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The school has a dynamic and thriving research environment representing a solid foundation for our research degree students. The degree can be pursued via three different models: the traditional PhD, PhD by design and PhD by practice.
We have extensive links with over 90 universities across the world and we work closely with industry and practice. These links lead to many opportunities for collaborative research, exchanges, overseas study and many more.
We offer four degree routes:
Research students will be affiliated with one of the School’s research groups:
Projects can cover a wide range of areas in and associated with Architecture from construction, structural technologies, energy, low carbon, sustainability of the built environment, vernacular architecture, conservation, urbanization, humanitarian practice, housing and home.
As a research student you will be joining a School that is involved with world-leading research in a dynamic and vibrant environment.
After you have completed the Oxford Brookes online application, these documents can be e-mailed directly to the Research Administrator in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can apply for any of our MPhil/PhD programmes via the Oxford Brookes online application system.
If English is not your first language you will need to provide an IELTS language certificate with an overall score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).
IELTS 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 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
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 funding are available on the funding page for UK students, EU students and international students.
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.
Our MPhil, MPhil/PhD and PhD Direct programmes are three term programmes and have a choice of start dates throughout the year in September, January and June. Our Masters by Research and PhD by Published Work programmes are two term programmes and
have two possible start points, September and January. Applications to the research degrees programme can be made up to 12 months prior to the start of the programme. It is recommended that you apply at least 6 months in advance to allow adequate
time for your application to be processed (in the case of UK/EU applicants no less than 4-6 weeks).
You should allow sufficient time to complete the application process and apply for an appropriate visa (this usually takes between 3-6 weeks to be completed) and to make arrangements to move to Oxford in time for the start of semester.
Current supervisors in the School of Architecture include:
Want to find out more? Download the PhD research degree proposal guidelines.
Read about how the Doctoral Training Programme can support you through your research degree.
See all funding opportunities on the Research Degree Team's website.
See who our current students are, and their affiliated research groups.