Research course

Knowledge Media and Data Science

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

We develop impactful research at the forefront of benevolent tech, producing hybrid methods and tools to create, analyse and understand knowledge and media to benefit society. We are a globally recognised data science centre, the Knowledge Media institute (KMi) with a focus on social applications and pay specific attention to the ethical implications of our research.

We pioneer hybrid methods that mix human and symbolic understanding with machine power and analysis. We focus on significant societal challenges, such as improving innovation and education; preventing hate crime and terrorism; and enabling new ways of fulfilled working and living within smart cities empowered through citizen oriented technologies.

KMi is a non-hierarchical and people-centred research lab facilitating the free generation of ideas, and provides students with an agile environment that encourages creativity, fosters innovation and enables talent to thrive. Our lab is founded upon a strong moral compass, passion, motivation and commitment to research. We know from experience that these are key to success and crucially contribute to attracting and retaining talented researchers. We constantly promote opportunities for KMi’s PhD students and junior researchers to attend information days from funding bodies and provide internal training and support from senior members of staff on how to write grant proposals and create an influential research network.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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