Research course

Urban Design

Oxford Brookes University · School of the Built Environment

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 normal 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

Joint Centre for Urban Design's mission promotes better design in the urban public realm and unites the host of disciplines involved in the design of urban spaces including: architecture, town planning, landscape architecture, estate management, traffic engineering and others.

The Urban Design Group is a core research arm of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development and one of the largest UK providers of research expertise in urban design and conservation matters. Staff engaged in research, have led or contributed to reviews of national planning, transport, housing,environmental policy guidance, sustainable building specifications and valuation standards affecting our town and country environments.

Department specialisms

Community development; Place making; Place identity; Urban morphology, Urban coding; Masterplanning, Townscape appraisal; Town-centre management; Responsive environments; Sensory urban design; Aesthetic dimensions, urban design; Urban regeneration; Rehabilitation of historic centres; Sustainable urban design, Conservation buildings and historic areas; Children & built environment, Public open space design, management; Chaos, fractal theories.

Information for international students

For applicants who do not have English as their first language, a: British O level, GCSE (grade A, B or C) in English Language; a TOEFL score of 650 or above (written test); or a British Council ELTS band 6 or 7 is necessary.

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 Sue Brownill
+44 (0) 1865 483877