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Members of The Open University Business School’s finance research team specialise in personal finance and personal financial literacy, the history of investment, emerging financial markets, capital markets, financial risk management, bank risk, financial services regulation, Islamic finance and corporate governance. We also have broad and deep research expertise in the field of financial capabilities, including the institutional context for financial capabilities and behaviour. This includes the interaction between innovation and change at the level of economies, market institutions and regulation, and behaviour at the level of individuals and households. We also have expertise in understanding human behaviour in relation to financial capabilities and the relationship between emotion, emotion regulation and financial capabilities among private citizens and finance professionals.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and a Masters degree. Ideally we require 120 credits in research methods training. Where candidates do not have such training we can offer 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-time and full-time self-funded applications in these areas:

  • The history of investment, particularly women investors
  • Corporate governance
  • 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
  •  Islamic finance.

Further information

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

Debby Hing
+44 (0)1908 655272

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.