Oxford Brookes Business School

How to apply

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  • 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.

    Applicants must submit all of the following.

    A completed online application

    Applications for PhD entry in January 2020 must be received in full by 18 October 2019.

    Applications for PhD entry in April 2020 must be received in full by 31 January 2020.

    Applications for PhD entry in September 2020 must be received in full by 23 May 2020.

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

    Supporting documents to the Research Office

    Please email the following supporting documents to the Business Research Office at bus-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk:

    • Copies of your previous degree transcripts and certificates;
    • A scan of your passport;
    • Two academic references;
    • A 2,000-word Research Topic Proposal (please see below);
    • Evidence of funding (if you are receiving funding from a sponsor); and
    • International students must also provide an English Language Certificate with an IELTS score of at least 7.0

    Help with completing your Research Topic Proposal

    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.