Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Introduction

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences delivers a dynamic combination of full-time and part-time programmes attracting over 5,000 students both locally and internationally. Research-led teaching and outstanding support is offered across undergraduate and postgraduate study in anthropology, education, English, geography, history, history of art, languages, law, politics, international relations, philosophy, religion and sociology.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences brings together the departments of English and Modern Languages; History, Philosophy and Religion, and Social Sciences with the School of Law, the School of Education, and the Institute of Public Care. We have a reputation for teaching excellence, internationally recognised research and unrivalled student support.

Teaching and research

Research is the foundation for excellence throughout our activities as confirmed by our results in the REF 2014. We include aspects of our research in all our courses, we teach specialist modules in our areas of expertise and we supervise dissertations in our specialist subjects. We encourage students at every level of study to become involved through our seminar series, research centres and special interest research groups.

Professional development, training and accreditation

Oxford Brookes' School of Education is one of the UK's largest providers of professional development in education and offers professional certificates, masters degrees and doctorates across a wide range of subject areas and areas of professional application. Students wishing to convert to law can are able to fulfill professional requirements. For further details please see Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc in Primate Conservation

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

This award-winning programme combines the expertise of anthropologists and biologists to examine primate conservation biology in a broad context, with... [+]

This award-winning programme combines the expertise of anthropologists and biologists to examine primate conservation biology in a broad context, with particular emphasis on the relationships between humans and wildlife in forest and woodland environments.

 

The MSc in Primate Conservation provides an international and multidisciplinary forum to help understand the issues and promote effective action. Whether working in the lab, with local conservation groups (including zoos and NGOs), or in the field, you will find yourself in a collaborative and supportive environment, working with international scholars in primate conservation and gaining first-hand experience to enact positive change.... [-]


MA

MA in Creative Writing

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The Creative Writing Masters at Oxford Brookes is for those wishing to enhance their existing writing skills. Taught weekly by our excellent faculty, it also... [+]

MA in Creative Writing

 

The Creative Writing Masters at Oxford Brookes is for those wishing to enhance their existing writing skills. Taught weekly by our excellent faculty, it also involves a dozen major workshops every year, delivered by some of the UK's most successful prose, poetry and non-fiction writers. The Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes will help your writing grow through work with established writers, industry professionals, teaching specialists and your peers, whilst you experience this most literary of all cities.From the opening evening of your course in September – previous speakers have included international bestseller Philip Pullman, Booker winner Howard Jacobson and Pulitzer/Orange winner Marilynne Robinson – through to the showcase for agents and publishers following your graduation, our aim is to make your time at Brookes a decisive stage in your development.Your postgraduate study here will centre on your own creative writing, combined with critical analysis, reflective commentary and scholarly research. The course can be studied full-time or part-time.... [-]


MA in Education

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The MA in Education is designed for experienced teachers, lecturers and educational managers in primary, secondary and further and higher education... [+]

MA in Education

 

The MA in Education is designed for experienced teachers, lecturers and educational managers in primary, secondary and further and higher education, and for other professionals working in education. The MA in Education is for professionals in all sectors of education and related professions. We invite applications from teachers, lecturers, managers and those in leadership roles in education - both in their early careers and with substantial experience in education. We value our students’ range of experiences and perspectives.The course is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, while developing leadership abilities that emerge from critical enquiry, critical reflection, research activity, international perspectives and professional expertise. The MA in Education can be studied at our Harcourt Hill campus or part time at Solihull College.... [-]


MA in Education: Childhood and Youth Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

Childhood Studies is an interdisciplinary MA addressing the span of childhood from birth to the age of 12. The course is designed to provide an excellent grounding... [+]

MA in Childhood Studies

 

