Open University PhD Experiences/AdviceWatch
Hi, I’m not but I studied Ma Creative Writing at OU. I enjoyed it but too a break after a year when I found out that I enjoy YA writing and OU only does adult fiction. Keep is posted how it goes, the whole online experience was excellent and I’m sure you’ll do well.
Hello, I am currently doing my PhD at the OU. It really depends on your habits and time management skills. For me, it has been very hard to arrive in the UK as an international student and cope with work from home as I don't feel there is a separation between my job and my personal time, I am aware I need to improve and it is part of the process as well (especially under the current cirsumstances). In your case, you need to find out what is that could possibly be difficult for you with the environment you have at home. For your studies I highly recommend you start reading and taking notes of the papers as soon as you can if you already have an assigned project or if you are sure your project won't change anymore. Definetely consider if you will need a pilot study, and try to plan, design and submit everything as soon as possible after you started, the Ethics review takes a long time and it is best to get your pilot done earlier (although you might not need one, you can ask your supervisors).
How do you feel about the level and quality of supervision the OU offers? And have you ever encountered any prejudice from other PhD candidates about the OU?