The OU is world-leading in its research and student support – over 1000 students are registered for OU research degrees and enjoy high quality academic support, access to excellent facilities and being part of a thriving research environment. You might be living in the Milton Keynes area as a full-time student based on campus, or studying part-time and coming to the campus at regular intervals to meet with your supervisor and engage with the University community. You’ll also be able to integrate with academic staff and fellow researchers from a distance via the Virtual Research Environment (VRE), a portal for training materials, communications with fellow students, academics and administrative staff, online resources and more.
Depending on the type of degree you are undertaking, you will be supported in a number of ways including seminars, supervisory sessions and a doctoral training programme covering research methodologies and thesis writing. Wherever you are, you will have access to a wide range of resources and the opportunity to be actively involved in the life of the research group to which you are attached.
The Open University Student Charter website sets out the responsibilities The Open University and its students have towards each other, to allow students to achieve their full potential.