The University awards three higher degrees by research:
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctorate in Education (EdD)*
This degree is available only to students directly registered with The Open University.*
For the Master of Philosophy you undertake a research programme leading to the submission of a thesis that must include a critical review of the literature and give evidence of research ability. It must be a distinct contribution to scholarship in your field.top ^
A thesis for the Doctor of Philosophy must be a significant contribution to knowledge, worthy of publication and giving evidence of your ability to undertake further research without supervision.top ^
You may apply to submit published work for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy if you are:
Details of PhDs by published work are available from the Research School.top ^
The University awards two higher doctorates on the basis of published work:
Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
Doctor of Science (DSc)
You must show that you’ve made an original and substantial contribution to a significant field of study over a considerable period of time. The published work you submit must demonstrate that you are a leading authority in your field and have taken part in important innovations and developments in it.
Candidature for these degrees is limited to:
Details of higher doctorates are available from the Research School.top ^
If you’re awarded one research degree and want to take another, you must apply again for admission to the University.
Your second research programme may build on the work for your first thesis, but your submission for the award must contain entirely new material. Clearly indicated references to the contents of the first thesis are permitted.