Research course

Business and Management

Open University · The Open University Business School

Entry requirements

PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports.

MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required.

Months of entry


Course content

The Open University Business School is a leading international management school with the largest management education programme in Europe. Research is at the heart of our activities, underpinning our teaching, consultancy, advisory and policy work.

Research activity in the School focuses on five research centres:

The School is also networked to other faculties through participation in the collaborative Research Centre:

Our themes include traditional business disciplines and newer areas such as social marketing, social enterprise and management learning. Working in collaboration with institutions around the world, our research involves extensive engagement with professional practice in business and management and offers wider benefits to society.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
      full time
      15 months
      • PhD
        part time
        72 months
          full time
          36 months

          Course contact details

          Claire Wylde

          +44 (0)1908 332311