History and political economy of business and finance

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October April to July
(February start)
November to February (October start)
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
April to July (February start)
November to February (October start)

The History and Political Economy (HYPE) of Business and Finance is a research cluster based in the Open University Business School. It brings together scholars who aim at developing a critical approach to business and financial theory. HYPE puts forward an interdisciplinary research agenda using insights from the perspective of political economy (i.e., an interdisciplinary approach to the relations among individuals, governments, and public policy) and history.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • Lessons from the history of financial innovation
  • Gender in business and finance
  • The financial aspects of the environmental crisis
  • The political economy of (digital) platform capitalism
  • Structural change, exchange rates, and economic development
  • Implications of BREXIT for business and finance
  • The political economy of populism
  • Financialization, risk, and individual choice
  • Political economy and history of risk management
  • Monetary theory and policy in history
  • Financial accounting in context

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership or the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; some are funded by University studentships; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.



How to apply

Get in touch

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

Lin Nilsen

Email: FBL-phd
Phone: +44 (0)1908 858365

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.