Open University

PhD degree at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research

 

Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University

Predoctoral research students are recruited directly to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, which is an Affiliated Research Centre (ARC) of the Open University. Students perform all experimental research at the Affiliated Research Centre while being registered with the Open University and following Open University procedures for student progress and assessment. This program is ideal for students who have already acquired advanced and specialized knowledge in a field of study and are ready to start lab-based research.

 

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Program Overview

Potential candidates should initiate their application to this program by contacting an individual Stowers investigator. Registration through the Open University will normally be offered to students with an educational background in the United Kingdom with at least a class 2 (i) honours bachelor degree, or its equivalent in a relevant subject, a relevant master’s qualification or equivalent, or extensive independent laboratory research experience. Students with equivalent qualifications from outside the United Kingdom may be considered for Open University registration.

The research degree arrangement of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research with the Open University complies with the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) requirements for postgraduate research degree programs and collaborative provision.

 

Eligibility

Registration through the Open University normally will be offered to students with an educational background in the United Kingdom or with an equivalent educational experience, normally with at least a class 2 (i) honours bachelor degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject or a relevant master's qualification or equivalent.

This program may also be appropriate for any student who has already acquired the advanced and specialized knowledge in their field of study and is ready to directly begin lab-based research. For US-educated students, this is likely to require a Masters qualification or three or more years of independent research experience.

All students have to undergo a rigorous interview process.

Research proposals must be submitted to the Research Degree Coordinator before an offer is made to ensure that it is likely that the student and project will meet the Open University standards.

Applicants who are not from a majority English speaking country or have not completed a degree in the UK or in a majority English speaking country, must supply evidence of their English Language competence. Academic staff should satisfy themselves that the candidate’s level of English language is sufficient for PhD study, i.e. the equivalent of iELTS level B2 level or above in all 4 components (Listening, reading, writing and speaking).

 

Contact Us

For all inquiries regarding our Affiliated Research Center Open University programme, please contact:

Leanne Wiedemann, PhD
Research Degree Coordinator
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
An Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University
1000 50th St Kansas City, MO 64110 USA
LMW at stowers.org
+1.816.926.4052

or send a letter to:

Leanne Wiedemann, PhD
Research Degree Coordinator
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
An Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University
1000 50th St, Kansas City, MO 64110 USA

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