PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.
Development economics: health, wellbeing, human development and innovation; Economics of personal finance; Economics of social policy including behavioural economics; Industrial economics: innovation, industrial evolution and green technology; Macroeconomics and Marxian theory
Months of entry
The Department of Economics comprises a group of economists who make a variety of significant contributions to the discipline, including the Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development hosted in the department and the Innogen Institute located at the University. OU economists are involved in major externally funded pieces of work related to development and health, inequalities within households and the measurement of economic progress. There are also high-profile research connections with other leading universities around the world.
We welcome applications from students with interests in development, innovation, industrial economics, health, economic theory and philosophy, behavioural economics, economics of personal finance, economics and gender issues – particularly in household or labour economics.
Research students work closely with supervisors and have been very successful in obtaining jobs in academia.
- Publications in a range of excellent journals (economics, development, innovation, health and social policy).
- Conference and other research expense support.
- Strong connections with other departments and faculties in the OU (includes opportunities for multidisciplinary supervision e.g. economics and statistics, economics and business, economics and geography).
- Very strong track record of grant funding from international and national sources (e.g. EU, UN, ESRC, AHRC).
- Opportunity to apply for studentships supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Discipline Convenor
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