We offer research degrees on a full-time and part-time basis. You can study a PhD or MPhil full-time or part-time, and the Doctorate in Education (EdD) is a part-time degree. Full-time students are based at our main campus in Milton Keynes; part-time students carry out their research off-campus. All our degree students are well supported; you will have a supervisory team within an established research group and within a discipline-based research cluster. This team will provide support and training to help you develop your research, and will monitor your academic progress throughout your studies. The final assessment involves the submission of a thesis and an oral examination.
The entry requirements for an OU research degree vary according to the research topic; you can find out more by looking at the research areas listed on the right; contact details for academic staff are provided.
Before starting a research degree, and at regular points in your studies, you should consider your skills needs – your supervisors will help with this. It may be advisable to have completed a relevant masters degree prior to starting a doctorate. Courses are available at the OU, and through national doctoral training networks, to strengthen your qualitative and quantitative research skills.
On starting a PhD, you will initially be registered for an MPhil. When you pass your probationary period, your registration for a PhD will be confirmed.