For the academic year 2020-21 (start date 1 October 2020) the deadline for Business School studentship applications has now passed. Funded studentships for the academic year 2020 -21 (start date 1st February 2021) are likely to be advertised in April 2020. If successful, you will join a vibrant environment of students and academics in the School 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.
In order to be considered for a funded studentship your application should preferably be based on one of the advertised project described below (other topics may be considered subject to supervision availability).
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 £15,009 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.
Before we can consider your application, we need to receive:
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.
Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held in March / April 2020 in person (or via web conference if required). PhD candidates are expected to give a 10 minute presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.
We also welcome full-time and part-time self-funded applications in topics in business and management, dependent on supervision availability
Examples of recently advertised studentship topics include:
If you have any questions regarding our PhD studentships or about studying with The Open University Business School please contact us.