PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports.
MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required.
Months of entry
The Geography discipline at The Open University has built a reputation for producing rigorous and innovative intellectual work in both human and environmental geography, a serious commitment to active engagement in the world beyond the academy, and the development of an intensive yet flexible research culture. Its achievements are reflected and recognised by having 76 per cent of its research rated as being world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Research is conducted through the OpenSpace Research Centre which promotes research on geographical and environmental concerns. Students are regarded as valued members of the discipline, able to interact with research-active academic staff and post-doctoral fellows based on campus in Milton Keynes, as well as with other staff and students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and its associated research centres.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time72 months
- full time36 months
- full time15 months
- part time24 months
Course contact details
- Discipline Convenor
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