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Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University was originally founded in 1865 as the Oxford School of Art and is now consistently rated by current league tables to be the best modern university in England. Oxford Brookes is internationally recognised for excellence in its teaching and research and has a long-standing reputation for student employability.

Main Campus:

Headington, Wheatley, Harcourt Hill

Student Population:

Faculties: Business, Health and Life Sciences, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technology, Design and Environment


Why Choose Oxford Brookes University?

Oxford Brookes University was originally founded in 1865 as the Oxford School of Art and is now consistently rated by current league tables to be the best modern university in England. Oxford Brookes is internationally recognised for excellence in its teaching and research and has a long-standing reputation for student employability.

Teaching Quality

Oxford Brookes University is renowned for the quality of its teaching and is acknowledged as England’s leading modern university.

  • The Sunday Times University Guide has named Oxford Brookes the best modern university in England for the past eleven years in a row.
  • The University has been awarded two prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, which recognise and honour outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges.
  • Oxford Brookes has risen above many older institutions in the league tables and the University strives to build upon its expanding reputation to become one of the very best universities in the UK.
  • In the past two years, the University has been rewarded with five sought-after national teaching fellowships for innovative and excellent teaching.
  • Three academics at Oxford Brookes were chosen by the Higher Education Academy to become national leaders for learning and teaching in 2011.
  • Teaching staff at the University have strong backgrounds in industry and business, meaning that the courses are shaped to help students develop real-life skills that apply to the modern day work-place.
  • In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) 85% of Oxford Brookes students said they were satisfied with teaching at the University.

Research Quality

Oxford Brookes strives to provide top quality research that has important real life applications and improves the quality of people’s lives.

  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, more than 75% of research at Oxford Brookes was internationally-recognised, with a broad range of subjects in the arts, sciences, health, law and education classed as world-leading.
  • There are several research institutes and centres based at Oxford Brookes, such as the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, the Centre for Diversity Policy Research, and the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present.
  • The University has been awarded sought-after grants from the UK’s Research Councils, including the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), to name a few.


Oxford Brookes is a lively, modern institution that attracts over 4,000 international students every year from all over the globe.

  • Oxford Brookes University has an international reputation and is ranked in the world’s top 500 universities.
  • Around 20% of Oxford Brookes students come from outside the UK, from over 130 different countries.
  • International students are given priority for one of the seven halls of residences at the University for their first year of study.
  • The University runs a programme of events through the year to help international students learn more about Oxford and UK culture as well as meet other students. Examples of events held in the past include guided tours of Oxford and theatre visits.
  • The University’s International Student Advisory Service is able to advise international students on a range of issues, such as visas, finance and employment, before and after their arrival.
  • All international students are sent an International Pre-arrival Guide before arrival at university, which provides them with detailed and helpful information in order to prepare them for life in the UK.

Student Satisfaction

As a forward-looking university, Oxford Brookes are investing £150 million in developing their campuses to ensure students get the most of out their university experience.

  • In the most recent National Student Survey, Oxford Brookes achieved an impressive student satisfaction rating of 82%.
  • In the 2010 Oxford Brookes Student Satisfaction Survey, 85% of students said that they would recommend the University to prospective students.
  • The University is opening a brand new, purpose-built learning space in 2013 that includes a new lecture theatre, a variety of spaces to work in, a modern library, a purpose-built Students’ Union, support and health services, and new shops.
  • Oxford Brookes has first-class sports facilities across its three main campuses, including a recently refurbished gym, equipped with state-of-the-art CYBEX machines and a sauna, the newly extended climbing wall, which is one of the best in the UK, an indoor rowing centre and much more.

Employable Graduates

Oxford Brookes University is one of the top UK universities for graduate employability. The University’s courses are designed to fully prepare students for the world of work.

  • Oxford Brookes ranks highly for graduate employment, with 90% of students either in employment or undergoing further study six months after graduation.
  • The University’s courses and work placements are designed to help students develop hands-on skills and to gain insight into their chosen career.
  • The University has a superb location right at the heart of the UK’s most successful economic region and it has strong partnerships with several leading employers in the area.
  • Students are able to carry out work placements in a wide range of local settings, such as BMW, Microsoft, the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals and Oxfam.
  • Courses at the University are often designed in collaboration with employers, such as Lotus Renault GP and the ambulance service, to ensure that they meet the needs of the modern industry.
  • A relevant professional body accredits many of the courses at Oxford Brookes, providing students with the qualifications they need to excel in their chosen career.
  • Oxford Brookes graduates have gone on to work within global companies such as IBM, Bayer, Sony, Virgin Atlantic and KPMG.

Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

Oxford Brookes University was the pioneer of the modular system that is now used by universities throughout the UK and it still offers one of the widest ranges of course combinations in the country.

  • The University offers Combined and Single Honours degrees and a variety of compulsory and optional modules in order to provide flexibility and variety to students.
  • Oxford Brookes is continually developing its distance learning availability for students; currently almost 10% of students study wholly or partly through distance learning.
  • The University’s redevelopment project means that students will have an increased flexibility to manage their own learning, with the development of a new library, studio areas, classrooms and informal study spaces.
  • Teaching takes place through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, podcasts and virtual learning environments.
  • The University also offers the opportunity for some students to study for two years in their own country before studying for the final year of their degree at the institution itself.

Campus Facilities


The University’s main Headington Campus is just over a mile from Oxford city centre and is home to the Students’ Union and many other student services. All three Oxford Brookes campuses are close to the city centre and are connected by a bus service that is free to students living in University halls. All of the campuses have excellent facilities, such as libraries, 24-hour computer rooms, places to study, eat and socialise, sports facilities and halls of residence situated on or near the campus.

Oxford is one of the UK’s true student cities with a vibrant atmosphere and plenty to do and see. Over 30,000 students from all over the world live in Oxford, making up 20% of the city’s population. Oxford mixes culture, heritage, business, arts, technology and a beautiful setting to make up one of the most visited and beautiful UK cities. It has a full range of shops, from high street stores to independent retailers and a variety of music venues, pubs and clubs. The prestigious Purple Flag award has been awarded to the city centre for the quality of evening and night-time activities it offers. Oxford is also bursting with culture and has a superb range of architecture, theatres, museums and galleries.

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