For general information on OU research degrees

Please browse the OU Research Degress Prospectus and in particular:

For information on the School's research and projects

Please browse:

You may also find the answer to some of your questions in our FAQs.

All other enquiries

Please email the School's Research Degrees Admission Tutor, Dr Alistair Willis (CRC-PhD-Enquiries@open.ac.uk)


Initial approach

Before you apply formally for a research degree, we strongly recommed that you approach potential supervisors directly to discuss a possible research proposal. Remember that your chances of success are greater if you align your research interests with those of your potential supervisors.

Please browse our school's research pages, staff pages and student projects, to find people you can approach.

If you are unsure whom to approach, please contact the School's Research Degrees Admission Tutor, Dr Alistair Willis (CRC-PhD-Enquiries@open.ac.uk). 

For this initial approach, you should include in your email your CV and a brief paragraph describing the research topic you are interested in.

Formal application

Your formal application should include:

  • a 600-1000 words research proposal
  • a covering letter outlining your suitability for your chosen project. Please cleary indicate that you are applying to the School of Computing and Communications. If you are answering an advert, please make sure you quote the related reference number.
  • a copy of your CV
  • a completed application form, including details of two referees
  • copies of relevant degree certificates and transcripts
  • a copy of your SELTS test results (if applicable)

Your application should be sent to the OU Research School at the following email address: