Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Introduction

The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and an ambitious desire to be recognised as one of the most exciting places to study in the world.

We have built a learning community underpinned with an understanding that innovation comes out of our students being able to take risks in a supportive environment. We encourage experimentation, playful trial and error, and academic curiosity. The results of this approach are there to be seen in the student satisfaction statistics, research rankings and graduate destinations.

We work closely with our graduates' future employers and marketplaces, and understand that there is a world out there with a voracious appetite for new and exciting creative ideas welded to solid business acumen.

The Faculty is home to six Schools and Departments providing specialist and interdisciplinary teaching, research and knowledge transfer across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in purpose-built facilities in Oxford. However, much of our portfolio is also now delivered by academic partners elsewhere around the globe.

Our Schools and Departments are:

  • The School of Arts
  • The School of Architecture
  • The Department of Planning
  • The Department of Real Estate and Construction
  • The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

The Faculty integrates theory and practice within an enthusiastic and informed collegiate culture; one that embraces new technologies, creates and communicates new knowledge, and celebrates the achievements of all our stakeholders and partners - staff, students, businesses, and community organisations.

Because over a quarter of our students are from other countries, we have strong international links and friendships with individuals and institutions all across the world. International aspiration marks everything we engage in.

We hope you will join with us in open, honest debate, developing your discipline within a twenty first century context of technological development and interdisciplinary innovation. You will be made very welcome.

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Master

MArchD in Applied Design in Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 2

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford

This programme is grounded on the belief that architects should be thinking well beyond the constraints of market forces and the traditional disciplinary limits... [+]

MArchD in Applied Design in Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 2

 

Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Applied Design in Architecture (MArchD) at Oxford Brookes is for those who wish to become professionally qualified in the UK and provides ARB Part 2. This programme is grounded on the belief that architects should be thinking well beyond the constraints of market forces and the traditional disciplinary limits of the profession, towards forms, technology and spaces for a more sustainable future. This is a student-led programme, and you can have very different experiences within it depending on the choices of studios and courses you make.... [-]


MArch in Architecture

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford

The MArch course is an experimentally minded design studio.The year's study is divided into three broad areas. In the first you will collect a storehouse or... [+]

MArch in Architecture

 

The MArch course is an experimentally minded design studio.The year's study is divided into three broad areas.In the first you will collect a storehouse or catalogue of information, both conceptual and material, in a variety of media and techniques. This provides the ingredients to speculate on and question, in the second part of the year, the implications and possibilities of architectural responses to a programme or brief which you have developed on a particular given site. In the final part of the year you will develop, propose and present individually a design project of conceptual clarity realised in considerable depth and detail.There is an emphasis not only on the materials and techniques of construction but also elements such as air, heat, water, sound, smell and lights as materials too. This will involve visits to factories and workshops where materials are manipulated in a variety of unusual ways.... [-]


MRes in Urban Design

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

The Master of Research in Urban Design is designed primarily to enable students to link a programme of substantive research training to the subsequent pursuit... [+]

MRes in Urban Design

 

The Master of Research in Urban Design is designed primarily to enable students to link a programme of substantive research training to the subsequent pursuit of a doctorate. The course is modular in structure and includes training in urban design and in research methods and methodology.Research staff are drawn primarily from the Joint Centre for Urban Design and the Department of Planning but with some contributions from the School of Architecture and the Department of Real Estate and Construction, and the wider university community. Visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, and consultancies and research bodies provide further input.You will also undertake the dissertation of 15,000 words and have the opportunity to become involved in research projects of the Joint Centre for Urban Design.... [-]


MSc

MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert Building Information Modelling and Management

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

This course embraces the emerging field of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and is available as a one year full-time course, or a two year part-time distance learning course delivered via our virtual learning environment (extendable up to five years). It is in the process of accreditation from RICS and CIOB and was developed in collaboration with leading industry proponents on BIM, and fully embraces the UK Government BIM Task Group Learning Outcomes Framework. [+]

There are two modes of delivery for the MSc Building Information Modelling and Management - full time on campus or open learning. The course entry points are September and January. Extensive online learning material is provided to all students via the virtual learning environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access at all times.Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, email, telephone and Skype.

Intensive study periods: All students attend four intensive study periods during their programme. These are normally around 3 days long. Students and staff enjoy the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry, and the open learning students get the chance to meet the staff face to face. The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly enjoy site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts, that form the major features of the intensive study periods.... [-]


MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

This course is available as a one year full-time course, or a two year part-time distance learning course delivered via our virtual learning environment. Pending confirmation, accreditation from RICS and CIOB demonstrates professional recognition of our programme and as such our programme is your first step towards becoming a chartered Quantity Surveyor. [+]

There are two modes of delivery for the MSc QSCM - full-time on campus or open-learning, and there are two entry points - September or January. Extensive online learning material is provided to all students via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, email, telephone and Skype.

Intensive Study Periods: All students attend four intensive study periods during their programme each being around 3 days long. Students and staff enjoy these intensive sessions as they are able to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry and the open-learning students get the opportunity to meet face-to-face with staff.... [-]


MSc / PGDip in Spatial Planning

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

The MSc in Spatial Planning takes a spatial approach to planning. This requires a much broader level of knowledge and understanding than traditional... [+]

MSc / PGDip in Spatial Planning

 

This one-year full-time and two-year part-time MSc programme is the benchmark qualification for those wishing to enter the planning profession and is fully accredited by both the RTPI and RICS.spatialplanning.jpgThe MSc in Spatial Planning takes a spatial approach to planning. This requires a much broader level of knowledge and understanding than traditional land-use planning, and today’s planners work alongside other built and natural environment professionals to deliver development that has the concept of sustainable living at its heart.The course combines core planning education with the development of expertise in specialist areas. Our links with practitioners in both the private and public sectors ensures that the course remains at the cutting edge of practice.... [-]


MSc Computer Vision

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

This exciting MSc builds on Brookes' world-leading research in Computer Vision. The course is responsive to industry trends and provides a thorough understanding of applied computer vision - exploring both practical and theoretical elements. [+]

This course is run by the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies. This exciting MSc builds on Brookes' world-leading research in Computer Vision. The course is responsive to industry trends and provides a thorough understanding of applied computer vision - exploring both practical and theoretical elements. The applications of computer vision can be found all around us. In robotics it is used to make robots identify and handle objects. In cinematography it is used to capture actors' movements, which can then be combined with computer generated graphics to create characters such as Gollum in Lord of the Rings. In medicine, medical imaging is very important for CAT and MRI scans to identify diseases and for research. In surveillance, facial recognition and motion recognition are used to identify and track people. Tablets and smart phones have computer vision apps, and web applications contain methods to categorise and identify people, objects and places. All these different applications make use of the methods designed for computer vision to make us more comfortable, healthier, safer and entertained. Why choose this course? - You will benefit greatly from the cutting-edge research being done by the department’s world-leading computer vision research group which has won numerous international prizes and awards for the quality of its work and has excellent links with world-class companies such as Sony and Microsoft. - You will have access to excellent facilities, including a motion capture room, robotics kits, and industry standard computing facilities. - Links forged between the taught programme and the research group should enable students on the taught programme to produce research papers, and so enhance their career prospects. Oxford’s place at the heart of the UK’s high-tech business community means we have established links with many key companies in the region, and have collaborated on world-leading research activities. These have fed into our taught programmes and provided opportunities for student project work. [-]

