Research course

Voluntary Sector 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 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, 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