Research course

Economics of personal finance

Open University · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1, with masters degree preferred

Months of entry


Course content

The Economics discipline at the OU has strong research interests in the area of personal finance. This covers topics such as the capacity of people to make decisions on personal finance, as well as work on the access that people have to financial institutions. Recent research interests include work on behavioural economics, that is, how institutions might be organised to nudge people in particular directions in areas such as pensions. We also carry out research on gender and personal finance, such as differences between men and women within household budgets and the impact that government decisions have on men and women. Members of the discipline contribute to the Women’s Budget Group.

Potential research projects

Topics could include:

  • Household budgeting
  • Decision analysis and/or behavioural economics
  • Gender and economics
  • Financial capability
  • Financial inclusion
  • Pensions and tax.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456