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PhD Studentships

Opportunities for funded studentships

OU residency policy: If you are studying for a full-time research degree, you will be required to live within a reasonable travelling distance of Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (this should not exceed 40 miles or 40 minutes’ travelling time), so that you can come on to campus regularly to fully engage with the University research environment.

Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships

In 2017, the Open University is offering a limited number of three-year, full-time Doctoral Scholarships in Open World Learning fully funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Candidates should have, or expect to gain, a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree or a Masters degree in education, language studies, psychology, computer science or another appropriate discipline.   Full funding for the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships includes fees and a living allowance (anticipated to be £14.533 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (Closed)

Innovation in Learning Pathway, Faculty of Wellbeing, education and Language Studies.  Based in Milton Keynes, UK

Pathway highlights

This pathway is dedicated to supporting research into innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.  Its focus is on initiatives which strengthen openness, inclusion and wellbeing in the digital age, particularly where these cross the boundary between formal and informal learning.  Areas of research strength include the use of appropriate technologies for educational and professional purposes, research into children’s digital lives using visual and child-led participative methods, creativity and technology in learning.

All documents must be emailed directly to creet-student-enquiries@open.ac.ukDo not email your application and proposal to the email address on the application form as this may delay the application process.

CREET and Open-TEL Studentships (Closed)

CREET and Open-TEL are offering a limited number of fully funded and partially funded full-time studentships for a 3 programme.  Half-funded studentships are also available for applicants who have already secured an external sponsor and you should indicate this in your application when you apply.   The funding for PhD studentships will include fees and a maintenance grant (anticipated to be £14.533 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.  Applicants who are able to fully fund themselves are very welcome to apply to CREET.

Information for Non EEA (European Economic Area) International Applicants

All prospective non-EEA (European Economic Area) applicants will require a Tier 4 student visa to take up a place to study full-time in the UK. In order to obtain a student visa, students will need an unconditional offer of a place to study for a postgraduate degree at a recognized educational provider and will need to be able to demonstrate that they meet the financial requirements laid down by UK Visa and Immigration. Further details of the requirements for entry to the UK as a postgraduate research student can be found here.

Applicants from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are not entitled to remain in the UK without a Tier 4 visa are required to provide evidence of competence in the English language. This should include all elements speaking, reading, writing and listening through a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at level B2 as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The list of approved test providers is online at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

IELTS Certificate

Non-EEA applicants will require an IELTS at B2 level with a minimum score of 6 in each element of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.  IELTS Certificates are valid for a period of 2 years.

Relevant documents

Application form Home

Application form Overseas

Writing a research proposal