OU economists are involved in major externally funded pieces of work related to development and health, inequalities within households, the measurement of economic progress, and the impact of financialization on economic and social objectives. There are also high-profile research connections with other leading universities around the world.

We welcome applications from students with interests in development and structural change, innovation, industrial economics, health, social policy and wellbeing, economic theory and methods, economics of personal finance, economics and gender issues – particularly in household or labour economics, and global political economy.

Research students work closely with supervisors and have been very successful in obtaining jobs in academia.

Key facts

  • Publications in a range of excellent journals (economics, development, innovation, health and social policy).
  • Conference and other research expense support.
  • Strong connections with other schools and faculties in the OU (includes opportunities for multidisciplinary supervision e.g. economics and statistics, economics and business, economics and geography).
  • Very strong track record of grant funding from international and national sources (e.g. EU, UN, ESRC, AHRC).
  • Opportunity to apply for studentships supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Most of our full-time research students are based at our Milton Keynes campus; for details of residence requirements for different modes of study see Full-time study and Part-time study.



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Explore specific areas of research, current and prospective projects, entry requirements, fees and funding, available supervisors, how to apply and contact details for advice.

Economic theories and methods

Economics and policy of innovation and industry

Economics of development and structural change

Economics of health, social policy and wellbeing

Economics of personal finance

Economics of the environment and climate change

Global political economy


Related topics

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History and political economy of business and finance