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Business and Management

The Open University Business School is a leading global provider of business and management education. Research in the fields of business, management, accounting and finance meets international standards of excellence and provides a strong evidence base to inform practice.

The School provides a lively and stimulating interdisciplinary research environment for PhD students. As a PhD student in OUBS you will be provided with the resources and support you need to enable you to fulfil your intellectual potential and generate research impact in your chosen field.

Doctoral researchers are fully integrated into the School’s academic and research community through regular seminars and social activities. Key to your development are the learning opportunities enabled by The Open University Graduate School and research training provided within the Faculty of Business and Law. We are also members of the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

Many of our PhD students go on to build successful academic careers internationally. Other OUBS students use the PhD as a platform for continuing professional development in a wide variety of occupations, from policing and international development work to management consultancy and international finance.

Research activity in the School focuses on research centres and departments:

  • Centre for Policing Research and Learning
  • Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL)
  • Research into Employment, Empowerment and Futures (REEF)
  • Accounting and Finance.

We also have a number of research clusters that capture key interests and common themes with the School:

  • Gendered Organisational Practice
  • History and Political Economy of Finance and Business
  • Social and Responsible Marketing
  • Social and Sustainable Enterprise (SSE)
  • Strategic Management and Leadership.

The School is also networked to two University-wide priority research areas aimed at addressing 21st century global challenges and promoting social justice:

Key facts

  • Requirements for entry onto PhD are normally 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.
  • Students are normally required to be resident in the UK for the duration of their studies.
  • Full-time funded studentships are advertised twice annually: in January/February (October start date) and May/June (February start date) for specific projects.
  • Full- and part-time applications are welcomed in any business and management research topic where there is research expertise. For information about researchers in the School see People.
  • Acceptance depends on the quality of the application, prior academic achievement and capacity to supervise the proposed research.
  • We do not offer funding for part-time study.
  • The PhD programme is not available by distance learning.