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Research Degrees An introduction to this subject is on page 41. More detailed information is available in Senate Regulation 5. Web www.brunel.ac.uk/about/administration/rules/senateregs

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES The University’s academic year commences in September and is based on three periods of study. However, the work of research students is less tied to the termly structure than that of taught course students. You may therefore commence your work at the start of any month (though you should check that this is the case in your chosen subject), and are expected to study for around 44 weeks in each year. Research students work closely with academic staff who combine their research activity with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching responsibilities. Experimental or laboratory work, or archive research, may have to take place outside normal working hours – sometimes in the evenings or at weekends. Each candidate who is registered for the degree of Master or Doctor by research works under the supervision of two supervisors, at least one of whom will be a full-time member of staff and will act as the principal supervisor. Students normally agree with their supervisors, at the beginning of their course, a schedule of meetings, a timetable of work (including taught courses, seminars and conferences to be attended) and possible submission dates. To complete your degree programme successfully, you will be expected to: • follow a programme of induction and training on research methods; • achieve a satisfactory level of performance in any required taught courses*; • attend lectures, courses and colloquia as directed by their supervisors; • carry out an approved programme of research to a satisfactory standard. There may be opportunities for research students to undertake teaching or demonstration work for taught course students. The University provides training for those who wish to be employed in this way.

* For the New Route PhD, the length, variety and number of taught modules will be greater than for the standard three-year PhD.

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ASSESSMENT OF PROGRESS Research students must produce, at least annually, a formal report of their progress for discussion with their supervisors and other members of academic staff. A record of these discussions is submitted to the University Registry and a copy given to the student. Other opportunities to discuss study issues during the year are provided by the Schools, either on an individual basis, through staff/student liaison meetings or via postgraduate representatives on relevant University committees. After successful completion of a research project, the student presents a thesis for examination and, if this is judged satisfactory, a research degree (MPhil or Doctorate) may be awarded.

THESIS In the thesis, a student must meet the criteria set out in Senate Regulation 5, the QAA’s National Qualification Framework, and University regulations, including demonstrating a sound knowledge and critical appreciation of his or her discipline. The thesis for the award of PhD, DBA, EdD, DrPH and EngD (though not MPhil) must also make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in that discipline. The material has to be organised and presented in a clear and appropriate style in the English language, and be suitable for publication. The submission may take the form of a wholly written dissertation or one that comprises original, creative work supported by a written commentary indicating how the creative work fulfils, or contributes towards, the requirements for the award. It will vary in length according to the discipline being researched and degree for which it is submitted. All submissions involving creative work should include a means of storage, access or retrieval of work.

The thesis is normally presented at a viva voce examination and most Schools will encourage students to practise presentation skills in order to help prepare for this oral examination. A candidate may present a less substantial piece of work for the award of an MPhil. Additional guidance on the standard of awards is given in the Quality Audit Agency’s National Qualifications Framework at www.qaa.ac.uk, and in Senate Regulation 5.

TERMINATION OF REGISTRATION A student’s registration may be terminated after due consultation with the appropriate Head of School if the supervisors judge that the student is not making appropriate progress or is unable to produce satisfactory work for the degree for which he or she is registered. A student’s registration may also be terminated if it is not completed within a specified period and an extension of that period is not granted. A full-time student on a research-based Master’s degree would normally be expected to complete in one to two years. For Doctorates, equivalent periods are three to four years full-time (except for the EngD and the New Route PhD which are four to five years and the DrPH which is three to five years) and four to eight years part-time. In individual cases, the supervisors of a candidate for a higher degree by research may recommend to the Learning and Teaching Committee that the period of the candidate’s registration be extended beyond the maximum period.

HOW TO APPLY Application should be made as early as possible using the online application form that you will find on the web course page for your selected programme and mode of study.

The major part of the thesis must have been completed during the student’s period of registration with the University, under supervision arrangements approved by the University.

Further information on how to apply and the information that you need to include can be found at:

A thesis may include work published by the student, but this must be acknowledged in the text and bound in at the end. Students may include work that has been submitted for another award or published prior to registration for a research degree, provided that this is clearly indicated and is appropriately and critically reviewed in the main text. All work that is not the candidate’s own must be acknowledged.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview at the University before a decision on the application is made.

Web www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/how-to-apply.

Research students may currently register with effect from the beginning of the month during which the registration procedure is completed and their study commences, though you should check that this is still the case when you apply. For the New Route PhD and DrPH programmes,


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the taught elements normally commence in September. In your own interest, you should not delay in submitting your application. At the time of joining, every student, in whatever category, must complete an online registration process and, in all subsequent sessions, they must enrol. All students must pay their fees at the beginning of every session.

