Research Degrees

PhD students studying in their office

Recruiting now for October 2016

As part of the launch of our Graduate School, the Open University has announced 30 PhD studentships for study commencing on 3rd October 2016. You may view the general advertisement. Applications in Mathematics and Statistics are particularly encouraged. 

We seek applicants for 3-year full-time PhD studentships, which cover fees, include a stipend (currently £14,296 per annum) and include a £1000 annual travel allowance. These studentships are restricted to nationals of the UK, EU or EEA who have ordinarily been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years.

Application deadline: Friday, 29th July 2016

Several research projects are available, covering topics across pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. Please see the list of named projects for further information.

Key Benefits

  • Studentships cover fees for 3 years
  • 3-year stipend (currently £14,296 pa)
  • £1000 annual travel allocation
  • Dedicated work-space and computer
  • LTCC and APTS subject training
  • Full departmental seminar programme
  • Friendly & flexible environment
  • Support to join a learned society

PhD students benefit from a lively research environment with a full programme of seminars; extensive university and departmental training, career development opportunities and support to join an appropriate learned society.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all of its staff and students, and holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We particularly welcome applications from women: the Department ensures that every female PhD student is allocated a female member of staff as a point of contact, and organises networking events for female academic staff and PhD students.

How to apply

  1. Read our Guide for applicants, as well as the generic university guidance on how to apply.
  2. Read the list of available projects and choose which ones interest you.
  3. Make informal enquiry with the Director of Research.
  4. Complete the application form and email it with all supporting documentation to
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