Research students in Classical Studies at the Open University are valued members of the discipline and are part of a wider community of research students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the University. Our academic staff have wide-ranging interests and are able to supervise students in a variety of topics. If you are interested in doing a PhD with us, it’s a good idea to contact potential supervisors in the discipline who will be delighted to talk about your plans with you.
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 Research School’s year-round programme of workshops, seminars and training for postgraduate students. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to apply to be involved in teaching at the OU as part of the FASS PhD student teaching scheme. 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 also 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 Access scheme.
We offer supervision for part-time and full-time research students. You will normally be required to have completed an MA before applying, although other relevant experience will be considered, so please get in touch with us if you think this applies to you.
Read about some of our PhD students’ work on our blog, such as Kim Pratt’s recent experience in sharing her research with prisoners in the West Midlands, or Sarah Middle’s participation in the Institute in Ancient Itineraries, an international collaborative research project funded by the Getty Foundation and led by King’s College London.
Please see the links below for further information and advice on how to apply: