2018 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 early in March 2018.

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

3D printing of materials optimised for acoustical performance

A Novel Hybrid Method for Reliable Surface Residual Stress Measurement

Adhesive, tribological, and lithographic behaviour of novel silicone liquids

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

Creep Damage Measurement of Austentic Stainless Steel Using Hydrogen Desorption

Deformation due to cyclic loading in additively manufactured nickel base superalloys

Design and validation of 3D printed aperiodic cellular structures

Functionalisation of titanium alloy surfaces

Hybrid structures for low cost batteries and supercapacitors

Inclusive design of buildings, places and other designed things from a disability perspective

Mechanical Anisotropy in Additively Manufactured Aerospace Alloys

Micromechanical study of engineering alloys using high resolution digital image correlation

Microplastic Contamination Environmental Impact of Plastic Materials in Terrestrial Ecosystems

Rapid Acquisition of Biomaterial Degradation Kinetics

Socio-technical decisions and their carbon consequences in building developments

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

Towards co-creation of the urban built environment using Participatory GIS to give an equal voice to women and other under-represented groups

Understanding and Visualising Design Margins in Engineering Design

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