Full-time PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law at Open University UK

Full-time PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law

Full-time PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law

The Open University Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law invite applications for several full-time funded PhD students starting 1 February 2023.  Your application should be based on one of the advertised projects. We also welcome full- and part-time applications in other areas of business, administration, and law, including on a self-funded basis, conditional on supervision availability.

You will join a vibrant environment of students and academics in the Faculty of Business and Law who perform research on the highest international benchmark that has economic, public, and social values compatible with the mission of the Open University. You will work with subject experts and have the opportunity to expand your skills in research communication, engagement, and impact.

The Open University (OU) is a British public research university and the largest university in the United Kingdom by several students. The majority of the OU’s undergraduate students are established in the United Kingdom and mainly study off-campus; many of its courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) can also be studied anywhere in the world. There are also several full-time postgraduate research students based on the 48-hectare university campus in Milton Keynes, where they use the OU facilities for research, as well as more than 1,000 members of academic and research staff and over 2,500 administrative, operating, and support staff.

The OU uses a combination of strategies for teaching, including written and audio materials, the Internet, disc-based software, and television programs on DVD. Course-based television broadcasts by the BBC began on 3 January 1971 and ended on 15 December 2006.

Materials include initially authored work by in-house and external academic contributors, and from third-party materials approved for use by OU students. For most modules, students are helped by tutors (“associate lecturers”) who deliver feedback on their work and are normally available to them at face-to-face tutorials, by telephone, and/or on the Internet. Several short courses worth ten credits are now available that do not have an appointed tutor but offer an online conferencing service (Internet forum) where help and advice are delivered via conferencing “moderators”.

The university is included in major world university rankings such as Times Higher Education World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, and Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The OU rated in the top third of UK universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 using the Times Higher Education Power Score.

The Open University rated third in National Student Survey 2021 reaching 88.24% for overall student satisfaction.

Like other UK universities, the OU actively engages in research. The OU’s Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute has become extremely well known to the public via its involvement in space missions. In October 2006, the Cassini-Huygens mission including 15 people from the OU accepted the 2006 “Laurels for Team Achievement Award” from the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

Cassini-Huygens’ successful completion of its seven-year, two billion-mile journey in January 2005 to Saturn ended with Huygens landing farther away from Earth than any prior probe or craft in the history of space exploration. The first instrument to touch Saturn’s moon Titan was the Surface Science Package including nine sensors to investigate the physical properties of Titan’s surface. It was created by a team at the OU led by Professor John Zarnecki.


Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law cover tuition fees, a great research exercise support grant, and a stipend (circa £15,609 per annum) for 36 months.

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Eligibility for the Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law

Applicants for the Studentships in the Faculty of Business and LawPhD program should have minimum qualifications of an upper second class honors degree 2:1 (or an equal) and usually a specialist masters in a subject appropriate to the conscious conscious study with a strong research element.

How to Apply for the Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law

Your application must include:

  • a proposal which should be at least 1,000 words and no longer than 2,000 words, which demonstrates 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 showing your suitability for the project
  • a fully completed application form
  • copies of degree certificates and transcripts applicable to your application

The application deadline for this scholarship is July 13, 2022.


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