Research course

Industrial Economics: Innovation, Industrial Evolution and Green Technology

Open University · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The Economics discipline at the OU has built up, since the 1990s, an innovative specialism in industrial economics - notably in the leading-edge field of evolutionary industrial theory and its implications for industrial and regulatory policy. Our expertise is acknowledged to have been one key element in the winning of the ESRC Innogen research centre, and the continuation of the Innogen Institute which includes several members of the discipline. We took the lead in building up cross-faculty expertise in industrial development and innovation through the IKD research centre, which brings together innovation researchers in health, human capabilities and finance.

The current group of industrial economists research the topics of industrial dynamics, industrial development, industrial finance and the implications of technical change, as well as the relationships and processes of finance and innovation.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456