Research course

Business and Management

Open University · Faculty of Business and Law

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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

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is a leading global provider of business and management education. Research in the fields of business, management, accounting and finance meets international standards of excellence and provides a strong evidence base to inform practice.

The School provides a lively and stimulating interdisciplinary research environment for PhD students. As a PhD student in OUBS you will be provided with the resources and support you need to enable you to fulfil your intellectual potential and generate research impact in your chosen field.

Doctoral researchers are fully integrated into the School’s academic and research community through regular seminars and social activities. Key to your development are the learning opportunities enabled by The Open University Graduate School and research training provided within the Faculty of Business and Law.

Many of our PhD students go on to build successful academic careers internationally. Other OUBS students use the PhD as a platform for continuing professional development in a wide variety of occupations, from policing and international development work to management consultancy and international finance.

Research activity in the School focuses on research centres and departments:

  • Centre for Policing Research and Learning
  • Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL)
  • Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures (REEF)
  • Accounting and Finance.

We also have a number of research clusters that capture key interests and common themes with the School:

  • Gendered Organisational Practice
  • History and Political Economy of Finance and Business
  • Social and Responsible Marketing
  • Social and Sustainable Enterprise (SSE)
  • Strategic Management and Leadership.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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