MA Education: Childhood and Youth Studies is an interdisciplinary MA addressing the span of childhood from birth to the age of 18. The course is designed to provide an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue, or develop further, their skills and careers as practitioners or researchers working with children or providing services for them.An interdisciplinary approach is central to the MA Education: Childhood and Youth Studies Studies, which is taught by a core course team with expertise in sociology, psychology, history, social policy, social and health care, early childhood and education studies.Through the course we explore alternative conceptions of childhood and consider children's lives and experiences through the social, economic, technological and global contexts in which they are situated.  We also explore the expanding role of services for children, the challenges this provides for practitioners and policy makers and the ways in which these services position children and their families.Key questions include:... [-]


MA in Education: Leadership and Management

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months

The MA in Education (Leadership and Management) is for experienced teachers, lecturers and educational managers and other professionals in all phases of education (primary, secondary, further and higher education). It is designed for those working in training and professional development to gain an award focused on leadership and management. [+]

The MA in Education (Leadership and Management) is for experienced teachers, lecturers and educational managers and other professionals in all phases of education (primary, secondary, further and higher education). It is designed for those working in training and professional development to gain an award focused on leadership and management. The course is concerned with the development of critical enquiry and reflection in the field of educational leadership and management, and the development of professional knowledge and expertise. This course in detail The MA course is based on the completion of a compulsory element, plus optional modules. Compulsory element: Reflective Professional Development aims to develop your reflective practice and provide you with an opportunity for systematic review of your progress, helping you to explore and document the coherence and progression of your experience of the course. Educational Research will enable you to develop knowledge of a range of research approaches, methods and techniques and to consider ethics in educational research. You will have an opportunity to develop your research skills through preparatory work for the dissertation. The Dissertation will involve a piece of investigative research and will comprise approximately one third of your degree work. Your dissertation will focus on a research problem of interest to you. It need not be based in an educational setting and may be literature based, but should be relevant to educational concerns. Compulsory core modules for the Leadership and Management pathway are: Leading and Managing People in Education brings together a range of themes and concerns in the management of staff in educational organisations. Drawing on national and international examples, it combines theoretical perspectives with practical concerns about staff management and development. Leading Change in Education builds on the experience of course members as observers of, and participants in, the management of change in the education sector. It combines a wide range of theories and research into organisational transformation in education, together with implications for practice. Why choose this course? The modular structure enables you to design your course according to your particular areas of interest. The MA has a core of compulsory research-based modules to support your studies and to prepare you for the dissertation and two compulsory modules in Leadership and Management. In addition, you select modules from the optional module programme (see overview of choices). All students complete four compulsory modules, two optional modules, and a dissertation equivalent to three modules. The School of Education at Oxford Brookes is one of the largest schools of education in the UK, combining high quality teaching and significant research and consultancy activity in an outstanding location, with superb sporting, recreational and study facilities. You will be joining a university which is widely regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally. The School of Education is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes. We work in close partnership with hundreds of schools and colleges and other organisations. Our 110-acre Harcourt Hill campus offers all the benefits of a complete academic community on one site, providing a rich and diverse intellectual and social environment You will be working with highly regarded academics who are at the forefront of their subjects. Drawing on our research-led teaching, our courses will advance your knowledge and develop your professional skills. Entry requirements This MA course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, normally graduates with a recognised teaching qualification, or other educational professional experience. Applicants normally have: a good honours degree or pass degree QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) or other equivalent professional qualification relevant professional experience. For more information about English language requirements, visas and preparation for International and EU students, please see our website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/ma-education-leadership-and-management/ [-]

MA in Education: TESOL

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) pathway through the MA in Education involves six taught modules and a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. [+]

The TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) pathway through the MA in Education involves six taught modules and a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. Four modules are TESOL specific, including language description, language acquisition and language teaching methodology. In addition there is a TESOL option which gives you the opportunity to focus on a professional specialism such as teaching young learners, your own mother tongue, literature, or English in professional contexts. These are combined with two generic education modules, Educational Research and reflective practice, which introduce you to the skills of the reflective teacher-researcher. The modules also support you in the study process and the development of Masters level academic literacies. This course in detail The TESOL pathway includes six taught modules, which combine two education modules, three core TESOL modules, and one TESOL professional option. As our courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules you choose from may vary from the ones shown here. In addition, the MA includes a dissertation.which is the equivalent of three taught modules. Two Compulsory Education modules: Reflective Professional Development supports your development from teacher to teacher-researcher. It invites you to review your own practice as a learner and teacher; and also prepares you to be a researcher, developing critical reading, writing and analytical skills. Educational Research enables you to develop knowledge of a range of research approaches, methods and techniques and to consider ethics in educational research. You will have an opportunity to develop your research skills through preparatory work for the dissertation. Three Compulsory TESOL modules: Language Acquisition and Development Language Teaching Descriptions of English Optional TESOL modules (students can select one). A selection of the modules below will be offered each year: Teaching English for specific purposes (academic and occupational) Contextualised learning in the modern languages classroom (online only) Comparative and International Education (on campus only) Literature in the Language The dissertation: The dissertation gives you the opportunity to specialise in a topic of your choice. It is supported by dissertation workshops and individual supervision, and leads to an extended piece of work which includes primary research on a focus of your choice, and critical engagement with the research literature. For a more information on the modules, please see our website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/ma-in-education-tesol/ Why choose this course? The course content is tailored to your own professional context, with practical as well as scholarly tasks and assignments, and discussion with fellow TESOL practitioners worldwide on cutting edge practice and research. The generic Education modules give you a skills and research base that involves you in wider educational debates nationally and internationally. Options allow for a range of professional specialisms, including Teaching English for Specific Purposes, teaching modern languages (including mother tongue) in school setttings, or teaching literature. The programme can be taken fully online at a distance, fully on campus, or a combination of the two. The programme offers the unique opportunity for campus and distance-based students to work interactively with one another online. The programme builds in explicit support for the academic literacies and skills needed to be successful as an MA teacher-researcher. You are also part of the Learning, Culture and Identity research community which includes talks, conferences, guest speakers and the opportunity to hear former MA students in their current work contexts. There are opportunities for campus-based students to participate in a volunteer placement scheme teaching Oxford-based asylum seekers. This experience can be built into coursework and assessment. The programme is taught by a highly research-active team that is well published and highly visible in the TESOL world. Students will find themselves part of an active research community. As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which provides you with a host of learning opportunities. Because Oxford is one of the world's great academic cities, it is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects. In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our postgraduate students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library, the Bodleian Law Library and the Radcliffe Science Library. Oxford is a centre of multiple language schools such as St Joseph's School and St Clare's College. This makes it a thriving environment for foreign students and the practice of TESOL. Career prospects Recent students graduating with an MA Education (TESOL) have moved from teaching into teacher professional development, management of language schools and language businesses, materials and test writing. Others have gone from school to university teaching and from general English to specific English teaching for academic purposes, business and law. Entry requirements Applicants must demonstrate that they have a first degree at 2.2 level or above. TESOL pathway students are required to show evidence of teaching experience of two years in any context, including summer language schools, one to one teaching, or teaching assistant roles. Teaching practice acquired through CELTA or DELTA qualifications can be counted towards this. In some cases, a shorter period of teaching experience can be negotiated where there has been significant TESOL content study. For more information about English language requirements, visas and preparation for International and EU students, please see our website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/ma-in-education-tesol/ [-]

MA in English Literature

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The MA in English Literature is a course of advanced study combining the development of subject expertise with the ability to undertake independent research projects in your areas of interest. [+]

The MA in English Literature is a postgraduate degree. In order to take this course, you should normally hold an upper second-class honours degree, or its equivalent, in English literature or a related subject.

This is a course of advanced study combining the development of subject expertise with the ability to undertake independent research projects in your areas of interest.