MSc Construction Management and BIM

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

This programme has been designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the built environment sector in respect to the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a working practice, the MSc in Construction Project Management and BIM , through its intelligent use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is designed to deliver a flexible and innovative programme of study. [+]

This course is run by the School of the Built Environment This programme has been designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the built environment sector in respect to the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a working practice, the MSc in Construction Project Management and BIM , through its intelligent use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is designed to deliver a flexible and innovative programme of study. The MSc is available both as a one year full-time programme, and in open-learning mode that is normally taken over two years (extendable up to 5 years). The course consists of four core modules plus research methods and a final dissertation. As each of these core modules is entirely self-contained students may enter the program in either September or January. Why Chose This Course? We use an ‘applied approach’ to teaching, and our students work on real-life or reality based problems as experienced within the construction sector and its associated industries, consultants and clients. You are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most construction project managers only experience when their careers are well-advanced. This provides a more interesting and engaging learning environment than the traditional ‘study and examination’ approach to learning. This Course In Detail There are two modes of delivery for the MSc Construction Project Management and BIM - full time on campus or open learning. The course entry points are September and January. Extensive online learning material is provided to all students via the virtual learning environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access at all times. Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, email, telephone and Skype. Intensive study periods: all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme. These are normally around 3 days long. Students and staff enjoy the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry, and the open learning students get the chance to meet the staff face to face. The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly enjoy site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts, that form the major features of the intensive study periods. Field trips and site visits: there are a number of field trips and site visits which take place mainly during the intensive study periods. There is one European field trip during the MSc programme that takes place at the end of January each year - usually to the Netherlands. As well as bringing together full time and open learning students, the aim is to integrate knowledge gained in the early part of the programme, to develop team skills and build relationships. The European field trip also exposes MSc students to project management practices outside of the UK and assess the ability of students to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and overseas. Applied or problem based learning: in response to industry feedback we have made our postgraduate education more practical by using an 'applied' approach to learning, sometimes called 'problem based learning' or PBL. This approach encourages learning by allowing students to actively work through problems that are adapted from complex real situations. As these cross discipline boundaries and require research and collaboration, we use our links with industrial practitioners to help devise the problems we use in class. This leads to a more exciting and relevant student experience. Module outlines People, Leadership & Organisations aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of how behavioural and organisational issues influence project performance and how they can be harnessed to effectively deliver projects. It includes an overview of management approaches, exploration of the issues around understanding self and others, team theory and leadership, communication, conflict theory and resolution, conflict resolution strategies and learning from experience in project environments and also conflict and negotiation in the context of personal and cultural differences. The application of the PBL approach in this module is facilitated through problem solving exercises based on prominent case studies and game play exercises. Project Planning, Control and Risk prepares you to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques. You will learn and apply a range of skills in project planning, scheduling, monitoring and control that includes cash flow and capital expenditure analysis, value management, risk and opportunity management and the use of software-based decision support tools as used in industry. BIM in Practice recognises that the adoption of information rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, process and collaborative behaviours has the potential to unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle. This module develops your understanding of the principles behind BIM and its application in practice. It examines need to develop BIM strategic and execution plans aligned with the organisation business strategy, including the preparation of a business case for BIM adoption. This is followed by an examination of the project life cycle, and develops a critical understanding of contemporary procurement methods to set the context for BIM considerations. It looks at the need for supply chain collaboration and integration germane to successful BIM implementation. It develops understanding on the need to eliminate wastes from project procurement and delivery processes prior to BIM implementation with the aid of process improvement and innovation thinking. It emphasises the need to recognise the cultural and social implications for BIM adoption and the use of appropriate change management strategies. The module also focuses on the information requirements of project stakeholders and the requirements for the management and exchange of information between supply chain members and the client through the project life cycle covering both the capital and asset phases. It develops an understanding of the legal and commercial implications of the use of BIM including the ownership of information and related issues. The module culminates in the development of knowledge on the establishment of BIM execution plans to manage the successful delivery of projects. Advanced Construction Technology and BIM recognises that the current challenge of The UK construction industry is to find innovative solutions to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. Sustainable Construction, Off-Site Construction and Smart Technologies are some of the methods being developed to deliver a high quality, productive and more sustainable built environment for our future generations. Though yet to be fully incorporated into standard practice, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the emergent technology that is becoming the fundamental vehicle in driving and delivering these innovations. This module therefore explores both advanced construction technologies and innovations and the use of BIM in managing and organising construction project information. Applied Research Methods provides you with the fundamentals of research design highlighting the difference between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms and demonstrates how data can be both gathered and analysed and how deductive arguments can be used to produce valid generalisations from data. It also provides you with an overview of particular research techniques such that you can choose and develop those tools most appropriate to your particular research project. Your Dissertation follows on from Applied Research Methods and aims not only to generate new knowledge or insights but also to develop your capacity to undertake rigorous research, to plan and execute an extended project and to communicate complex ideas effectively verbally and graphically. You will work with a supervisor from within the department to produce an original piece of work of publishable quality through conducting your own primary research and presenting your findings in a professional manner. Teaching and learning Teaching, learning and assessment methods are largely determined by the use of the applied learning approach which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students working through problems together. These are often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and content intact, using published resources or reference to experts who are available to offer advice. Full-time mode: new material is delivered weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern. Open learning mode: the virtual learning environment (VLE) is the primary mode of delivery. Communication with open learning students is supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off campus. Approach to assessment Assessment is 100% coursework, which includes a great variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Moodle (Brookes online learning environment). Material can be downloaded from our virtual learning environment and closed discussions can take place. It also enables on campus and open learning students to remain in contact with each other. Field trips A European field trip is a compulsory element of the PGCert modules. It typically takes place over a five day period towards the end of January and is heavily subsidised by the department. The aim of the field trip is to consolidate the knowledge gained in the early part of the course and to develop team and other relationships through exposing you to European project management practices and to assess their ability to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and in a European country. The field trip normally consists of visits to prominent construction/engineering projects and sites, plus architectural attractions, both en route and at the destination. You are introduced to the development and planning practices at the destination, as well as having the opportunity to visit major complex projects. About our students The programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and locations. They normally hold degrees in fields relating to built environment including civil engineering, construction, architecture and building, and have decided to contribute to the development of the built environment around us by effectively managing construction projects. Our students come from as far afield as Nigeria, Russia and India, with backgrounds ranging from recently graduated at undergraduate level, to working with small local companies, to fully established managers in large international construction companies. This diverse group brings with them individual responses to the applied learning approach that is at the core of our course delivery. Typically the open learning students are employed by a number of different organisations from the private and public sectors in different countries. They have the opportunity to share their experiences to gain better understanding of the industry, the range of challenges that construction project managers face, and therefore the breadth of skills that they need to develop to perform successfully. Our full time students benefit from contact with the open learning students engaged in construction project management roles in a variety of built environment projects across many countries. [-]

