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PhD Studentships for International Students at Open University in UK, 2019

The Open University is inviting applications for full-time funded PhD Studentships for the academic year beginning 1 February 2019.

The Open University (OU) is public distance learning and Research University, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education.



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If English is not your first language then you will need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: October 8, 2018
  • Course Level: Studentships are available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: PhD project titles we are offering are listed below and you can find out more by clicking on the individual links:

Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL)

  • CPRL 01 The Experiences of LGBTQ and Professionals Working in Criminal Justice Organisations

Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL)

  • CVSL 02 The contribution of leadership in small and medium charities navigating change and transition

Department of Accounting and Finance (DAF)

  • DAF 03 A Comparison of Socially Responsible Investing and Sharia Complaint Funds

Department of People and Organisations (DPO)

  • DPO 04 The experiences of transpeople in the UK labour market
  • DPO 05 Grassroots spaces of recovery
  • DPO 06 tbc

Department of Strategy and Marketing (DSM)

  • DSM 07 Music and Consumer Response to Advertising

Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE)

  • PuLSE 11 Exploring enterprise, learning and growth from craft workshops to makerspaces
  • PuLSE 12 Promoting environmental sustainability in SMEs the role of intermediaries
  • PuLSE 13 Economic Citizenship and Governance in Brexit times
  • PuLSE 14 Understanding the relationship between identity and ethics in collaborative settings

The Open University Law School

  • LAW 08 Critical Perspectives on Blockchain Law and Regulation
  • LAW 09 Pedagogies and practices within UK legal education
  • LAW 10 Shifting paradigms within lawyering
  • Scholarship Award: The studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and a stipend (circa £14,533 per annum) for 36 months.
  • Nationality: This studentship is available for international students.
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: This studentship is available for international students.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

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.

English Language Requirements:  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).

Application Procedure

How to Apply: 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

Scholarship Link