Research course


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

Members of The Open University Business School’s finance research team specialise in: investors and investment, public sector finance and risk management, corporate governance and corporate financing, regulatory issues such as accounting standards and offshore tax havens, ethics and culture in finance, and Islamic finance. Furthermore, the Accounting and Finance discipline within the Business School is home to the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin), a multidisciplinary research centre which focuses on financial education and its impact, consumer behaviours relating to savings, debt and spending and investment choices and decisions.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

          Course contact details

          Claire Wylde

          +44 (0)1908 332311