These abilities are fostered through taught seminar courses which allow you to study specific subjects in-depth, and through training in independent research undertaken for the dissertation. Specialist options are currently available in fiction, poetry, drama and language studies. Teaching on the course is research led, and you will have access to the unparalleled research resources at the Bodleian Library in the centre of Oxford.... [-]


MA in History

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The MA in History provides an opportunity to study in depth with internationally renowned scholars in a stimulating postgraduate environment. [+]

The MA in History provides a coherent but flexible course of graduate study, combining research training with intensive modules on specific historical themes and the opportunity to conduct advanced research on a dissertation topic of your choice. Why choose this course? You will benefit from being taught by a team of research- active historians – internationally renowned scholars who publish in their areas of expertise.

The History field at Oxford Brookes is recognised as a centre of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

We include all aspects of our research interests in the History MA course, teaching modules and supervising dissertations that reflect our specialist subjects.... [-]


MA in International Business, Culture and Languages

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford

The course includes an intensive study of business concepts. This is combined with business communication, cultural awareness, specific study of... [+]

MA in European Business Culture and Languages

 

The course includes an intensive study of business concepts. This is combined with business communication, cultural awareness, specific study of European institutions, and policies and research skills. The whole course is in English, using case material from the English-speaking world, primarily the UK. Should you wish, you can also register for one undergraduate foreign language module credit offered at Brookes as part of your tuition fees.The course has welcomed students from the UK and Ireland, and other countries including Russia, the Czech Republic, France, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan and China.... [-]


MA in International Relations

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The International Relations masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International... [+]

The International Relations masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International Relations, including the application of these to real world cases and issues, culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

These are interesting times for international relations. Issues such as globalisation, environmental degradation, poverty and deprivation, international conflict, the rise of religious fundamentalism, the future of democracy - among many others - challenge us to understand trends taking place in modern society. International Relations is essentially concerned with these issues. It enables you to increase your understanding of contemporary issues in a global context.... [-]


MA in International Relations (Environment)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The International Relations (Environment) master's course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International Studies... [+]

Since the first UN Conference in Stockholm in 1972 the environment has become an increasingly central issue for scholars of international studies. The International Relations (Environment) masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced international studies. In particular it applies these to contemporary debates on global environmental issues, culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

Why chose this course?

A dynamic, supportive and rapidly growing community of scholars undertaking internationally recognised research in international studies. A reputation for excellence in teaching with strong links between course content and the work of our research-active academic staff. Covers issues such as global environmental governance, the rise of environmental social movements and whether we can achieve development whilst still maintaining the quality of our natural environment. Also provides a range of specialist modules that allow you to focus on particular areas of interest. Links with International NGOs, many of whom are based in Oxford, such as Oxfam and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID). The opportunity to be part of a research-active group and attend a rich programme of research seminars with presentations from high-profile external guest speakers. Excellent learning resources both at Brookes and through Oxford's Bodleian Library, as well as the extensive use of e-learning facilities to complement your time in the classroom. A high level of student support during your time with us. Each student is allocated an academic adviser and student support co-ordinators are also available to help you with any issues you might encounter. A five-day study trip to Brussels and The Hague gives students first-hand experience of how important international institutions, such as NATO and the EU, work. ... [-]

MA in International Relations (Global Political Economy)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The International Relations (Global Political Economy) masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced Internationa... [+]

The International Relations (Global Political Economy) masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International Relations, and in particular applies these to the globalisation of economic relations, culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

 

One of the key themes in contemporary international relations is the impact of globalisation. This course emphasises the globalisation of economic relations and the potential challenges it poses for states and the governance of the international system, and also allows students to explore other aspects of contemporary globalisation. The course also aims to provide a sound grounding in research methods in the social sciences.... [-]


MA in International Relations (Security)

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The International Relations (Security) masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International Studies... [+]

The International Relations (Security) masters course provides specialised training in the key theories and concepts of advanced International Relations, and in particular applies these to contemporary debates on 'human security', culminating in autonomous learning and independent study in the form of a dissertation.

One of the key themes in contemporary international relations is security in the global era. This course explores changes in the nature of war, military culture, and security itself as a practice and academic discipline, and also allows students to explore other aspects of contemporary globalisation. The course also aims to provide a sound grounding in research methods in the social sciences.... [-]


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