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PhD Studentships

For the academic year 2017-18 (start date 1 October 2017) the deadline for applications has now passed.

Funded studentships for the academic year 2018-19 are likely to be advertised in January 2018. The studentships are based at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. The studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and a stipend (circa £14,296 per annum) for 36 months.

In order to be considered for a full-time funded studentship your application must be based on one of the advertised projects. Examples of projects recently advertised are listed further down.

Applications must include the following:

  • a 1000 word proposal which indicates your knowledge of the literature, methods and likely approach to your project of interest
  • a covering letter indicating your suitability for the project
  • a completed application form
  • certificates with transcripts, if possible, confirming your professional qualifications relevant to your application

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.

Applicants who speak English as a foreign language and are applying for a Tier 4 visa must have achieved SELTS (Secure English Language Test) from a UK Border Agency-approved provider at level B2 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), in all four elements (reading, writing, listening, speaking).

We also welcome full-time and part-time self-funded applications in topics in business/management and law, dependent on supervision availability.

Examples of recently advertised studentship topics include:

Accounting and Finance

People and Organisations

Public Leadership and Social Enterprise

Strategy and Marketing


Further information

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