MSc Construction Project Management

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 5 years January 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The MSc in Construction Project Management (CPM)</strong> uses an innovative structure and integrative use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver a flexible and exciting programme of study. It is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry. [+]

The MSc in Construction Project Management (CPM) uses an innovative structure and integrative use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver a flexible and exciting programme of study. It is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry. We continuously and extensively consult with construction companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant for the modern construction manager. The MSc is available both as a one year full-time programme, and in open-learning mode normally taken over two years (extendable up to 5 years). Why choose this course? Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme. Strong links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction who are all represented in our Professional Liaison Group (PLG), which exists to provide advice on existing and proposed courses of study, on research activities and consultancy work. The programme adopts an applied learning approach to ensure that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective, it is more fun than the traditional study and examination approach. Students develop a broad range of management skills and knowledge including Building Information Modelling (BIM), project finance, technology, and procurement by working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients. Students are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most construction project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced. There are four intensive study periods during the programme where full-time and open-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and share experiences. The course is directly tailored to students with a background in the construction industries who want to develop their careers as Construction Managers. Whether you have a degree in a construction related discipline such as Civil Engineering or Architecture, or have a strong background working in construction, if you want to be a Construction Project Manager this is the course for you. Our graduates have an exemplary employment record and now span the globe, working in countries including India, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Peru, Middle East and China. Our teaching is backed up by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional or commercial consultancy work. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, approximately 80% of our research, with our colleagues in other Built Environment areas, was judged to be of ‘international’ quality, with approximately 40% rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. Many members of staff are part of Brookes' Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD), a leading research and promotional organisation noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form. Our staff have strong links with local companies and sit on professional committees including CIOB and Constructing Excellence. This course in detail There are two modes of delivery for the MSc CPM: full-time on campus or open-learning, and there are two entry points - September or January. Extensive on-line learning material is provided to all students via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The course is assessed by 100% coursework submitted via the VLE. Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, e-mail, telephone and Skype. Intensive Study Periods - all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme and these are normally around 3 days long. Students (and staff) enjoy these intensive sessions as they are able to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry and the open-learning students get the opportunity to meet face-to-face with staff. The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly like the site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts that are some of the major features. Field Trips and Site Visits - there are a number of field trips and site visits which take place mainly during the intensive study periods. There is one European field trip during the MSc programme and this takes place at the end of January each year - usually to the Netherlands. As well as bringing together full-time and open-learning students, the aim of this field trip is to integrate knowledge gained in the early part of the programme, to develop team skills and to build relationships. With the European field trip we also expose students to project management practices outside of the UK and assess the ability of students to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and overseas. Applied or Problem Based Learning - We have responded to requests from industry to make our postgraduate education more practical by using an ‘applied’ approach to learning, sometimes called “Problem Based Learning” or PBL. This approach encourages learning by allowing students to actively puzzle through problems that are adapted from complex real situations. As real problems cross discipline boundaries and require research and collaboration, we use our links with industrial practitioners to help devise the problems we use in class. This leads to a more exciting and relevant student experience. Programme Structure – See downloads (right) for diagrams showing the structure of the programme for full-time and open-learning students starting in September 2014. January entrants will start at the beginning of Semester 2 and continue onto Semester 1 in September 2015. For further information on January 2015 entry please contact the Programme Administrator. [-]

MSc in Automotive Engineering

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

This course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of the engineering that enables and drives the automotive industry. The key components of the... [+]

MSc in Automotive Engineering

 

This course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of the engineering that enables and drives the automotive industry. The key components of the MSc in Automotive Engineering cover:

design, with a focus on vehicle chassis and performance sustainability reliability aerodynamics issues of comfort like noise, vibration and harshness.

Teaching is based in our purpose-designed engineering building on the Wheatley Campus.

 

 

Teaching learning and assessment

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.... [-]


MSc in Computer Science

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

The MSc in Computer Science aims to provide you with a diverse range of skills so that you will be able to produce optimal solutions in hybrid... [+]

MSc in Computer Science

 

The MSc in Computer Science aims to provide you with a diverse range of skills so that you will be able to produce optimal solutions in hybrid projects which are increasingly widespread in industry.Examples of such projects include web technology combining networking, human-computer interface and intelligent systems, and  high-speed networks using concepts from artificial intelligence and requiring intelligent front ends.This course is aimed at new graduates and those with substantial experience in the computing industry who want to gain a qualification that develops their expertise.

 

 

Teaching learning and assessment... [-]


MSc in Computing

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

The MSc in Computing course provides the basis for starting a career in IT - teaching you the fundamentals of programming, software engineering, and the... [+]

MSc in Computing

 

The MSc in Computing course provides the basis for starting a career in IT - teaching you the fundamentals of programming, software engineering, and the hardware involved. If your first degree is not in computing but you want to move into IT then this MSc in Computing is designed for you.The course will enable you to develop a sound  knowledge of computer software development for a range of problem areas, such as interactive websites, stand-alone applications and network systems. Because of its emphasis on software system construction and management, and data organisation, the qualification is applicable to a wide variety of fields concerned with using computers, as well as directly to the computer industry itself.... [-]


MSc in Digital Media Production

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

The MSc Digital Media Production will provide you with the techniques and the expertise with industry standard tools that are needed for the creation of... [+]

MSc in Digital Media Production

 

The MSc Digital Media Production will provide you with the techniques and the expertise with industry standard tools that are needed for the creation of contemporary media products. It is for students who have a first degree in a discipline other than a technically based media subject. The course covers video and audio production, computer graphics and animation, and the making of interactive products for distribution via new media platforms, as well as the longer established media of television, video and audio. Students work on the award-winning Brookes TV, making and producing broadcasts.You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and show originality in tackling and solving problems. The course will enhance your career prospects and will offer you the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to work in the media industry.... [-]


MSc in eBusiness

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

This exciting one-year full-time specialist master’s course has been designed to give you the critical knowledge and skills required to take a leading role... [+]

MSc in eBusiness

 

This exciting one-year full-time specialist master’s course has been designed to give you the critical knowledge and skills required to take a leading role in business enterprise.The course is based on a sound understanding of the technical infrastructure of the internet and the web, but will rapidly develop your expertise in a host of convergent technologies. Issues relating to web application development, including web design and the human-computer interface, will complement a good understanding of the business potential of multimedia and database technologies.The course is run by the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and has been developed in conjunction with our Business School.... [-]


MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management

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

The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current... [+]

MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management

 

The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) examines the principles, procedures and methods of EAM against the background of current British, European and international environmental policy.The MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (EAM) is a dynamic and well-established course which attracts graduates and practitioners from around the world. It has a strong reputation for promoting best practice and innovation through links to our research expertise in the broad field of UK and international environmental policy and practice.The course adopts an integrative approach to demonstrate the complementary roles of natural resource management and planning within core areas of EAM such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), as well as new and evolving fields such as mitigation banking, climate change adaptation and strategic policy-making.The course has an excellent employment record. A varied array of optional modules and practical experience of methods provide the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need to develop a rewarding career in this field.... [-]


