The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is home to internationally recognised researchers in educational multimedia, collaboration technologies, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction. KMi offers students an intellectually challenging environment with exceptional research and computer facilities. You will be joining a dynamic PhD programme which brings together students in KMi with their peers in the Computing department and Institute of Educational Technology who together make up the OU's Centre for Research in Computing.
There are Research Studentships in KMi for highly motivated researchers interested in pursuing a Full-time 3 year doctorate under supervision. KMi sees PhD students as critical to its mission, and awards Studentships (£12,978/year tax free for 2008/09), with no additional fees, compulsory examinations or teaching required. Participation is required in CRC PhD events and thesis milestones, as specified in the KMi Research Degrees policy. Additional training courses to develop your generic research skills are run across the OU, attendance at which is agreed with your supervisor.
We tend to give preference to candidates who have been KMi interns, or with whom we have worked in some capacity (e.g. doing your Undergraduate or Masters project with KMi). So check out the opportunities for Visitors and Research Trainee positions.
How to ApplyRefer to the online prospectus at http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/ and download and complete the 10-page MPhil/PhD application form.
It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the named contact point for the project of interest to get more information about the project in question.
Applications should be sent by email to Research-Degrees-KMI@open.ac.uk (please CC KMI-Recruitment@open.ac.uk when submitting applications), including a covering letter, a research proposal (a maximum of 2,000 words) and a full CV, giving contact details for two academic referees.
Your PhD Proposal
PhD Proposals should address one of the PhD Projects. These have funding for 3 year studentships. If you wish to pursue your PhD part time, or have your own funding for full time study, you may write a proposal that addresses one or more of the core KMi research themes. See our research projects listed under each theme:
New Media Systems
Semantic Web and Knowledge Services
Multimedia and Information Systems
Key Information Links
KMi-specific PhD info:
email, telephone +44 (0)1908 654506).
General information: Ms Ortenz Rose, KMi Office (email, telephone +44 (0) 1908 654774, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK).