Studentship Information

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is an interdisciplinary and international research environment (you can learn more about it here). We are globally recognised for our expertise in artificial intelligence, data science, cognitive science, educational multimedia, human-centred computing, human-computer interaction, machine learning, and semantic technologies.

The success of our vibrant PhD student programme is due to a comprehensive support infrastructure and training provision that operates throughout our students' PhD journey. This includes a strong focus on community building and peer learning, weekly research forums, seminars, funding to participate in conferences, and an annual PhD student conference. Our PhD students have received best paper and distinguished dissertation awards at prestigious international conferences and have taken up research positions world-wide in academia, private companies (such as Google, Nokia and the BBC) and non-profit organisations.

We currently have a fully-funded vacancy for a full-time PhD studentship based at The Open University in Milton Keynes starting on 1st October 2022, which includes a stipend of £15,609 per year.

We are very proud of our genuine commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome and value diversity in all aspects.

Applicants are required to develop a project proposal as part of the application process and should contact the named contact(s) for their topic of interest to get more information and guidance on developing their application. Further details on the application process are available on the 'How to Apply' and 'Writing a PhD Proposal' pages.

The closing date for applications is: Thursday, 31st March 2022 (5pm UK time).

Visit our FAQs for more helpful information about the studentship.

The following list of topics, grouped by research area, are available this year.

A list of the topics can be found online at

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Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
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United Kingdom

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