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GOsC co-funds full/part-time PhD studentship with The Open University

12 December 2023

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and The Open University are offering an individual the opportunity to design and pursue their own three-year funded doctoral research under the guidance of supervisors from the Open University (OU) and GOsC.

GOsC regularly commissions research to inform our policy development and to assess the effectiveness of our regulatory processes. The precise focus of this PhD will be developed collaboratively after recruitment, however those who may be interested are invited to submit proposals that align with the following topics:

  • Study of trust in regulation and regulatory processes and functions (including education, standards, continuing professional development and Fitness to Practise) with patients and/ or with registrants.
  • Improving the information (readability, content, accessibility, usability) presented by the GOsC for the public about the regulation of osteopaths to support public trust and engagement.
  • Evaluating co production tools for registrants/patients/public in collaborative consultations.

The PhD studentship is available both full and part-time will be based in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) at the Open University in Milton Keynes, and will receive an annual stipend of approximately £18,622.

Applications close at 12:00pm on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

Find out more and how to apply for the PhD studentship on The Open University website

*updated on 9 February 2024 to reflect that the studentship is available both full and part-time.