Research course


Oxford Brookes University · Department of Computing and Communication Technologies

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 entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a recent 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 School of Engineering, Computing and Mathmatics has an excellent reputation for research and knowledge exchange, containing a number of active groups with well-established industry links.

Computing offers the following research degrees: MPhil, MPhil transferring to PhD, PhD direct (only for students who have recently completed a master’s or MPhil degree in an area closely related to the proposed research topic) and a PhD by published work (only for students who have prior association with Oxford Brookes University). These degrees are also available within the School of Engineering, as well as an MSc by research.

Completing a research degree with us means that you will have regular interaction with internationally recognised industrial researchers. You will immerse yourself in a dynamic research environment and find various opportunities to contribute to wider research, teaching and funding proposals.

Students also benefit from being members of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme which provides both general and subject specific research training and support.

Why study here and what research do we supervise?

We offer an outstanding experience for research students with the following benefits:

  • You become a member the department’s research groups pursuing an ambitious research agenda
  • You will interact with a dynamic research environment and find various opportunities to contribute to wider research, teaching and funding proposals
  • Students benefit from links with the wider faculty
  • 24-hour access to laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, software and robots
  • A taught research training course that caters for both full and part-time study
  • A wide variety of optional training courses, student events, lectures and seminars
  • All students are allocated a Director of Studies and at least one other supervisor who they meet with regularly
  • A range of personal support that includes access to a wide range of staff who are available for consultation
  • Students benefit from automatic membership of the Faculty's Doctoral Training Programme
  • A wide variety of optional training courses, student events, lectures and other opportunities

How to Apply?

We welcome research proposals related to any of the subjects covered by the research groups represented by our two research centres:

Intelligent Systems Engineering Research Centre (iserc)

Dependable Systems and Engineering Research (DSERC)

For enquiries about research projects in these groups please, contact the group leaders and the postgraduate tutor Dr Tjeerd Olde Scheper.

Artificial Intelligence and Vision Research: Dr Fabio Cuzzolin

Communications, Media and Electronic Technologies: Dr Peter Ball

Cognitive Robotics: Professor Nigel Crook

Applied Formal Methods: Professor Hong Zhu

Applied Software Engineering: Professor Rachel Harrison

Advanced Reliable Computer Systems: Dr Abusaleh Jabir

Department specialisms

See programme details

Information for international students

ILETS band 6.5

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-60 months
part time
36-72 months


part time
36-48 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Dr Tjeerd olde Scheper
+44 (0) 1865 484570