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The Open University Economics

Department of Economics

The Open University Economics, The Open University Department of Economics is ranked excellent for quality of teaching by the Quality Assurance Agency. Its courses in economics and personal finance are core to various qualifications, including the BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics, BA (Honours) Business Studies: Economics pathway, BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences and BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences: Economics pathway. Our teaching achieves very high rates for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Surveys.

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. Topics include the economics of industry and innovation, gender, health, human capabilities, personal finance, and international development, as well as political economy and macroeconomics. Economists are members of the Open University Research Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) and the Centre for Identity, Citizenship and Governance (CCIG).

Qualifications & Courses

The department specialises in the provision of undergraduate economics courses for part-time students. Students can enrol without any prior qualifications to an economics programme that progresses from foundation to third level. A range of economic issues are explored throughout the programme using written materials, multimedia software, and personal tutor support.



  • BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences (Q15)
  • BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45)
  • BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences (Q69)

Certificates of Higher Education

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences (T06)

Diplomas of Higher Education

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences (W40)


Undergraduate Courses

The following courses are not necessarily shown in the recommended order of study for an OU qualification.

  • You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123)
  • Running the economy (DD209)
  • Doing economics: people, markets and policy (DD309)
  • Personal investment in an uncertain world (DB234)

Related Courses

The following courses are not necessarily shown in the recommended order of study for an OU qualification.

  • Introducing the social sciences (DD102)
  • The uses of social science (DD206)
  • Introduction to financial services (BD131)

Contact us

For general Economics enquiries please contact:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

School Co-ordinator: Jan Smith
T +44 (0)1908 654456

Further information

Careers and admissions advice: The Open University offers advice through the enquiries area.

Postgraduate enquiries: Please email fass-econ-pg-admissions

Registered Students: Please access information available only to registered students through StudentHome.