MSc in Historic Conservation

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

The MSc in Historic Conservation examines the principles, procedures and practices of the preservation and conservation of historic structures and sites... [+]

MSc in Historic Conservation

 

The MSc in Historic Conservation examines the principles, procedures and practices of the preservation and conservation of historic structures and sites within the context of the wider built environment and the town planning process.The course follows the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) guidelines on education and training, is multidisciplinary and develops knowledge and skills in historic conservation and independent study and research capabilities. The teaching programme covers the knowledge, skills and professional capabilities identified by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as the foundation for professional practice.By enhancing research, analytical and prescriptive capabilities in conservation, graduates from the course are well-qualified to assist the research, conservation and enhancement of the built environment.The course is taught jointly at Oxford Brookes University and at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford and is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).... [-]


MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks

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

The course has two main components: 2G - 4G mobile communications, and fixed high-speed and multi-service networks. Emphasis is given to... [+]

MSc in Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks

 

The Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks course is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge of modern high-speed telecommunication systems and to enhance your professional development in the rapidly expanding field of personal communications. The course has two main components: 2G - 4G mobile communications, and fixed high-speed and multi-service networks. Emphasis is given to developing essential industrial and commercial skills. The project is a major element of the course and gives you the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by acquiring in-depth knowledge of a key aspect of telecommunications technology.Graduates from the course have the skills to pursue careers in many areas of the telecommunications and wider IT industries.Teaching is based in our purpose-designed engineering building on the Wheatley Campus.... [-]


MSc in Mobile and Wireless Communications

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

This MSc course has been designed to meet the needs of the telecommunications industry and to equip you with the knowledge and experience to apply... [+]

MSc in Mobile and Wireless Communications

 

This MSc course has been designed to meet the needs of the telecommunications industry and to equip you with the knowledge and experience to apply to this rapidly expanding field. The Mobile and Wireless Communications MSc at Oxford Brookes is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge of modern broadband wireless systems and personal communications. It provides in-depth coverage of 2G - 4G mobile communication networks. Allied to this is detailed coverage of other rapidly expanding wireless technologies which support developments in fields such as web browsing, sensor networks and personal area networking.The growth of mobile and wireless communications continues at a phenomenal pace. With this growth, comes great demand for people with the skills and knowledge to support many aspects of wireless network provision. At Brookes we aim to give you the required skills and technical knowledge for a successful career in this field.... [-]


MSc in Motorsport Engineering

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

The MSc in Motorsport Engineering course offered by Oxford Brookes provides the opportunity for you to specialise in areas such as engine technology, chassis... [+]

MSc in Motorsport Engineering

 

The MSc in Motorsport Engineering course offered by Oxford Brookes provides the opportunity for you to specialise in areas such as engine technology, chassis performance, racing engineering, management, materials, simulation and data analysis. The course provides intensive exposure to integrated design, simulation, modelling, analysis, motorsport components and racing cars. The analysis elements in the modules include structural optimisation, dynamics, internal combustion, engine thermo-fluid dynamics, vehicle performance, tuning and monitoring. Staff teaching on this course have F1 experience and design skills.

 

 

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MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment

Campus or Online Full time Part time 12 - 24 months January 2016 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The Oxford Brookes MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment aims to fulfill the needs of the industry by improving the appropriate... [+]

MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment

 

The Oxford Brookes MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment aims to fulfill the needs of the industry by improving the appropriate project, people and business management skills of current and future practitioners.The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment (PMBE) is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. It is ideal for anyone with ambitions for project management within the construction sector.The programme adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to ensure that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective, it is more fun than the traditional study and examination approach.The MSc is available as a one-year, full-time programme or as a distance learning programme (normally taken over two years). There are four intensive study weeks during the programme where full-time and distance-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and also to share experiences.This approach will enable you to develop a whole range of management skills and knowledge including project finance, technology, law and contract. You will do this through working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients. You will also be exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced.We consult extensively with people from a wide spectrum of companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant. For example, prominent companies in the industry are represented in our Professional Liaison Group.... [-]


MSc in Racing Engine Design

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

The course provides an intensive exposure to an integrated design, simulation, modelling and analysis of racing engines. The analysis elements of the modules... [+]

MSc in Racing Engine Design

 

The MSc in Racing Engine Design is intended to enhance and extend your knowledge in engine design. The motorsport industry in the UK is a world leader and many of the world's most advanced high-performance engines are designed here. You will be taught by staff with many years' experience of racing engines, from performance road cars, through rally, IRL, Kart and F3 right up to F1.The course provides an intensive exposure to an integrated design, simulation, modelling and analysis of racing engines. The analysis elements of the modules include structural optimisation, dynamics, internal combustion engine thermo-fluid dynamics, engine performance, tuning, mapping and monitoring.Teaching is based in our purpose-designed engineering building on the Wheatley Campus.... [-]


MSc in Software Engineering

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

The MSc in Software Engineering addresses scientific and engineering principles s with a range of specialist modules. It aims to equip you to begin a... [+]

MSc in Software Engineering

 

The MSc in Software Engineering addresses scientific and engineering principles s with a range of specialist modules. It aims to equip you to begin a career, or to undertake further study in this important and exciting area. The most complex engineering artefacts in existence are now software systems, and the effects of such systems are felt by almost everyone. It is vitally important that software should be of high quality; it should be built on schedule and without error and it should be safe. Software Engineering combines scientific and engineering principles with sound practice to ensure the production of high-quality, reliable software that does what it is designed to do.Professional experts contribute to the range of subjects on offer. The course aims to equip you to begin a career, or to undertake further study in this important and exciting area.... [-]


MSc in Sustainable Building Performance and Design

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

This unique multi-disciplinary course is taught by architects, engineers and physicists involved in practice and research. It focuses on the theory and practice... [+]

MSc in Sustainable Building Performance and Design

 

This unique multi-disciplinary course is taught by architects, engineers and physicists involved in practice and research. It focuses on the theory and practice of developing low carbon and sustainable buildings.This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and tools to be able to design, plan, evaluate and advise on the creation of low-carbon, sustainable buildings as well as evaluate the environmental impacts of their decisions.It is specifically designed to meet the need for buildings to be judged by their actual performance as much as by their appearance and to demonstrate sustainability in terms of:

their global impact with regard to climate changing emissions and use of rapidly dwindling finite resources their impact on local and regional levels of pollution and waste their ability to positively contribute towards sustainable development and human well-being. ... [-]

MSc in Tourism Environment and Development

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

The MSc in Tourism: Environment and Development has been designed to ensure that future developments within the tourism industry produce a sustainable... [+]

MSc in Tourism Environment and Development

 

The MSc in Tourism: Environment and Development has been designed to ensure that future developments within the tourism industry produce a sustainable physical, economic social and cultural environment. The course explores topical issues in the development of tourism destinations. It is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and critical understanding necessary to plan for tourism development, without imposing unnecessary change or damage on the natural, socio-economic and cultural environments of the destination.

