2017 studentships

We invite applications for full-time PhD studentships to be based at The Open University, details of currently available projects can be found below. Candidates are required to have at least a good undergraduate degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant subject. Studentships cover full-time fees and a stipend for three years (UK/EU rate).

If you would like to apply, please provide a completed application form, an up-to-date CV with 3 academic references, a cover letter up to 1000 words, an IELTs English Language test score (for non-native English language speakers), ensuring you have clearly indicated the project(s) of interest. Completed forms and documentation should be sent by email to STEM-EI-RESEARCH@open.ac.uk by the date stated on the project description. Interviews will be held at our Milton Keynes Campus during w/c 27th March 2017.

The Open University campus in Milton Keynes provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all of its staff and students. We particularly welcome applications from women and underrepresented groups.

You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries relating to the project and candidate suitability.

Click on the title of each project below for a detailed description.

Available projects

Synthesis and characterisation of advanced functional 2D materials through Atmospheric plasma for solar fuels

Characterisation of high temperature plasticity using high-resolution digital image correlation 

Using satellites to monitor plastics in the world’s oceans 

Are Microplastics bad for the Terrestrial Food Web? 

Long-term life cycle assessment of waste management practices for biogenic carbon 

Development of high temperature in-situ neutron imaging and strain mapping capability for industrial applications 

Advancing the contour method for the measurement of residual stress in composite materials 

The potential health impacts associated with food waste storage, collection and processing 

Design and validation of 3D printed aperiodic cellular structures 

Materials behaviour in pulsed electromagnetic field 

Evaluation of smart innovation and development in smart cities and regions 

Meta-material surface-wave antennas for high spectral-efficiency wireless links 

3D printing of materials optimised for acoustical performance

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