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. As the only UK university in the QS world rankings of top 50 institutions under 50 years old (QS, 2018) and among the world elite in 16 subjects (QS, 2017), Oxford Brookes enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation.

We welcome nearly 18,000 students from more than 150 different countries each year, and 22% of this diverse student population is comprised of postgraduate students.

Taught postgraduate courses

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

Located in one of Europes’ major educational, scientific and technological centres, we ensure our teaching is dynamic and relevant to the real world. With strong links to business and industry both locally and nationally, we provide you with the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice.

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

I feel like I am at home. So far the experience has been amazing. All staff and supervisors have been very professional and supportive. Working with people from different backgrounds and nationalities makes this experience more exciting.

Sophie Edwards PhD Student in Palaeoanthropology

Research degrees


Oxford Brookes is committed to research excellence with 94% of our research being internationally recognised and 59% of it considered world leading (REF, 2014).

Our research students benefit from a strong programme of research training led by the Oxford Brookes Graduate College, which helps organise research methodology courses and seminars, careers advice, and the Research Students’ Forum.

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.

Even years on, I look back and really value my degree. Despite not making it my career, there is no question about the fact that it shaped me and I still use what I learned in my work today

Melody Hossaini - Founder & CEO, InspirEngage International LLB 2006

Faculties and Departments


Oxford Brookes Business School
Oxford School of Hospitality Management

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development
Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work
Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Education
Department of English and Modern Languages
School of History, Philosophy and Culture
School of Law
Department of Social Sciences
Institute of Public Care

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
School of Architecture
School of Arts
School of the Built Environment
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

I did my master’s last year and now I’m doing my PhD here as well. I chose Oxford Brookes as it’s not far from London and Oxford is a well-known city for students. The best thing for me is the environment, as I can study with very good facilities and I am surrounded by people that have excellent experience in research. The lecturers are very supportive and if you have any problems they are willing to listen and help you.

Masrura Ram Idjal, PhD student, Oxford School of Hospitality Management

A diverse environment

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Oxford Brookes is a diverse, cosmopolitan university and has 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. Also, if you need to improve your English language and academic skills before starting a postgraduate course, Oxford Brookes run comprehensive language and pre-master’s courses to get you up to speed.

All the pre-master’s teachers brought a wealth of experience. In particular, the teachers encouraged students who had difficulty expressing themselves to voice their opinions. At the end, all the students had plenty of self-confidence. In addition to this, the pre-master’s teachers gave lots of attention to those students who had problems.

Taewoo (Alan) Kim - South Korea, pre-master's followed by MSc Project Management in the Built Environment

An educational, cultural and business hub

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Oxford is one of the world's great student cities. As well as having outstanding academic resources, it also has a thriving entertainment, arts, and music scene.

Oxford Brookes postgraduate students have access to 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 as well as contemporary art spaces and live music venues like Modern Art Oxford and the O2 Academy.

Oxford is a hub for science and technology. 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. Meanwhile, the Oxfordshire biotechnology cluster is a critical mass of companies and researchers that is world class.

Oxford Brookes’ healthcare partners include Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation NHS Trust - providing access to a range of healthcare 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 and the city has more published authors per square mile than anywhere else in the world (Source: Oxford City Council).

Studying at Oxford Brookes was fantastic; both the Headington and Wheatley campuses are in beautiful locations. The social side was amazing too, with many options for relaxing with friends or for some lively nights out at the student union.

Adam Darrah - Generalist TD at Double Negative Visual Effects Msc Digital Media Production