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The following subsections outline the research degree courses offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, what you can expect from the research degree programmes, the various research areas that can potentially be supervised, financial regulations, entrance requirements, and the different modes of study and programme lengths.
The degree for which you register as a research student will depend on your academic qualifications and research experience, as well as your own personal preferences. Please browse the following course titles for further information on the
specific courses we offer.
Our Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professionally-focused, cohort-based doctorate, aimed primarily at experienced professionals working in education, health and related fields. Learn more about the Doctor of Education (EdD).
The research degree fees for 2018/19 can be found here. Please note the research degree fees increase by approximately 4% each year.
Any offer is subject to payment of the appropriate research student fees, each year, for the duration of the programme of research. In accepting this offer, you are accepting this financial agreement. The University Research Degree Regulations state in Section 2.5 that, “Before being accepted, self-funded students should provide evidence that they are able to adequately fund the whole of their research degree programme”, for example in the form of a letter from your bank confirming that you are of good financial standing and will be able to cover the cost of the fees for the duration of the programme. If your fees are to be paid by a Sponsor, Research Council Scholarship, or stated other method you should provide a letter from the sponsoring body confirming the award and its duration. Please be aware that all financial issues should be addressed before embarking on the programme.
Please note that the research degree fees contribute to the costs of supervision, the central costs associated with the programme and the use of University facilities, as specified in the offer letter. Any additional costs associated with the research project must be borne by the student.
Please see Research Degree Fees for information on the financial requirements of undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes University.
Please be aware that funding opportunities are limited and competition for sources of funding for research degrees is strong. We recommend that you set aside plenty of time in advance of your proposed start date to research possible funding opportunities.
Additional information can be found at the following links:
Entry requirements can be found under Section 2 of the Research Degree Regulations
Applicants whose main language is not English must meet the Faculty’s English language requirements. The minimum IELTS score required for entry to the research degree programme is 6.5–7 overall. In addition, we require a minimum of 6.5 in each component of the test. We do not accept IELTS certificates that are over two years old. We are not required to test the English language ability of applicants who have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in English in a majority-speaking country. Evidence of this must be provided (eg. Masters Certificate).
It is very important that you are able to understand and use English well, so that you can benefit fully from your time at Oxford Brookes University. If you have any queries regarding acceptable English language qualifications, please contact Oxford Brookes International:
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 483874 Fax: +44 (0) 1865 484377 firstname.lastname@example.org
In exceptional circumstance you may register as a part-time research degree student at Oxford Brookes University and conduct part of your work outside of the UK. If you choose to register on this non-resident basis for a period of time:
The Faculty reserves the right to decline an application from a candidate who wishes to conduct part of their work outside of the UK if there are concerns over supervision, attendance or the separation of the student from the research environment.
You may register for most of our research degree programmes on either a full-time or part-time basis (however see
A full-time student must be able to devote a minimum of 35 hours per week over a 44-week year to their research. In addition, they should not undertake more than 20 hours per week paid employment or other commitments (including a maximum of six
hours per week teaching, demonstrating, or other paid work directly related to their research training). A part-time student must be able to devote a minimum of 15 hours per week over a 44-week year to the programme of research.
MPhil, MPhil/PhD and PhD students may take up to eight weeks holiday in each year, inclusive of normal public holidays. MA/MSc/LLM by Research students may take up to four weeks holiday in each year (pro rata for parts of a year), inclusive of
normal public holidays. In each case the timing of the holidays must be agreed with by the supervisory team.
The minimum length is listed by programme in the table below:
We are a truly international department, attracting leading scholars from across the globe. Our vibrant research culture is driven by a thriving and collaborative community of academic staff and doctoral students.
We offer supervision from experts in the field, including joint supervision for interdisciplinary projects. For details of individual research specialisms and expertise, please follow the links to staff profiles.
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