Go to the Students section
Go to the Staff section
Go to the Alumni section
Go to the Study here section
Go to the International section
Go to the About section
Go to the Research section
Go to the Business and Employers section
Go to the Support us section
Research students play a vital role and are integrated into all aspects of academic life through research groups, involvement in research projects, seminar series and teaching.
Students also benefit from being members of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme which combines peer and tutor support with delivering the latest high-level training in all aspects of becoming a researcher.
The School has a dynamic and thriving research programme within a research environment that is internationally recognised for its quality and impact. There are opportunities for students to develop a wide range of skills and expertise as we have close links with practice and participate in international networks and exchanges.
The School of the Built Environment is dedicated to offering an outstanding experience for research students. As a research student you will enjoy the following benefits:
Students are advised to consider how their studies will be funded prior to making an application (see Current Fees and Funding section). We invite you to explore the research student profiles page to view a selection of current research degree projects.
Applications are welcomed from students whose research interests complement those of the research groups namely the:
These groups are represented in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) where teams work in an integrated way to address questions of global significance relating to energy, carbon and social and economic sustainability in the built environment.
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 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.
Some current students have awards from a wide range of external bodies including industry, government bodies and charities, and others are self-funded. Occasionally, the university has a few 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/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.
The application process is broken down into 5 steps:
1. Check essential requirements
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 the entry requirements and the financial requirements as well as the English language requirements of the programme. We accept the IELTS English Language Qualification with at least 6.5 overall score (with no less than 6.0 in any element).
2. Explore our research groups and supervisory staff pages
Explore the research groups and their associated staff to see how your chosen field of study aligns with the research portfolio within the school.
3. Agree your research
At this stage if you are interested in Planning and Urban Design research, you should contact Dr Sue Brownill (email@example.com Tel 01865 483877). If you are interested in Real Estate and Construction Research, you should contact Prof. Ramin Keivani (firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01865 483409). Advise either Dr Brownill or Prof Keivani that you are considering making an application. You are also welcome to contact particular academics to help you develop your ideas.
4. Formulate your proposal
When you have agreed a research project with the Postgraduate Research Tutor, you will be asked to prepare a proposal. You can indicate any staff members whom you would like to work with, or the Tutors will circulate your proposal to the most appropriate staff to get their comments. If the proposal is accepted the Tutors will ask you to make a formal application, or give you advice on how the proposal may be improved. For guidance on writing a PhD research proposal see our Guide to writing PhD Research Proposals.
5. Gather required documents and submit
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 (email@example.com). 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.