Funded PhD studentships in Mathematics and Statistics

Several full-time three-year PhD studentships in Mathematics and Statistics are available, commencing 1 October 2019. Studentships cover full-time fees, include a stipend (£14,999 per annum in 2019-20), plus £1250 annual travel allowance. Self-funded part-time PhD study is also available for some projects.

Situated on the OU Campus in Milton Keynes, the School of Mathematics and Statistics provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all of its staff and students, and holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award. We particularly welcome applications from women: the School ensures that every female PhD student is allocated a female member of staff as a point of contact, and organises networking events for female academic staff and PhD students.

Several research projects are available, covering topics in pure and applied mathematics, theoretical physics, Bayesian statistics and mathematics education. Full details of projects and further information are available from:

Interested persons are strongly encouraged to make informal enquiries to the Director of Research,

General information about studying for a research degree with the Open University is available from the Research Degrees Prospectus:

Completed application forms, together with a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying, should be sent to to arrive by 5pm on Friday, 8 March 2019. Application forms are available from

Overseas applicants are welcomed but those from a non-majority English-speaking country must hold a Secure English Language Certificate (SELT) at CEFR level B2 or higher at the time of applying.


Job location: 
School of Mathematics and Statistics
The Open University
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
Contact and application information
Friday, March 8, 2019
Contact name: 
Robert Brignall, Director of Research