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
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.
Potential research projects
Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the areas below. We also welcome part- and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:
- Public- and third-sector governance, leadership and management
- Interorganisational and intersectoral collaboration
- Social and sustainable enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship
- Ethical professional and organisational practice
- Practice-based learning and pedagogy.
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Claire Wylde
- +44 (0)1908 332311