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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 following research groups:
For enquiries about research projects in these groups, please contact the group leaders and the postgraduate tutor Professor John Durodola.
Our MPhil, MPhil/PhD and PhD Direct programmes are three term programmes and have a choice of start dates throughout the year in September, January and June.
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 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 the Oxford Brookes online application system please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:
After your Oxford Brookes online application has been submitted, these documents can be e-mailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your application through the Oxford Brookes online application system You can apply for any of our MPhil/ PhD programmes through the Oxford Brookes online application system.
If you need advice at any point, please contact us.
Faculty Research Team email@example.com
Professor John Durodola firstname.lastname@example.org
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.