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PhD Studentships

The Open University Business and Law Schools invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 February 2020. You will join a vibrant environment of students and academics in the Faculty of Business and Law who conduct research of the highest international standard that has economic, public and social value consistent with the mission of the Open University. You will work with subject specialists and have the opportunity to develop your skills in research communication, engagement and impact.

Your application should preferably be based on one of the advertised projects described below (other topics may be considered subject to supervision availability). The projects include a themed call for proposals on ‘Responding to the Climate Emergency’.  This themed call is for research that addresses the legal and organisational challenges posed by climate change. The Open University has a strong track record in this area, including high-profile OU/BBC co-productions such as, Blue Planet and The Bottom Line, podcast series and open educational resources.

PhD studentships are based on full-time study for three years at the Milton Keynes campus. Students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. Studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and a stipend (circa £15,009 per annum) for 36 months.

Applicants for the PhD programme should have minimum qualifications of an upper second class honours degree 2:1 (or an equivalent) and usually a specialist masters in a subject relevant to the intended study with a strong research element.

Before we can consider your application, we need to receive:

  • a 1000 word proposal which indicates your knowledge of the literature, methods and likely approach to your project of interest
  • ·a covering letter indicating your suitability for the project
  • ·a fully completed application form
  • ·copies of degree certificates and transcripts relevant to your application

If your first language is not English, you will need to verify your competence in the English Language in all four elements (reading, writing, listening and speaking). The University requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any of the four categories (or approved equivalent). You should have your level of proficiency certified through a provider approved by UK Visas and Immigration and provide your certificate and grade with your application.

The closing date for applications is noon GMT on Monday 16th September 2019.  Your proposal, covering letter, fully completed application form and copies of certificates and transcripts, should be emailed to FBL-PHD@open.ac.uk, by the closing time and date.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held in October in person (or via web conference if required). PhD candidates are expected to give a 10 minute presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

We also welcome full-time and part-time self-funded applications in topics in business and management, dependent on supervision availability.

PhD project titles we are offering are listed below and you can find out more by clicking on the individual links:

If you would like to find out more about research projects in business/management, please visit our sister Open University Business School website.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding our PhD studentships or about studying with The Open University Law School, please contact fbl-phd@open.ac.uk

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