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Study Finance with The Open University

Members of The Open University Business School’s Finance research team specialise in: investors and investment, venture capital and private equity, innovation finance, public sector finance and risk management, the role of private firms in the provision of public services, private finance initiatives and public-private partnerships, corporate governance and corporate financing, corporate diversification and internal capital markets, the value relevance of directors' trades, regulatory issues such as accounting standards and offshore tax havens, takeover regulation, ethics and culture in finance, emerging stock market performance and market efficiency and Islamic finance. Furthermore, the Accounting and Finance discipline within the Business School is home to the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin), a multidisciplinary research centre which focuses on financial education and its impact, consumer behaviours relating to savings, debt and spending and investment choices and decisions.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

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.

Potential research projects

Internally funded full-time research studentships are advertised in January (closing date end of March) and may include the following areas. We also welcome part- and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:

  • Personal financial capability
  • The history of investment, particularly women investors
  • Financial and monetary history
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate diversification
  • Firm structure and the allocation of human capital
  • Mergers and acquisitions, takeover regluation
  • Venture capital, private equity, listed private equity funds
  • Behavioural finance
  • Financial markets, corporate bonds, share valuation and emerging stock markets
  • The capital structure and financing of businesses
  • Financial risk management
  • The economic regulation of utilities
  • Market efficiency and market anomalies
  • Islamic finance
  • Offshore financial centres
  • Private firms and the provision of public services
  • Private Finance initiatives/Public-Private Partnerships
  • Financialization
  • Shadow banking

Current/recent research projects

  • Innovation finance and perceptions of risk and uncertainty
  • Investor sophistication and the selling or holding of shares in the stock markets of mainland China
  • A political economy of modern finance and its economic consequences
  • A critical assessment of economic crises resulting in the design of a macroeconomic framework
  • Corporate governance in Africa
  • The Impact of Internal Corporate Governance Mechanisms on the Performance of Firms: Evidence from the UK and Germany
  • Stock market investment decision making and emotion regulation
  • Adaptation of social marketing in changing financial management behaviours to improve financial well-being: Evidence from the PUFin educational programme 'Managing My Money'
  • History of financial innovation
  • Monetary policy in the post-war period
  • The introduction of indexed-linked gilts
  • The microeconomics of offshore financial centres

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Claire Wylde
+44 (0)1908 332311

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.