 

 

Teaching learning and assessment

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Some modules include site visits and fieldwork, which provide you with direct experience of practical and current issues.Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, involving approximately 200 hours of student input and approximately 36 hours of staff contact, normally delivered through three-hour teaching blocks over a 12-week period.Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises.Many of the modules have site/field visits as an integral part of the teaching and learning experience. In addition it may be possible to go on one of the residential field trips organised by the Department of Planning as part of the Independent Study module.... [-]


MSc in Urban Planning (Developing and Transitional Regions)

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

The MSc in Urban Planning: Developing and Transitional Regions is concerned with the theory and practice of urban planning in societies undergoing rapid... [+]

MSc in Urban Planning (Developing and Transitional Regions)

 

The MSc in Urban Planning: Developing and Transitional Regions is concerned with the theory and practice of urban planning in societies undergoing rapid economic, social, environmental and spatial change. This course examines the phenomenon and processes of rapid urban growth and the nature of planning interventions within the broader framework of political, economic (including macro-economic) and cultural factors. The emphasis of the course is on institutional aspects of planning and management interventions in the urban sector and the scope of various policy instruments and planning modes to manage the emerging spatial patterns, impacts and processes of urban growth.... [-]


MSc IT Systems Administration and Management

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford

This is a new programme in the department, designed in conjunction with industry, to equip computer science, IT, and networking graduates with the technical and organisational [+]

This is a new programme in the department, designed in conjunction with industry, to equip computer science, IT, and networking graduates with the technical and organisational skills needed to manage complex IT systems and lead successful IT teams. Going beyond the ad-hoc approach often used in IT management, this programme enables graduates to take a more formal and forward looking approach to managing IT systems in todays rapidly changing environment. In the lectures students are taught a solid foundation in the technical and management skills needed for IT management. This learning is put into practice in our server and networking labs where students have the opportunity to design, create, and manage IT systems based on real world scenarios using industry standard hardware and software. World-class research and superb links with industry come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study computing and communication technologies courses at postgraduate level, whatever your subject interest. Our courses, taught by leading academics with active research programmes, are designed to meet the needs of modern industry. Our graduates tell us that the relevance of our courses and the skills they've learnt enable them to achieve their goals and build their careers. In addition our location in Oxford places us at the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses. Our postgraduate courses, with the exception of Digital Media Production, are now available to take as Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma awards in addition to the MSc award. This is ideal for those who are already working in the industry who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to improve their skills and expertise in particular areas. Starting in September 2015 (subject to validation), students will have the opportunity to undertake a 1 year placement as part of their MSc course. Placements are optional and will run after the taught component and before the dissertation and provide students with a valuable opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt on the taught part of their course. Placements are open to all students, both home and international, who are undertaking a full time MSc in the department. Although the department cannot guarentee a placement, our placement support team will help in putting you in contact with relevant companies and offer advice and support with the applications process. Full time students who do not wish to do a placement, or are unable to find a placement are able to carry on straight to the dissertation. [-]

MSc Mechanical Engineering

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

The main aim of the MSc in Advanced Engineering Design is to introduce you to research, development and practice in advanced engineering design... [+]

MSc in Advanced Engineering Design

 

The main aim of the MSc in Advanced Engineering Design is to introduce you to research, development and practice in advanced engineering design and to equip you for professional practice at senior positions of responsibility.Great engineering design turns great ideas into great products. If this is your aim, then the MSc in Advanced Engineering Design will give you the skills you need to achieve it. Developing the skills to take complex products all the way from idea to fully-validated designs, you will use the most advanced CAD packages and learn the techniques required to analyse your work, testing designs in virtual reality to see how they perform and how reliable they are.Teaching is based in our purpose-designed engineering building on the Wheatley Campus.... [-]


MSc Real Estate (Commercial, Residential and International)

Campus Full time 12 months September 2016 United Kingdom Oxford

The MSc Real Estate, although grounded in academic excellence, is a practice-based programme for students wishing to become chartered surveyors... [+]

MSc Real Estate (International, Commercial or Residential)

 

The programme is a non-cognate conversion programme that is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It will prepare you for the challenges of entering professional practice and completing the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a chartered surveyor. The MSc Real Estate Programme, previously known as Real Estate Management/International Real Estate, is one degree with three distinct pathways.These are Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate and International Real Estate. All three pathways are viewed as a single cohort. UK students are encouraged to follow any of the pathways whereas international students are advised to follow the International pathway. The MSc Real Estate Programme is available for full-time study only. Given the intensity of the programme, you are advised to live in or near Oxford.The MSc Real Estate, although grounded in academic excellence, is a practice-based programme for students wishing to become chartered surveyors. It has established itself as a premier postgraduate programme for students wishing to enter the property profession, and it meets the strong demand from the real estate profession for high-calibre postgraduate students from varying backgrounds both in the UK and abroad.The philosophy of the degree is to provide you with a theoretical framework in the early modules of the programme and to build on this in the latter stages with practical, real life examples and case studies. The programme will provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the real estate profession.... [-]


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MA Development and Emergency Practice

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

This interdisciplinary, practice-orientated course offers a unique opportunity to combine the study of international humanitarianism, refugees and... [+]

MA Development and Emergency Practice

 

This interdisciplinary, practice-orientated course offers a unique opportunity to combine the study of international humanitarianism, refugees and urban development.The award-winning Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) course provides a unique academic setting for the study of international development, conflict, disaster management, urbanisation, humanitarianism and human rights. With its emphasis on practice, the course offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the rapidly changing fields of development and emergencies.The programme attracts students from all around the world, and is targeted at those with, or seeking, careers in NGOs, bilateral or multilateral humanitarian, development and human rights agencies, or governmental and commercial organisations working in international development.... [-]


MA in Book History and Publishing Culture

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

The MA in Book History and Publishing Culture is aimed at anyone interested in the history of the book and the publishing industry, from the introduction... [+]

MA in Book History and Publishing Culture

 

The MA in Book History and Publishing Culture is aimed at anyone interested in the history of the book and the publishing industry, from the introduction of the paperback to the advent of the ebook. The MA in Book History and Publishing Culture draws on theories of print culture and book history to identify the ideological challenges to the culture of publishing and the ways in which contemporary practice has been shaped by social, economic and technological developments.The course is taught by specialists in the field and is closely linked to our renowned MA in Publishing. The core programme focuses on the theory and practice of authorship, textual production, dissemination and reception in the period 1870 to the present day.In addition, students will have the opportunity to take elective MA modules in Publishing, English and History, enabling the study of the interrelations between these disciplines.... [-]


MA in Composition and Sonic Art

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

The MA in Composition and Sonic Art offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral... [+]

MA in Composition and Sonic Art

 

