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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 Coaching and Mentoring Studies
Brookes Business School
Full-time, 3 year funded PhD Studentship
Relationship between the world of coaching
practice and the world of coaching research
Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation
Fees: Full time fees at the Home rate will be
paid for 3 years
Start date: January 2020
Eligibility: Home/EU only
Deadline: The closing date for applications
is October 7, 2019 (12 Noon UK
Interview date: Interviews will be held on 14
The International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring
Studies 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 Relationship between the world of coaching practice and the
world of coaching research starting in January 2020.
full-time 3 year studentship is subject to satisfactory academic progress and includes
a commitment of seminar teaching to undergraduate students for no more than 20
hours a week.
Please note previous applicants need not
It is a
long-held ambition of many commentators in the field of coaching for practice
to be more evidence-based. This implies that coaching approaches and methods
are informed by rigorous research findings and underpinned by robust conceptual
work. Although the principles are widely held, the realities of practice do not
seem to match. Research findings and
serious conceptual publications remain less influential than opinion-based
sources. For a relatively new
discipline, it is important to explore the nature and extent of this phenomenon
and to understand its roots and driving forces. The PhD candidate would be
expected to conduct a study in the area of research-informed practice, the
production of knowledge, and the needs, attitudes and reservations of coaching
practitioners in relation to research. The study would contribute to
understanding what influences the relationship between the worlds of coaching
research and practice.
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 discipline in social
sciences (e.g. coaching, psychology, organization
studies, sociology, business and management). 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.
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.
interested in discussing their proposals can contact the supervisory team: Tatiana
Bachkirova email@example.com and Peter Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
information about research in the Business School: /business/research/
How to apply: For further details
of how to apply, please email: email@example.com
ensure you quote Coaching practice and
research in the email title when applying.
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
3 Year Full Time
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be
permanently resident in UK/EU
Closing date: 28th
Start Date: January 2020
Bursary p.a.: £15,009 for 3 years.
Fees at the Home/EU rate will be paid for 3
Bench fees will be paid for 3 years
Experiences of End of Life Care of Bereaved caregivers of People with Heart
Name of Director of Studies (DoS):
Dr Sue Schutz
For this studentship the successful candidate
will join a team of researchers who are engaged in research in this area.
Additionally our collaborating partner is Professor Bee Wee who is National
Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Consultant
in Palliative Medicine at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Professor at University of Oxford. Dr Helen
Walthall, Dr Sue Schutz and Dr Dan Butcher are all currently members of
research teams exploring the needs of people with heart failure and their
caregivers. The aim of this study is to explore the current end of life
experiences of bereaved caregivers of people with heart failure, so that care
delivery can be supported through the development of an evidence base and best
practice can be established.
National policy, through the development of
‘The NHS Long Term Plan’ (2019), has placed a major focus of the need to
improve care for people with cardiovascular disease which also includes a need
to ensure personalised end of life care.
The Plan further acknowledges caregivers in long term care delivery and
recognises the need to support their role in the delivery of care. This research proposal addresses these key
aspects of care in one project and could therefore support evidence based
policy making in a significant national priority area. This study would take a
qualitative approach to exploring the experiences of bereaved caregivers of
people with heart failure regarding end of life care. Taking a Case Study
approach, the project would seek to explore and understand both the unique and
common experiences of bereaved caregivers (Stake 1995). The methodology is
considered to be one that is useful in nursing research and can enable the
researcher to elicit valuable experiences that can be immediately applicable to
practice (Zucker 2001).
Contact: Dr Sue Schutz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 in the last two 2 years by an approved test centre. We
will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.
Applications only to email@example.com
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Oxford School of
Nursing and Midwifery
3 Year, Full Time,
Closing date: 28 October 2019
Start Date: January 2020
Bursary.: £15,009 pa for 3 years
Fees: paid by the University for 3 years
Contact supervisor: Doctor Jane Carpenter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Title: Water immersion during labour for women with raised BMI
is international recognition of the potential harm caused by the over-use of Caesarean
women at low risk of obstetric complications, there is now clear evidence on
the importance of place of birth (midwifery unit or home birth, rather than
obstetric unit), midwifery-led care, continuity of carer and water immersion as
safe and effective ways to support spontaneous vaginal birth and normal birth.
However, ways to support normal birth for women with known obstetric risks,
such as obesity (BMI >30kg/m2), require further investigation.
