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Full-time funded PhD Studentships - School of Physical Sciences

The Open University - Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The School of Physical Sciences, STEM Faculty, invites applications for full-time PhD studentships for an October 2019 start; projects are divided into different categories based on the disciplines and the range of backgrounds expected from applicants:

  • Physics
  • Physics Education
  • Astronomy 
  • Planetary and Space Science
  • Space Instrumentation

There are likely to be at least 10 full-time PhD studentships available, funded by STFC and the OU.

The three-year research studentships provide a maintenance grant of £14,777 per year (2018-2019 rate) and all academic fees are covered.

Scientific proposals for each of the PhD projects, along with information about training, the School of Physical Sciences and how to apply can be found at the following address:

Note that you may apply for multiple projects if you wish and that applications are welcome from UK-based, non-UK and non-EU applicants. If you would like to apply then please send a completed application form, an up to date CV, list of individual courses taken and grades obtained, personal statement, plus any other relevant information that you think may support your case for consideration, together with an indication of project(s) of interest to

General enquiries about PhDs in the School of Physical Sciences should be directed to Postgraduate Tutor:  Prof. Andrew Norton (

Closing Date: 15 February 2019 at 12.00 noon

Interview date: 14/15 March 2019

Equal Opportunity is University policy.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Milton Keynes
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per year (2018-2019 rate) and all academic fees are covered.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th December 2018
Closes: 15th February 2019
Reference: 11821
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