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PhD Studentships and Vacancies

PhD studentship opportunities

We invite applications for full-time PhD studentships to be based at The Open University, details of currently available projects can be found below. Candidates are required to have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (see individual project descriptions for details). Studentships cover full-time fees and a stipend for three years (UK/EU rate).

If you would like to apply, please provide a completed application form, an up-to-date CV and a personal statement, ensuring you have clearly indicated the project(s) of interest. Completed forms and documentation should be sent by email to by the date stated on the project description. Interviews will be held at our Milton Keynes Campus (or via Skype by arrangement) - dates to be advised.  Application forms can be found here.

The Open University campus in Milton Keynes provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all of its staff and students. We particularly welcome applications from women and underrepresented groups.

You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries relating to the project and candidate suitability.

Click on the title of each project below for a detailed description.

Current studentship opportunities.

PhD studentship in the use of nanoparticles for biomedicine

PhD studentship investigating the potential role of a human long non-coding RNA with ‘accelerated evolution’ in neurodevelopment, maternal adversity and cancer

AHRC collaborative PhD studentship: True Colours- The effects of detergent use on the historic interpretation, understanding and conservation of museum textiles


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