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Recruitment timetable

Please note that the timetable below is for internally funded or self-funded PhD studentships and Professional Doctorates. Externally funded studentships, such as Doctoral Training Partnerships and Oxford, Open Cambridge would follow the timelines mentioned in the advertisements.

  • Studentship projects are posted on the OU jobs page in November/December
  • Deadline for applications 31st January (or as advertised)
  • Shortlist applicants February
  • Interview days March
  • Informal offers made in April/May
  • Formal offers issued by Research Degrees in July-September
  • Official start date of new cohort 1st October
  • Residential Weekend for Year 1 Professional Doctorates – first weekend in October
  • PhD Induction – early October