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Open University PhD Studentships 2021 on Responding to the Health and Climate Emergencies-UK

The Open University Business and Law Schools invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning February 1, 2021 on ‘Responding to COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency’.

This themed call is for PhD research projects that consider the organisational and legal challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the climate emergency – as urgent, complex societal problems that management, business and legal researchers can help to address. Your application should be based on one of the advertised projects.

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.

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The Open University was established by Royal Charter on 23 April 1969 and celebrated its 50th birthday in 2019.  We are the leading university for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in 157 countries worldwide. Uniquely placed to understand the needs of part-time students, combining their learning while earning, our innovative, award-winning distance teaching credentials have seen over 2 million students receive an education, otherwise denied to them at campus-based universities.  In addition to UK qualit... read more


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Open University Business and Law Schools PhD Studentships


Aim and Benefits of Open University Business and Law Schools PhD Studentships

  1. Studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and a stipend (circa £15,285 per annum) for 36 months.
  2. PhD studentships are based on full-time study for three years at the Milton Keynes campus. Students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes.

Requirements for Open University Business and Law Schools PhD Studentships Qualification

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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Documents Required for Application

Your application must include:

  1. Your proposal 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)
  2. A covering letter indicating your suitability for the project
  3. A fully completed 
  4. Copies of degree certificates and transcripts relevant to your application.


Application Deadline

September 7, 2020


How to Apply

If you wish to apply to undertake a PhD or MPhil at The Open University please click on the application form most appropriate to your circumstances from the list below:

  1. Application form (UK) if you are resident in the UK.
  2. Application form (Overseas) if you are resident elsewhere.
  3. Application form (Transfer) if you are transferring from another institution.

If you are applying for a Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship, please check the specific guidelines for accompanying documentation and proposals etc. Anyone applying for a Grand Union DTP Studentship needs to complete an OU application form and also the Grand Union DTP ESRC Application form.

For more details, visit Open University website



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