Research course

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Open University · The Open University Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have minimum qualifications of an upper second class honours degree 2:1 and usually a specialist masters in a subject relevant to the intended study with a strong research element.

Months of entry


Course content

We have an active group of researchers working on topical issues relating to entrepreneurship and innovation. Our specialist interests include: environmentally and socially sustainable enterprise, the role of digital technologies in home-based micro-enterprises, and linkages between entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. Our work is often multidisciplinary in approach and covers a variety of organisational types and industry sectors, including social enterprises. We are currently developing new educational initiatives around innovation and enterprise, including a specialist undergraduate programme, which may offer teaching opportunities for suitably-qualified research students.

Several of members of our academic team are based in the Public Leadership and Social Enterprise discipline at the OU, which provides scope to examine cross-functional issues such as inclusive innovation, cross-sector collaboration or the role of ethics in specific entrepreneurial contexts. We are also linked to Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD), a vibrant interfaculty research centre that brings together academics from across the OU and other institutions to undertake joint research on the contributions of innovation to inclusive and sustainable development around the world.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lin Nilsen
+44 (0) 1908 858365