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Research degrees we offer

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Types of degree available:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (full and part time)

Doctorate in Education (EdD) (part time only)

Doctorate in Health and Social Care (DHSC) (part time only)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) (full and part time)

PhD by Published Works (available to internal OU staff only; talk to the Research Degrees Team if you're interest in this option).

Full-time study or part-time study?

Full-time study

Part-time study

Higher doctorates

The University also awards two higher doctorates, the Doctor of Letters (DLitt) and the Doctor of Science (DSc) on the basis of published work. These qualifications are only open to graduates of the University, a graduate holding a degree validated by The Open University who is not otherwise eligible for registration with a degree-awarding institution, members of University staff of at least three years standing (including Associate Lecturers) and others with established links to the University. Please contact the Research Degrees Team for further information.

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.