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PhD Studentships

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.

For the academic year 2021-22 (start date 1 February 2022) the deadline for Business School studentship applications has now passed. Funded studentships for the academic year 2022-23 (start date 1st October 2022) are likely to be advertised in November.

Examples of topics recently advertised:

Department of Accounting and Finance (DAF)

DAF01 Social and Economic Inequality in a Financialized Society

Department of People and Organisations (DPO)

DPO01 How did we get here?  The organization of anthropocentricism

DPO02 Craft Entrepreneurship in the imagined past, present and future

DPO03 Bodies working in space: Bridging inclusiveness of gender and dis/ability? 

DPO04 Performance Measurement System for a Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chain

Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE)

PuLSE01 Sustainability and consumption in critical times

Department of Strategy and Marketing (DSM)

DSM01 Non-Market Strategy

DSM02 A new era for the gaming industry: changing business models and emerging opportunities in a post-Covid world 

DSM03 Strategic Innovation

Law School (Law)

LAW01 Gender, sexuality and legal history

​LAW02 Digital Contracts and the protection of the vulnerable in financial services 

LAW03 Mapping Colonial Rule of Law in the Contemporary Commonwealth 

LAW04 Measuring the Impact of Clinical Legal Education on Graduate Career Trajectories

LAW05 Human trafficking and the law

LAW PuLSE01 Economic citizenship and governance in uncertain times


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