TRANSFERS In certain circumstances the Senate may agree to transfer a student registered at another university to registration for the appropriate degree at this University.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants will normally be expected to hold a good first degree or a Master’s degree to join a research programme and show evidence of competence in the English language if this is not the student’s first language (for details see www. brunel.ac.uk/international/iplc/english-languagecourses). An applicant with certain alternative qualifications may be registered for the degree of PhD ‘subject to confirmation’. Candidates not meeting the normal entry requirements above may be considered for registration for the degree of MPhil. It is quite common for students to be registered initially for an MPhil and to then have their status as a PhD student confirmed after successful completion of the first year. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.

Higher Doctorates The University can award higher doctorates to its graduates or members of staff who have established positions of authority in suitable fields of study. The title of a higher doctorate may be Doctor of Laws (LLD), Doctor of Letters (DLitt), Doctor of Science (DSc) or Doctor of Technology (DTech) as appropriate to the candidate’s field of study. Regulations regarding the award of higher doctorates are available from the Head of Registry.


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Taught Programmes An introduction to this subject is on page 44. More detailed information is available in Senate Regulation 3. Web www.brunel.ac.uk/about/administration/rules/senateregs

COURSE STRUCTURE The academic year at Brunel is based on three periods of study a year, beginning at the end of September. Postgraduates normally complete their dissertation during the summer following the second period of study. Part-time students will normally undertake some preparatory work for their dissertation during their first summer vacation.

MODULAR STRUCTURE Most programmes are offered in a modular format and each module is credit-rated by the University. Modules have a credit rating in multiples of five, with the dissertation usually valued at a minimum of 60 credits. To be awarded a Master’s degree, you will have to: • Complete 120 taught credits; • Complete a dissertation with a value of at least 60 credits; • Achieve a minimum of grade C in 60 taught credits and achieve a grade D or above in the remaining 60 taught credits; • Achieve a minimum of Grade C for the dissertation. To be awarded a Master’s Degree with Merit, you will have to: • Complete 120 taught credits; • Complete a dissertation with a value of at least 60 credits; • Achieve a minimum of grade B in 60 taught credits and achieve a grade C or above in the remaining 60 taught credits; • Achieve a minimum of Grade B for the dissertation.

To be awarded a Master’s Degree with Distinction you will have to: • Complete 120 taught credits; • Complete a dissertation with a value of at least 60 credits; • Achieve grade A in 60 taught credits and achieve minimum grades of B or C in the remaining 60 taught credits in which a minimum of grade C may be achieved in no more than 30 credits; • Achieve a grade A for the dissertation. If you achieve modules to the value of 60 credits, you may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate. Your overall grade profile will determine which award you may achieve. If you achieve modules to the value of 120 credits, you may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma. Your overall grade profile will determine which award you may achieve.

Associate Student Scheme If you want to experience a taste of postgraduate study, or simply want to follow up an interest without committing yourself to a Master’s degree, the Associate Student Scheme could be for you. You can choose from over 100 modules on offer each year, and study alongside full- and part-time students. If you decide to register formally for a Master’s degree or intermediate award at a later date, you can take forward whatever credits you have accumulated. You can obtain further details and an application form from the Admissions Office (see page 2).

Credit Exemption Students wishing to enter the University with credit exemptions for prior learning or experience should apply, in the first instance, to the Course Director. The University will not normally grant exemptions for more than half the taught credits required for an award of the University at postgraduate level.


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ASSESSMENT Some modules may last a term, others will extend over two terms of the academic session. Most modules will be assessed when you have completed them, although you may be required to submit practical reports or coursework that contribute to your overall marks during a term. The methods of assessment used can include written examinations, essays, reports, oral presentations and practicals.

DISSERTATION Every candidate for a Master’s degree must complete a written dissertation, usually of between 10,000 and 15,000 words, though it is sometimes more (according to the subject being undertaken). The dissertation represents a detailed piece of research carried out by the student who, although supervised by a member of the academic staff, will be expected to work independently and to demonstrate sufficient mastery of the chosen topic and an appropriate ability in the organisation and presentation of the material. If students do not complete their dissertation by the deadline set, they must seek an extension and may be permitted to register for a further period, although attendance at the University is not then compulsory.

TERMINATION OF REGISTRATION A student’s registration may be terminated if the course is not completed within a specified period and an extension of that period is not granted. The maximum period allowed by University regulations for the completion of Master’s degrees by advanced study is five years. Full-time students normally complete within one year, part-time students in two to three years, and distance learning students in anything between two and five years. The regulations for individual programmes may, however, require that the dissertation be submitted within a shorter period or may, in special cases, allow extension of these periods, subject to the approval of the Learning and Teaching Committee.

