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Postgraduate Research

We offer supervision for part-time and full-time research students.

As a postgraduate research student at The Open University you have the best of both worlds: You can work individually on a face-to-face level with supervisors like at other universities and participate in the full range of on-campus research, using the on-campus library and taking part in the Research School’s year-round programme of workshops, seminars and training for postgraduate students. You can, however, also study long-distance, benefiting from the vast Open University experience in this field and the latest communication technologies that mean you can be in regular contact with your supervisors. As a research student at the OU, you will have access to the OU library with its extensive collections of digital journals and books, as well as being able to become a member of a research library close to you through the SCONUL scheme.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Students for this degree undertake a research programme that requires proficiency in research methods and techniques and shows an adequate knowledge of the literature. The study should also make a distinct contribution to scholarship in your field. A thesis for the MPhil degree should be no more than 60,000 words in length.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A thesis for the Doctor of Philosophy must make a significant contribution to knowledge, be worthy of publication and give evidence of your ability to undertake further research without supervision. A PhD thesis should be no more than 100,000 words in length.

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