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Full-time PhD Studentships



A full-time three-year PhD studentship selected from ENGINEERING, DESIGN, ENVIRONMENT, MATERIALS, ENERGY and ELECTRONICS is available, commencing 1 October 2021. The studentship covers full-time fees, includes a stipend (£15,285 per annum in 2020/2021), plus an additional annual research allowance.

Students will be expected to undertake their research study at the Open University Campus in Milton Keynes1 - a well-connected and growing modern town, situated on the Oxford-Cambridge arc and just over half an hour’s train journey from London. The School of Engineering and Innovation has a large postgraduate student community and provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all its staff and students, with well-resourced laboratories and workshops.

This year’s research projects represent contributions from all disciplines in the School. Full details of projects are available from www.open.ac.uk/stem/engineering-and-innovation/phd-students/current-phd-studentships.

Interested persons are strongly encouraged to make informal enquiries to the lead supervisor of the research project they are interested in before applying.

General information about studying for a research degree with the Open University is available from the Research Degrees Prospectus.

Applications are invited until 5 March 2021. Completed application forms, together with a covering letter (two A4 pages maximum) indicating your suitability and reasons for applying, should be sent to stem-ei-phd@open.ac.uk. Application forms are available from www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/mphil-and-phd-application-process.

Overseas applicants are welcomed. Those from a country that is not majority English-speaking must hold an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) purposes, with an average score of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any of its four categories at the time of applying.

1 All the necessary safety measures related to the current pandemic situation are in place.

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