The MA in Composition and Sonic Art offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral research and ongoing independent practice. This course focuses on experimental, acoustic, acousmatic and electro-acoustic composition, improvisation, work with live electronics, site-based work, soundscape studies, sound art, or any combination of these. You will develop a body of practical research including a mixture of scores, recordings, video documentation and installation works.The MA in Composition and Sonic Art is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. The other three courses are:... [-]


MA in Contemporary Arts

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

The MA in Contemporary Arts offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies, providing an excellent basis for... [+]

MA in Contemporary Arts

 

The MA in Contemporary Arts offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies, providing an excellent basis for doctoral research and ongoing independent practice.The course encourages active engagement with contemporary debates in visual art: the role of the viewer, conceptual approaches to creative practice, the selection of materials, process, documentary strategies, installation, site-based creative processes, interdisciplinary approaches, and the role of performance in contemporary arts practice.The MA in Contemporary Arts is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. The other three courses are:... [-]


MA in Contemporary Arts and Music

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

The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral... [+]

MA in Contemporary Arts and Music

 

The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music offers a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral research and ongoing independent practice.The course has been designed to allow artists and musicians/composers to develop their interests in a vibrant, interdisciplinary context. It encourages students to develop experimental approaches to their work and examines the conceptual and creative role of the artist and musician/composer in 21st century arts practice. Key elements include a focus of the role of site, context and location, together with an examination of the relationship between artist, art work and audience.The MA in Contemporary Arts and Music is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. The other three courses are:... [-]


MA in Digital Publishing

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

The MA in Digital Publishing combines theory with practice and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development... [+]

MA in Digital Publishing

 

The MA in Digital Publishing combines theory with practice and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development. You will leave the course with a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century and a wide range of publishing and general management skills, including advanced IT skills, to help you succeed in the industry.This course is part of a group of publishing course at Oxford Brookes that enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.Graduates who have completed publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment soon after graduation and have a strong record of career progression.... [-]


MA in Film Studies Popular Cinema

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

This course offers a film education for the 21st century. You are encouraged to develop a broad portfolio of writing and research skills by combining... [+]

MA in Film Studies Popular Cinema

 

This course combines the academic rigour of a traditional Film Studies course with practical and vocationally orientated components. This course offers a film education for the 21st century. You are encouraged to develop a broad portfolio of writing and research skills by combining academic and professional writing projects. We cover the history and theory of popular cinema in the US (classical and contemporary Hollywood), Europe and East Asia (especially Japanese cinema), as well as offering a module in advanced screenwriting.You will develop skills for a career in either academia or the media industries. The course is taught by a diverse team of film specialists with different national and cultural backgrounds, as well as by industry professional guest speakers.All Film Studies staff are active researchers. The research culture in the Film Studies course also benefits from the active involvement of our advisory panel of film industry experts, including leading directors, producers and technical specialists.... [-]


MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development

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

This course prepares you for a practical and leading role in organisations involved in architectural regeneration and development. It is international... [+]

MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development

 

This course prepares you for a practical and leading role in organisations involved in architectural regeneration and development. It is international in focus, with an emphasis on field research and design projects.The MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development is based on the ethos that the regeneration and development of the inherited built environment, with its social and cultural fabric, is an essential component of sustainable development.Building on an understanding in the fields of anthropology of architecture, urban conservation, rural development and cultural sustainability, the programme promotes an interdisciplinary approach that combines critical thinking and analysis with creative design. The programme draws on two established areas of expertise at Oxford Brookes University: international vernacular architecture studies and architecture in regeneration.The combined processes of globalisation, environmental change, the depletion of natural resources and technological development have resulted in an increasingly dynamic and inter-connected world in which concerns for the loss of cultural heritage and identity are ever present.The role of professionals involved in the rehabilitation, regeneration and sustainable development of the inherited built environments around the world is to respond to this ever-changing context in a critical, dynamic and creative way. More innovative approaches and new ways of thinking have now become essential to secure a viable future for historic urban environments, traditional settlements and the world’s vernacular architecture. The essence of a successful place is often the practitioner’s ability to propose interventions that are as much innovative as they are historically, socially and culturally sensitive.... [-]


MA in International Publishing

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

The course provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing. It combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate... [+]

MA in International Publishing

 

The course provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing. It combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, will enhance your employment prospects in publishing and related work.The MA in International Publishing is a good choice for students who may already be working in publishing but want to increase their knowledge of international publishing management and issues related to publishing in a global environment. Students focus on international issues in their major project or dissertation.Students leave the course with a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century. Graduates who have completed publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment soon after graduation and have a strong record of career progression. Publishing courses at Oxford Brookes enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.... [-]


MA in Music

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

The MA in Music offers distinctive pathways in Music and Popular Culture, Music on Stage and on Screen, Music in 19th-Century Culture and... [+]

MA in Music

 

The MA in Music offers distinctive pathways in Music and Popular Culture, Music on Stage and on Screen, Music in 19th-Century Culture and Contemporary Practice in Composition. It provides you with a thorough grounding in advanced musical studies and can pave the way, where desired, to doctoral research.

 

 

Teaching learning and assessment

The MA in Music is taught through a combination of seminars, tutorials and skills-based workshops. Assessment methods include essays, student presentations, literature reviews, dissertations and (for composers) compositions using scores, recordings, software patches or live electronics, performances and installations.During your time here you will be engaged in lively discussions and original research. We aim to give you an in-depth understanding of recent critical debates, scholarship and practice in your chosen field, as well as to broaden your knowledge of musical repertoire. Our pathways are original, exciting and flexible and one of the most striking features of the Music Department is its breadth of subject expertise. All staff members in Music, with whom MA students work closely, are actively engaged in research and we have published our work in top journals and with the most highly respected publishers.... [-]


MA in Publishing

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

The course combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, will enhance your employment... [+]

MA in Publishing

 

The course combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, will enhance your employment prospects in publishing and related work. The MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes is respected throughout the world. The course gives you a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century, and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development. It also enables in-depth exploration of specialist areas through independent study and the dissertation.You will develop a wide range of publishing and general management skills, including advanced IT skills. Graduates who have completed publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment soon after graduation and have a strong record of career progression.Publishing courses at Oxford Brookes enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.... [-]


MA in Publishing and Language

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

The MA in Publishing and Language is appropriate for those who wish to work in the field of international co-editions, translations, or international... [+]

MA in Publishing and Language

 

The course provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing. It combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, will enhance your employment prospects in publishing and related work.The MA in Publishing and Language is appropriate for those who wish to work in the field of international co-editions, translations, or international educational publishing. Students focus on language issues in their major project or dissertation.Graduates who have completed publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment soon after graduation and have a strong record of career progression. Publishing courses at Oxford Brookes enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.... [-]


MA in Social Sculpture

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

The MA in Social Sculpture is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts and... [+]

MA in Social Sculpture

 

The MA in Social Sculpture is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts and Humanities at Oxford Brookes University.The MA in Social Sculpture is one of four taught postgraduate courses for artists, composers and interdisciplinary practitioners offered by the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University. The other three courses are:

MA in Composition and Sonic Art MA in Contemporary Arts MA in Contemporary Arts and Music.

