Academic study

  • Our flexible undergraduate programme enables you to customise your study so that it meets the academic requirements of your home university degree. You can choose from a wide range of subjects.

  • I had an amazing time in Oxford and as an Erasmus Student at Oxford Brookes. The city is a great combination of tradition and innovation. My courses were extremely interesting in small groups with motivated people and inspiring lectures. There was a great balance between theoretical lectures and practical applied courses.

    Stefan, Exchange student from Germany
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  • There are a range of subject areas available at Oxford Brookes. You might be able to include more than one subject in your programme.

    • Architecture (Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design)
    • Arts (Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Digital Media Production, Film, Music, Media, Journalism and Publishing)
    • Built Environment (Planning and Property Development, Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, Construction Project management and Real Estate Management)
    • Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Automotive Engineering, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Motorsport Engineering, Motorsport Technology, Robotics, Electronic Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Computer Science for Cyber Security, Mathematics) and Environmental Sciences (including Animal Biology and Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Human Biology and Medical Science)
    • Biological and Medical Sciences (Animal Biology and Conservation, Biological Sciences, Genetics and Genomics, Human Biosciences, Zoology, Biomedical Science, Equine Science, Medical Science)
    • Psychology and Health (Psychology and Health Sciences)
    • Sport and Health Sciences (Physical Activity and Health Promotion, Sport and Exercise Science, Sport, Coaching and Physical Education, Nutrition)
    • Nursing and Midwifery (Adult Nursing, Children's Nursing and Mental Health Nursing)
    • Education (Early Childhood Studies, Education Studies, SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion, English Language and Linguistics)
    • English and Modern Languages (Applied Languages English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, English Literature, Creative Writing)
    • History, Philosophy and Culture (History, History of Art, Philosophy, Criminology, Communication Media and Culture)
    • Law
    • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Geography, International Relations, Politics and Sociology)
    • Business (Accounting, Finance, Business Management, Marketing Management, International Business Management, Events Management, and many more)
    • Hospitality (International Hospitality Management)

    What are modules?

    Courses at Oxford Brookes are made up of modules - self-contained classes that are taught and assessed independently of each other.
    A single undergraduate module (7.5 ECTS) will involve approximately 150 study hours in total, which includes attending lectures and seminars, as well as independent study and assessment. Some modules are double and involve approximately 300 study hours.
    A single postgraduate module (10ECTS) will involve approximately 200 study hours in total, which includes attending lectures and seminars, as well as independent study and assessment. Postgraduate modules vary in size and the study hours are determined by the size of module.


    Our academic year is split into 2 semesters starting in September and January. Each semester consists of a 12-week teaching period followed by examinations. See our semester calendar for details.

    Undergraduate students

    You will need to take the equivalent of 4 single modules (30 ECTS) per semester. You can add a 5th module if it is a language module (Academic English, Spanish, French etc).

    Postgraduate students

    You will need to take the equivalent of 30ECTS per semester. You can add an additional module if it is a language module (Academic English, Spanish, French etc).

    Important Information

    In order to have full-time study status, you must have a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester on your programme.

    You will be sent detailed information about selecting your modules once you have been nominated by your home university.



    All credits gained at Oxford Brookes are transferable to your degree as agreed with your home institution.

    Credit equivalences

    Credits at Oxford Brookes are awarded for each module in the UK Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). The chart below shows the equivalent in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

    Please check the credit requirements for your degree programme with your own university.

    Oxford Brookes modules CATS credits ECTS credits
    1 single undergraduate module 15 7.5
    1 double undergraduate module 30 15
    1 single postgraduate module 20 10
    1 double postgraduate module 40 20
    1 semester workload 60 30
    2 semesters workload 120 60

    If your first language is not English there is a range of language support classes available to help you develop the English language skills you need to succeed in your studies. This includes:

    • Credit-bearing academic English modules that you can include as part of your study programme.
    • Non credit-bearing classes focusing on particular academic tasks.