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PhD study (full-time and part-time)

The Acoustics Research Group at The Open University (OU) is based in the Venables building on the OU campus in Milton Keynes. Applications for full- and part-time PhD research in the areas of environmental acoustics, musical acoustics or the development of acoustical measurement techniques are encouraged. We are interested in hearing from people with a good first degree (or a Masters degree) in a relevant subject who are keen to carry out research in the field of acoustics. 

Students who study full-time usually have their fees paid for them by their funding body. Strong candidates can be considered for an Open University full-time funded studentship. Part-time students are predominantly self-funding and are required to pay tuition fees in full at the beginning of the academic year. There is a comprehensive training programme in key skills for all PhD students and you may register for any of the OU undergraduate course free of charge. More information on research support is available here.
For general information regarding PhD study with the Open University, please look at the Open University Research Prospectus. For more specific information about studying for a PhD in Acoustics, please contact Dr David Sharp (

Call for full-time funded PhD studentship applications (March 2015)

The Acoustics Research Group is seeking applicants for full-time funded PhD studentships in the field of acoustics. Successful candidates will be based at the OU campus in Milton Keynes. The 3-year studentships provide a maintenance grant of at least £13,726 per year (2014 rate) and all academic fees are covered. Candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a good first degree (or a Masters degree) in a relevant subject area and will need to demonstrate interest in musical acoustics, environmental acoustics or the development of acoustical measurement techniques. 

Potential applicants are urged to make contact as soon as possible, in order to discuss and develop a project with potential supervisors prior to submission. These initial enquiries should be directed to Dr David Sharp ( for musical acoustics or acoustical measurement technique related projects, and to Dr Shahram Taherzadeh ( for environmental acoustics projects. 
Once a project idea has been developed, an application form will need to be completed (application forms are available here) and a research proposal written. Applications should then be emailed to David Sharp at  Please do not send your application to more than one addressee. The closing date for applications is 4th March 2015. Studies commence in October 2015.

Applications must contain:
1. The completed application form.
2. A research proposal outlining an area of study (600-1000 words)
3. Your CV plus the names and contact details of two academic referees
Information about studing for a PhD at The Open University and advice on writing a research proposal can be found here.

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