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PhD Studentships

For the academic year beginning 1 October 2019 we are inviting applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships.  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 £14,777 per annum) for 36 months.

In order to be considered for a funded studentship your application should preferably be based on one of the advertised projects below.

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.

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 business and management, dependent on supervision availability.

The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held in May in person (or via web conference if required). PhD candidates are expected to give a 15 minute presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

PhD project titles we are offering are listed below and you can find out more by clicking on the individual links::

Department of Accounting and Finance (DAF)

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

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Doctoral and Early Career Symposium on Academic Creativity and Openness

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:30 to 18:30

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