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The following subsections outline the application process in detail, including what you should do prior to submitting your application, available start dates, and the application procedure.
Applying is a two-stage process. First, it is essential that you check whether your specific research interests can be adequately supervised by submitting a provisional research proposal (please see Prior to submitting your application). Second, if the School encourages you to do so, you need to submit the relevant application form and supporting documentation (please see The application procedure).
There is no deadline for the receipt of research degree applications; you may apply at any time of year. You should be aware, however, that the enrolment dates are in January and September (ie. the start of Semesters 1 and 2). The next available start dates are:
If you are an international student you will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa in order to come to the UK as a student. Following changes to the UK immigration system in 2009, the University now issues a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) - this is a unique reference number that students use when they make their visa application. The CAS is only issued to students in receipt of an unconditional offer to study at Oxford Brookes University. The Graduate Office recommends that international students require at least 3 months between receiving their unconditional offer and gaining the necessary visa. Therefore, if you are an international student please allow at least 4 months between submitting your application and your expected start date, to allow enough time to process your application.
If you would like to be considered for one of the above research degrees you must apply online via UCAS Postgraduate (formerly known as UKPASS). Please contact the UCAS Postgraduate help desk for all enquires on, Tel: +44 (0)871 334 4447.
Your completed application should consist of:
If you would like to be considered for one of the above research degrees you must apply using the Postgraduate Research Degree Application form. Guidelines on how to complete the application form are also available (see the Downloads section of this page). Your completed application should consist of the following:
Please contact the Research Administrator, Marinka Walker, for all research degree enquiries or to return a hard copy of your completed application (for those not applying via UKPASS - see The application procedure):
Marinka WalkerResearch AdministratorSchool of EducationFaculty of Humanities and Social SciencesOxford Brookes UniversityHarcourt Hill CampusOxford OX2 9AT
Tel: +44 (0)1865 488368Email: email@example.com