The Modular Programme
Student Life in Oxford
Oxford Brookes is situated 50 miles from London in the city of Oxford. As one of the world's great student cities, Oxford is a great place to live and study as it is big enough to offer something for people of all interests, yet small enough to feel welcoming and accessible.
Oxford is famous for its architecture, museums, rowing, punting and scenic riverside walks. The city is also bursting with restaurants, cafés, theatres, cinemas and shops, and we even have our very own covered market that was established in 1774.
As there are 30,000 students from all over the world in Oxford, the city has a vibrant, youthful and cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are plenty of bars, pubs and nightclubs throughout the city and Oxford's main multicultural area, Cowley Road, is a popular destination for students as the area is full of exciting places to eat and drink and you can find somewhere to suit all budgets.
If you want to visit London it's only one hour away by train and there are also cheap, frequent buses to and from the capital, and Heathrow and Gatwick airports, which run 24 hours a day.
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Undergraduate courses at Oxford Brookes are made up of modules - self-contained classes that are taught and assessed independently of each other.
A single module will involve approximately 150 study hours in total, which includes attending lectures and seminars, as well as independent study and assessment. Some modules are double and involve approximately 300 study hours.
There are a range of subject areas available at Oxford Brookes. You can usually include more than one subject in your program.
- Arts and Humanities (including English, Fine Art, History and Music)
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Built Environment (including Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Construction Project Management and Real Estate Management)
- Business and Management (including Accounting and Finance, Economics, Marketing Management and Business Information Systems)
- Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Multimedia and Sound Technology
- Education, Early Years and Teacher Training
- English Language (Information about our English language and Pathway courses)
- Environmental Sciences
- Health and Social Care (including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Social Work)
- Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism
- Languages (including French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Spanish)
- Mechanical, Automotive and Motorsports Engineering
- Media and Communications (including Communication, Media and Culture, Film Studies and Publishing)
- Philosophy, Religion and Theology
- Social Sciences (including Anthropology, Geography, International Relations, Japanese Studies, Politics, Psychology, Sociology)
- Sport, Exercise and Nutrition
You will need to take the equivalent of 4 single modules per semester. You can add a 5th module if it is a language module (Academic English, Spanish, French etc).
You will be able to select your modules from the Undergraduate Modular Handbook
once you have been accepted into the Webster Study Abroad program with Oxford Brookes.
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Accommodations While Studying in Oxford
We understand that moving into a new country means exciting new challenges, but it also can be stressful and concerning. You may ask: What is my room like? Who will be my roommate? How safe and convenient is the housing? All of your concerns and worries are our concerns.
If you are going for one semester:
You will automatically be allocated a room in one of the halls of residence and will receive your tenancy agreement one month before your arrival.
Most single semester students will be allocated to non-ensuite self-catering single rooms close to the Headington Campus, such as those in Clive Booth Student Village.
Rooms in Clive Booth Student Village are single rooms. Your bedroom will have the following fixtures and fittings in it when you arrive:
bed-base and mattress, mattress protector, desk and desk chair, pinboards for posters,
reading lamp, book shelves, wardrobe, waste bin, bedside cabinet, curtains
NOTE: Bedding is not provided in the rooms. You need to bring your own bed linen or you can purchase it from your hall at arrival
If you are going for two semesters:
You will need to apply directly to the Accommodation Office as you will not be allocated a room automatically. You will apply online using the password that will be sent to you once you have accepted your offer from the university
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Becoming part of Oxford Brookes means becoming part of Oxford. The way you spend your time when you’re not working is personal to you, but there are plenty of opportunities and options to inspire and excite you.
The Cowley Road Experience
Ten minutes’ stroll down the hill from the Headington Campus gets you to the Cowley Road. It’s busy, colourful and lined with cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs. From the carnival to the cuisine, it’s a multicultural melting pot loved by students.
Culture and Intrigue
Guy Fawkes’ lamp, shrunken heads and the remains of a dodo are just some of the weird and wonderful objects and artifacts that you’ll find in the city’s museums and galleries. Oxford has an amazing selection – you’re bound to want to spend time in some of them:
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- the Ashmolean - recently re-furbished and the oldest public British museum
- the Pitt Rivers Museum - home to a world-famous anthropological collection and the inspiration for Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials book and film trilogy
- Modern Art Oxford - a contemporary gallery often a showcase for the work of Brookes students and graduates as well as the likes of Tracey Emin and Stella Vine
- the Museum of Natural History - a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture and home to the Oxfordshire dinosaurs and a dodo
- the Museum of the History of Science - the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building
- the Story Museum - celebrates story in all forms and explores their enduring power to teach and delight
- the Oxford Castle Unlocked complex - a site that was used as a place of incarceration 1071-1996.
There are plenty of pubs and bars to suit your mood, ranging from the Turf Tavern, a 13th century ale house tucked away in town (your first challenge is to find it), to great cocktail bars.
The O2 Academy on the Cowley Road is the biggest venue for live music but you’ll find lots of gigs going on in pubs, concert halls and other venues around town. Foals, Radiohead, Stornoway and Supergrass all hail from Oxford. And Handel played there too.
And if you’re looking for theatres and cinemas, there’s plenty of those too – from the independent Phoenix Picturehouse which has shown art house films for over a 100 years, to the mainstream New Theatre programme that has included many touring West End hits.
The Great Outdoors
The natural world is all around to lift the spirits. There are over 50 parks, meadows and nature reserves as well as the Oxford Canal and the rivers Thames and Cherwell to enjoy – and of course there’s punting too.
The Cotswolds – an area of outstanding natural beauty – is a short journey away, as are places of historical interest such as world heritage site Blenheim Palace, Broughton Castle, centre of opposition to Charles I in the civil war, and Wittenham Clumps, site of Bronze Age hill fort remains, to name a few.
Maybe you’re a clothes fanatic, on the search for great cooking ingredients or want to find that perfect fancy dress outfit…whatever you’re looking for, Oxford caters for all tastes and budgets.
Alongside all the major high street chain and department stores, there is the historic covered market established in the 1770s. You’ll find delis, fruit, veg, meat and fish stalls mixed in with boutiques, specialist shops and some great coffee shops. Alternatively the weekly market in Gloucester Green offers an outdoor shopping experience while foodstuffs from around the world can be sourced from hidden gems dotted around the city.
If it’s charity, second hand or bric-a-brac shops you seek, then Headington, Summertown and the Cowley Road are the places to go.
And if its designer brands you want, Bicester Village, the designer outlet shopping centre, is a short bus ride away and has over 100 stores including Superdry, Jack Wills, Levi’s, Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren.
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Like most of the southern part of England, Oxford enjoys a fairly temperate climate, with some of the best weather in the UK.
The weather in Oxford can be fairly changeable. Temperatures can rise up to 28 degrees Celsius (83ºF) in the summer and may go down to -3 degrees Celsius (26ºF) in the winter. The warmest time of the year is between June and August, the coldest between November and February.
At any time of year grey clouds and rain can be followed by sunshine and blue skies, sometimes all in the same day.
During the summer it is often warm enough for shorts and t-shirts but throughout the winter you will need a warm coat, gloves, a hat and scarf. It is usually cold and rainy from November to February and snow is not uncommon.
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