Research course

Development Economics: Health, Wellbeing, Human Development and Innovation

Open University · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent), with masters degree preferred.

Months of entry


Course content

The Economics discipline at the OU takes an international view of economics research, and has also produced influential research in development economics, with particular reference to health, capabilities and wellbeing. Research has included a focus on concepts of human capabilities (what we are able to be and do) and how they can be operationalised to produce broad and innovative measures of human wellbeing, as well as the application of development economics and economic-anthropological fieldwork methods to the analysis of markets in 'social' goods such as health care, mainly in low-income contexts.

Members of the discipline are available to supervise related topics of a theoretical nature, combining economic theory and philosophy; or of an empirical nature using econometric, survey or interview methods.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456