Research course

Development economics: international collaboration in health and wellbeing

Open University · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The Economics Department 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 in the department 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 department 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.

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Commercialisation of health systems in developing countries Econometric analysis of welfare measures including happiness and capabilities Philosophy and economic theory – especially social choice or decision theory Economic analysis of UK health systems Survey design for welfare economics The capabilities approach applied to any area or topic in welfare economics Health, innovation and equity.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months


distance learning
variable months
full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456