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The School of Arts has a dynamic and thriving research environment and an excellent reputation for both its research quality and impact.
The School of Arts encompasses both practice-based PhD’s as well as text-based PhDs in Publishing, Musicology, and Film Studies.
A key feature of the research degrees programme is that students can be attached to research groups where they work alongside experienced researchers and subject specialists. We offer four research degree routes:
There are currently over 40 students registered on the research degree programme in the School and more than 100 research students in the wider Faculty. Many students go on to contribute to the broader activities of these groups and increase their skills and expertise, as well as their future career and employment prospects. Students also benefit from being members of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme which provides both general and subject specific research training and support.
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In order to be considered for the programme you will have to meet our application requirements and programme entry requirements. Before you apply, please check you meet entry requirements (such as academic qualifications and English Language requirements), as well as the financial requirements of the programme.
Applicants should normally hold a 1st or Upper Second Class Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification), but appropriate applications will be considered from outstanding candidates with substantial prior experience at an appropriate level.
If English is not your first language you will need to provide one of the following language certificates:
IELTS and PTE Academic English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the proposed start date of the programme, should your application be successful. Evidence of English language proficiency must be provided along with other supporting documents, in the form of a good quality copy of the certificate.
As a result of very recent changes made by UK Visas & Immigration, please note we no longer regard TOEFL as an acceptable language test for entry to Oxford Brookes. This applies whether you require a Tier 4 student visa or not. You can find more details on our English language requirements pages. If you do not meet these requirements you may be able to take our University English as a pre-sessional course.
For further information on current fees and living costs please refer to the university finance pages.
Current students have awards from a wide range of external bodies including industry, government bodies and charities, and others are self-funded. The university have a number of faculty specific and competitively allocated scholarships which, when available, are advertised on our Research Funding Opportunities page and on jobs.ac.uk.
In addition, details of available external international scholarships and funding are available at the university's Scholarships and Bursaries page.
Applicants should be able to pay the university’s tuition fees, either personally or through grants, sponsorship or other awards made in their favour. Applicants receiving awards should be able to present evidence of their funding at the time of application, usually in the form of a letter from the awarding body. Self-funded international students should be aware that the UK Border Agency will require evidence that a candidate can pay their first year’s fees before they will grant a student visa.
Explore the research groups and their associated staff to see how your chosen field of study aligns with the research portfolio within the school. Supervisors in the School of Arts include:
At this stage you should contact Jane Potter ( email@example.com for Publishing) or Ray Lee ( firstname.lastname@example.org for all other Arts subjects) and advise them that you are considering making an application. You are also welcome to contact particular academics to help you develop your ideas.
When you have agreed a research project with Jane and Ray you will be asked to prepare a proposal. You can indicate any staff members whom you would like to work with, or Ray and Jane will circulate your proposal to the most appropriate staff to get their comments. If the proposal is accepted Ray or Jane will ask you to make a formal application, or give you advice on how the proposal may be improved.
When you apply for a place on our PhD programme you must submit your research proposal to email@example.com. We appreciate, especially in the field of Arts, that many candidates have little previous experience of research. We do not expect you to know a huge amount at this stage but we expect you to follow the guidance given here and to address any comments made by potential supervisors.
This section provides guidance on how to write it and explains:
To write a good proposal, you need to have a clear understanding of the requirements of PhD level research. Think in terms of what you will seek to find out that we didn't know before, and what its significance will be. These are the key requirements of the research you propose:
The proposal should be about four pages of A4 and should include the following:
Text throughout the proposal should be clear, precise and free from jargon. You should use a consistent referencing style in your research proposal. Your proposal must be written in your own words, clearly citing and crediting any sources used in your discussion. A research proposal which consists of plagiarised material will automatically disqualify the applicant from consideration for a place. This is not negotiable.
If you are offered a place on the programme, you will spend the first 6 months after enrolment receiving research training and refining your proposal. It will be possible to change your research to a certain degree at this stage.
Our MPhil/PhD programme requires additional supporting documentation to be submitted as part of the application process. Before applying through UCAS Postgraduate please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:
After your UCAS Postgraduate application has been submitted, these documents can be e-mailed directly to the Research Administrator in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note that you will need to provide certified translations of any documents which are not in English.
You can apply for any of our MPhil/PhD programmes at UCAS Postgraduate, the online application system used by Oxford Brookes. Please log onto UCAS Postgraduate and complete your application. You can save your draft as you go, log out and return to it later if you wish. At this stage your application can only be seen by you. If you have any difficulty completing your application, you can call the UCAS Postgraduate Helpline on +44 (0)871 334 4447. If you are calling from outside the UK, please call the international telephone number: +44 330 333 0235, Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 (UK time).
You should note that we cannot consider your application for admission until all the documents noted above have been received, including financial documentation.