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

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL) is a collaboration between The Open University and 18 UK police forces to create and use knowledge to improve policing. The Centre is located in and led from The Open University Business School and suppored by the Faculty of Business and Law jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. CPRL covers a range of academic disciplines relevant to policing, including psychology, engineering, web science, criminology, educational technology to support learning, leadership, management and organization studies. There are currently 49 academics across all faculties and institutes who are involved in research with CPRL. Within the Business School, research interests are in ethics, demand management, leadership, management, organizational learning, co-production of public services, city leadership and place leadership.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

          Course contact details

          Anita Aldridge

          +44 (0)1908 652845