University profile

Oxford Brookes University

2017/18 edition

About Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University is one of the leading modern universities in the UK. As the only UK university in the QS world rankings of top 50 institutions under 50 years old (QS, 2018) and among the world's top universities in 15 individual subject areas (QS, 2018), Oxford Brookes enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation.

We welcome nearly 18,000 students from more than 150 different countries each year. Twenty-two per cent of our diverse student population is comprised of postgraduate students, undertaking either taught master’s courses or research degrees. By choosing Oxford Brookes for your master’s, we can help you to advance your studies in a stimulating, supportive academic environment.

Funding your studies

Oxford Brookes has a range of funding options ensuring that finance is not a barrier to getting the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Our postgraduate funding pages give you more detailed information on what’s available for UK/EU and international students. We also offer a 10% discount on postgraduate degree fees for alumni which extends to friends and family members as well.

I feel like I am at home. So far the experience has been amazing. All staff and supervisors have been very professional and supportive. Working with people from different backgrounds and nationalities makes this experience more exciting.

Sophie Edwards, PhD Student in Palaeoanthropology

Graduate your career

There are many good reasons to study for a postgraduate degree. It can help you to further your career, deepen your learning or even move in a completely new direction.

Postgraduates employed full time earned on average £6,000 a year more than undergraduates in 2017

UK government graduate labour market statistics 2017

We are passionate about supporting our students in their search for the perfect career. Our careers service offers expert advice to current students on the working world and advice is available for graduates up to three years after graduation.

The courses and modules were excellent. The lecturers were really helpful and understanding. The course helped me to understand and apply key concepts and strategies in marketing. The assignments and team projects were well designed to give a good practical taste of marketing implementation.

Sameer Rana, Marketing Manager at Amazon UK (Amazon Fashion), MSc Marketing

Taught postgraduate courses

A postgraduate degree is a great way to sharpen your skills as a leader, communicator and strategic thinker in your chosen field or career.

Located in one of Europe's major educational, scientific and technological centres, we ensure our teaching is dynamic and relevant to the real world. With strong links to business and industry both locally and nationally, we provide you with the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice.

Over 20 professional bodies accredit Oxford Brookes courses, and many are developed in partnership with industry or government bodies.

Absolutely, Oxford Brookes has its eye on employability. It’s a question in my view of is there a good match between ‘what you want to be when you grow up’ and what’s on offer here? And if there is, then you’re going to fly

Dr James Balkwill, Principal Lecturer, Department of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Research degrees

Oxford Brookes is committed to research excellence with 94% of our research being internationally recognised and 59% of it considered world leading (REF, 2014).

Our research students benefit from a strong programme of research training led by the Oxford Brookes Graduate College, which helps organise research methodology courses and seminars, careers advice, and the Research Students’ Forum.
We have introduced several one year full-time and two year part-time research degrees aimed at those wishing to undertake a short research project at postgraduate level. As a research student you will be joining a thriving community with the opportunity to work with leading researchers in their fields.

Faculties and Departments


A diverse environment

Oxford Brookes is a diverse, cosmopolitan university and has been welcoming international students onto postgraduate courses for many years. Over 25% of our postgraduate students are from countries other than the UK, so students have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.

Expert support for international students at Oxford Brookes is provided by our International Student Advisory Service. Also, if you need to improve your English language and academic skills before starting a postgraduate course, Oxford Brookes runs comprehensive language and pre-master’s courses to get you up to speed.

The programme is really brilliantly flexible, I get to choose when I do my modules in which order and I can choose whether I do them on campus, whether I do them distance.

Sara Kedge, Oxford Brookes Global MBA, now Independent Management Consultant at Just Success

An educational, cultural and business hub

Oxford is one of the world's great student cities. As well as having outstanding academic resources, it also has a thriving entertainment arts, and music scene.

aerial view

Oxford Brookes postgraduate students have access to the renowned research collections of the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Science Library. The city also hosts important museums such as the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers as well as contemporary art spaces and live music venues like Modern Art Oxford and the O2 Academy.

Oxford is a hub for science and technology. Harwell Campus, in Oxfordshire, is home to the world famous Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Diamond Light Source – the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Meanwhile, the Oxfordshire biotechnology cluster is a critical mass of companies and researchers that is world class.

Oxford Brookes’ healthcare partners include Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation NHS Trust - providing access to a range of healthcare settings. Clinical specialities include cancer, palliative care, critical care, cardiac services and community-based care.

Oxford is a major centre for the automotive industries. The UK's most successful car plant builds BMW Minis in the city, and Oxfordshire is the hub of Britain's motorsport industry which is the most successful in the world.

There is a long-established publishing industry in Oxford and the city has more published authors per square mile than anywhere else in the world (Source: Oxford City Council).

Brookes will always hold a place in my heart. It wasn’t just a university - it was a social space, a multicultural doorway to new friendships and a home away from home. The environment is always buzzing with activity and something was always going on

Emily Geeson, Marketing and Brand Management