Research course

Markets, Consumption and Cultural Economy

Open University · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA or MSc.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Sociology has an established tradition of researching the cultural economy. Our work in this area explores how consumer markets are shaped and made, the role of markets in social and moral life, consumption and social divisions, and the cultural and creative industries. Highlights of present and previous research under this theme include:

  • Cultural economies of insurance and credit;
  • Culture, class and distinction;
  • Cultures of social inequalities;
  • Black British jazz;
  • Moral economies of Fairtrade consumption and recycling.

This theme is affiliated with the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), which makes a significant contribution to academic debates on public policy and social change in the UK and other national contexts.

Potential supervisors:

Department specialisms

For guidance on choosing a research project, please visit the Faculty of Social Sciences Research website. Information there will help you identify and articulate your research project, and tells you who to contact to discuss it before writing your proposal and submitting an application.

Fees and funding

For detailed information on current fees visit: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 653947