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Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership

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On this page you will find current students talking about how they first made contact with the Open University about studying for a PhD as well as some practical advice on how to put together an application. Dr David Mills, the Director of the Doctoral Training Partnership, offers some background information about the training programme as well as advice on the application process. The Open University is particularly keen to encourage people who have been outside of academia. We understand that it can be daunting and that navigating university processes is sometimes not intuitive. So, please do make contact with the Pathway Leads, who will help you get over the initial hurdles. Details of our pathways can be found at Doctoral Training Partnership studentships - Social Science.


This was a live webinar with guidance about the application process delivered by Dr David Mills, Grand Union Director, and Professor Steve Pile, OU Academic lead,14:00-15:30 on 14 November 2018. If your questions aren't answered here, please contact the Grand Union DTP.

Advice from existing Grand Union DTP students

Why apply?

How to apply?

Advice from Dr David Mills, Grand Union DTP Director