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Project Partnerships

Research Studentships

Supervised Open University PhD students work with organisations on research projects to help the external sponsor organisations grow and thrive.  External sponsors decide the extent to which their involvement is advertised and are involved in scoping a viable project proposal for a programme of student-conducted research that addresses the needs of the organisation and the requirements of the PhD programme.

Project Partnerships

IET seeks the involvement of non academic partners in our postgraduate research.  Below we have listed a number of potential projects where we would welcome partnership.  This could take a number of forms:

  • Fully funding a studentship project over 3 or 4 years (at £18,000 per annum)
  • Part funding a studentship project over 3 or 4 years (typically 50%)
  • Providing placements for students to carry out part of their research (e.g. in the gaming industry)
  • Supporting the student with resources such as software

The studentship projects indicate some of the research areas where we are seeking partnerships.  They can also be viewed as exemplars of such projects.  If you have further ideas about areas in which you would like to work with us (either as a potential student or sponsor), or are interested in some of the following, but would like to suggest slightly different directions, please talk to us about your ideas:

The studentship projects listed on the right indicate some of the research areas where we are seeking partnerships.

IET Research Studentships selection

The Open University has a rigorous selection process for PhD applicants and external funders are consulted about recruitment, with the University being responsible for academic judgements of recruitment and progress throughout the study period.  Supervision teams are also subject to University selection procedures.

Research Studentships usually commence in October.