Research course

Economics

Institution
Open University · Department of Economics
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

          Name
          Discipline Convenor
          Email
          FASS-Econ-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
          Phone
          +44 (0)1908 659304