Research course

Public Leadership

Open University · The Open University Business School

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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

The Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) department at the OU is committed to generating public and social value through the impact of our work on research, policy and practice in the areas of collaborative and co-operative socio-economic governance, leadership and management of public and voluntary sector organisations, social and sustainable enterprise, and ethical professional practice. The reputation and success of the department is manifested in the work of three research centres (Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership; National Centre for Policing Research and Professional Development; Collaborative Governance Strategic Research Area). Our research employs diverse conventional, non-traditional and multidisciplinary approaches and combines critical understanding of leadership and management with a focus on working with practitioners in a variety of public, voluntary and private sector contexts.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Lin Nilsen
+44 (0) 1908 858365