The Open University Department of Economics is ranked excellent for quality of teaching by the Quality Assurance Agency and consistently achieves high rates for overall student satisfaction in National Student Surveys. We seek to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of personalised open and distance learning for economics and operate an open-entry policy to give the opportunity of a high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. In 2017, OU Economics graduates were found to be the second highest paid across all institutions and all subjects 12 months from graduation, based on a Department for Education survey.
Our degree courses in economics and personal finance are core to various qualifications in Social Sciences and Business. This includes our flagship BA (Hons) Economics degree launched in 2018, designed to give you the economic skills valued by employers and covers a broad range of real world topics in economics related to government policy, international trade, business decision making, work and climate change.
The Department of Economics research has an international profile, with projects funded by UK research councils, charities and international institutions such as the European Commission and United Nations agencies. Economists are part of the Open University’s research on Innovation and International Development, contributing to IKD: Innovation, Knowledge and Development Research Centre and IDII: International Development & Inclusive Innovation Research Network. Our newsletter is published monthly. Topics include the economics of industry and innovation, gender, health, human capabilities, personal finance, and international development, as well as political economy and macroeconomics. We also work in collaboration with the BBC and Economics staff have contributed to various BBC productions, including Wastemen, Billion Dollar Deals, and Masters of Money, a programme about Marx, Keynes and Hayek.