Connecting you with industry

Employers want graduates with proven skills they can take into the workplace. So Oxford Brookes courses don’t just give you a degree - they give you work placements, professional knowledge, links into industry, integrated careers guidance and so much more to build your employability.

“Oxford Brookes has provided us with great interns and we are looking to strengthen this relationship with Brookes in the years to come”

Bob Shankly, Human Resources Director, BMW (UK) Manufacturing

Career-focused courses

“91% of full-time undergraduate students are in work or further study 15 months after graduation.”

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19 - published July 2021)

We work closely with professionals to design courses focused on a career in a specific sector from architecture and engineering to nursing and education.

Thirty-one of our degrees are accredited by the relevant professional body. In many cases our partners in industry contribute to your learning through work placements, mentoring schemes, guest lectures, and input into course design.

Some of our courses also run specialist ‘meet the employer’ events.

From Oxford Brookes to...

Leila Singh

...award-winning author and international speaker

“I consider my three years at Brookes to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences to date.”

Leila Singh ’94, studied BA Accounting & Finance and Retail Management

Rachel Bamber

...running my own private coaching business

“Upon graduating, my first ambition was to get a job by the end of August which I did”

Rachel Bamber ’94, studied BA Educational Studies with Sociology

Sarah Willingham

...business entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den judge on BBC TV

“I only wanted to come to Oxford Brookes. I wanted a degree where I could study international business and got to study abroad too. This was the perfect course for me.”

Sarah Willingham ’96,studied BA European Business

Tayo Popoola

...General Manager of Finance at Netrux Global Concepts Limited and Alumni Chapter Leader in Nigeria

“Brookes will be there for you!”

Tayo Popoola ’06, studied BA Accounting and Finance, and ’09 MSc Finance

Daniel Battsek

...Director of Film4 and Oscar-winning film producer (Best Picture - No Country for Old Men, 2007)

“I am genuinely very proud to be an alumnus and to have been awarded an honorary doctorate in 2017. I hope to be able to help Oxford Brookes students in the future.”

Daniel Battsek ’80, studied BA Social Science

Work placements

Read our placement stories to see how important work placements have been in these students’ Oxford Brookes experience.

“Taking a placement year was the best choice I ever made”

Carine Gashugi, Pamoja Education

Mentoring schemes

Oxford Brookes has teamed up with industry professionals across a number of sectors to provide one-to-one mentoring for our students.

You will build a strong working relationship with your mentor who can give you practical support and advice on developing your career in your chosen direction.

Our mentors come from different professional backgrounds such as accounting, hospitality management, sports science and law.

Why get involved?

  • Gain insider knowledge of the industry
  • Network with established professionals
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Sector-specific guidance on job hunting.

Careers services

Our careers service advisers are on hand to help you with one-to-one guidance, career planning advice, online resources, and plenty of other services - throughout your time at Oxford Brookes and beyond.

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