HOW TO APPLY You will find the online application form for your chosen programme and mode of study on the relevant course page on the web. For further information on how to apply online, see: Web www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/how-to-apply Applications will not normally be accepted after 1 September. The applicant may be required to attend an interview at the University before a decision on the application is made.


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Applications for teacher training PGCert courses and the MA in Social Work should be made online via UCAS at: Web www.ucas.com/apply/index/html

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first degree from a UK university (or recognised equivalent UK or overseas qualification) to join a programme of advanced study. Candidates with other qualifications such as extensive relevant work experience or professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected (for more details see www.brunel.ac.uk/international/ iplc/english-language-courses). The qualifications accepted by the University are continuously under review, but some guidelines are given under each course entry.

INDEPENDENT SAFEGUARDING AUTHORITY Students on courses that involve regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults are currently legally required to register with the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS), which is administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). This is due to change on 1 December 2012 when the new ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ (DBS) will be formally established, bringing together the work of the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority. Until then, the ISA will continue to monitor all individuals who want to work or volunteer with vulnerable people. Registration with the VBS will cost £47.53 (subject to change) as a one-off payment that covers both the cost of registration and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The University will send more information as part of your admissions process. Email admissions@brunel.ac.uk for further information or access the latest information from the government: Web www.isa.homeoffice.gov.uk


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Tuition Fees The following information is based on 2012 fees and is a guide only. The University reviews all fees annually. Applicants should therefore check fees on the web before they submit their application. The most up-to-date fee tables can be found at: Web www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/postgraduate-fees

Full-time

All students will be charged an administration fee of £1,075 for an additional year of writing up. Thereafter, a full year’s fee will be charged.

Fee applies for one year.

RESEARCH STUDENT EXAM FEES

Part-time

• MPhil, £235

FEES FOR TAUGHT COURSES

Tuition fees are usually half of the corresponding full-time fees, and they apply in each of the first two years of study. Where a part-time course is set up to run for more than two years, any subsequent period will not be charged. In all cases, an extension fee will apply to any period of study (including dissertation submission) beyond the normal course end date.

Distance learning Fee applies for the whole course, or per module. Where fees are paid by module, it is assumed that four modules will be taken each year unless the student notifies the Programme Administrator otherwise. Module fees are subject to an annual increase.

• LLM by Research, £235 • PhD/DBA/EdD/EngD, £260 • Higher Doctorates, £840

ALL STUDENTS Some subjects attract additional charges, for example where there are high materials or equipment costs.

ADDITIONAL FEES For further information about additional fees, please see Council Ordinance 10: Web www.brunel.ac.uk/about/administration/ university-rules-and-regulations/councilordinances/10

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PAYING FEES

Fee is per module. Students who wish to be considered for an award must register on a full programme.

Fees are due at the time of registration and then each October, regardless of your starting month. Research students whose effective date of registration is after the beginning of the academic year are invoiced pro rata for the remainder of the academic year.

FEES FOR RESEARCH PROGRAMMES Full-time Fee normally applies for one year for an MPhil or each of three years for a PhD (including Doctor of Public Health).

Part-time Fee normally applies for each of two years for an MPhil or up to eight years for a PhD.

New Route PhD Fee applies for each of four years.

International students are required to pay a nonrefundable deposit of £3,000 at the time of being made an unconditional offer of a place; £250 is required from Home and EU applicants. Financial arrangements, including monthly payments, require an initial payment when registering. Students who are responsible for their own fees and who pay the full amount on or before enrolment will receive a 2% discount off their tuition fees.


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Students who do not pay their fees by the due date will have their registration cancelled. No degree or diploma can be awarded to a student who has not paid all the due fees. Self-funding students who withdraw from the course up to the end of their first study period will usually be eligible for an ex gratia refund of a proportion of their fees.

UK/EU RESIDENT STATUS UK national students and nationals of a European Union country who have been ordinarily resident in the EU for the three years prior to admission are normally eligible to pay the lower rate of fees. Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to 31 August of their year of entry will probably find that they are not eligible to pay the lower rate. Please contact the Admissions Office once you have made an application if you are unsure whether you are a Home or Overseas student for fees purposes.

ISLANDS APPLICANTS Different fee rates apply for students sponsored by the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. These are usually equivalent to the lower overseas fee band.

REDUCTIONS FOR BRUNEL GRADUATES Certain Brunel graduates can benefit from a 10% (after any other discount) fee reduction when they register for a postgraduate taught course or research programme at Brunel University. The fee reduction operates for each academic year spent in full-time or part-time research fee-paying status (ie excluding dissertation/ continuation status) and is available to selfsupporting students only (and not to applicants with external funding such as a research council award). Full details on eligibility are available from Registry.

