Entry requirements

MA in relevant subject or (for pursuing Art Theory and Practice) significant professional experience. For more information. visit our website.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The School of Arts offers research degrees in Fine Art, Film Studies, Historical and Popular Musicology, Sound Arts and Composition, and Publishing. The School has a dynamic research environment for postgraduate researchers following practice-based, archival, cultural, historical and theoretical research practices. We offer four research 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 University).

Students are advised to consider how their studies will be funded prior to making an application.

Research students favouring a multidisciplinary approach are particularly welcome as are those interested in pursuing contemporary art practice and theory as a combined research project. Course may also award degrees for published work.

Our location provides access to some of the world's best libraries and research facilities, including the Bodleian library, Modern Art Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum

Why study here?

  • The School of Arts is dedicated to offering an outstanding experience for research students. As a research student you will enjoy the following benefits:
  • You will be able to work with one of the school’s high quality ambitious research groups.
  • You will study alongside talented academics working in similar fields.
  • While you engage in your own research, you have opportunities to interact with a dynamic research environment that is actively engaged in broad reaching arts based projects, teaching and writing funding proposals.
  • Students benefit from links with the wider faculty.
  • Students benefit from automatic membership of the Faculty Doctoral Training Programme.
  • 24-hour access to workshop and studio facilities.
  • Excellent facilities in film, video, photography, print and book making, woodworking, metal, casting, and range of specialist machinery.
  • Weekly School of Arts practice based seminar group.
  • A wide variety of optional training courses, student events, lectures and other opportunities delivered in-house.
  • 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.

Department specialisms

British film industry, lottery funding; Popular song; Interdisciplinary arts practices; recorded music; Sonic art; Composition; Live electronics; Sound art; soundscape studies; Creative practice; Writing about art; Curatorial practice; Socially engaged practice; Social sculpture; Visual arts practice; Popular cinema; Opera and operatic studies; film audiences; European cinema; Film theory; Scottish art.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum: IELTS 7.0; TOEFL paper-based 600; TOEFL computer-based 250+; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A or B.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration


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


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


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

Course contact details

Allison Stevens
+44 (0)1865 483430