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Full time PhD Studentships

Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
£15,009 (circa) per year
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PhD Studentships
Closing Date: 
16 September, 2019 - 12:00

The Open University Business and Law Schools invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 February 2020. 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.

Your application should preferably be based on one of the advertised projects described at In addition to these advertised projects, we are currently calling for proposals on ‘Responding to the Climate Emergency’. This themed call is for research that addresses the legal and organisational challenges posed by climate change. The Open University has a strong track record in this area, including high-profile OU/BBC co-productions such as, Blue Planet and The Bottom Line, podcast series and open educational resources. Other topics may be considered subject to supervision availability.

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 should have minimum qualifications of an upper second class honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) and usually a specialist masters in a subject relevant to the intended study with a strong research element.

Your application should comprise a 1000-word research proposal and a covering letter outlining your suitability for your chosen project. We must also receive a completed application form and copies of relevant degree certificates and transcripts before we can consider your application.

Further details of individual projects and how to apply can be found on the Business School website.

For enquiries email:

The closing date for applications is noon GMT on Monday 16th September 2019


An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Research and Enterprise Co-ordinator, Lin Nilsen on 01908 858365. 



We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community


Terms and Conditions (None Attached)

These roles are covered by various terms and conditions and will be made available to successful candidates

Posting Date: 
15 July, 2019 - 09:00