Research course

Biological and Medical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

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 has around 40 research students, researching in the broad subject areas of Cell and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Science and Environmental Biology. Some students conduct much of their research outside the Department - for instance in local hospital or industrial laboratories - while others work full time in the Department’s own, well equipped research laboratories or in the field.

Each student has a supervisory team, usually of two, who give support and direction throughout their programme. In addition, students are supported by members of the postgraduate tutor team and by a structured training programme - Doctoral Programmes.

Key features of the programme are:

  • A mixture of funded and self/ externally funded places
  • Induction, support and training.
  • Opportunities to develop teaching skills and gain a qualification.
  • International students can develop their academic English.
  • High-profile research events.
  • Support for students to attend conferences.
  • Career support for graduates.

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
24-36 months
part time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 482904