Research course

Biological and Medical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
MPhil/PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for MPhil or MPhil with the intention of transferring to a PhD (the route which most of our doctoral candidates take) is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent. Applications also welcomed from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the work proposed. The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a master's degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and which has included research training and a research project.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Department of Biological and Medical Sciences is home to over 30 research groups studying three broad areas of biology: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, Biomedical Science, and Evolution, Ecology, Environment and Conservation. Our research is funded by a range of sources including BBSRC, NERC, MRC, Wellcome, and the Leverhulme Trust.

The quality and impact of our research has been reflected in the UK government’s latest Research Excellence Framework, where the majority of our assessed research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. We are now building on this success and looking to the future through our recent investment of £8.5M in new laboratories and a bioimaging unit to ensure our research groups are hosted in modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. We are also committed to provide a research environment and mentorship that allows early career researchers with the opportunity to build their independent researchers in our department including through our newly established David Fell Research Fellowship programme.

What topics can I study?

We welcome applications for projects where we can support you with a supervisory team with the most relevant research experience, in Biological and Medical Sciences our research is broadly classified under our research themes; biomedical science, molecular cell and development biology and environmental biology.

To get an overview of the research and groups within the department, and the areas where we can support research degree projects, take a look at our Research Groups page.

Research Impact

REF 2014

  • Oxford Brookes’ well-established and growing international reputation for research has been confirmed with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results.
  • The results of the exercise for Department of Biological and Medical Sciences are
  • Top post '92 University Biological Sciences submission
  • 95% of research internationally recognised
  • Double the percentage 4* and treble the percentage 3* research compared to 2008, with 58% of research being world leading or internationally excellent80% of impact rated 3* or 4*

Information for international students

ILETS band 6.5 -7.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found on our website: Finance

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48-192 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 482904