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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 four 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).
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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:
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.
Applications are welcomed from students whose research interests complement those of the research groups namely the:
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 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 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:
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.
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 innovation for a sustainable future.
Providing solutions for fuel efficient and low emission engines and vehicles.
Real world applications of maths and engineering.
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.