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PhD in Educational Technology

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The PhD in Educational Technology is a three-year full-time programme of study, for students who already have a recognised Research Masters qualification in a relevant area.

The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology (IET) provides a stimulating, inclusive environment for full-time PhD research study in the areas of technology-enhanced learning, online and distance learning, mobile and game-based learning, learning analytics, learning design, design of learning technologies, and Higher Education policy and practice.

How to apply

Applications for PhD study with IET should be made through The Open University’s Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies.

If you're interested in finding out more about how our PhD students have benefited from their doctoral study at the OU, read our student PhD stories below.


Making science more comprehensible with mixed reality

Yuko Suzuki investigates ways that mixed reality dimensions within a learning context can make science more understandable, during her doctoral research at the OU's Institute of Educational Technology.

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Dr Francisco Iniesto reflects on his time studying at IET

Dr Francisco Iniesto completed his PhD in Educational Technology in 2020, specifying his research in accessibility and MOOCs.

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Creating an interactive holographic artificial intelligence

Xinyu Huang explores 3D scanning, 3D reconstruction, motion capture, and natural language processing within her doctoral research at the OU's Institute of Educational Technology.

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