Entry requirements

In order to be considered for the programme you will have to meet our application requirements and programme entry requirements. Before you apply, please check you meet entry requirements (such as academic qualifications and English Language requirements), as well as the financial requirements of the programme. For more information, visit our website.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The school has a dynamic and thriving research environment representing a solid foundation for our research degree students. The degree can be pursued via three different models: the traditional PhD, PhD by design and PhD by practice.

We have extensive links with over 90 universities across the world and we work closely with industry and practice. These links lead to many opportunities for collaborative research, exchanges, overseas study and many more.

We offer four degree routes:


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.)

Research students will be affiliated with one of the School’s research groups:

Architectural Engineering

Design, Theory and Practice

Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP)

Low Carbon Building

Place, Culture and Identity

Projects can cover a wide range of areas in and associated with Architecture from construction, structural technologies, energy, low carbon, sustainability of the built environment, vernacular architecture, conservation, urbanization, humanitarian practice, housing and home.

Why study here?

  • As a research student you will be joining a School that is involved with world-leading research in a dynamic and vibrant environment.

  • While you engage in your own research, you have opportunities to interact with a dynamic research environment that is actively engaged in research projects, consultancies, teaching and writing funding proposals
  • Students benefit from links with the wider faculty (which includes the School of the Built Environment, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics and the School of Arts)
  • Students benefit from automatic membership of the Faculty Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). The DTP combines generic training and support with detailed subject specific methods training. Students in Architecture can join one of three strands, Environment (includes social science methods); Technology; and, Arts, Culture and Media, to get the training most suited to their topic
  • A wide variety of optional training courses, student events, lectures and other opportunities delivered through the DTP which brings together all students in the Faculty in a strong cohort
  • 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
  • A purpose-built workshop offering dedicated spaces, tools and technologies for working with a wide range of materials
  • Close links that exist with the UK and international practice, civil society, 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.
  • Full-time and part-time study

Department specialisms

We welcome research proposals related to any of the subjects covered by the research groups in the Department. These include: OISD: Low Carbon Building OISD: Technology OISD: International Vernacular Architecture Unit DOSSier: Discourses on Space and Society Research Group Centre for Development and Emergency Practice

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will need to provide an IELTS language certificate with an overall score of 6.5 (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.

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

Professor Cathrine Brun
+44 (0) 1865 483220