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Postgraduate research students are a vital part of the dynamic and thriving research environment in Arts.
The School of Arts offers research degrees in Fine Art, Film Studies, Historical and Popular Musicology, Sound Arts and Composition, and Publishing. The School has a dynamic research environment for postgraduate researchers following practice-based, archival, cultural, historical and theoretical research practices. We offer four research degree routes:
Students are advised to consider how their studies will be funded prior to making an application.
We welcome research proposals related to the research interests of our research groups and staff. Previous PhD research has included:
The School of Arts is dedicated to offering an outstanding experience for research students. As a research student you will enjoy the following benefits:
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 members to see how your chosen field of study aligns with the research portfolio within the school.
Agree your research
At this stage you should contact Professor Ray Lee and advise him that you are considering making an application. You are also welcome to contact particular academics to help you develop your ideas.
Formulate your proposal
Professor Ray Lee will put you in touch with potential supervisors who will be able to advise you on the structure and content of your research proposal. Once you have developed this you will be in a position to apply for a place on our PhD programme and will need to submit your research proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 application through the Oxford Brookes online application system.
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. Applications to the research degrees programme can be made up to 12 months prior to the start of the programme. It is recommended that you apply at least 6 months in advance to allow adequate time for your application to be processed (in the case of UK/EU applicants no less than 4-6 weeks).
You should allow sufficient time to complete the application process and apply for an appropriate visa (this usually takes between 3-6 weeks to be completed) and to make arrangements to move to Oxford in time for the start of semester.
Fine Art & Sound Art Theory and Practice:
Historical and Popular Musicology
Musical Composition and Sonic Art:
Film and Digital Media Production:
There are currently over 40 students registered on the research degree programme in the School. Many students contribute to the activities of our research groups and increase their skills and expertise, as well as their future career and employment prospects. Students are also members of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme which provides research training and support.