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR EQUIVALENT OR LOWER QUALIFICATIONS (ELQs) In response to the Government’s policy change in 2007, when it was announced that funding for UK/EU students studying for a qualification equivalent to or lower than one they already hold would be phased out, the University now charges higher fees to ELQ students entering the University. This means that, for example, if you already hold a Master’s degree and wish to study for another one, you may no longer be entitled to pay the Home/EU fees. In most cases, you will pay a supplement of £1,750 in addition to the relevant home/EU fee. Some students are exempt from the withdrawal of funding by the Government for ELQs: • those taking courses that lead to Qualified Teacher Status; • those studying for a postgraduate research programme (MRes/MPhil/PhD); • those in receipt of the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA); • those studying on certain additional programmes as listed on the Brunel website: www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/elqs. Students are required to disclose details of all qualifications they hold at the point of application in order that a proper assessment of fee status can be made. The University will take action to reclaim fees retrospectively from registered students who are undercharged, if such undercharging is the result of the applicant failing to provide complete or accurate qualifications data on which their fee status was based, or as a result of a failure of the applicant to disclose the ELQ status when asked to do so. More information about ELQs can be found at: Web www.hefce.ac.uk/faq


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Scholarships The University offers a limited number of scholarships based on merit and awarded across all academic areas. All are available only to applicants who already hold an offer of a place to study at Brunel.

selected students’ programmes or to fund individual PhD studentships. All scholarships are allocated by the Schools and may fund all or part of the programme of study. Please check School webpages regularly for current opportunities.

You should note, however, that numbers vary each year and in each School, and that only a very small number – or none at all – may be available for your programme.

PhD studentships combine research with undergraduate-level teaching. Funding may consist of a cash scholarship, payment of your tuition fees, a wage for teaching or a combination of the three. For studentship vacancies and details of eligibility and how to apply, please see www.brunel.ac.uk/about/job or visit the website for your academic School.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must have accepted an offer. For the latest information, please see Web www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/funding/ other-scholarships Other scholarships may be available from each School and across the full range of our research activity. These awards are used to support

Web www.brunel.ac.uk/schools Smaller bursaries and part-scholarships may also be available in your School – please contact your course director for more information, after securing a place on a course.

Scholarships for International Students The Brunel International Scholarship Programme is available to any international applicant holding an offer of a place on a Brunel course, whether undergraduate or postgraduate. Each Scholarship takes the form of a one-off payment for the first year of enrolment. Applicants need to fulfil the following criteria: • hold either a conditional or unconditional offer from Brunel University for entry in the relevant academic session to a course that leads to an award such as a PGCert, MSc, MA, MPhil, or PhD; • be classed as a full international fee paying applicant; • be of excellent academic standing.

Further information about this scholarship scheme, such as the value of each award, eligibility criteria, application process, and how the awards are allocated, is generally published in the February prior to the start of the academic year.

FURTHER INFORMATION Web www.brunel.ac.uk/international/fees-andfunding/scholarships Email bi-scholarship@brunel.ac.uk


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Council Tax The Council Tax comprises two equal elements: a property element and a personal element. There are exemption arrangements from the Council Tax for certain categories. Students with exemption from the Tax must be full-time and include those who live in halls of residence and those who live in houses and flats where all the adult residents are students.

In a dwelling where students share with nonstudents, the students will still have personal discounts but the property as a whole will not be exempt. The personal element of the Tax will be reduced by 25% of the full bill or half the personal element for those who are eligible for discounts.

Other Sources of Financial Support Sources of financial support for postgraduates studying fulltime are very limited. The list below details some of them.

PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT LOANS Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Young People’s Learning Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, it should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated. For further information, check the DirectGov website: Web www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning

UK RESEARCH COUNCILS There are research councils for the main academic disciplines (such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) that fund a number of research programmes. This funding is usually allocated directly to academic Schools either via a quota system or tied to specific research grants. Such funding is very limited and you should contact your particular School for further advice.

BRITISH GOVERNMENT AWARDS A number of scholarships are awarded via the British Council and other Government agencies to citizens of the Commonwealth and other countries of the world. Application should be made through the British Council representatives in the applicant’s country of origin, not to the British Council in the UK.


