School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

  • ENGINEERING RESEARCH DEGREES/ MPhil/ PhD

    The School has an excellent national and international reputation in Mechanical, Automotive and Motorsports Engineering providing a lively and dynamic research environment. Experienced research staff carry out work collaboratively with industry.

    We offer five research degree routes: MSc by research, 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).

    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 requirement: a first-class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification

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

    • You will be based in a dynamic environment with regular interaction with industrial input
    • You will carry out research alongside talented academics working in similar fields
    • While you engage in your own research, you have opportunities to interact with a dynamic research environment that is actively engaged in consultancy projects, teaching and writing funding proposals
    • Students benefit from links with the wider faculty 
    • 24-hour access to research rooms, laboratories and computer suites providing access to specialist software such as CATIA, SolidWorks, GT Power, ANSYS, MATLAB, Mathcad, Star CCM+, Star CCM ICE, Adams, LS Dyna, Gabi 5, SAS and SPP
    • Opportunity to participate in design and build of Formula Student cars for competition at Silverstone, and other circuits in Germany, Austria, Italy, and elsewhere
    • 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 other opportunities delivered in-house
    • All students are allocated a Director of Studies and generally two other supervisors 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:


    For enquiries about research projects in these groups, please contact the group leaders and the postgraduate tutor Professor John Durodola.

    • Dr James Balkwill
    • Dr Rob Beale
    • Dr Daniel Bell
    • Dr Colin Bell
    • Dr Stuart Chidlow
    • Dr Fabrizio Bonatesta
    • Dr James Broughton
    • Professor John Durodola
    • Dr Neil Fellows
    • Professor Alistair Fitt
    • Professor Khaled Hayatleh
    • Professor Allan Hutchinson
    • Dr Hooshang Izadi
    • Prof John Lidgey
    • Dr Rachel Long
    • Prof Denise Morrey
    • Dr Reza Oskrochi
    • Dr Serban Pop
    • Dr Stephen Samuel
    • Dr Cristiana Sebu
    • Dr Anand Thite
    • Professor Michael Todinov
    • Professor Chris Toumazou
    • Dr Pat Winfield

    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 Professor John Durodola 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 John, he will ask you to prepare and submit a proposal. If the proposal is acceptable John 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-research-pgr@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-research-pgr@brookes.ac.uk

      Professor John Durodola
      jdurodola@brookes.ac.uk 

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    3. Engineering research groups


      Our engineering research is organised into three cross-cutting, interdisciplinary themes. Research in this area is supported by the UK Research Councils and the European Commission, industry and charitable foundations.

      Engineering research groups

      Sustainable Engineering and Innovation

      Engineering innovation for a sustainable future.

      Low Carbon Vehicles

      Providing solutions for fuel efficient and low emission engines and vehicles.

      Simulation, Modelling and Systems Integration

      Real world applications of maths and engineering.


      RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY FOR INDUSTRY

      Many of the staff in the School are engaged in research and consultancy for industry. Oxford Brookes strives to provide high quality research for the real world, employing scientists and professionals who are at the forefront of their fields and ready to share their expertise and build on the excellent links the university has established industry.