School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics


  • COMPUTING RESEARCH


    The school has anexcellent reputation for research and knowledge transfer.

    We have a number of active computing research groups with internationally recognised researchers in all its disciplines.

     

    Computing research brochure

  • MPhil/ PhD in Computing

    Research is structured into two large research centres: Intelligent Systems Research Centre and Dependable Systems Research Centre. 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 five 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); MSc by research. 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.



    MASTERS BY RESEARCH

    The MSc by research degrees run for one year full time or two years part time and allow students to critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and combine the equivalent of up to one semester’s taught programme (focusing on research training) with a major research project. This degree is intended to allow candidates to perform a significant piece of research, in line with current research interests. As with other research degrees, they are examined by thesis and viva.

    There are two entry points for a Masters by Research (January and September). Which one is applicable to you depends on the modules you will need to follow, so this is something you will need to discuss with a potential supervisor.

    Thesis: 15,000 words for MSc by Research in engineering and computing.
    Length of study: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.
    Entry requirements: a first-class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification

    A candidate initially registered for the degree of MSc by Research may apply to continue as a student on the MPhil/PhD research degree programme. Applications should be submitted in the same way as for all candidates applying for a place on the MPhil or PhD programmes.

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

    • You become a member of 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

    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

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

    INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTRE (ISERC)


    DEPENDABLE SYSTEMS AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH (DSERC)


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

    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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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:

        • Research proposal
        • Scan of your passport - to confirm your name and date of birth. We will then ensure that any offer letters issued to you correspond with your passport name, this will help when applying for a student visa.
        • IELTS Certificate or equivalent (if required) – no older than two years from the proposed start date of your programme.
        • Scan of your final degree certificates already awarded
        • Scan of transcripts
        • Two references (at least one academic) - your references must be on institutional headed paper and be dated and signed by referee(s). They can be uploaded online to UCAS Postgraduate at either the initial application stage (if the referee permits the reference to be shared with you), or can be sent directly to the Research Administrator in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment in a sealed envelope, or emailed. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their referees supply these documents.
        • Evidence of funding (if sponsored by an employer or government, you must provide evidence in the form of a recently dated sponsorship letter on official headed paper. If supporting your studies from private funds, you must provide a recently dated bank statement).

         After your UCAS Postgraduate application has been submitted, these documents can be e-mailed directly to tde-researchpgr@brookes.ac.uk. Please note that you will need to provide certified translations of any documents which are not in English.

        Submit your application through UCAS Postgraduate
        You can apply for any of our MPhil/ PhD programmes at  UCAS Postgraduate, the online application system used by Oxford Brookes. Please log onto UCAS Postgraduate and complete your application. You can save your draft as you go, log out and return to it later if you wish. At this stage your application can only be seen by you. If you have any difficulty completing your application, you can call the UCAS Postgraduate Helpline on +44 (0)871 334 4447. If you are calling from outside the UK, please call the international telephone number: +44 330 333 0235, Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 (UK time).

        For MSc applications, download the paper application and submit the application along with the required supporting documents to tde-researchpgr@brookes.ac.uk. You should note that we cannot consider your application for admission until all the supporting documents have been received.

      If you need advice at any point, please contact us.

      Faculty Research Team 
      tde-researchpgr@brookes.ac.uk

      Dr Tjeerd Olde Scheper
      tvolde-scheper@brookes.ac.uk

    2. 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.


      Download computing research brochure

      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.