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PhD Studentships

For the academic year beginning 1 October 2018 we are inviting applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships. The studentships are based at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. The studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and a stipend (circa £14,533 per annum) for 36 months.

In order to be considered for a funded studentship your application should preferably be based on one of the advertised projects below.

Applications must include the following:

  • 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 completed application form
  • certificates with transcripts, if possible, confirming your professional qualifications relevant to your application

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.

Applicants who speak English as a foreign language and/or are applying for a Tier 4 visa must have achieved SELTS (Secure English Language Test) from a UK Border Agency-approved provider at level B2 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), in all four elements (reading, writing, listening, speaking).

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

The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held in April/May in person (or via web conference if required). PhD candidates are expected to give a 15 minute presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

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

Law

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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