PhD studentship will use a mixed methods approach, including a substantial
quantitative element, to address the following research question: Is the use
of water immersion during labour and/or birth both safe and effective as a
method to increase rates of normal birth for women who are obese? Depending on the
interests and experience of the student, work will be drawn from four key
strands: a systematic review; guideline
scoping and development; secondary analysis of data from a national cohort
study and potential analysis of routinely collected data; a qualitative
investigation of women’s and midwives’ views and experiences. Relevant
University and NHS ethical approval will be sought.
This is a collaborative project, with key
people involved being:
Louise Hunter (Programme Lead, Midwifery, Oxford Brookes University (OBU);
Co-Director of Studies) and Dr Mary Malone (Director, Oxford School of Nursing
and Midwifery; Co-Director of Studies), Dr Jane Carpenter (Lecturer in
Midwifery, OBU), Dr Rachel Rowe (University Research Lecturer, National
Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford), Dr Ethel Burns (Senior
Lecturer in Midwifery, OBU)
The successful applicant will join Oxford
Brookes University Maternal and Women’s Public Health research group (OxBUMP).
As part of their Studentship, any successful
applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours 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 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 experience,
publications and/or professional experience as a registered midwife working
with a wide range of women and their families.
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.
of Health and Life Sciences,
Oxford Institute of Nursing Midwifery and Allied
3 Year, Full -time PhD Studentship
Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
.: £15,009 p.a. (3 years)
Fees: at the Home/EU rate to be paid by the university for 3 years
fees will be paid by the university for
date: 28th October 2019
Date: January 2020
Supervisors: Dr Jo Brett (JBrett@brookes.ac.uk), Prof Eila
Watson (email@example.com), Dr Pras
Psycho-social needs of patients
with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer
Head and neck cancer (HNC) affects
around 11900 people in the UK each year with 4047 deaths. There are currently 62 500 survivors of the
disease. Traditionally, HNC has most
commonly occurred in smokers and in heavy drinkers. Recently, however, there has been an increase
in human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal
HNC, occurring in a younger, distinct group to those with non-HPV related HNC. This epidemic remains
relatively unfamiliar to most health professionals, resulting in delayed
diagnosis and more severe treatment. Patients with HPV-related HNC are likely to have distinct psycho-social
issues, yet little research has been conducted around their experiences, unmet
supportive care and information needs.
studentship will adopt a mixed methods approach to examine the
unmet information and supportive care needs of patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal
HNC to inform service provision and the design of
supportive care intervention(s).
Three/four research phases are proposed,
including a systematic review of evidence to date; survey to assess unmet information and supportive care needs; a qualitative
study to explore HPV HNC patients experiences and needs in greater depth; and a
survey or interviews to explore experiences, views and current practice of
health professionals caring for HPV HNC patients.
addition to the supervisors listed above, Mr Stuart Winter (Consultant Head
and Neck Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust OUH NHS
FT, Ms Kate Lawrence (MacMillan Cancer
Nurse Specialist, OUH NHS FT) and Prof Paul Carding (Director of Oxford
Institute of Nursing Midwifery and
Allied Health Research) will act as Clinical Advisors.
successful applicant will join the Supportive Cancer Care Research Group within
the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research.
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 honours
degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable
equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would a
clinical nurse background, professional experience of working with cancer
patients and/or previous research.
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.
only to firstname.lastname@example.org
Download application form
Interview date: Monday 11th November 2019
of Sports, Health Sciences and Social Work
Part-time, 5 Year, fees only funded PhD
title: Transcranial direct current stimulation to improve motor function in children with cerebral palsy"
is available on a Part-time basis only.
Fees.: Part-time Home/EU fees paid by the University (max
date: 5.00pm on 31 October 2019
Supervisors: Professor Helen
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a safe and painless
form of non-invasive brain stimulation, with the potential to enhance cortical
plasticity and improve motor function in a range of neurological conditions. In
people with Cerebral Palsy (CP), functional deficits limit independence and
participation in daily activities. Therefore, the potential to utilise tDCS as
an adjunct to physical therapies is an attractive concept warranting
This PhD aims to contribute to a better understanding of the potential
for tDCS to target both the upper and lower limb simultaneously using combined
upper and lower limb functional training.
For further information contact: email@example.com
Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first or upper second class honours degree
from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent
qualification in Physiotherapy. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic
test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no
score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.
should have experience in a research role and have significant experience of working in research with children, research in schools and children with
cerebral palsy. Experience of NHS ethics and R&D procedures is also
desirable for this project.
