Research course

Economics of social policy

Open University · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

Research by members of the Economics Department has made its mark in exploring the economics of social issues, in particular in the areas of inequalities, gender, health, social and child care, pensions, tax and benefit systems and financial capabilities.

Our research is not restricted to the economy as traditionally conceived, defined by the boundaries of the market, but explores the intersections of the market with other social institutions. We understand markets as socially produced, subject to and causing change through their interaction with other institutions.

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Topics could include: Dynamics of gendered relations Interface between family and markets Economics of care Direct and indirect effects of policy choices Financial capability and financial decision making Application of portfolio theory to consumer choice Behavioural economics Pension reform.

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


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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456