Oxford Brookes University

Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry.



Oxford Brookes University began life as the Oxford School of Art in 1865, when it occupied one room on the ground floor of the Taylor Institution in the centre of the city. In 1949, a 25-acre site was secured in Headington and Lord Nuffield laid the foundation stone six years later. Brookes referred to the move to Headington as 'setting foot in the Promised Land'.


Over the last 25 years Oxford Brookes has developed a reputation for the outstanding quality of our teaching.

Our teaching is underpinned by excellent research, and we are building even stronger links between course content and research.

Brookes is committed to expanding the taught courses we offer postgraduates.

To expand access to study at Oxford Brookes, we are continually developing our distance learning for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. Nearly 10% of our students currently study wholly or partly through distance learning, and our online-supported MBA has attracted students from over 17 countries.


Having achieved international status in research in the humanities, we are further developing research capacity in the social sciences, computer science, the arts, and in health. Most of our science-based research has direct application in the spheres of biotechnology, medicine, engineering, computing, architecture, construction, agriculture and environmental planning. Business, education, tourism, and hotel and restaurant management are other areas of research strength.


Oxford Brookes has strong partnerships with many leading employers in the area. Our students can carry out work placements in a wide range of local settings like BMW, Microsoft, the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals, and Oxfam, to name just a few.

These work placements give them the opportunity to prove themselves in a graduate level job and to build contacts. Our courses are also often designed together with employers - two examples are Lotus Renault GP and the ambulance service. Most of our courses are also accredited by the relevant professional body, giving students the qualifications they need to succeed in their chosen profession.

Preparation Courses

Engineering & Technology (9)
Business & Management (5)
Medicine & Health (5)
Agriculture & Forestry (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (4)
Education & Training (3)
Humanities (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)


Student services

  • International Student Advice Team (ISAT)
  • English language support
  • Careers and Employment Centre

Housing services

We currently offer over 5000 self-catered, single study-bedrooms and 120 studio apartments in our student halls. And if you make us your firm choice we will guarantee a room in one of your five hall choices.

If you’d prefer living in shared housing we have a number of University-managed houses and can also give you advice on finding private accommodation. We also offer shared rooms in University-managed houses for pre-registration students based at our Swindon campus.

Library services

  • At Brookes you’ll enjoy the very best learning spaces
  • A brand new library, dedicated social learning spaces, and hi-tech teaching facilities are just some of the resources you will have access to
  • Alongside these shared resources, you'll also enjoy excellent specialist facilities

ICT services

  • 24-hour computer rooms
  • Free wifi

Medical services

Health services

  • Medical centre on Headington Campus
  • Local GP surgeries close to other campuses
  • NHS dental clinic on Headington Campus
  • On-campus health promotions
  • Advice and information on a range of health issues.

Student Life

Campus life

Oxford Brookes is based on three campuses in and around Oxford, which all include libraries, 24-hour computer rooms and social spaces, as well as specialist facilities for the subjects studied there. We have one further campus in Swindon.

We're creating spaces to inspire students and further enhance the status of a degree from Oxford Brookes. In February 2014 we opened our brand new award winning John Henry Brookes Building. As well as new learning and social spaces the JHB Building brings together Brookes' support and health services in a convenient one-stop shop: Student Central.

Sports facilities

Our wide-ranging facilities, classes, and sports teams provide our students with lots of fun and affordable ways to keep in shape, whatever your level of sport and exercise.

From taking part in our casual Brookes Active initiative, to joining the gym or a sports club, right through to competing at national level in one of our elite clubs, sport at Brookes can take whatever shape you want it to.

Brookes Sport offers modern gyms, Oxfordshire’s premier climbing wall, swimming pool, boathouse, fitness studios, courts, pitches, and much more.

Student clubs

  • Brookes Union will help you get the most out of your student experience. You can become an officer or sit on the student council, join or run a society, and get advice from professionals about important issues. Whatever your level of involvement, Brookes Union is here to help you get the most out of your student experience.
  • we have over 60 societies you can join. From hobbies, culture, and politics, to music and courses, there are many societies to choose from. And if you have an idea for a society, the Union will support you to get started.


Institutions that currently recognise or accredit our courses include:

  • Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Department for Education and Skills (DfES)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Hotel and Catering International Management Association (HCIMA)
  • Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Institution of Environmental Sciences
  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

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