Open University

PhD degree at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is an Affiliated Research Centre (ARC) of the Open University. One of the world’s largest universities, the Open University is a distance learning and research university founded by Royal Charter in the United Kingdom in 1969 and funded in part by the United Kingdom Government.

Predoctoral research students are recruited directly to the Stowers Institute, but are registered with the Open University and perform all experimental research at the Affiliated Research Centre while 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.

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.