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  • MPhil/PhD at Oxford Brookes Business School

    Start date

    • June 2021 (Applications must be received in full by 15 January 2021)
    • September 2021 (Applications must be received in full by 15 May 2021)


    Course length

    • Full-time: minimum 3 years
    • Part-time: minimum 4 years

    Applicants should have a good honours degree and a good master's degree at merit level or above that includes a thesis component. Applicants with equivalent experience will be considered.

    Supporting documents for your application

    When applying for this programme of study please upload all of the required supporting documents listed below to the online application portal. We suggest merging your supporting documents into a single PDF file. Please note there are two specifically designated options for you to upload your two references to.

    • Copies of your previous degree transcripts and certificates (both Undergraduate and Postgraduate);
    • A scan of your passport;
    • Two academic references;
    • A 2,000-word Research Topic Proposal ( please see research topics);
    • Evidence of funding (We require evidence of personal funds or letter from funder if being sponsored); and
    • International students must also provide an English Language Certificate with an IELTS score of at least 7.0

    When completing your research proposal, please ensure that you include the following:

    • The title of your proposed research and the chosen research topic;
    • A justification for why it is worth researching - in other words justify its academic, practical and/or industrial importance. It would be beneficial to explain how your proposed topic goes further than previous research in the overall area;
    • A list of the aim and objectives of the proposed research;
    • The key academic ideas (theories and concepts) within the area of your proposed topic. Provide supporting references and explain how your research relates to these ideas;
    • The general research approach and specific research methods that you are intending to use;
    • An explanation for why you are intending to use such an approach and set of research methods;
    • An outline of the setting or context in which you intend to base your proposed research;
    • An explanation of why you are using the setting or context;
    • Detail how you will gain access to the data;
    • A section on how you intend to interpret or analyse the data, once collected;
    • A tentative timeline for undertaking the proposed research; and
    • A full list of your references.

    The clearer you are in your explanation of what you intend to do, the easier it is for us to assess your proposed topic and whether it is suitable for you study at the doctoral level. The proposal must not exceed 2,000 words.

    Click here to see an example of how your application should look like before you upload it to the system.

    If you have any difficulty completing your application, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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