Research course

MPhil/ PhD in Built Environment

Institution
Oxford Brookes University · Department of Planning
Qualifications
MPhil/PhDPhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a 1st or Upper Second Class Degree (or recognised equivalent qualification), but appropriate applications will be considered from outstanding candidates with substantial prior experience at an appropriate level.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide one of the following language certificates:

IELTS at least 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

IELTS language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the proposed start date of the programme, should your application be successful. Evidence of English language proficiency must be provided along with other supporting documents, in the form of a good quality copy of the certificate.

As a result of very recent changes made by UK Visas & Immigration, please note we no longer regard TOEFL as an acceptable language test for entry to Oxford Brookes. This applies whether you require a Tier 4 student visa or not. You can find more details on our English language requirements pages.

If you do not meet these requirements you may be able to take our University English as a pre-sessional course.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The School of the Built Environment is dedicated to offering an outstanding experience for research students. As a research student you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • You become a member of one of the School’s high quality ambitious research groups
  • You will study alongside talented academics working in similar fields
  • You have opportunities to interact with a dynamic research environment that is actively engaged in consultancy projects, teaching and writing funding proposals
  • Students benefit from automatic membership of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) which brings together staff and students from the Schools of Architecture, Engineering, Computing & Mathematics and Art.
  • The DTP combines generic training and support with detailed subject specific methods training through the Environment Strand of the DTP and caters for both full and part time study
  • A wide variety of optional training courses, student events, lectures and other opportunities delivered through the DTP, the Graduate College and wider University
  • 24-hour access to digital suites with specialist programmes such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), ArchiCAD, Revit, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modelling, 3D Studio Max and, Rhino 3D, NVivo and SPSS
  • Close links that exist with the UK and international practice, industry and government
  • 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. The University operates a Research Student Entitlement which ensures students receive appropriate and generous support and opportunities to present their work at conferences

Routes to apply

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)

PhD by published work (only for students who have prior association with Oxford Brookes University)

Department specialisms

Community Development; Heritage and Historic Conservation; Sustainability and Urban Form; Urban Regeneration and Renaissance; Visitor Attractions and Town Centre Management.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need to provide one of the following language certificates:

IELTS at least 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

IELTS language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the proposed start date of the programme, should your application be successful. Evidence of English language proficiency must be provided along with other supporting documents, in the form of a good quality copy of the certificate.

As a result of very recent changes made by UK Visas & Immigration, please note we no longer regard TOEFL as an acceptable language test for entry to Oxford Brookes. This applies whether you require a Tier 4 student visa or not. You can find more details on our English language requirements pages.

If you do not meet these requirements you may be able to take our University English as a pre-sessional course.


Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration

MPhil/PhD

part time
48-72 months
full time
36-60 months

PhD

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

MPhil

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

Course contact details

Name
Dr Sue Brownill
Email
sbrownill@brookes.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1865 483877