For the academic year 2020-21 (start date 1 February 2021) the deadline for Business School studentship applications has now passed. Funded studentships for the academic year 2021-22 (start date 1st October 2021) are likely to be advertised in October.
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 further 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 £15,285 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.
DPO01 Democratic practice to address the climate crisis
DPO02 Materialistic approaches to organisation and the natural environment
DPO03 Gender, ethnicity and class inequalities in COVID-19 work lives
DPO04 Manager's lived experience of uncertainty in the aftermath of a Pandemic
DPO05 Workers' inquiry in the time of a pandemic
DMS01 Consumer response to green advertising
DSM02 Servicescape: people-place relationship after COVID-19
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.
We also welcome full-time and part-time self-funded applications in topics in Law, dependent on supervision availability.
If you have any questions regarding our PhD studentships or about studying with The Open University Business School please contact us.