These interdisciplinary courses broaden awareness of expanded art practices and cross-disciplinary concerns. They question the boundaries of art practice, provoke shifts in perception and help to develop work with relevance to contemporary life. A concern for location, context and audience is central. All projects culminate in a public presentation or performance.These 4 MA courses are unique in their emphasis on creative strategies and innovative reflective practices that students often say have transformed not only their practice but their lives as well.The MA in Social Sculpture provides a comprehensive introduction to practice-based research methodologies providing an excellent basis for doctoral research as well as ongoing independent practice. The course offers a special focus on social sculpture, agents of change and ecological citizenship, connective practices and cultural creative action. Alongside  exploring strategies of engagement, and the relationship between imagination and transformation, it makes special reference to the proposals, projects and legacy of Joseph Beuys. The course also explores the broader field of expanded art practices, examining theoretical and philosophical frameworks; exploring the relationship of social sculpture to ecological sustainability;and developing practice-based methodologies and strategies as the basis for your own practice-based, interdisciplinary social sculpture and expanded art projects.The School of Arts has a thriving culture of practice-based PhD research students linked to our specialist research units. Seventy per cent of these research students began on our MA courses.A special feature of these courses is the MA Feedback Forum, in which students and staff meet to discuss creative practice in a supportive and stimulating environment. You have the opportunity to spend a semester at the Bauhaus University in Weimar; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; or the Vilnius Art Academy. You have 24-hour access to excellent studios and workshops. The courses are situated in the Richard Hamilton Building in the beautiful Headington Hill site, one and a half miles from Oxford city centre.... [-]


MA in Urban Design

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

The Urban Design course combines students' existing strengths with focused design training to produce urban designers capable of managing the complex problems... [+]

MA in Urban Design

 

The Urban Design course combines students' existing strengths with focused design training to produce urban designers capable of managing the complex problems of development, urban space and form.The course combines students' existing strengths with focused design training to produce urban designers capable of managing the complex problems of development, urban space and form.The certificate and diploma stages introduce theoretical concepts and practical methods of urban design. They will enable you to understand processes of urban design production and consumption and to develop skills and techniques for communicating three-dimensional urban design.

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MA Publishing Studies (distance learning)

Online Part time 1 - 5 years January 2016 United Kingdom Oxford

This programme closely follows the established campus based MA publishing degrees. All modules are newly designed to be delivered online using interactive features of the virtual learning environment. [+]