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COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are awarded to enable graduate Commonwealth citizens to undertake postgraduate study at a Commonwealth university outside their own country. Details may be found in the latest edition of Awards for Postgraduate Study at Commonwealth Universities published by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London, England, WC1H 9HF. Web www.cscuk.org.uk

CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS The Foreign and Commonwealth Office runs the British Chevening Scholarships scheme that awards around 1,000 scholarships to graduates hoping to study at a UK institution with the aim of benefitting themselves, their home countries and the UK. The scheme is open only to students from outside the EU. Web www.chevening.com

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS The US-UK Fulbright Commission encourages and supports educational exchange between the United Kingdom and the United States. Information about the Fulbright Awards Programme, closing dates and application forms is available on the Commission’s website. Web www.fulbright.co.uk

ACCESS TO LEARNING FUND The Government also makes some money available to universities for the purpose of alleviating the problems of UK students who encounter severe financial difficulties (including part-time students who are studying at least 50% of a course in their first year). Details of these ‘hardship’ funds will be available to students once they have commenced their studies.

MBA LOANS If you are a UK student undertaking an MBA, NatWest Bank offers loans on preferential terms through the Association of MBAs (AMBA) Loan Scheme. Web www.mbaworld.com


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Where is Brunel? Brunel University’s campus is in Uxbridge on the western edge of London. Uxbridge is in a prime location for reaching the transport network that embraces London and SE England. It is a short drive from the M4, M40 and M25 and has the added benefit of being on the edge of the London underground network. There are also numerous bus routes running close to the campus.

Getting to Brunel University BY BUS From Heathrow Central: A10 “Heathrow Fast”, every 15 minutes, journey time approx 25 minutes (alight Hillingdon Rd at The Greenway and use footpath to campus). From Stockley Park: A10 “Heathrow Fast” as above, journey time approx 10 minutes. From West Drayton railway station: U3 (alight Cleveland Road) U1 (alight Kingston Lane) 222 (alight Cowley Road and use path via Zone A, see campus map on page 154).

From Uxbridge (underground) station: U3 (alight Cleveland Road) U1 (to West Drayton), U4 and U7 (alight Kingston Lane) 222 and U5 (alight Cowley Road and use path via Zone A, see campus map on page 154). By Underground (Transport for London) For Uxbridge Station take the Metropolitan Line from central London (and Piccadilly Line during peak hours). Then take a taxi, bus U1, U3, U4 or U7, or use the one mile walking route shown on the next page.

By Rail West Drayton (First Great Western Link) is the nearest main-line station (approx 1.5 miles from the campus). Services from London Paddington or the West (Bristol). From West Drayton station take a bus towards Uxbridge: 222, U5, U3 or U1 (see above). West Ruislip Station (Chiltern Railways) is the main-line service from London Marylebone and the North (Aylesbury, Banbury and Birmingham) and is approximately four miles from the campus. From West Ruislip Station take the U1 bus towards West Drayton, alight Kingston Lane.


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By Road Entry by car is via Kingston Lane only. Please do not use UB8 3PH in any satnav devices as these service providers have not yet adjusted their directions to the new vehicular entrance in Kingston Lane. Parking on the campus and in the local area is very restricted. Barriers control access to the site and all vehicles must display a valid permit. On arrival, visitors may apply for a permit for the day from the main Reception Desk in the Eastern Gateway Building. In addition, pay-and-display parking is available on site. Parking Charge Notices will be issued for illegally parked vehicles.

The main University Reception can be found by following the path through the centre of the University to the Eastern Gateway Building.

M4: Leave the M4 at Junction 4 and follow the signs to Uxbridge (A408). Go straight across the first set of traffic lights, then continue on the A408, crossing four roundabouts. Turn right at the next set of major traffic lights. Continue ahead to the next set of lights, then almost immediately take the right filter lane at a second set of traffic lights into Station Road. Continue straight on onto Church Road and take the first exit at a mini-roundabout onto Pield Heath Road. Turn left onto Kingston Lane and then left into the University. Follow signs for Main Reception as you enter the campus. A40/M40: At Swakeleys Roundabout take the B483 exit to Uxbridge. Follow the signs across two mini-roundabouts. At a major roundabout bear left onto the A4020 (signposted to Brunel), go straight ahead at the first lights, then almost immediately take the second right filter turn onto Kingston Lane (again signposted to Brunel). The main entrance to Brunel is right at the next roundabout. Follow the signs for Main Reception as you enter the campus.

Main University Reception

M25: (From North or South) Join the M40 or M4 then see above.

Access by Car for Registered Disabled Visitors Disabled parking bays are available at various locations around the campus. Please collect a permit from Main Reception, Eastern Gateway Building, on arrival.


