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PhD Studentships

For the academic year beginning 1 October 2016 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 you will receive a stipend (circa £14,296 per annum) for 36 months.

In order to be considered for the funded studentship your application must be based on one of the advertised projects below. Once you have decided which project interests you the most, you should apply following the instructions below. The deadline for applications is the 29 July 2016. Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held in August in person (or via web conference if required).

Your application should 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) plus 120 credits of research methods training or ideally a Masters in Research Methods (MRes).

PhD project titles we are offering are listed below and you can find out more by clicking on the individual links. Further details about supervisors can be found by going to the 'About us' link at the top of this page.

Further Information

If you have any questions about how to apply, what to include or about studying with the Open University Business School please contact

Graduate School Studentships

Accounting and Finance

People and Organisations

Public Leadership and Social Enterprise

Strategy and Marketing


Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL)

Anthony Nutt PhD Scholarship: Driving voluntary sector leadership research through PhD studentships