climate change, energy, water and food security are complex global problems.

Tackling these challenges requires a deep understanding of science, engineering, social, political and cultural behaviour.

Why Study a Postgraduate Degree?

The University of Bradford's research generates technological advancements, societal and economic improvements, and healthcare and policy developments.

By undertaking a research degree here you will become part of a community of world-leading researchers continuing our history of innovation and the application of our knowledge, in order to find real-world solutions.

Postgraduate students at the University of Bradford learn in a high-quality environment with teaching by academics from around the world, many engaged in ground-breaking research.

Join a growing community of more than 2,700 students who choose to continue their higher education here each year.

Why Study at the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics?

We are in an information-based world, where the key to economic development and prosperity is innovative engineering and manufacturing.

Our strengths in this area are reflected in the ground-breaking research carried out in areas such as advanced materials, nanotechnology, digital technologies and cyber security.

Types of Research Degrees

The following research-related degrees are offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest level degree you can do and is recognised and respected around the world.
Supported by a supervisor, you will undertake an independent research project resulting in an extensive thesis (up to 80,000 words), which will be reviewed and discussed by a panel of academics.
It takes at least three years to complete full-time and can be done over a longer period part-time.


The Master's of Philosophy is an extended postgraduate degree which is largely research-based - resulting in a thesis of up to 40,000 words - and can form the basis of a PhD.

Students may be enrolled onto any one of the following modes of attendance:

Full-time Internal

You will work alongside other students and staff in your department, and will be expected to complete the research for your PhD within three or maximum four years.

Part-time Internal

This mode is most suitable if you have a full-time job in a related area. You should live close enough to Bradford to maintain contact with your supervisor, and perhaps participate in research training. The minimum period for completion is four years and the maximum is seven years

Part-time External

This may suit people such as academics employed in institutions outside the UK. You should be able to commit an average of about 40 hours per week to your research, and be in a position to make regular use of library, computing or necessary equipment resources. You will need to meet your supervisor regularly and make at least one visit of two weeks or perhaps a month each year to Bradford to discuss the progress of your research.

Full-time External

This mode may be available for students based overseas. You will need to visit Bradford at least once a year in order to have extensive discussions with your supervisor.

Required Supporting Documentation

Students may apply using downloadable or online forms. Along with the completed application form, the following supporting documents are required:

  • (Qualifying) degree certificates/transcripts
  • Two references each of which clearly indicates the applicant's academic abilities to undertake a programme of research.
  • Evidence of English language
  • A copy of the relevant pages (First, last and visa pages) of your passport
  • A Research Proposal* (around 1000-1500 words). The proposal should consist of the following in your own words:
    • The title of your proposal
    • A Problem Statement that sets out the precise nature of the problem you wish to investigate. This should include a justification for your research, why the topic requires a closer look, and how it will make an original contribution to knowledge.
      • Some key research areas/topics may also be made available on the School Website. The Project proposals could relate to a set project and applicants would then provide further information about why they wanted to work on this project, and what they wanted to achieve. 
    • You should (i) describe the groundwork you have already done, (ii) be able to show that you are familiar with the existing literature in the field, and (iii) show how your work will relate to that.
  • Statement of Purpose (around 500 words). This document is seen by the UKBA as evidence of your intent to study and should ideally cover the following:
    • Why you are applying for the above programme of study;
    • Why you have chosen to study in the UK and why you have selected the University of Bradford;
    • What you would like to achieve after completing your studies.

Entry Requirements


For the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) the entry qualification requirement is:

  • It is essential that the candidate has a first or upper-second class Undergraduate degree at an approved university or institution
  • It is desirable that the candidate has a higher degree at an approved university or institution
  • Exceptionally, candidates with lower than above but with experience and training as suitable preparation may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) the entry qualification requirement is:

  • It is essential that the candidate has an undergraduate degree at an approved university or institution;
  • Professional qualification approved by Research Degrees Committee and suitable general education and training;
  • Exceptionally, candidates with less than above but able to give satisfactory evidence of having obtained adequate standard of knowledge may be accepted by the Research Degrees Committee.

Note: we shall check the approved University and degree award (where you have indicated at an approved university) with the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC). NARIC is a National Agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government, and provides the only official source of information on international qualifications to organisations recruiting from overseas and to individuals wishing to work or study in the UK.

Language Requirements

For students whose first language is not English the University sets a minimum entry standard requirement of:

  • 6.0 IELTS with no sub-test less than 5.5, or
  • TOEFL (Internet based test only) language requirement is 84 with no sub-tests below; listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 17, or
  • Pearson academic Test (PTE): overall 57 and no sub test below 51.

In the case of an applicant not having any of the above, there is an opportunity to undertake a Pre-sessional English Language course at the discretion of the University Language Centre. Please check the minimum entry requirements for undertaking these pre-sessional language courses.