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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 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.
This document explains the nature and purpose of this proposal and provides guidance on how to write it and apply
Before you apply, please check you meet entry requirements as well as the financial requirements of the programme
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 requirement: a first-class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification
We offer an outstanding experience for research students with the following benefits:
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:
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:
After your UCAS Postgraduate application has been submitted, these documents can be e-mailed directly to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
Dr Tjeerd Olde Scheper firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Focuses on computer vision applications: action, gesture recognition and image segmentation.
Works closely together to leverage the different skills available and to cross link ideas.
Undertakes research into human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles and bio-inspired robotics.
Concerned with the theoretical foundations of software engineering.
Takes an empirical and experimental approach to software engineering and systems in order to characterize and improve systems.
Carries out leading research in the design, test, and verification of reliable computer systems.
A new research group which looks at the security of our systems and infrastructure.