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Making Knowledge Work at the University of Bradford

Making Knowledge Work at the University of Bradford

At the University of Bradford we pride ourselves on being a pioneering technology university, tackling the major global challenges of our age. Our mission is ‘Making Knowledge Work’ – making a real difference to people’s day-to-day lives through impactful research.

Our inspirational academics are at the cutting edge of research; recent achievements range from the breakthrough development of a new blood test for cancer, to the detection of a ‘super-henge’ – potentially the largest Neolithic monument built in Britain.

We were recently awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for our work to improve the lives of people living with dementia – the highest form of national recognition that UK higher education institutions can achieve.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us as 49th in the UK for the quality of our research with three quarters being classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Facilities for students

The University is continuously investing in state-of-the-art facilities to enable you to get the most out of your time here, and to help you contribute to world-leading research. Our focus is to engage students in conversation, and there is no better place to do this than the Postgraduate Research Lounge.

The PGR Lounge is a space dedicated for research students (undertaking a PhD programme). Launched in May 2015, it celebrates a step forward in the building of a research community at the University of Bradford. If you’re doing a PhD, this Lounge is a place you can call your own, where you can socialise, work, and help each other grow intellectually by having inter-disciplinary conversations.

The PGR lounge supports collaborative work, sharing of ideas, exploring other disciplines, socialising and engaging with extracurricular activities.

Making Knowledge Work at the University of Bradford

Our postgraduate themes

We harness technology for the good of society through our three overarching research themes. We welcome postgraduate research applications related to these themes.

Advanced Healthcare

Changing Lives

We’re pioneering new models of healthcare delivery, health promotion and technology-enabled treatment. Our researchers are developing the next generation of cancer drugs – a ‘smart bomb’ that has the potential to destroy solid tumours, made from a natural compound found in the crocus plant.

Innovative Engineering

Pioneering Technology

We apply cutting-edge technology and techniques to major global challenges, working alongside leading industry partners. We’re revolutionising facial recognition technology with Halo. This new system provides unprecedented identification accuracy, capturing quality images and biometric data with high-resolution cameras and software.

Sustainable Societies

Global Development

Our work addresses the big issues facing global society; conflict, poverty, development, climate change, resource security and terrorism. We’re developing new ways of thinking. Our innovative Foreign Direct Investment model has been adopted by the G20 group, helping forge successful partnerships between foreign enterprises and developing countries.

Making Knowledge Work at the University of Bradford

Find out more about studying at the University of Bradford

Break new ground by undertaking a research degree at the University of Bradford. You will join our community of pioneering researchers, pushing the boundaries of research for the benefit of all. Register your interest here.


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