By phd | February 20, 2009
Named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a famous British engineer, Brunel University is traditionally well known for being an excellent engineering, science, and technology school. With the years of expansion to it’s campus and its programs of study, in 1966, Brunel got the status of a university. Today with ten key schools and various areas of research and study, Brunel University is choice for thousands of national and international students.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
Brunel’s Doctorate Degree Programs include Education, Sport Sciences, MRes Health Research, MRes History, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, CRICT Research Programme, Economics, Evaluation of Public Services, Government Research, Statistics & Operational Research, Information Systems & Computing, Mathematics, Health Studies, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Social Work, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Design Technology, Engineering and Design, American Studies and History, Arts, English, Performing Arts, Environment, Law, Materials Engineering, Health Economics, Advanced Solidification Technology, Bioengineering, Materials Processing and Management Studies. To apply, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree (in some cases Masters degree in related area of research) and fulfill the English language requirement. Students applying for one of the doctorate degree programs whose first language is not English must score a 6.5 on the IELTS or equivalent.
Applicants may also be required to attend an interview at the university prior to any decision being made about their application. It is important to point out that apart from traditional doctorate degree programs, Brunel University also offers New Route PhD programs in various areas of subjects.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Duration and Process:
Once accepted into one of Brunel’s Doctorate Degree Programs, full time standard PhD students can expect to finish in three years, whereas students who participate in the NewRoute PhD program can expect to finish in four years. In some cases, as an initial process of the program, candidates will be registered for an MPhil degree. After the first year, candidates will than transfer to the PhD stage. On registration, student will be allocated two academic supervisors, one of them will be a full-time member of staff. Various research trainings and seminars will become primary part of this process. During three years of study, students will produce annually a report and review of their progress. The last research activity of this PhD program will be thesis submission and an oral defense.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Financial Assistance:
Brunel University awards postgraduate scholarships from two programs. The Isambard Research Scholarship is only available to students who have permanent residency in the UK or EU. It awards one full scholarship and two fees only scholarships per year and is available to anyone accepted into a research program. The Brunel International Scholarship offers 40 scholarships to international undergraduate, postgraduate, and research students. Funding outside of the university is available from Government Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC and PPARC), the British Government, the Commonwealth, and other entities.