Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent.

All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

Our teaching and research interests are very much interlinked. We provide a stimulating and supportive teaching and research environment for our international community of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. Comedy-related course content is included throughout our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Undergraduates can also study a specialist module in Comedy, Culture and the Media.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students have the opportunity to complete a comedy-related dissertation. Close interaction with funded projects, monthly seminars and affiliated researchers all imbue our teaching and research with an ethos of excellence.

Information for international students

Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section).

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
+44 (0) 1895 267051