University profile

Oxford Brookes University

2017/18 edition

About Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes is a leading modern university, with award-winning postgraduate programmes, lecturers and facilities. It works closely with industry leaders in many areas, including collaboration on courses, joint research projects and work placements for students.

The award-winning John Henry Brookes Building (RIBA South Building of the Year 2014) brings together hi-tech library and teaching areas with stunning new spaces for individual and group learning.

Taught postgraduate courses

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We offer a full range of taught postgraduate courses, including master's degrees, postgraduate diplomas and certificates, and graduate diplomas.

Brookes is renowned for the quality of its teaching – gaining eight national teaching fellowships from the Higher Education Academy in the last six years.

We work closely with leading companies and organisations – ranging from multinational construction firms to niche publishers, and Formula 1 teams to international development charities. As a member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre, Brookes works closely with partners to translate world-class research into the delivery and teaching of health care.

Over 20 professional bodies accredit Brookes courses, and many are developed in partnership with industry or government bodies.

What I loved about Brookes was being treated as an equal by the academics. They didn’t patronise or talk down to me but valued my opinions as much as those of their peers. And they really go the extra mile to help you succeed in whatever field interests you – whether it’s securing a particular job, obtaining research funding or other goals and aspirations you might have.

Nikki Green MA International Studies

Research degrees


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 achieved strong world-class outputs in history, computer science, art and design, history of art and music. The Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development – based within Brookes - is one of the UK's largest research institutes dedicated to sustainable development research in the built and natural environments.

We have 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. As a research student you will be joining a thriving community with the opportunity to work with leading researchers in their fields.

I wanted to do my PhD somewhere where practical issues mattered and Brookes’ focus on the real world – on research that actually makes a difference to society - is one of the University’s strengths.

Dimitrios Moutaftsis PhD in the School of Architecture

Support for international students

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We enjoy a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan university and have been welcoming international students onto postgraduate courses for many years. Over 25% of our postgraduate students 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 at Brookes is provided by our International Student Advisory Service.

If you need to improve your English language and academic skills before starting a postgraduate course, Oxford Brookes International runs comprehensive language and pre-master’s courses.

Oxford Brookes prepares students in many aspects for the postgraduate level where you are expected to do a lot of things on our own.

Saeed Bamekhayyer (from Saudi Arabia) pre-master’s followed by MSc Business Management

Resources in and around Oxford

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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 outstanding academic resources, Oxford is an important centre for a number of industries.

Brookes postgraduate students can use the renowned research collections of the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Science Library. The city also contains important museums such as the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers, famous music venues including the Sheldonian and the internationally renowned Modern Art oxford.

Harwell Campus, in Oxfordshire, is home to the world famous Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Diamond Light Source – the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. The Oxfordshire biotechnology cluster is a critical mass of companies and researchers that is world class.

Brookes’ health care partners include Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation NHS Trust - providing access to a range of health care settings. Clinical specialities include cancer, palliative care, critical care, cardiac services and community-based care.

Oxford is a major centre for the automotive industries. 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.

There is a long established publishing industry in Oxford, which is rich in the raw material - it has more published authors per square mile than anywhere else in the world (Source: Oxford City Council).

Oxford, as a city, is a huge resource for my learning. I live ten minutes from one of the best libraries in the world – the Bodleian. I couldn’t do my thesis without it.

Pete Mills PhD in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion