Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes was rated top modern university by the Sunday Times in its 2012 University Guide, with the comment, "Oxford Brookes has confirmed its position as the country's best modern university by again topping our league of new institutions. Brookes may be relatively new, having gained its charter in 1992, but it is on a par in reputation and results with some of its older peers."
We are a university with a strong record of supporting human rights and developing countries. This is reflected in the Brookes choice of Chancellors. Our current Chancellor, Shami Chakrabarti is Director of Liberty. The previous Chancellor, who served his seven year term from 2001 - 2008, was Jon Snow, Channel 4 news presenter and a byword for journalistic integrity. Before him Baroness Helena Kennedy, human rights lawyer, was Chancellor. We were also the first Fairtrade university to be appointed.
Oxford Brookes has developed significant research strengths across the university. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise more than three quarters of Brookes research was rated as internationally recognised.
We have nurtured our emerging research strengths, and the international standing achieved by computing, business, law, art and design, education and subjects allied to health demonstrated significant progress. History, computer science, art and design, history of art and music all achieved strong world-class outputs.
Our success in the RAE brought a £1.5 million increase in HEFCE's 'quality-related' research grant to Brookes, up by 50% to £4.3 million for 2009-10.
Research at Oxford Brookes enjoys an international reputation, attracting high quality staff and students as well as major funded projects. As a research student at Brookes you will join a supportive environment and benefit from expert supervision and a strong programme of research training.
We have also introduced several one year full-time and two year part-time research degrees aimed at those wishing to undertake a short research project at postgraduate level: MA by Research, MSc by Research, LLM by Research and MA by Research in French
We strive to provide high quality research for the real world - research that improves the quality of people's lives. As a research student you will be joining a thriving community with the opportunity to work with leading researchers in their fields. For further information please visit our
Taught postgraduate courses
We offer a full range of taught postgraduate courses, including master's degrees, postgraduate diplomas and certificates, and graduate diplomas.
Oxford Brookes uses its location to maximise the benefits for students. We have strong connections with BMW Mini and the local motorsport industry and have invested £7 million in a new technology building for engineering. For further information visit our Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences pages.
The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in the School of Arts has an extensive network of contacts which make full use of publishing expertise within Oxford city as well as internationally.
The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment is considered one of the key players in sustainable development research. Brookes' School of Architecture is recognised as one of the country's leading schools and is consistently ranked by The Architect's Journal as one of the five best schools in the UK.
Oxford Brookes has also been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for further and higher education not once but twice. Most recently in 2008 for the MSc in Primate Conservation, the only postgraduate course in the UK directly linking the study of primates with conservation. In 2001 the same highly-prized award went to the MA in Development and Emergency Practice within the Department of Architecture.
Oxford is a prestigious venue for academic conferences that attract prominent keynote speakers and are an opportunity for Oxford Brookes postgraduates to learn and network.
Oxford Brookes offers many vocational postgraduate courses which can enhance your career prospects. Our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Institute of Hospitality.
We also have academic accreditation, for example our MBA is recognised by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). It was also ranked in the top 10 UK MBAs in the QS TopMBA rankings 2011.
In education, Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) students benefit from our links with local schools and colleges for classroom practice. The recent Ofsted report graded the management and quality assurance of teaching programmes at Oxford Brookes as outstanding, the highest rating possible.
Our close links with local NHS Trusts provide practical experience for our healthcare students.
The Oxford Brookes Careers Centre provides expert advice for students in their job search, and also runs a programme of careers fairs throughout the year which introduce potential employers.
Great for international students
Oxford Brookes enjoys a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan university and has been welcoming international students onto postgraduate courses for many years. The University has over 5,000 postgraduate students, and nearly 20% are from countries other than the UK, so students have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
Expert support for international students is provided at Brookes by the International Student Advisory Service (ISAS).
If you need to improve your English language and academic skills before starting a postgraduate course, Oxford Brookes International can provide the answer.
Oxford is a city with an international reputation and Brookes courses are recognised wherever in the world you choose to work. Oxford is a great base from which to find employment, especially as Oxford Brookes has connections with many of the region's employers.
Oxford is one of the world's great student cities, geared to the academic and entertainment needs of the 30,000 students who live here. As well as having everything you need for a great student experience Oxford is also the centre of a vibrant regional economy.
It is a compact city linked to the Brookes campuses by the Brookes Bus service. The stunningly beautiful architecture of the city is well known all around the world, but the Brookes Headington campus is also close to the multicultural area of Cowley Road which is popular with students.
If there's anything you can't find in Oxford, London is likely to have it and the capital is easy and cheap to reach by the frequent coaches which stop at the Brookes Headington Campus.
Oxford's iconic status as a centre for education makes it a magnet for inspirational visiting lecturers. Oxford Brookes has recently hosted John Sentanu, the Archbishop of York, Kevin McCloud, Ken Hom, Philip Pullman, Lord Patten, Baroness Helena Kennedy and Baroness Susan Greenfield.
Industry is attracted to Oxford too. The UK's most successful car plant builds BMW Minis in the city, and Oxfordshire is the hub of Britain's motorsport industry which is the most successful in the world.
Oxford has a long established publishing industry and is rich in the raw material - it has more published authors per square mile than anywhere else in the world (Source: BBC website).
Science research is also strong in the city and county. The Harwell Science and Innovation campus in the south of the county has just opened the Diamond light source, a £500 million investment in scientific research. The Oxfordshire biotechnology cluster is a critical mass of companies and researchers that is world class.
All of this adds up to a knowledge economy that is an inspiration to Oxford's students.
For further information visit the Oxford City website.
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