Research course

English

Institution
Oxford Brookes University · Department of English and Modern Languages
Qualifications
MPhil/PhDPhDPhD by publicationMPhilMA/MSc/LLM by Research

Entry requirements

Entry requirements can be found under Section 2 of the Research Degree Regulations

Academic requirements

  • To register for an MA/MSc/LLM by Research, MPhil or MPhil/PhD applicants should normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent. An application from a candidate holding qualifications other than those listed above shall be considered on the applicant's merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the programmes of work proposed.
  • For registration to a PhD direct, applicants should hold a recent Research-based Master’s degree in a closely related discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and that the Master's degree included training in research and the execution of a research project.
  • For registration to a PhD by Published Work, applicants should have some prior association with Oxford Brookes University, hold a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent, and have at least five years relevant experience at postgraduate level.

English language requirements

Applicants whose main language is not English must meet the Faculty’s English language requirements. The minimum IELTS score required for entry to the research degree programme is 6.5–7 overall. In addition, we require a minimum of 6.5 in each component of the test. We do not accept IELTS certificates that are over two years old. We are not required to test the English language ability of applicants who have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in English in a majority-speaking country. Evidence of this must be provided (eg. Masters Certificate).

It is very important that you are able to understand and use English well, so that you can benefit fully from your time at Oxford Brookes University. If you have any queries regarding acceptable English language qualifications, please contact Oxford Brookes International:

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 483874
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 484377
pathways@brookes.ac.uk

Residence requirements

  • In exceptional circumstance you may register as a part-time research degree student at Oxford Brookes University and conduct part of your work outside of the UK. If you choose to register on this non-resident basis for a period of time:
  • You must be able to visit Oxford Brookes University for at least six weeks per year. This must be agreed by both the Postgraduate Research Tutor and your appointed Director of Studies at Oxford Brookes University.
  • An external supervisor or advisor of appropriate academic standing and with the necessary experience must be appointed in your local area. The University Research Degrees Committee must also be satisfied that there are adequate research facilities available outside of the UK.
  • As you would be registered at Oxford Brookes University, you would be awarded one research degree from Oxford Brookes.

The Faculty reserves the right to decline an application from a candidate who wishes to conduct part of their work outside of the UK if there are concerns over supervision, attendance or the separation of the student from the research environment.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

This MA by Research in English provides an excellent opportunity for students to obtain a Masters qualification focussed on a research project of particular interest to themselves, whilst benefitting from all the facilities, training, research seminars and support at Oxford Brookes University.

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes offers research expertise from the early modern period up to the present day. Our work encompasses a wide range of interests, from literature (including Drama and American Literature), through visual culture, to critical theory and politics. The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre hosted by the Department of English and Modern Languages is also a source of academic expertise and research.

Programme structure

The MA by Research in English builds on the Department’s expertise to give you a unique and clearly focussed programme of study. You will have the opportunity to develop a high level of subject knowledge, together with the ability to develop and undertake independent research in your own particular area of interest. The programme will be attractive to applicants seeking to pursue intellectual interests beyond first degree level for further personal or professional development. The MA route is also designed to prepare you to undertake further research at MPhil or PhD level.

At the heart of the MA by Research is the close working relationship between candidate and supervisor. While the final thesis must be the candidate’s independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final thesis. Supervisors and candidates meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term.

Research Training

You will also receive training in research methods and skills appropriate to the stage they have reached and the nature of their work. This includes:

  • guidance on planning and writing your thesis
  • using bibliographic and archival resources (both electronic and printed)
  • handling research data
  • making conference presentations
  • preparing and submitting material for publication

You will embark on a substantial piece of independent research (an MA thesis of up to 30,000 words) guided by your supervisor in regular meetings. A shorter assessment of 5,000 words, conceived as a formative essay precedes the dissertation in the programme. A viva voce examination is held at the end.

Department specialisms

Poetry and Poetics Ecology and Ecocriticism Medicine, Science, Technology and Literature Comparative Literature Communities Postcolonialism Modernism Early Modern Drama The Contemporary Novel Textual Scholarship and Editorial Practice Theatre practice and Performance-as-Research Creative Writing Cognitive Poetics Witchcraft and the Supernatural Life Writing Utopia and Utopianism

Information for international students

English language requirements

Applicants whose main language is not English must meet the Faculty’s English language requirements. The minimum IELTS score required for entry to the research degree programme is 6.5–7 overall. In addition, we require a minimum of 6.5 in each component of the test. We do not accept IELTS certificates that are over two years old. We are not required to test the English language ability of applicants who have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in English in a majority-speaking country. Evidence of this must be provided (eg. Masters Certificate).

It is very important that you are able to understand and use English well, so that you can benefit fully from your time at Oxford Brookes University. If you have any queries regarding acceptable English language qualifications, please contact Oxford Brookes International:

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 483874
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 484377
pathways@brookes.ac.uk

Residence requirements

  • In exceptional circumstance you may register as a part-time research degree student at Oxford Brookes University and conduct part of your work outside of the UK. If you choose to register on this non-resident basis for a period of time:
  • You must be able to visit Oxford Brookes University for at least six weeks per year. This must be agreed by both the Postgraduate Research Tutor and your appointed Director of Studies at Oxford Brookes University.
  • An external supervisor or advisor of appropriate academic standing and with the necessary experience must be appointed in your local area. The University Research Degrees Committee must also be satisfied that there are adequate research facilities available outside of the UK.
  • As you would be registered at Oxford Brookes University, you would be awarded one research degree from Oxford Brookes.

The Faculty reserves the right to decline an application from a candidate who wishes to conduct part of their work outside of the UK if there are concerns over supervision, attendance or the separation of the student from the research environment.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36-60 months
      part time
      48-72 months
      • PhD
        full time
        24-60 months
          part time
          36-72 months
          • PhD by publication
            part time
            24-36 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
          • MPhil
            part time
            36 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
            full time
            24 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
          • MA/MSc/LLM by Research
            full time
            12 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
            part time
            24 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

          Course contact details

          Name
          Research Administrator
          Email
          chearne@brookes.ac.uk
          Phone
          +44 (0)1865 484998