How to apply:
application form here: http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc
The completed application form should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 year, full-time funded PhD Studentship
Social Innovation in Low Carbon Transition: Bridging
the Gap between Energy Research and Social Sciences
Qualification Type: PhD
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students & International
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years;
Fieldwork allowance: - £2,500 for 3 years
Hours: Full Time
Closes: 28 October 2019
Fees: Tuition fees up to Home/EU level
will be paid by the University Primary supervisor:Dr Esra KurulShort Introductory Paragraph
The School of the Built Environment and the School of Architecture are
jointly offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. This inter-disciplinary
study cuts across the Smart Construction and Impact
Assessment and Low Carbon Building research groups,
which are part of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable
The studentship includes an annual bursary of £15,009 for three years (no annual increase) and fees
up to the Home/EU level. Any international student awarded the studentship
would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please
note, fees increase by 4% annually. The studentship has a start date of 20 January 2020. An April or September 2020 start may
also be possible. Full Project Detail
The key research question is:
How can the technological and digital literacies of
communities be developed/enhanced to set-up and operate renewable
energy systems that facilitate the move towards low carbon/smart
cities and communities?
The overarching goal is to
contribute to existing knowledge on urban social innovation in the field of
energy. Potentially using a mixed-method approach, the research will focus
The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Esra Kurul, Prof Rajat Gupta and Dr. Maurizio Sibilla. Entry requirements
We are looking for a highly competent and capable candidate to submit
his/her PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates would be expected to have at
least an upper second class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related
subject (e.g. sociology, urban geography, architecture, planning, energy
studies, environmental studies, engineering, anthropology). 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
innovation would be an advantage.
Please contact Dr Kurul (email@example.com) for informal enquiries.
How to apply
For further information on how to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack, quoting “Social innovation in low carbon transition”
in the subject line.
year, full-time funded PhD Studentship - Deep Learning for Modelling Complex
Eligibility: UK ,EU &
Bursary: £16,000 per year (no annual inflation increase)
Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University
Deadline for applying: Friday 4 October 2019
Primary supervisor: Professor
The Faculty of Technology Design
and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a three-year
full-time PhD studentship to a new student commencing January 2020. The successful candidate will work within the
Visual Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, under the supervision of Professor
Full Project Detail
The Visual Artificial
Intelligence Laboratory is one of the top research groups in deep learning for
action detection. In 2017 we designed the first system able to localise
multiple actions in a video in real time. The Laboratory is running on a budget
of around £1.5 million, with six live funded projects, and is projected to
comprise 20/25 people in 2020. We closely collaborate with Oxford University,
Cambridge University, IIT Bombay, and others.
The successful candidate will contribute to
the research conducted under a new Research Agreement with Huawei Technologies
on “Deep learning for complex activity recognition”. The project aims to
explore new deep learning models of complex activities composed by multiple
events/actions, such as cooking a meal, or autonomous driving scenarios
involving, e.g., multiple vehicles negotiating an intersection.
successful candidate will be required to:
Develop new deep learning models for the detection of complex
Find out more
Please also consult the Lab’s web
site at http://cms.brookes.ac.uk/staff/FabioCuzzolin/.
essential selection criteria include:
A good first degree in Machine Learning, Computer Vision or
desirable selection criteria include:
Experience and knowledge of deep learning techniques.
For all informal requests contact
Professor Fabio Cuzzolin (email@example.com
How to apply:
To apply please request an
application pack by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting “PhD Studentship in Deep Learning for
Modelling Complex Video Activities”.
As part of the application
process you must submit your CV, with a supporting statement (2-page maximum)
which explains why you believe you are the best candidate for this studentship.
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
Low Carbon Vehicles Group
year full-time funded PhD Studentship
Eligibility: Home/EU and
£16,000 per annum
A further £3,000 p.a. is available to cover project costs
will be paid by the University.
Deadline: Friday, 18th
Start date: January 2020 (Home/EU
students and International)
Design and Optimisation/ Formula Student EV”
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 2020. The successful candidate, will work under the
supervision of Prof Denise Morrey and her team, and will also support the
Oxford Brookes Racing Formula Student Team.
information about the Low Carbon Vehicles Group, see: /ecm/research/engineering/low-carbon-vehicles/
information about the Oxford Brookes Racing Team, see:
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.
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.
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
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.
selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research
experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.
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
completed applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, by 5.00 pm on Friday 18/10/2019.
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.
all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact 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