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Being an OU research student

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The Open University (OU) is world leading in its research and student support – around 900 students are registered for OU research degrees, on campus, on-line and through our global network of Affiliated Research Centres.

Our students enjoy high-quality academic and pastoral support, overseen by The Open University Graduate School, as well as access to excellent research facilities and a thriving research environment. You might be based on campus living in the Milton Keynes area, or studying part-time and coming to the campus at regular intervals to meet with your supervisors and engage with the University community.

Depending on the type of degree you are undertaking, you will be supported in a number of ways including seminars, supervisory sessions and a doctoral training programme covering research methodologies and academic skills. Wherever you are, you will have access to a wide range of resources and the opportunity to be actively involved in the life of the research group to which you are attached. Read more in our student stories.

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, send us an email or call +44 (0)1908 654882.