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PhD Studentships

For the academic year 2019-20 (start date 1 February 2020) the deadline for Business School studentship applications for the projects listed below has now passed. Funded studentships for the academic year 2020-21 (start date 1st October 2020) are likely to be advertised in November.

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.

In order to be considered for a funded studentship your application should preferably be based on an advertised project (other topics may be considered subject to supervision availability). Examples of projects recently advertised are listed below.

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:

  • 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 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.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held 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:

Themed Call - Responding to the Climate Emergency  

Department of People and Organisations (DPO)

Department of Strategy and Marketing (DSM)

Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE)

The Open University Law School

Further information

If you have any questions regarding our PhD studentships or about studying with The Open University Business School please contact fbl-phd@open.ac.uk