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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.

CREET PhD Studentships in Applied Linguistics, Childhood Studies, Education (including International Education), Languages, Technology Enhanced Learning and Literacies.

CREET is offering a limited number of fully funded and partially funded full-time studentships for a 1 + 3 programme (MRes and PhD) or +3 PhD.  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 studentship provides a maintenance grant of £14.057 per annum and all academic fees are covered.  Applicants who are able to fully fund themselves are very welcome to apply to CREET.

Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships

In 2016, the Open University is offering 6 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.   The studentship provides a maintenance grant of £14.057 per annum and all academic fees are covered.

Open Technology Enhanced Learning (OpenTEL) Fully funded PhD Studentships

We are offering up to 4 fully funded full-time studentships for a 1+3 programme (MRes and PhD) or +3 programme (3-year PhD).   You will have, or expect, a 2:1 or above in an undergraduate degree or a Master’s degree in education (or equivalent), psychology, computer science or another appropriate discipline. For direct entry to PhD you will need to have completed postgraduate study that includes appropriate research methods.

Learning from Incidents and Implementing Action (LFI)

1 fully funded PhD studentship

This PhD study is funded by the Energy Institute and Shell and is led by The Open University. The research aims to benefit industry by improving health, safety, and environment (HSE) performance through implementing and measuring Learning From Incidents (LFI). The study is based at the Institute for educational Technology at the Open University and is supervised by Professor Allison Littlejohn and Dr Bart Rienties along with industry colleagues.

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. Full details of the current requirements of the points-based system 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

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

Writing a research proposal