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PhD Studentships

The Open University Business and Law Schools invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 October 2021. Your application should be based on one of the advertised projects below. 

If successful, you will join a vibrant environment of students and academics in the Faculty of Business and Law who conduct research of the highest international standard that has economic, public and social value consistent with the mission of the Open University. You will work with subject specialists and have the opportunity to develop your skills in research communication, engagement and impact.

PhD studentships are based on full-time study for three years at the Milton Keynes campus. Students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. Studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and a stipend (circa £15,544 per annum) for 36 months

Applicants for the PhD programme should have minimum qualifications of an upper second class honours degree 2:1 (or an equivalent) and usually a specialist masters in a subject relevant to the intended study with a strong research element.

Department of Accounting and Finance (DAF)

DAF01 Accountability and governance of crowdfunding

Department of People and Organisations (DPO)

DPO01 How did we get here?  The organization of anthropocentricism

Department of Strategy and Marketing (DSM)

DSM01 How to avoid the undesirable effects of product related advertising

DSM02 Technical change and innovation

DSM03 Non-market strategy

DSM04 Management of institutions and innovation

Law School (Law)

LAW01 Financial exclusion/inclusion and the power of open data

​LAW02 Digital contracts and protection of the vulnerable in financial services

LAW03 Efficiency and effectiveness in emergency procurements

LAW04 Women's rights and Covid-19

Before we can consider your application, we need to receive:

  • your proposal should be at least 1,000 words and no longer than 2,000 words, which indicates your knowledge of the literature, methods and likely approach to your project of interest (guidance on how to write your research proposal)
  • a covering letter indicating your suitability for the project
  • a fully completed application form
  • copies of degree certificates and transcripts relevant to your application

If your first language is not English, you will need to verify your competence in the English Language in all four elements (reading, writing, listening and speaking). The University requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any of the four categories (or approved equivalent). You should have your level of proficiency certified through a provider approved by UK Visas and Immigration and provide your certificate and grade with your application.

The closing date for applications is noon GMT on Monday 15th February 2021.  Your proposal, covering letter, fully completed application form and copies of certificates and transcripts, should be emailed by the closing time and date.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held in March either in person or remotely via videoconference. PhD candidates are expected to give a 10 minute presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding our PhD studentships or about studying with The Open University Business School please contact us.