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Research degrees

Welcome to The Open University’s research degrees prospectus.

5th for overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Researcher Experience Survey 2019, the OU supports a diverse community of over 900 postgraduate research students, doing cutting-edge PhD and Professional Doctorate projects:

  • at our vibrant campus in Milton Keynes
  • through innovative Doctoral Training Partnerships
  • around the globe, linked through Affiliated Research Centres.
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My supervisors have been amazing. Extremely supportive when needed while also allowing me to have very independent control over my project. They have just been great and made the experience so worthwhile and so much fun.

Freya Wise
Freya WisePhD Student, School of Engineering and Innovation

The love of learning, support and friendship knows no boundaries at The Open University. It is indeed a place that lives up to its name where doors are open, minds are open, people are open, and opportunities are open to everyone.

Simona Radu
Simona RaduPhD Student, OU Business School

Frequently asked questions

If you’ve got a question about what it’s like to be a research student at the OU, we’ve got the answer.

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