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Currently open PhD positions can be found on our vacancies page. Here a number of projects are listed and 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. It is also important to read the online prospectus before downloading and completing the appropriate MPhil/PhD application form.

Completed application forms must be accompanied by: a covering letter/email, explaining your reasons for applying; a research proposal, maximum length 2,000 words; and a full curriculum vitae, giving the contact details for two academic referees.

Applications should be sent by email to; and applications supported by supervisors in the School of Computing & Communications should be submitted by email to Please CC the contact person for your chosen topic when submitting your application.

All applicants must have a first or upper second class degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent and ideally a relevant Masters degree. Unless from a majority English-speaking country, non-EEA applicants will require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each element of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. IELTS Certificates are valid for a period of 2-years.

Postgraduate Research Student Tutors:

Feel free to contact one of the tutors for advice about doing a PhD in KMi or C&C.

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) - Dr Anna De Liddo (Email Icon Telephone Icon +44 (0)1908 653591) or Dr Trevor Collin (Email Icon Telephone Icon +44 (0)1908 655731)

School of Computing & Communications (C&C) - Dr Patrick Wong (Email: / Phone: +44 (0)1908 659356)

General information:

For information about the recruitment process contact the recruitment coordinator in KMi or C&C.

Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) - Ms Ortenz Rose, KMi Office (Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK).
Email Icon Telephone Icon +44 (0) 1908 654774

School of Computing & Communications (C&C): Ms Lesley Simpson, C&C Office (email / phone +44 (0)1908 654762 / Mail: School of Computing & Communications, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK).


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