Research course


Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

OU economists are involved in major externally funded pieces of work related to development and health, inequalities within households, the measurement of economic progress, and the impact of financialization on economic and social objectives. There are also high-profile research connections with other leading universities around the world.

We welcome applications from students with interests in development and structural change, innovation, industrial economics, health, social policy and wellbeing, economic theory and methods, economics of personal finance, economics and gender issues – particularly in household or labour economics, and global political economy.

Research students work closely with supervisors and have been very successful in obtaining jobs in academia.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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