Apply online

You can apply directly to Oxford Brookes for any of our research degree programmes using our the online application system. It is an easy four-stage process.

1. Before applying

You may contact the relevant Faculty Postgraduate Research Tutor prior to submitting an application to discuss the research proposal informally and to ensure that the necessary facilities and supervisors are available for the study. Applicants who are not sure who to contact in the first instance, should email the Research Degrees Team in the first instance on

2. Make a new application online

You can save your draft as you go, log out and return to it later if you wish. At this stage, your application can only be seen by you. Apply here.

3. Submit your application

When you are ready, submit your application to us.

4. Provide your supporting documents

You will probably have supporting documents you want us to look at with your application. For example, your research degree proposal, certificates, CV and references. Your proposal must be attached to and submitted with your application. If you need to meet the English Language requirements for entry to the programme, please refer to the specific discipline requirements that can be found on each of the faculty research degree pages.

Once you’ve submitted your application and proposal, you can either upload the other supporting documents into the applicant portal, or email them to the Faculty Research Administrator if this has been requested.

What happens next

We’ll let you know once we’ve received your application. After that we aim to respond within a few weeks, although this may take longer at busy times or if we need to ask for additional information.

Help and advice

If you have any difficulty completing your application, visit our FAQs page or contact us on

If you want to discuss any other aspect of your application or have not heard from us since applying, please contact the Research Administrator.


Applications for research degrees may be submitted at any time during the academic year within the deadline set by each Faculty for each entry point.

Entry requirements

Before you apply, make sure you meet the postgraduate research entry requirements for your particular course.

Contact us

Research Degrees Team