Oxford Brookes University School of Education

Oxford Brookes University

School of Education

The institution

The School of Education at Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s largest and most successful schools of education.  It is an internationally recognised centre for professional development and training and provides high quality postgraduate courses that are tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of home and international students.

Based on a campus overlooking Oxford, you will have access to many of the city’s world class resources. You will be part of a supportive learning community at Harcourt Hill – a site with superb academic, sporting and recreational facilities.

The School’s high quality teaching and intellectual diversity enables you to develop your career according to your interests and ambition.

All our courses are underpinned by leading research.

Postgraduate study

We offer a flexible route to master’s study to suit your professional, personal and financial circumstances. The organisation of modules on our programmes allows you to construct different pathways of either full time or part-time study, enabling you to develop the specialist knowledge and professional skills that will sharpen your practice and advance your career in Education.

We offer both university based and school based courses for those looking to become teachers, as well as a range of continuing professional development courses.

Our one year PGCE Primary course is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.


The School of Education is committed to encouraging and supporting the development of a strong research culture and capacity. Our research is reflected in aims to enhance professionals’ understanding and practice by critical research engagement with policy, and research-informed concerns and interests in professional and academic practices.

Our research spans learning and development from the early years through to primary, secondary, further and higher education, including work-based and lifelong learning, in an environment that brings together education, psychology and health sciences. Research funding comes from a variety of organisations, including research councils, government departments, international agencies and charities.

Research themes include Educational Purposes, Ethics and Beliefs; Language, Learning, Culture and Identity; Educational Policy, Partnership and Leadership; Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment and Childhood, Families and Communities.


Our campus at Harcourt Hill has all the facilities you would expect to find in a modern university.

A state of the art lecture theatre includes multimedia facilities, writing boards, overhead display units, and sound and vision equipment. We also have a specialist education resource centre.

As well as the campus library you have access to the brand new Oxford Brookes main library, housed in our award winning new learning and student space, the John Henry Brookes Building at our Headington Campus.

The refectory is the main eating venue at the Harcourt Hill campus and is a vibrant, bright and relaxing place to study, meet friends, or grab a bite to eat. Both hot and cold food and drinks are served here all day, including vegetarian and vegan options.

The recently refurbished Sports Centre at Harcourt Hill  boasts a wide range of facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, a sports hall with fitness classes, a 55-station fitness suite, tennis and squash courts, six full-sized grass football and rugby pitches, a nine hole Par 3 golf course and a physiotherapy clinic.