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Current PhD Studentships

Full-time PhD studentships available at

The Open University

Based in Milton Keynes


The School of Physical Sciences at The Open University will invite applications for full-time PhD studentships for an October 2021 start.

The available projects will be advertised from 1 December 2020. 


How to apply

If you would like to apply then please read the guidance on applying for a PhD studentship here and email the following to by the application deadline:

  • a completed Application form (UK) if you are resident in the UK or Application form (Overseas) if you are resident elsewhere which states the advertised project(s) above which you would like to apply for
  • an up to date CV
  • a list of individual courses taken and grades obtained
  • a personal statement 
  • any other relevant information that you think may support your case for consideration

You do not need to submit a research proposal for any of these projects, as they are already defined by us. You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries.


Closing date for applications: Friday 19 February 2021

Interviews will take place on Thursday 18 March/Friday 19 March 2021 


We are committed to widening participation and awarding PhD studentships to a diverse community of applicants. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups. Equal Opportunity is University policy