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If you are interested in undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes University, visit the Areas of research web page to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.
Please note that if you are applying for one of the Studentships offered here, you must follow the application guidance that is detailed at the end of each advert. Do not apply directly via the University's online application system at this stage.
Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges
Oxford Brookes Business School
Migration, work and
Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no
Deadline: The closing date for
applications is 21 June 2019 (12
Noon UK Time)
Interview date: Interviews will
be held in week beginning the 8 July 2019
Start date: September 2019
Please note previous
applicants need not apply again.
The Centre for Business,
Society and Global Challenges at the Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford
Brookes University is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate
seeking to study for a full time PhD in migration, work and organisations
starting in September 2019.
This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar
teaching to undergraduate students, will be for 3 years, subject to
satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees will be
paid by the School.
Engaging in paid or unpaid work and transition in the labour market are
often important in shaping migration trajectories and integration experiences for
economic migrants and refugees. Current political, economic and social
developments globally have introduced a variety of challenges for migrants and
organisations – driving new forms of mobility whilst fundamentally changing the
terms of engagement between actors and institutions. We are interested in
examining how commercial and non-commercial organisations, and experiences of
work within workplaces, shape migrants’ integration into the labour market,
alongside their settlement more generally, as well as understanding the distinctive
forms of migrant agency that are brought to bear upon these processes. Moreover,
the study may also account for how other organisations, including civil society
bodies, NGOs and state institutions, impact upon migrants’ entry into work,
learning and development, and their broader adjustment to working in the host
society, identifying both the scope and limitations for enabling migrant agency
within these organisations.
Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good
Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area of the social
sciences (e.g. organization
studies, sociology, geography, anthropology or migration studies).
Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities,
preferably an experience of having conducted fieldwork, and be fluent in spoken
and written English.
We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is
capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Funding will cover the three
year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. PhD
students will take part in the School’s PhD programme, which offers seminars
and training on research methodology as well as a collegiate environment to
present work in progress.
Candidates interested in discussing their proposals can contact the
supervisory team: Dr Peter Lugosi (email@example.com)
and Dr Tamsin Barber (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information about research in the Business School visit: /business/research/
How to apply: To request
further details of how to apply, please email: email@example.com
Please ensure you quote Migration
and work in the email title when applying.
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work
3 Year Full Time studentship
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
Closing date: 28 May 2019
Start Date: September 2019
Fees: 3 years full-time Home/EU fees paid by the University
Bursary p.a.: £15,009
Main supervisor: Professor Jane Appleton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Project Title: How are assessment tools and chronologies used by health and social care professionals to identify child neglect?
Neglect is a common yet under-recognized form of child abuse. Across the UK, it is the most common category of abuse for children who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan, accounting for 48% of child protection plans at July 2017 (NSPCC, 2019). Neglect rarely comes to light as a result of a single incident and it often relies on practitioners making a judgement about the adequacy of on-going care in a family context. The use of chronologies is an area of increasing interest in neglect, as findings from some Serious Case Reviews have concluded that a chronology could have supported the earlier identification of risks to the child(ren) involved in the cases. This PhD studentship will adopt a mixed methods approach to address the following research question: How are assessment tools and chronologies used by health and social care professionals to identify neglect in either pre-school age children (or) school aged children? (The studentship is likely to focus on one age group only depending on the applicant’s interest area). Ethics Committee, Social Care and HRA approvals will need to be sought. Three/four research phases are proposed, including a systematic review of evidence; a document analysis of the use in one County Council of a neglect/child care development tool and chronologies; on-line survey with health, early years staff and social workers examining their views and semi-structured qualitative interviews with professionals.
This is a joint project supervised by:
Professor Jane Appleton (Director of Studies), Dr Alison Cocks (Social Worker) and Dr Sarah Bekaert (Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing and Nurse Specialist in Contraception and Sexual Health).
The successful application will join the Children and Families Research Group at Oxford Brookes.
As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given.
Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people. EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.
Application procedure: All applicants should also include a 1000 word proposal with their application.
Applications only to email@example.com
Download application form
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Department of Sport,
Health Sciences and Social Work
3 Year Full Time
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be
permanently resident in UK/EU
date: 21 June 2019 (midnight UK time)
Start Date: September 2019
Bursary: £15,009 pa
Fees: Home/EU fees paid by the University
Main supervisor: Dr Shelly Coe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do dietary interventions aid in the recovery from physical activity and improve
fatigue symptoms in people with Parkinson’s (PwP) and is this due to altered
substrate utilisation and improved mitochondrial functioning.
