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Postgraduate Research Applications

Applications for full-time or part-time research will be considered. An MA or equivalent higher degree is normally a requirement for application to the PhD programme but other relevant experience will be considered, so please get in touch if this applies to you. All PhD students are initially registered for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and the PhD registration is confirmed after the successful completion of a probationary assessment (at the end of year 1 for full-time students and year 2 for part-time). Before formally applying you should have a well thought-out research project, and should discuss this project with the department. The project should set out to add to the scholarly understanding of the chosen topic, and should be feasible in terms of your skills, time and circumstances. We have written some guidance notes on how to write a draft thesis proposal to help you with this task. After you have read the guidance notes you should complete and return the preliminary application form [Word file, 32 KB]. Please send this to the address given below, either by post or by email. Further details, including the formal application process, entrance requirements, application dates, residence requirements, facilities and periods of study, are available from the Research Degree Prospectus.

NB: the deadline for completed applications for the year commencing in October 2019 is 11thJanuary 2019 and interviews will be held on 22nd January 2019. Please make sure you have made contact with potential supervisors and worked out your proposal well in advance of the January deadline.

For queries about pursuing research with the Department of Classical Studies, contact the department’s Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Dr Ursula Rothe (, or write to the address given below:

Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

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