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Summary of Terms IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE ACCEPTANCE OF OFFERS. In addition to the contractual information sections contained in the postgraduate prospectus such as course descriptions and financial and general information, and the disclaimer published here, your place with the University will be subject to the terms and conditions stated in our offer letter to you as well as also being subject to our Statutes, Council Ordinances and Senate Regulations and all University rules, policies and procedures from time to time in force (together our “terms”). Some of these documents may be accessed at www.brunel.ac.uk/about/administration Alternatively, copies of all documents can be obtained upon request from the University’s Quality and Standards Office. Your place will also be conditional upon you registering with the University, paying fees when due, meeting any offer conditions we advise to you in writing (such as qualifications required) and all necessary legal and other requirements to study here on the chosen course (such as criminal record checks, previous conviction details, health checks, immigration clearance and so on). When you accept an offer of a place by the University, a legal contract is formed with the University on the basis of the terms and may be ended by the University if the relevant conditions are not met or our terms not complied with. The contract is governed by English law and subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts. Please note that any living accommodation provided to you by the University (or any other party) will be subject to a separate contract and payment of accommodation fees under that separate contract. In entering into this contract, neither the student nor the University intends that any of the terms of the contract will be enforceable by any person not a party to it, by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. If you have any queries regarding our terms or any relevant conditions, please contact the University’s Quality and Standards Office.

DISCLAIMER The University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the programmes of study, research opportunities and other services and facilities described in this publication and other documents. However, the University is entitled, if it reasonably considers it to be necessary (including in order to manage its resources and pursue its policy of continuous improvement appropriately): • to suspend or discontinue programmes of study (for example, because a key member of staff is unwell or leaves the University); • to make reasonable variations to the content and syllabus of programmes of study (including in relation to placement); • to alter the timetable, location, number of classes and method of delivery of programmes of study, provided such alterations are reasonable; • to make changes to the statutes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures that the University reasonably considers necessary (for example, in the light of changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators); • to combine programmes of study if the University reasonably considers this to be necessary (for example, because too few students apply to join a programme for it to be viable). In the unlikely event that the University discontinues or does not provide a programme of study or changes it significantly before it begins: • the University will tell relevant individuals at the earliest possible opportunity; • an individual will be entitled to withdraw his or her application by telling the University in writing; • the University will make an appropriate refund of tuition fees and deposits paid. The University will provide students with such tuition, learning support and other services and facilities as it considers appropriate, and with reasonable care and skill, but may vary what it provides from time to time (for example, the


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University may consider it desirable to change the way it provides library or IT support). The University will not be liable to you for any representations or descriptions in this postgraduate prospectus, or in any other University documents, and/or made to you verbally, unless and to the extent confirmed in the terms as outlined above. The terms contain the entire agreement between you and the University in relation to you being a student at the University. Nothing in the summary of terms including this disclaimer excludes any liability which it would be unlawful to exclude. The University will not be liable to you in any manner whatsoever for any failure or delay, or for the consequences of any failure or delay, in performance of any contract with you if it is due to any event beyond our reasonable control including, without limitation, strikes, lockouts or other industrial action or disputes (whether involving our workforce or any other party), acts of God, pandemic, quarantine or widespread illness (whether affecting our staff and/or student body or otherwise), governmental requisitioning, emergency planning or provision, war, protests, fire, flood, storm, tempest, explosion, an actual, suspected or threatened act of terrorism, riot, civil commotion, national emergencies, breakdown of plant or machinery, or default of suppliers or sub-contractors.

PERSONAL ACCIDENT AND LIABILITY All registered students are covered by the University’s insurance for accidents that occur on campus and individuals who join sports clubs of the Union of Students are covered for sporting injuries. However, the University cannot accept responsibility for loss of, or any form of damage to, personal belongings of students.

RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS The University tries, where at all possible, to accommodate students’ wishes in observing religious festivals during examination periods.

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT Brunel University values inclusiveness and confirms its continuing commitment to the principles of equality and diversity in employment, admissions, and in its teaching, learning and research activities.

The University endeavours to ensure that all members of staff, students, visitors and applicants for employment or study are treated on the basis of their merits and abilities and that no one suffers discrimination or disadvantage due to their race, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation. In order to achieve an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and which encourages everyone to contribute fully to its work the University will endeavour to ensure that it: • Eliminates discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010. • Advances equality of opportunity and fosters good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it by: – Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by staff and students and taking steps to meet their needs. – Encouraging staff and students to participate in public life or in any other activity in which participation is disproportionately low. – Tackling prejudice and promoting understanding within the University.

Anti-Harassment Statement The University is committed to an inclusive working, studying and living environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation and in which dignity and respect are paramount. The University takes any issue of harassment, victimisation and discrimination seriously and would not tolerate, from any member of staff, student or third party, language(s) or behaviour(s) that are deemed to be offensive and/or discriminatory against its members of staff or students.