Exercise is recommended for people with
Parkinson’s (PwP) in NICE guidance. However many people find exercise difficult
due to high levels of fatigue. The causes of fatigue in Parkinson’s are not
understood, but we propose that fatigue may be due to an altered metabolic
response to physical activities resulting in PwP using more energy to perform
an activity, and taking a longer time to recover (Collet et al 2017; Mavrommati
et al 2017) Dietary interventions could be used to improve during and post
exercise fatigue experienced in PwP, and indeed pilot data from our group
During this PhD you will identify, synthesise
and appraise the existing evidence in the form of a literature review. You will
also co-design the research with patient research members to inform the methods
and feasibility study. You will then perform a trial to determine the potential
for effect and feasibility of dietary supplementation for fatigue management in
PwP with fatigue and determine to what extent the effects are potentially
mediated by changes in metabolism, insulin resistance and/ or mitochondrial
This is a joint project supervised by Dr
Shelly Coe, Dr Maedeh Mansoubi and Prof Helen Dawes. All supervisors have
experience in clinical trials in vulnerable groups including those with
Parkinson’s, and jointly have expertise in dietary and exercise interventions
for fatigue management. You will receive training on performing dietary and
exercise interventions for people with Parkinson’s in relation to outcome
measures of fatigue and will learn laboratory skills to assess metabolic and
Name of Director of Studies (DoS): Dr Shelly Coe
Name of 2nd Supervisors: Dr Maedeh Mansoubi and Professor
As part of their Studentship, any successful
applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate
teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals
without further remuneration. Training will be given.
Contact: Dr Shelly Coe email@example.com
Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting
a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper
second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution
in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have an
IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no
score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre.
We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.
Applications only to firstname.lastname@example.org
For September 2019 entry, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are pleased to offer the de Rohan Scholarship to full-time and part-time students for the following research degree programme:
MA by Research in History of Art
The award is for
£7,000 per annum
for full-time students. For
the award is spread over two years at
£3,500 per annum.
The full-time award is open to both Home/EU and International students. Only Home/EU students can apply for the award on a part-time basis.
Applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made a conditional or unconditional offer by Oxford Brookes University.
You should apply for your place on the course and then submit your scholarship application.
IF YOU APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP WITHOUT THE OFFER OF A PLACE, YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
The deadline for receipt of applications is
5.00pm on Friday 21 June 2019.
They should be emailed or posted to the address stated on the forms below.
The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the personal statement. You should clearly explain why you are following the MA course; what you hope to contribute to the course and the discipline; and what you hope achieving the MA will
contribute to your career and/or personal development.
Please find the application form, notes for guidance and background to the scholarship below.
Application Form - Home/EU applicants
Application Form - International applicants
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship
Eligibility: All (Home/EU/International students)
Bursary: £15,009 per year
Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the university
Deadline for applying: Friday 26th April 2019
Start date: September 2019
“PhD Studentship in Prospective Analyses of Sustainable Electric Mobility Scenarios”
The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University is seeking an independent and highly motivated candidate from a science or technology discipline. The candidate should have an interest in the low carbon transport agenda and have knowledge of life cycle assessment.
The overall aim of the project is to use life cycle thinking to investigate scenarios of the co-evolution of the transport sector and the electricity grid. This project forms part of a prestigious, multi-partner, Faraday Institution research project entitled Reuse and recycling of lithium ion batteries (ReLIB) https://relib.org.uk/. The Oxford Brookes research team will work closely with other university and commercial partners. A more detailed project description will be provided in the application pack.
Please request an application pack from the Research Support Office, email@example.com, quoting “PhD Studentship in Prospective Analyses of Sustainable Electric Mobility Scenarios”.
Fully completed applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, by 17.00 on Friday 26th April 2019. As part of the application process you will be required to upload a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application. Please be advised that the selection process may involve an interview towards the end of May.
