School of Physical Sciences at The Open University
Based in Milton Keynes
The School of Physical Sciences offers full-time, fully funded PhD studentships available to start in October 2024. The projects cover astronomy, planetary and space science, physics, space instrumentation, and data intensive and multi-disciplinary research areas.
(This is a 4-year studentship funded by UKSA for home students only)
We expect to recruit to four of the following 6 projects funded by DISCnet (www.discnet.co.uk), an STFC Centre for Doctoral Training:
(Projects D1-D6 are funded for a total of 4 years: 3.5 years of study plus a 6-month placement)
We expect to recruit to four of the following 10 projects:
How to apply
You do not need to submit a research proposal, as it is already defined by us. You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries.
Interviews will take place remotely on 7-9th February 2024.
Funding and Eligibility
Unless stated otherwise, the studentships are funded for 3 years and 3 months, attract a stipend of £18,622 per year (2023/24 rate) directly payable to the student, and cover the home-student University fees.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must meet the UKRI academic requirements. We normally require that the candidates have at least a 2:1 at UK BSc or MSc level, but some projects may differ – please check the project description or confirm with the main supervisor of the project you are interested in.
Advice and Guidance
Please contact STEM-SPS-PHD@open.ac.uk with any questions about general administration, eligibility, suitability, funding or the nature of the PhD research. Our PhD administrator Debbie Briggs and postgraduate research tutor Konstantin Stefanov will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you have questions about specific projects, please contact the lead supervisor named on the project.
We are committed to widening participation and awarding PhD studentships to a diverse community of applicants. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups. Equal Opportunity is University policy.
Our researchers are involved in a number of collaborative PhD projects with colleagues from other areas of the STEM faculty, please see projects below to find out more and how to apply for these roles.
The following project is a separate industrial CASE studentship between the OU and Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (Airbus DS) providing both academic and industrial research experience:
The following project is based in the school of LHCS