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Being an OU research student

Being an OU research student

Over 900 students are registered for OU research degrees, supported on campus, online and through our global network of Affiliated Research Centres.

Here we explain what being an OU research student means in practice.

Research student at desk

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.

International 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.

The OU Graduate School

The School runs a programme of research skills training, cross-University events and online support to guide you through your journey.

Affiliated Research Centres

Across the globe, about a third of OU research students are studying based at an Affiliated Research Centre.


5 reasons to choose the OU for your research degree

  1. OU research students are satisfied! The OU came 5th for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2019.
  2. You become part of a vibrant and diverse research community at our campus and online.
  3. We will support you through your PhD journey with high-quality academic and pastoral support, excellent research facilities and a thriving research environment.
  4. You can enjoy our beautiful Milton Keynes campus.
  5. We offer opportunities and guidance to prepare and launch you into your career on completion.

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, email the Graduate School or call +44 (0)1908 653806.