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PhD Studentships in Mathematics & Statistics

Unit :  Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Salary :  Stipend £15,285 per annum
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  STEM - MS PhD
Full time three-year and four-year Studentships
Closing Date :  5 March, 2021 - 17:00

Several full-time three-year and four-year EPSRC PhD studentships in mathematics and statistics are available, commencing 1 October 2021. Studentships cover full-time fees, include a stipend (£15,285 per annum in 2020–2021), plus £1250 annual travel allowance. Self-funded part-time PhD study is also available for some projects.

Situated on the Open University Campus in Milton Keynes, the School of Mathematics and Statistics provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all its staff and students and holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We particularly welcome applications from women. The School ensures that every female PhD student is allocated a female member of staff as a point of contact and organises networking events for female academic staff and PhD students.

Several research projects will be available, covering topics in pure and applied mathematics, theoretical physics and statistics. Full details of projects will be available at https://www.open.ac.uk/stem/mathematics-and-statistics/research/phd-research/research-projects-october-2021.” Interested persons are strongly encouraged to make informal enquiries to the Postgraduate Research Tutor, at

stem-ms-phd@open.ac.uk .

General information about studying for a research degree with the Open University is available from the Research Degrees Prospectus: 

http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/degrees-we-offer/doctor-of-philosophy-phd .

Applications are invited between 4 January 2021 and 5 March 2021. Completed application forms, together with a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying, should be sent to stem-ms-phd@open.ac.uk. Application forms are available from http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/mphil-and-phd-application-process .

Overseas applicants are welcome. Those from a non-EEA country that is not majority English-speaking must hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate equivalent to CEFR level B2 or higher at or shortly after the time of applying.


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 Recruitment Co-ordinator on <enter unit telephone number/or remove> or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number


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

Equal Opportunity is University policy


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


Posting Date :  14 January, 2021 - 15:00

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact: Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk.

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,
MK7 6AA

Resourcing-Hub-Feedback@open.ac.uk