Research course


Open University · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

Since the 2008 financial crisis took hold, there has been a major intellectual shift, both in the discipline of economics and in the wider economic and social policy world, towards a renewed interest in macroeconomics. This has posed an intellectual challenge within a national discipline that had side-lined macroeconomic analysis. The Economics Department has taken up the challenge of renewing its macroeconomic expertise, developing macroeconomic research, and applying our interdisciplinary and pluralistic approach to economics to macroeconomic processes related to income distribution, industrial dynamics, and social and welfare processes.

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Topics could include: Theory of growth, innovation and structural change Multisectoral price and production systems Developments of the Pasinetti Model Financialisation, finance and economic performance Welfare and labour markets Inequality and income dynamics Pensions, tax and policy.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 654456