The Open University is a world leader in its research and student support. We currently have around 1000 students on research degrees on campus, online and through our global network of Affiliated Research Centres.
As an OU research student, you’ll enjoy high-quality academic and pastoral support, overseen by The Open University Graduate School. You’ll also have access to excellent research facilities and a thriving research environment. Our Milton Keynes campus also boasts plenty of green spaces and the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of clubs and sports.
Depending on the type of degree you’re undertaking, you’ll be supported in a number of ways, including seminars, supervisory sessions and a doctoral training programme.
The following sections go into more detail about everything you need to know as an OU research student.
Information on campus, how to get about, socialise and stay fit, and childcare options.
Accommodation, culture and surroundings, in the innovative modern city of Milton Keynes.
We welcome and support our international students.
State-of-the-art laboratories, a fantastic library and support for students with disabilities.
Your supervisory team is key to your development and success – we explain how supervision works at the OU.
Our research students benefit from a comprehensive programme of research skills training.