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Currently open PhD positions can be found on our vacancies page. Here a number of project topics are listed and it is strongly recommended that applicants contact the named supervisor(s) for the topic of interest to get more information about developing a project proposal. It is also important to read the online prospectus before downloading and completing the appropriate 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 Please CC the supervisor(s) 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.

Read more information about proving your English language abilities

Postgraduate Research Student Tutors:

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

  • Dr Alexander Mikroyannidis (Email Icon Telephone Icon +44 (0)1908 652073)
  • Dr Trevor Collins (Email Icon Telephone Icon +44 (0)1908 655731)
  • General information:

    For information about the recruitment process contact the recruitment coordinator in KMi

    • Ms Ortenz Rose (Email: Email Icon / Phone: Telephone Icon +44 (0) 1908 654774 / Mail: Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK).

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