Publishing Studies (distance learning) - January 2015 MA/ PGDip/ PGCert This course is run by the School of Arts. This programme closely follows the established campus based MA publishing degrees. All modules are newly designed to be delivered online using interactive features of the virtual learning environment, Moodle. The 10-week 10-unit modules are delivered by a variety of media including video, audio, written materials and supplied text books, designed to accommodate a range of learning styles and personal circumstances. Your study is supported by a tutor responsible for a small number of other students who together make up a study group. Further academic guidance comes from the Programme Lead. Assessment is through reports, discussion submissions, essays and independent research topics. Why choose this course? a flexible learning programme offering the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful entry into publishing that can be studied from home designed to be studied in conjunction with employment in any field, the programme addresses evidenced publishing employers' needs unparalleled support from tutors and state-of-the-art learning technologies your enrolment at Oxford Brookes within the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies provides you with relevant and tailored learning opportunities. There is no similar distance learning provision offered by higher education institutions in the UK or Europe. develop the skills and knowledge necessary to address the marketing, production and editorial functions in publishing, as well as skills in data analysis and writing practices - expertise that is currently in demand by the publishing industry which requires individuals who are able to asses, evaluate and synthesize data. This course in detail This part-time programme is usually studied over two years. However, you are able to take up to 5 years to complete the necessary credits. Four core compulsory modules make up the first year and address marketing and sales, digital production and workflow, and editorial as publishing-related topics and research skills as preparation for the later dissertation. In the second year, you choose one module from each of two groups: either International publishing and rights or Independent study; and then either Culture of Publishing, Journals or Independent study. The independent study module is specifically designed to provide you with a structured pedagogic framework in which to reflect on and develop your experience of work in publishing. You may, however, select the independent study module once only. Your programme is completed with a longer period of research and writing(about 6 months), supported by a supervisor, which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation. Marketing and sales management for publishing This module provides a systematic examination of the key concepts and disciplines of marketing and sales and their relationships and relevance to the marketing and business practices in the publishing industry. The core marketing and sales issues required for print and electronic products and services are covered along with the concepts and tools necessary to operate in a marketing and sales environment. Students are engaged with specifics of marketing in a publishing context including the marketing mix, consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, and elements of market research. Marketing theory and its application to publishing is presented and the module provides opportunities for students to apply this knowledge in producing a marketing plan for a new product. Digital production and workflow management This module focuses on the production and delivery of publishing products in a digital environment. It examines project management and workflow issues associated with the design and production of both printed and digital products. Particular attention is given to analysing and evaluating the changes that digital technology is bringing about to the ways in which products are developed and produced in the publishing industry. Key issues affecting the design and production strategies and business practices for print, ebooks, and web are discussed. Management skills such as planning, organising, briefing, costing and controlling a project from inception to completion are developed. Strategies and practices for international aspects of the publishing industry are investigated and the opportunities and constraints for the publisher are assessed. Editorial management, functions and strategies This module introduces the role of the commissioning editor in contemporary publishing, within a range of market sectors. Students explore the strategic role of the editor in the publishing process and acquire the knowledge and skills required for the development of economically viable new projects in both print and digital form. This module includes coverage of the editorial process in a digital environment, both in terms of content delivery and workflow. Topics covered include the importance and application of market research, working with authors and agents, and the management and exploitation of intellectual property. The financial responsibilities of the editor are presented and the necessity of business acumen demonstrated. The development of new products, with particular emphasis on list building and adding value to a company, are key subjects for study. Through a variety of learning methods and activities this module emphasizes the knowledge base and the intellectual, interpersonal and practical skills needed by editors to face the opportunities for and threats to publishers in the 21st century. Research skills This module provides an in-depth introduction to the culture of research, to research methods and skills such as critical reading and level 7 academic writing skills. It guides students in theorising, structuring and designing research for publishing and ultimately in the approaches required for writing the dissertation. Data sources for publishing are examined and the final proposal prepares students for the later dissertation, although the skills learned and practised in this module are also applicable to practical evaluation of live projects necessary during work in publishing. International management of publishing and rights This module addresses different strategic options for the international development and management of contemporary publishing organisations and explores models for the commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights worldwide, including: exporting, licensing and building locally. The module will cover the important aspects of copyright and moral rights, the sale of translation rights and co-editions and other subsidiary rights. Digital licensing and the protection of IP against infringement are also covered. Culture of publishing This module explores theoretical approaches to print culture and transitions in the publishing industry from the early 20th century to the present day. Through reading a range of key texts in the discipline, and through participation in online seminar discussions, students consider a wide range of interpretations and critiques of the role of the publisher in society. Included are a discussion of methodologies for studying book history and publishing culture, both sociological and paratextual. There is a consideration of the gate-keeping function of the publisher, and the publisher’s role in the negotiation of cultural and commercial value in texts. The module then considers how ideological challenges are linked to specific developments in the history of publishing in the past century. Management of journals This module introduces students to the economically and academically important area of journals publishing. It covers both electronic and paper-based serial publications across science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences, and the arts. Journals publishing is characterised by rapid technological change from workflow and production to online submissions systems. Students investigate leading edge technologies and address the responses of publishers to this fast-changing environment, evolving business models, and the wider context set by the academy, government and the international knowledge economy. Independent study This module offers students the opportunity to formulate a programme of study with assessment criteria that is based on work experience in the publishing or closely related industries. The aim is to enable students to devise, negotiate, organise and carry out reflective analysis of a period of work or a specific project according to a set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria in collaboration with the module leader and a supervisor. The programme of study is aimed at practical industry-based experiences and may include, for example, reporting on practical exploration of an issue of relevance to the publishing industry; or developing a practical project (e.g. web site, newsletter, promotion materials). Critical reflection on their own work and on that of others is an integral aspect of the module. Dissertation The dissertation is a defining and essential component for the award of the MA Publishing Studies. As a major in-depth investigation of a subject, theme or issue of significance to the study of publishing, it enables the student to put into practice the investigative and communication skills developed in the previous modules. In addition, students are able to demonstrate an ability to formulate and evaluate an independent study through research and an extended piece of academic written work of 15,000 words. Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown, although this is a rare occurrence. Teaching and learning Teaching is presented in a structured modular framework of compulsory and optional modules which provide both core competencies and knowledge while offering the opportunity for you to tailor your programme. You will be encouraged through discussion forums, individual reading and investigative practices in the modules to engage actively with your study. This approach is informed by and based on the understanding that your’ learning should be relevant to your interests In presenting the learning materials online, each module clearly outlines the structure of the 10 units at the start, identifies points of increased input, discussion areas, activities and assessments enabling you to adjust your engagement with the learning, within the requirements of the module, to suit your individual timetables. Within the modules and during the course of the programme, culminating in the dissertation, your autonomy in your learning increases through structured activities that start with close guidance and build towards greater independence. Flexibility, where possible, while aiming for a cohesive and supportive group of fellow students, is built into the timetable of discussion forums, communication with associate tutors and other students. Study groups: You are entered into a small study group with an Associate Tutor who pays particular attention to your involvement, responses and learning within individual modules and throughout the programme. This support structure is enhanced by the Subject Coordinator and the Programme Lead who will oversee the tutors’ involvement with you, provide the tutors with guidance and act as a second level of support to you. Work experience: The global nature of the students studying on this programme body makes the universal guarantee of the provision of work experience or work-based learning unattainable. However, OICPS will draw on its international network of contacts and alumni to provide, where possible, links for you while studying on the programme if you desire and are available for work experience. Approach to assessment The assessment strategy for the programme as a whole provides course work assignments appropriate to the core and optional modules. As a culmination to the programme, an independent research project leads to a 15,000 word dissertation. The assessments are designed to promote a dialogue between students and staff around assignments and feedback, and recognise that it is a joint responsibility. Use is made of peer formative feedback in some modules. Within the modules, two or three assignments with increasing weighting provide you with an initial low percentage summative assessment, leading to assignments of greater weight towards the end of the study period. Formative feedback is provided for the larger weighted assignments. Marks and feedback are provided for all assignments. Written coursework includes such assignments as reports, reading diaries, academic essays and proposals. Feedback is provided using an assessment matrix derived from the learning outcomes and includes discursive comments and the opportunity to discuss feedback with your tutor. Marking by Associate Tutors is monitored by the Programme Lead/Subject Coordinator team and a percentage of double marking monitors the summative assignments. Specialist facilities The extensive electronic library resources support the programme and are assisted by the provision of up to two selected text books for each module studied. This particular unique feature of the programme provides text for directed reading and acts as a resource for further investigation of module topics. Key facts Department School of Arts Course length Part-time: PGCert One Year, PGDip 18 months, MA Two years Teaching location Distance learning Start date January 2015 UKPass code 52101 Tuition fees Home / EU part-time off-campus fee: £6,995 (nearly £3,500 per year) International part-time off-campus fee: £11,600 (£5,800 per year) Entry requirements Entrants to the programme should possess the following qualifications: a) A 2:1 honours degree or above or international equivalent in any subject. b) A demonstrable interest in the creative publishing industries, such as work experience or voluntary work in a publishing company or fulfilling a publishing-related function in a non-publishing organisation. c) Two references; these may be, for example, two academic references, or one academic reference and one from an employer. d) This programme is delivered through web technology and makes extensive use of digital resources. In order to study effectively on this programme, students require access to the Internet through broadband or fast modem on a daily basis and should have experience and familiarity with computer technology. The following hardware and software specifications are required for access to Moodle: PC Requirement: 1GHz CPU, Windows XP or later, 1Gb of RAM, 40Gb hard disk, Broadband internet access, Graphics Card with at least 128MB of memory, Sound card, Microphone and speakers or headphones. Macintosh Requirements: 1Ghz Processor, Mac OS X or later, 1Gb of RAM, 40Gb hard disk, Broadband internet access, Graphics Card with at least 128MB of memory, Sound card, Microphone and speakers or headphones The above should meet minimum requirements to use Brookes VLE software and enhance the learning experience. However, content linked and stored within the VLE may require higher specifications. Software: Microsoft Office XP or later, Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.6.0_05 (or the latest version) Browser: Mozilla Firefox Version 3.0 Browser Plug-ins Students will also need the following plug-ins for use with Moodle: Apple Quick Time, Shockwave, Flash & Authorware, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Real Networks RealPlayer, Microsoft Media Player. These plug-ins are free to download and the latest versions are required. International applications Preparation courses for International and EU students We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses. Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course. If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s. If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages. Careers and professional development How this course helps you develop This course is targeted at individuals who either want to start a career in publishing or who are already working and want to enhance their career with an advanced degree. If you are a recent graduate who wants to enter publishing but are unable to continue with full time study then this programme enables you to develop appropriate knowledge of the industry. If you are already working and want to progress your career or change career, then the topics we cover in this programme provide the basis for this change. Careers Career destinations for graduates of this programme are centred on the global creative industries that exploit intellectual property. These include editorial, project management, marketing and sales roles, including rights selling in global publishing companies offering print and electronic products. Increasingly, graduates will also be entering the more diverse environment offered by small independent publishing enterprises and medium size companies. In addition, the skills and knowledge gained in this programme enable student to progress in fields which publish data and information, but which are not usually considered as part of the publishing industry; for example, companies in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries publish large amounts of information and require individuals with a knowledge of managing efficient dissemination processes. Free language courses for students - the Open Module Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses. Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are: studying at a Brookes partner college studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses. [-]

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