Full-time studentships

Open University - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Postgraduate Research Funding

Full-time studentships (currently £14,553 per annum 2017/18)

Part-time fee waivers 
Based in Milton Keynes

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences invites applications for full-time PhD studentships (three years) and part-time (six years) PhD fee waivers, commencing October 2018.

The Faculty has a thriving research culture and is engaged in world-class, critical and agenda-setting research that has a strong focus on social justice, impact and public engagement. We are committed to the enhancement and development of this culture as a priority in our mission. To this end, we welcome applications that can be supervised within or across the following disciplines within the Faculty: Development Policy and Practice; Economics; Geography; Politics and International Studies; Psychology; Social Policy and Criminology; Sociology. Please note that studentships in Arts and Humanities disciplines within the Faculty are advertised separately.

Further details of our PhD http://fass.open.ac.uk/postgraduate-research

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 as a first degree, a relevant master’s degree and be interested in conducting research at doctorate level in one of the following areas:

Development Policy and Practice, including: civil society, NGOs and social movements; health systems and development; Inclusive innovation and development; migration, transnationalism and development; 'Rising Powers' and Africa; states, political systems and developments, especially in Africa and Latin America

Economics, including: health economics; welfare economics; behavioural economics; personal finance; economics and development; economics of innovation; Post-Keynesian economics; economics of households

Geography, including: agriculture and food; culture and climate change; digital technologies and cities; geographies of migration, money and finance, religion and spirituality, sound; politics of consumption; resilience and social-ecological systems; place and identity.

Politics and International Studies, including: British and comparative politics; citizenship studies; democracy and social movements; international relationship and global politics; political ideas

Psychology, including: applied cognition; counselling and psychotherapy; critical, narrative, discursive and psychosocial research; forensic psychology

Social Policy and Criminology, including: policing and regulation; prisons and incarceration; social harm and crimes of the powerful; processes of criminalisation and social inequalities; institutionalised racism in the criminal justice system; violence and abuse; critical social policy

Sociology, including: Digital cultures, social networks and political change; digital, material and everyday participation, transformations and infrastructures; markets, consumption and cultural economy; migration, gender and generation; multicultural life, citizenship, difference, political conflict and social divisions; psychoanalytic sociology and the psychosocial; sociology of health and medicine

Please see Further Particulars for more information on research areas, supervision and research environment within the Faculty.

Applicants must normally reside in the UK for the duration of the studentship.

For pre-submission enquiries, prospective applicants may write to Dr Agnes Czajka, Director of Research Degrees, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS-PhD-Applications@open.ac.uk).

Application forms are available from http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply.

Completed application forms, together with a Research Proposal and a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying must be sent to FASS-PhD-Applications@open.ac.uk

Closing date: 5.00pm on 21 January 2018.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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