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Research in the Arts

The Faculty of Arts is internationally recognized for innovative research across the range of its subject areas, including the study of literary, philosophical and visual texts and their reception; the historical investigation of policing, science and religion; and the exploration of performance in music and drama. Much work is focused on the United Kingdom (with strong interests in the national histories and cultures of Ireland, Scotland and Wales) but there is also considerable expertise relating to continental Europe, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Several major AHRC-funded projects are based in the Faculty. There is a strong vision for developing successful interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, and a commitment to ensuring that our research effectively informs not only our own teaching but a wider process of knowledge exchange with cultural and heritage partners.

As members of an academic community, we advance our knowledge and understanding through research and scholarly activity which contributes to the global research community and enhances the reputation of the University as a centre of academic excellence. See The Open University Student Charter to learn more about our principles.

The faculty is happy to accept applications for Honorary Associate status from Associate Lecturers each year with a December deadline.

Applying for PhD study 2015/16

We are now  inviting applications for October 2015 entry to our PhD programme. Applications will be considered by the Faculty of Arts on a competitive basis and forwarded to four CHASE panels for further assessment and ranking.

Further details of CHASE PhD studentships at the OU and the application process can be found online.

Please note that the deadline for all postgraduate research applications, including the CHASE studentships, is January 14, 2015.

Arts research intranet

Faculty staff can follow this link to access the Arts Research intranet.

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