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Being an OU research student

Being an OU research student

Around 1000 students are registered for OU research degrees, supported on campus, online and through our global network of Affiliated Research Centres.

In the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2019, we came 5th out of 103 institutions for student satisfaction.

Research student at desk

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.

Life on campus

Information on campus, how to get about, socialise and stay fit, and childcare options.

Living in Milton Keynes

Accommodation, culture and surroundings, in the innovative modern city of Milton Keynes.

Overseas students

We welcome and support our international students.

Research facilities

State-of-the-art laboratories, a fantastic library and support for students with disabilities.

Supervision and support

Your supervisory team is key to your development and success – we explain how supervision works at the OU.

Training and development

Our research students benefit from a comprehensive programme of research skills training.

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, email the Graduate School or call +44 (0)1908 654882.