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Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC)............... 129

Academic Facilities..................................... 22

Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies.......... 82

Academic Support...................................... 23

Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB).126

Accommodation......................................... 26

Brunel Institute for Cancer Genetics and Pharmacogenomics (BICGP).......... 81

Advanced Computing MSc........................ 94 Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering MSc................................... 70 Advanced Engineering Design MSc.......... 62 Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering........................ 62 Advanced Manufacturing Systems MSc.... 62 Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc... 75 Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies MSc................................. 70 Advice and Representation Centre........... 31 Aerospace Engineering MSc...................... 75 Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education MSc............................. 106 Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance MSc.................................... 106

Building Services Engineering Management MSc ............................... 76 Building Services Engineering MSc........... 76 Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy MSc ...................... 77 Business Finance MSc............................... 108 Business Systems Integration (with SAP Technology) MSc........................... 94 C Campus....................................................... 25 Careers and Employability................... 15, 34 Centre for Cell and Chromosome Biology (CCCB)...................................... 81 Centre for Citizen Participation................ 82 Centre for Human Geography................... 83

Applied Corporate Brand Management MSc................................ 55

Centre for Infection, Immunity and Disease Mechanisms (CIIDM)............... 81

Applying to Brunel................. 2, 20, 142, 145

Centre for International and Public Law.. 98

Arts Centre.................................................. 36

Centre for Professional Practice Research.82

Assessment........................................ 142, 145

Centre for Research in Rehabilitation....... 83

Assistive Technology Centre................ 23, 33

Centre for Youth Work studies.................. 83

Associate Student Scheme....................... 144

Chaplaincy.................................................. 31

Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MSc................................... 75

Children, Youth and International Development MA................................. 86 Civil Engineering........................................ 64

B Bioengineering MRes............................... 128

Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability MSc............................... 137

Biomedical Engineering MSc..................... 76

Collaboration.............................................. 12

Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST)..... 130

Commercial Law Research Centre............. 98


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Computational Mathematics with Modelling MSc...................................... 95 Computer Centre........................................ 23 Computer Communication Networks MSc....................................... 71 Contemporary Performance Making MA........................................... 50 Council Tax................................................ 150 Counselling................................................. 31

English Literature MA................................ 51 Entry Requirements.......................... 142, 146 Environmental Science – Legislation and Management MSc....................... 137 Environmental Science – Pollution and Monitoring MSc.......................... 137 Equality and Diversity.............................. 157 Evolutionary Psychology MSc.................. 113 Experimental Techniques Centre (ETC)... 132

CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law................ 100 Creative Writing: The Novel MA............... 50

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Credit Exemption..................................... 144

Family Law Research Group....................... 99

Criminal Justice Research Centre (CJRC)... 98

Finance and Accounting MSc.................. 108

Cross-Cultural Psychology MSc................ 113

Finance and Investment MSc................... 108

D Design......................................................... 66

Financial Support..................................... 150 Foreign Language Classes.......................... 21 Functional Neuroimaging MSc................ 114

Design Branding and Strategy MA........... 67 Design Strategy and Innovation MA......... 67

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Digital Games: Theory and Design MA..... 50

Globalisation and Governance MA......... 110

Disabled Students....................................... 32

Global Supply Chain Management MSc... 55

Disclaimer................................................. 156

Graduate School......................................... 16

Distributed Computing Systems Engineering MSc................................... 71 Documentary Practice MA......................... 51 Drama (as a Leisure Activity)..................... 37 E

H Hand Therapy MSc..................................... 86 Health Economics Research Group (HERG)................................................. 133

Education, Doctor of (EdD) ..................... 119

Health Promotion and Public Health MSc............................................ 87

Education MA........................................... 122

Higher Doctorates.................................... 143

Electronic and Computer Engineering...... 69

Housing (Off Campus)................................ 27

Embedded Systems MSc ............................ 72

Human Resource and Employment Relations MSc........................................ 56

Engineering Management MSc................. 62 English Language Courses......................... 20 English Language Requirements............... 20

Human Resource Management MSc......... 56 Human Rights Centre................................. 99


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L

Impact........................................................... 5

Language Classes.................................. 20, 21

Independent Safeguarding Authority.... 146

Law and Religion Research Group............ 99

Information Systems Management MSc... 94

Library......................................................... 22

Initial Teacher Training PGCert................ 122

Life at Brunel.............................................. 24

Institute for the Environment (IfE).......... 135

London........................................................ 24

Integrated Product Design MSc................. 68

Loans, Professional and Career Development...................................... 150

Intellectual Property, Internet and Media Research Centre........................ 99

