Research course

Economics of Social Policy including Behavioural Economics

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 discipline at the OU 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

          Course contact details

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