For all informal requests about the project and this studentship, please contact Dr Marco Raugei ( email@example.com) or Professor Allan Hutchinson ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Faculty of Technology Design and Environment
School of the Built Environment & School of Architecture
PhD studentship: Co-creation of Distributed Renewable and Interactive (DRI) energy systems & Citizen-Centred, Low Carbon Cities
Eligibility: Home/EU Students and International Students
Bursary: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years
£1,000 for fieldwork per annum
Fees: Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University
Deadline: 9 May 2019
Start date: September 2019
The School of Built Environment and the School of Architecture are jointly offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. This is an inter-disciplinary study that cuts across the Construction Project Management and Low Carbon Building research groups, which are part of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development.
The studentship includes an annual bursary of £15,009 for three years (no annual increase). Fees up to the Home/EU level will be paid by the University and £1,000 per annum will be available for fieldwork. Please note, if you are an international student, you would need to cover the shortfall between the Home/EU level and International level of university fees.
The key research question is how the technological and digital literacies of a ‘smart community’ can be developed to move towards the effective operation of DRIs, resulting in significant reductions in energy demand to rise to the challenges associated with Climate Change. The installation & operation of smart citizen-centered energy systems will be evaluated through the comparison of policies, and top-down and bottom-up practices in leading ‘Smart Cities’. This evaluation will focus on how local communities can improve their awareness and competences to embrace new technology and how they can become equal partners in co-creating Smart Cities.
The aim is to explore, using Grounded Theory, the relationships between smart communities & the technological solutions to operating the DRI systems. The key output will be an innovative framework to place prosumers at the heart of effective integration of DRI systems in existing urban environments.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Esra Kurul, Professor Rajat Gupta and Dr. Maurizio Sibilla. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Kurul ( email@example.com ).
We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates would be expected to have at least an upper second class degree and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. sociology, urban geography, energy studies, anthropology etc). They should be able to demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities, be fluent in spoken and written English.
The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience/ skills, and subject knowledge. A demonstrable interest in social innovationwould be an advantage.
Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal (max. 1000 words), which should include the research objectives and methods, a CV and a supporting statement (max. 300 words).
How to apply
To apply, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack, quoting “Co-creation of DRIs and Low Carbon Cities” in the subject line.
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
Low Carbon Vehicles Group 3.5 year full-time funded PhD Studentship
Eligibility: Home/EU and International Students
Bursary: £16,000 per annum (with no inflation increase)
A further £3,000 is available to cover project costs for three years
Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University.
Deadline: 3 May 2019
Start date: September 2019 (Home/EU students and International)
“Electric Powertrain Design and Optimisation”
The Faculty of Technology Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a 3.5 year full-time PhD studentship to a new student commencing in 2019. The successful candidate, will work under the supervision of Professor Denise Morrey and her team, and with the Oxford Brookes Racing Formula Student Team.
For information about the Low Carbon Vehicles Group, see: /ecm/research/engineering/low-carbon-vehicles/
For information about the Oxford Brookes Racing Team, see: https://obr.brookes.ac.uk/
The Formula Student Team has been very successful in the competition, using an ICE based powertrain for two decades. The team now wishes to create an advanced electric powertrain-based solution to align with the current trends in Europe. This solution aims to utilise in-hub motors for a high performance four wheel drive racing car.
The current electric powertrain relies on off the shelf motors and inverters. This project aims to develop and improve motor inverter technology, control, and HV architecture integration. The current motor inverters does not account for interactions between sub-systems and, as a result, key attributes such as efficiency do not reach the full potential available within the chosen envelope of hardware and controls.
This project will develop and apply a new HV motor inverter design and system architecture to maximise vehicle integration and efficiency. This project also aims to develop improved modelling techniques and methodologies for battery and motor modelling.
Requirements: We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3.5 years. Applicants would be expected to have a good relevant Engineering degree. They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.
The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.
If you would like to apply for this position, you should request an application pack from the Research Support Office, email@example.com , quoting “PhD Studentship in Electric Powertrain”.
Fully completed applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5.00 pm on Friday 3 May 2019. As part of the application process you must submit your CV, along with a supporting statement (2 page maximum) which explains why you believe you are the best candidate for this role. Please be advised that the selection process may involve an interview.
Information: For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Professor Denise Morrey via email: email@example.com
Applications are open for Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.
The scholarships are for study starting in October 2019, and are aimed at high-quality graduates whose proposed research has a developmental focus and who have the potential to become influential teachers or researchers in their home countries.
Split-site Scholarships are delivered through an institutional or departmental link between the candidate's home university and proposed UK university.
The closing date for applications is 4 February 2019. For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit