Research course

Employment, Empowerment and Futures

Open University · The Open University Business School

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus 120 credits in research methods training or, ideally, a masters degree in Research Methods (MRes), which is the usual precursor to PhD studies.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department for People and Organisations at The Open University is creating a Research Centre of Excellence that seeks to explore and shape the future direction of empowerment, work and society. REEF (Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures) will draw on the Department’s multi-disciplinary scholarly expertise to empower policy makers, organisational leaders, social practitioners and people from across contexts to work together to co-create innovative solutions for meeting these coming opportunities and challenges. It also will seek to help develop the skills and knowledge necessary to aid individuals and communities in their efforts to positively engage with a precarious present and future.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Claire Wylde
+44 (0)1908 332311