M

Intellectual Property Law PG Certificate........................................... 100

Magna Carta Institute.............................. 139

Intelligence and Security Studies MA..... 111

Management MSc...................................... 57

Interdisciplinary Centre for Child and Youth Focused Research....................... 83

Maps.......................................................... 152

International and Comparative Criminal Justice LLM........................... 100

Master of Laws......................................... 100

Marketing MSc........................................... 57

International Business MSc........................ 57

Master’s in Business Administration.......... 58

International Commercial Law LLM........ 101

Master’s Courses................................. 44, 144

International Economic Law LLM............ 101

Mechanical Engineering............................ 74

International Financial Regulation and Corporate Law LLM..................... 101

Media and Communications MSc ........... 115

International Human Rights Law LLM.... 101

Media Services............................................ 23

International Intellectual Property Law LLM ............................................. 102

Medical Anthropology MSc..................... 106

International Journalism MA..................... 52 International Money, Finance and Investment MSc.................................. 109 International Relations MA..................... 110

Media and Public Relations MA................ 52

Medical Centre........................................... 31 Medicine, Bioscience and Society MSc.... 115 Modelling and Management of Risk MSc............................................ 95

International Students............................... 20

Modern Political Thought: Violence and Revolution MA............. 111

International Security MSc....................... 110

Modern World History MA...................... 111

International Trade Law LLM.................. 102

Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research MSc........................................ 85

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Molecular Medicine MSc............................ 85

Jobs............................................................. 34

MRes in Bioengineering........................... 132

Journalism MA............................................ 51

Music (as a Leisure Activity)....................... 37


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Neurorehabilitation MSc........................... 87

Religion....................................................... 31

New Route PhD with Integrated Postgraduate Diploma......................... 42

Renewable Energy Engineering MSc........ 77

O Occupational Therapy MSc........................ 88 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc.......................... 88 Open Days and Evenings............................. 2 P Packaging Technology Management MSc.63 PGCert Primary Education....................... 122 PGCert Secondary Education................... 123 Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) MSc (Approved in Principle)........................ 88

Research........................................................ 5 Research Degrees............................... 41, 141 Research Opportunities in: Arts ....................................................... 49 Business................................................. 54

Engineering and Design....................... 60

Health Sciences and Social Care ......... 81

Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics.................................. 93

Law........................................................ 98

Social Sciences..................................... 105

Sport and Education........................... 119

Specialist Research Institutes............. 125

Politics MSc............................................... 112 Pre-masters................................................. 21 Professional and Career Development Loans............................ 150 Project and Infrastructure Management MSc................................ 65 Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society MA.......................................... 114 Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology MSc............................. 107 Psychology, Health and Behaviour MSc.................................... 114 Public Affairs and Lobbying MSc............. 112 Public Health DrPH .................................... 84 Q Quality Indicators....................................... 14

S Scholarships................................ 40, 149, 150 Science, Technology and Contemporary Society MSc................ 116 Social and Cultural Research MSc............ 115 Social Anthropology MRes...................... 107 Social Work MA.......................................... 89 Social Work (PGCert) Post-Qualifying Framework................. 89 Sociology of Health and Illness MSc........ 116 Specialist Community Public Health Nursing MSc and PGDip....................... 89 Specialist Research Institutes............... 7, 125 Sport............................................................ 38 Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc (BPS accredited).................................. 124 Sport Sciences MSc................................... 124


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Student Centre........................................... 31 Study Skills.................................................. 45

W

Summary of Terms.................................... 156

War and Conflict in the Modern World MA............................................ 112

Supervisors.................................................. 29

Water Engineering MSc............................. 65

Support and Welfare................................. 28

West London Assessment Centre.............. 33

Sustainable Electrical Power MSc ............. 73

Where is Brunel?...................................... 152

Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management MSc................................ 78

Wireless Communication Systems MSc..... 73 Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing........................................... 140

T Taught Master’s Courses.................... 44, 144 Toxicology and Risk Assessment MSc...... 138 Training Opportunities.............................. 18 Transfers.................................................... 143 Tuition Fees............................................... 147 U Uxbridge..................................................... 24 V Visual Arts (as a Leisure Activity)............... 37

Y Youth and Community Studies MA........... 90


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Officers of the University Chancellor The Rt Hon The Lord Wakeham Pro-Chancellor The Rt Hon The Lord Lingfield Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Julia Buckingham Vice-Principal Professor Mansoor Sarhadi Pro-Vice-Chancellors Dr Mariann Rand-Weaver (Quality Affairs) Professor Geoff Rodgers (Research) Professor Dany Nobus (Strategy, Development and External Relations) Professor Ian Campbell (Student Experience and Staff Development)

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