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 personal finance and personal financial literacy, the history of investment, emerging financial markets, capital markets, financial risk management, bank risk, financial services regulation, Islamic finance and corporate governance. We have broad and deep research expertise in the field of financial capabilities, including the institutional context and the relationship between emotion, emotion regulation and financial capabilities among private citizens and finance professionals. The interaction between innovation and change at the level of economies, market institutions and regulation, and behaviour at the level of individuals and households are also of interest.

Potential research projects

Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the following areas. We also welcome part- and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:

  • Personal financial capability
  • The history of investment, particularly women investors
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial markets, corporate bonds, share valuation and emerging stock markets
  • The capital structure and financing of businesses
  • Financial risk management
  • The economic regulation of utilities
  • Islamic finance.
Current/recent research projects
  • Digital reporting and the constitutive entanglement of material technology, business, regulators and society governance of banking/financial institutions in Africa
  • Reconceptualising value: defining, measuring and managing social value creation by business enterprises
  • Corporate governance and firm performance
  • The impact of political connectedness on the quality of corporate governance disclosures in Pakistan
Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Debby Hing
+44 (0)1908 655272