Research course

Innovation and Education

Open University · Department of Education

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Education systems are an inextricable part of all economies, supported by a complex network of activities. They require significant use of resources, and try to deal with the extremes of limited availability of, and access to, the provision of primary education in some countries, through to the global availability of massive open online courses (MOOCs) to all with internet access. Innovation can occur at all levels (local, regional, national, and international) and in all parts (primary, secondary, tertiary, and lifelong) and yet many actors in education systems do not consider the implications of the actions they take in one part of the system on other parts because of the complexity and scale involved. Innovation in education systems may involve a mix of ‘social’ innovation, ‘open’ innovation, ‘configurational’ innovation, ‘systemic’ innovation and ‘technological’ innovation and understanding how these different conceptions of innovation can frame and shape education systems is the key focus of this research area, as is understanding the wider drivers for adopting or adapting different innovations.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor Andy Lane
+44(0)1908 655799