School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics


    Research is structured into two large research centres: Intelligent Systems Engineering and Dependable Systems Engineering. Students are attached to these research groups and work alongside experienced researchers as well as with collaborators from across the industry and other academic institutions.

    We offer four research degree routes: MPhil; MPhil transferring to PhD; PhD direct (only for students who have recently completed a master’s or MPhil degree in an area closely related to the proposed research topic); PhD by published work (only for students who have prior association with Oxford Brookes University). These degrees are also available within Engineering, as well as an MSc by research.

    Completing a research degree with us means that you will have regular interaction with internationally recognised industrial researchers. You will immerse yourself in a dynamic research environment and find various opportunities to contribute to wider research, teaching and funding proposals.

    Students also benefit from being members of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme which provides both general and subject specific research training and support.

  • We welcome research proposals related to any of the subjects covered by the research groups represented by our two research centres:


    • Artificial Intelligence and Vision
    • Communications, Media and Electronic Technologies
    • Cognitive Robotics


    • Applied Formal Methods
    • Applied Software Engineering
    • Advanced Reliable Computer Systems

    For enquiries about research projects in these groups please, contact the group leaders and the postgraduate tutor Dr Tjeerd Olde Scheper.

    We offer an outstanding experience for research students with the following benefits:

    • You become a member the department’s research groups pursuing an ambitious research agenda
    • You will interact with a dynamic research environment and find various opportunities to contribute to wider research, teaching and funding proposals
    • Students benefit from links with the wider faculty
    • 24-hour access to laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, software and robots
    • A taught research training course that caters for both full and part-time study
    • A wide variety of optional training courses, student events, lectures and seminars
    • All students are allocated a Director of Studies and at least one other supervisor who they meet with regularly
    • A range of personal support that includes access to a wide range of staff who are available for consultation
    • Students benefit from automatic membership of the Faculty's Doctoral Training Programme
    • A wide variety of optional training courses, student events, lectures and other opportunities

    The application process is broken down into 5 steps:

    1. Check essential requirements

      Before you apply, please check you meet entry requirements as well as the financial requirements of the programme.

    2. Explore our research groups and supervisory staff pages

      Explore the research groups and their associated staff member to see how your chosen field of study aligns with the research portfolio within the school.

    3. Agree your research

      Contact postgraduate research tutor Dr Tjeerd Olde Scheper to discuss your proposed research. You're welcome to contact academics to help you develop your ideas.

    4. Formulate your proposal

      When you have agreed you research project with Tjeerd, he will ask you to prepare and submit a proposal. If the proposal is acceptable Tjeerd 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, download our research degree proposal guidelines.

    5. Gather required documents and submit:

      When you are ready, submit your UCAS Postgraduate application along with the required supporting documents through the UCAS Postgraduate website. You should note that we cannot consider your application for admission until all the documents noted above have been received, including financial documentation.

  • Computing research groups

    Our computing research is home to a number of active research groups and includes internationally recognised researchers in all its disciplines. We have an excellent reputation for research and knowledge transfer.

    Computing research groups

    Artificial Intelligence and Vision

    Focuses on computer vision applications: action, gesture recognition and image segmentation.

    Communications, Media and Electronic Technologies

    Works closely together to leverage the different skills available and to cross link ideas.

    Cognitive Robotics

    Undertakes research into human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles and bio-inspired robotics.

    Applied Formal Methods

    Concerned with the theoretical foundations of software engineering.

    Applied Software Engineering

    Takes an empirical and experimental approach to software engineering and systems in order to characterize and improve systems.

    Advanced Reliable Computer Systems

    Carries out leading research in the design, test, and verification of reliable computer systems.

    Cyber Security

    A new research group which looks at the security of our systems and infrastructure.