Research course

Public Leadership and Social Enterprise

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 Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) discipline 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
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Claire Wylde

          +44 (0)1908 332311