Research course

Computing and Communication Technologies

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 Department of Computing and Communication Technologies is engaged in some very exciting research initiatives in computer science. Around 30 researchers, including academic staff, research assistants and PhD students are involved in this research, which falls within six main areas:

  • Advanced Reliable Computer Systems;
  • Applied Formal Methods;
  • Computer Vision;
  • Machine Learning;
  • Software Engineering;
  • and Web Technology.

Many of the Department's research projects are funded externally and are undertaken in collaboration with industry, universities and research establishments in the UK, other European countries, the USA, and Australia.

Doing an MRes, MPhil or PhD is an opportunity to work on these projects and to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge. A PhD degree is widely recognised internationally as the 'licence' to practise as a research scientist or research engineer, and at Brookes we aim for the highest international standards of research.

Electronics Research: Researchers in electronics have interests in Analogue Circuit Design, Reliable Systems Design and Communications.

This work is carried out in the following groups:

  • Electronic Circuit and Systems Design Research Group focusses on high performance electronic circuits and systems and current projects include: investigating, designing and improving current feed back op-amps and op-amp linearisation; design and analysing high frequency oscillators;high frequency low noise amplifiers and mixers; high accuracy voltage buffers; high output impedance current source design; low-voltage high-speed CMOS line driver for SerDes applications; non-contact infra-red (IR) thermometers.
  • The Communications Group has topics based on mobile and modern high speed networks and are particularly interested in three main areas: The transmission of multimedia data over 3G and future 4G mobile networks. Our work is mainly aimed at improving the quality of service and enhancing the efficiency of these networks through intelligent manipulation of transmission parameters and enhanced cross-layer communication; Mobile ad-hoc networks. This work is concerned with the performance of routing protocols and the associated quality of service and security issues; Voice over IP. It is expected that a large percentage of voice calls will be carried over IP networks within the next decade and this research is examining issues of quality and multiple communication groups.

Department specialisms

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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