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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

Oxford Brookes University
Business School



Notes for Guidance

1. Course Details

  • Please supply the name of the course to which you are applying and the level of study (i.e. Master’s, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate);
  • Start date is usually early October, but some courses have more than one start date, or start at a different time of year – please check course information in the postgraduate prospectus or on-line at;
  • Under mode of study, tick the appropriate box - you must check that the course is offered in the mode which you have selected.

  • 2. Personal Details

    You must complete all relevant sections, including nationality and country of domicile. For applicants not born in the UK or the European Community, please indicate the date when you first entered the UK/EC; the date when you most recently entered the UK/EC; and if relevant, the date on which you were granted permanent residence in the UK or EC. You will need to present your passport or other official documentation which verifies residency at the time of registration. If you have never been to the UK/EC or you do not have permanent residence in the UK/EC please leave this section blank.

    3. Your Education (including Professional Qualifications and Training Courses)

  • Give the dates of attendance, name of institution, subject(s) studied and the result/qualifications obtained or expected (e.g. BA Hons 2:1) for all your current or previous post-secondary and secondary education. Include details of degrees or other qualifications which you expect to obtain before attending the programme at Oxford Brookes University;
  • If appropriate, give details of Professional Qualifications, including date when awarded, and details of membership of professional bodies. If appropriate, give information on relevant Training Courses, including length of course, dates, and awards.

  • Please Note: If you are a non-UK applicant, you must enclose a certified copy of your degree certificate or a transcript of your academic record to date.

    4. Your Employment / Professional Experience / Unpaid Occupations

    Describe any paid or unpaid work, which you have undertaken, and/or professional experience, which you have gained, giving dates, names of employers, job title and main responsibilities. If applicable, give details of any voluntary work experience and unpaid occupations, e.g. raising a family.

    5. Your English Proficiency (Only fill in this section if English is NOT your 1st or main language.)

  • Please tell us about your qualifications and proficiency in English - if you do not already hold a recent acceptable qualification in English (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL), you must obtain one before you can be admitted to a postgraduate course at the University. It is very important that you are able to understand and use English well, so that you can benefit fully from your time at Oxford Brookes University.
  • If you have any queries regarding acceptable English language qualifications, please contact ICELS, the University’s International Centre for English Language Studies on tel: +44 (0) 1865 483874, fax +44 (0) 1865 484377 or email: (

  • Please Note: You must enclose certified copies of any English Language Certificates, as evidence of your English proficency.

    6. Personal Statement

    Please indicate why you are applying to this particular course. This should include: your motivation for wanting to take this particular course and what it is you expect to gain from the course; how the course relates (if at all) to your previous education; what you hope to achieve in terms of career development by taking the course; what has influenced you to pursue a postgraduate qualification; what you consider to be your key academic strengths and weaknesses; and a description of your ability to work independently and with others.

    7. Disability or Special Needs a) Disability or Special Needs

    In the box, please enter the code, which is the most appropriate to you from the list of statements below. Describe your condition in the space provided and where it is not obvious (i.e. with unseen disabilities), indicate whether you have special needs.

    Disabilities/Support Required:

    0 You do not have a disability nor are you aware of any additional
    support requirements in study or accommodation.
    1 You have dyslexia.
    2 You are blind/are partially sighted.
    3 You are deaf/have a hearing impairment.
    4 You are a wheelchair user/have mobility difficulties.
    5 You need personal care support.
    6 You have mental health difficulties.
    7 You have an unseen disability, e.g. diabetes, epilepsy or asthma.
    8 You have two or more of the above disabilities/special needs.
    9 You have a disability not listed above.

    b) Criminal Convictions

    You are asked to state on the application form whether or not you have any criminal convictions. Please note that if you do not tick either the YES or NO box, we will not process your application form. We will contact you to ask for information, but this will delay your application and you could miss the deadline.

  • If you HAVE NOT been convicted of a criminal offence, you must tick the NO box.
  • If you HAVE a criminal conviction, you must tick the YES box, but NOT INCLUDING:

  • i) A motoring conviction for which you received only a fine and/or 3 penalty points; or 1
    ii) A spent sentence (as defined by the UK’s Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974) UNLESS you are applying for a course involving work with children including but not necessarily limited to teaching, health or social work courses when you must disclose spent convictions and cautions as well. If you are in doubt as to whether this applies to you, please contact the University Admissions Office directly on +44 (0) 1865 483040.
    1. If you are uncertain whether a conviction is a spent conviction or sentence then you can get more advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or probation service, or from NACRO (the Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders). You can also contact a solicitor, but you may have to pay for the legal advice.
  • If you tick the YES box, you may be asked to provide more details, if so you should send these directly to the Admissions Office.
  • If you are convicted of a criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform us and you may be required to provide more information, but this will delay your application and you could miss the deadline.
  • If you are in prison or youth custody, in addition to supplying the information already required in this section, if you are serving a prison sentence or in youth custody you must give the prison or youth custody centre as your postal address on page 1 of the form AND a senior prison officer/youth custody officer must support your application in addition to your educational referee.

  • 8. Names and Addresses of TWO Referees

  • Please fill in Section 1. on TWO copies of the Postgraduate Reference Form and send these to the TWO people you have named on the application form. Both referees should be able to comment on the quality and standard of your recent academic or professional work;
  • The referees should send the completed forms directly to Oxford Brookes University.

  • 9. Finance

    Please indicate how you intend to finance your postgraduate course and living expenses, including any scholarships to which you have applied and the results, if known.


    Please read the declaration on the application form carefully. You must sign it or we cannot process your application. When you sign the form, you agree to follow these conditions:

    a) The information you have given is complete and accurate. b) You have the right to cancel, withdraw or suspend your application through us. You can do this by writing to us within 10 working days of the date of our official offer letter to you. c) Your application will normally be confidential between:

  • You, your referees and the appropriate staff at the university;
  • Your school, college or training organization and your exam board or awarding body;
  • Your student support assessment body, and /or The Student Loans Company, if relevant;
  • In the case of international applicants, the British Council or appropriate agency.

  • However, we try to detect and prevent fraud, and have the right to give outside organisations, including the police, the Home Office, local authorities, exam boards or awarding bodies and the Benefits Agency, relevant information from your application form.

    d) If we believe that you or your referee have left out any information or given false or misleading information, we may take any necessary steps to check whether it is accurate or complete.

    e) We may, at any time, ask you, your referee or your employer to provide more information about your application (for example, proof of identity, status, qualifications or employment history).

    f) We may use information from your application form to collect statistics. We will not tell any other organisation or publish any information that could identify you.

    g) If you accept an offer of a place from the University, you must accept the terms and conditions in the contract we sent you with or before the offer of a place. You must read these terms and conditions carefully.

    Please return your completed application and additional relevant documentation to the following address: EUROEDUCATION, City Business Promotion Centre, 2nd Floor, 24 Goodge Street, London W1T 2QF, United Kingdom

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