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Public Policy PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 46 Public Policy PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

A PhD in Public Policy focuses on areas such as applied econometrics, political psychology, management and public budgeting. Whether you are interested in local governance, applying life-cycle thinking to public policy or environmental protection, you’ll be empowering policy makers to make informed decisions and improve the lives of millions of people.

What's it like to study a PhD in Public Policy?

Doing a PhD in Public Policy, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans economics, decision-making, politics and institutions, and science, technology and policy studies.

Some typical research topics in Public Policy include: 

  • applied microeconomics
  • behavioural economics and decision science
  • environmental economics
  • international trade
  • economic development

Typical Public Policy PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. As well as undertaking research training within your department, you will also attend external meetings and conferences and may be submitting research posters as your research develops.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam. 

PhD in Public Policy entry requirements    

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Public Policy usually involves a Masters degree with at least a merit. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans.

PhD in Public Policy funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Public Policy are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) who provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.  

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Public Policy (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.   

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Public Policy, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you.    

PhD in Public Policy careers

A PhD in Public Policy could lead you down a number of different routes. You may choose to stay in academia and carry out more research and teach the next generation of policy makers. Or you may want to venture outside of academia and make a name for yourself in think tanks, multinational organisations, NGOs or the private sector.

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3-year PhD studentship on “Innovation and Policy Acceleration” at SPRU, University of Sussex Business School (2024)

This 3-year PhD studentship on “Innovation and Policy Acceleration” will explore the potential for using technical innovation, finance, policy change, or even social change to accelerate progress towards tacking pressing social problems such as climate change, energy insecurity, poverty, healthcare, or industrial manufacturing (among others). Read more

University of Bristol, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law Postgraduate Research Scholarships for 2024/2025 entry

Closing date. Tuesday, 27 February 2024, 12 noon (UK time). The University of Bristol and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law are delighted to be able to offer a number of fully-funded Postgraduate Research Scholarships to candidates demonstrating exceptional research potential. Read more

Social Justice or Indoctrination: Investigating the Importance of Quality and Inclusive RSHE as Part of Initial Teacher Training in England

Applications are invited for a fully-funded, three-year, campus-based PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and will be supervised by Dr Mat Round, Dr Angeline Dharmaraj-Savicks and Dr Alessia Tranchese. . Read more

Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS), ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship in Social Care, Social Work and Social Policy

The Centre for Social Policy at the University of South Wales (USW) are delighted to offer fully funded Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP) studentships in Social Care, Social Work and Social Policy starting in October 2024. Read more

Cultural responses to the challenges facing small scale fisher communities around the UK

Close-knit settlements, traditionally dependent upon small scale fishing (SSF) enterprises, are facing cataclysmic socio-economic challenges including what has been termed the “marine clearances”, gentrification of quaint towns and diminishing catches. Read more

Examining the links between health and planning on the island of Ireland

  Research Group: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
The substantial growth in evidence of the impact of the environment on health and wellbeing demonstrates the increasing need to better appreciate the range of factors that can be a detriment to health outcomes and broader community resilience. Read more

When will Global Warming Stop?

There is a (mis)conception that our climate will continue to warm up even if we stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. But this is not true – if we stop emitting, the world stops warming – or at least approximately. Read more

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