Research Degrees

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

Research Areas

Please familiarise yourself with the research that is conducted at Brunel and decide where your own research would best fit. Below is a list of broad subject areas where students can conduct their research.

Research at Brunel

Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Civil Engineering
Community Health and Public Health
Computer Science
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Creative Writing
Environmental Sciences

Mechanical Engineering
Occupational Therapy
Screen Media
Social Work
Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Youth & Community

PhD Enquiries Contact Details

All PhD programmes are administered by the Postgraduate Programmes Office in Colleges. Once you have identified your area of research and a potential supervisor, please use the contact details below for enquiries. You may also approach your potential supervisor directly.

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

College of Health and Life Sciences

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences

PhD Enquiries:

PGR Programme Manager: Ms Sue Ramus
Phone: 01895 266569

PGR Programmes Administrator Mr Adrian Wilson
Phone: 01895 67722

PGR Programme Administrator: Ms Roz Potter
Phone: 01895 267417

PGR Programme Administrator: Ms Donna White
Phone: 01895 267214

PhD Enquiries:

PGR Programme Manager: Amanda Castle
Phone: 01895 266274

PGR Programme Administrator: Mrs Julie Bradshaw
Phone: 01895 266492

PhD Enquiries:

Electrical and Computer Engineering PGR Programmes Administrator: Ms Lisa McCarthy
Phone: 01895 266876

Mechanical and Civil Engineering PGR Programmes Administrator: Agnieszka Guzal
Phone: 01895 267601

Design, BCAST, BIB, ETC, Wolfson, Advance Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering PGR Programmes Administrator: Miranda Creaser
Phone: 01895 265718

Computer Science PGR Programmes Administrator: Ela Heaney
Phone: 01895 266055

Mathematics PGR Programmes Administrator: Frances Foster
Phone: 01895 265392

Research Programmes Explained


The 'traditional' PhD involves an in-depth exploration of a research topic. The degree is awarded to students who demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their discipline together with a distinct and original contribution to knowledge within that discipline. Both full-time (over 3-4 years) and part-time (over 4-8 years) study routes are available.

As part of practice-based PhDs students can present evidence of knowledge, understanding and originality through the medium of creative work (for example a substantial piece of creative writing, musical composition or practical performance in dance or drama), supported by an appropriate critical written commentary.


An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic in less depth than a PhD and is typically studied over a shorter period (1-year full-time). Unlike a PhD, MPhil students are not required to demonstrate a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in their discipline. Students may choose to register for an MPhil as a stand-alone qualification.

Brunel Integrated PhD

Brunel is one of a number of leading UK universities, committed to international excellence in postgraduate training, that offers the New Route programme. This is an integrated 4-year PhD that combines research with a structured programme of advanced training in discipline-specific and generic skills.

Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route)


A Master of Research degree can typically be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as the first stage of a 1-year PhD programme. It comprises a blend of taught modules in research-focused skills an knowledge with a specialised dissertation. Brunel currently offers MRes degrees in the following subject areas: Bioengineering, Social Anthropology.

Page last updated: Tuesday 02 February 2016