Before you apply, take a look at the research area you are interested in on our prospectus website. This will tell you about the research priorities, the supervisors available, and potential research projects the University is considering. Different research degrees have different application periods, so check the prospectus or advertisement for information about closing dates.
The ‘research topics’ pages give you contact details within each faculty, so you can discuss your research proposal with an academic member of staff. Most research degree places are subject to a competitive selection process; you will normally need to submit a carefully thought-out research proposal and attend an interview before you are offered a place. Places are decided based on:
(Claims for the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) or prior certificated learning (APCL) are not considered as part of our assessment of research degree applications).
It is strongly recommended that you discuss your proposed research project with a member of staff before you apply. If you are interested in applying for the EdD programme, before contacting staff you should first complete the online eligibility checker which will tell you if you are eligible to apply, and give you further guidance on writing your proposal.
Once you have decided which type of research degree is right for you, and checked that your proposed research topic aligns with the OU’s current research portfolio, check when you need to apply, and what to send us – this depends on the type of degree you are interested in. Follow the links below for more information on how to apply. If your application is shortlisted there will be a selection process involving an interview, references and sometimes you will be required to produce a piece of written work. Selection is conducted according to the fair selection principles defined in the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11. You can read more about the Quality Code in the Student Handbook.