Research course

Voluntary Sector Leadership

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 Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) is one of The Open University Business School’s centres for academic excellence. These centres seek to combine original research, the development of teaching and external engagement in ways that are relevant and useful to a specific community.

CVSL is specifically concerned with research led insight and the co-production of free on-line educational resources of relevance to small and medium sized voluntary sector organisations.
CVSL focuses specifically on leadership but importantly adopts a broad definition of leadership concerned with making things happen rather than being concerned with leadership as something that is solely attributed to individual people and lone hero figures. Leadership is seen as practice that can be collaborative and shared by many individuals who collectively make a difference in an organisation or in the sector more generally.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Claire Wylde
+44 (0)1908 332311