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Full time PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law


Faculty of Business and Law

Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
Milton Keynes United Kingdom Business Commercial Law Contract Law Criminal Law E Business Management Business & Management Law Project Management Property Law

About the Programme

Full time PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law

Unit: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)

Stipend: £15,544 (circa) per year

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: Tuesday 13th July 2021 at 12:00 UK time

The Open University Business and Law Schools invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 February 2022. Your application should be based on one of the advertised projects. We also welcome full- and part-time applications in other areas of business, management and law, including on a self-funded basis, dependent on supervision availability.

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.

PhD studentships are based on full-time study for three years at the Milton Keynes campus. Full-time 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 £15,544 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.

Your application must include:

• a proposal which should be at least 1,000 words and no longer than 2,000 words, which indicates your knowledge of the literature, methods and likely approach to your project of interest (guidance on how to write your research proposal)

• 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 Tuesday 13th July 2021. Your proposal, covering letter, fully completed application form and copies of certificates and transcripts, should be emailed to by the closing time and date.

Interviews will form part of the selection process and will be held in August or September, either in person or remotely via videoconference. Applicants are expected to give a 10 minute presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

If you are applying to the FBL PhD Programme as a Centre for Policing Research and Learning PhD student please see here for further information about the process and application deadlines.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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