Global Health Policy, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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This PhD degree provides a structured programme of research training to equip students with the skills required to complete doctoral-level research in International Public Health Policy. The degree is an ideal way for students to make an original contribution to this field by pursuing a long piece of research on a topic of particular interest to them. An MSc/Diploma by Research in International Public Health Policy is also available.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

This programme aims to provide rigorous postgraduate training to those interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research across public health and the social sciences. It offers a structured training towards research either for a PhD or as a stand-alone degree, the basis for a research career.
The Global Public Health Unit (GPHU) was established to carry out and disseminate research in health policy and provide exceptional postgraduate teaching.
Focusing on the principles of equity, access and universality, we have gained an international reputation for the quality and social relevance of our research.
Our research is organised around the following four intersecting themes, each of which is central to contemporary policy debates:

  • Commercial sector and public health
  • Health systems and global governance
  • Social determinants of health and public policy
  • Science, advocacy and health policy
GPHU staff have a history of conducting outstanding research and of playing a leading role in debates around the impact of current policies on public health and social inequalities. We contribute to the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals and to professional journals, as well as the wider media.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 60 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Predefined
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

The PhD in International Public Health Policy is a three year research programme (six years for part-time students). The degree of PhD is awarded for a thesis which must draw on the student's own research and which makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the chosen field of study and contains material worthy of publication. The thesis must demonstrate adequate knowledge of the field of study and relevant literature, and the ability to look critically at both the candidate's own work and that of other scholars in the field.

The normal progression for a PhD is that the first year is partly spent on preparing to undertake a PhD thesis by reading and reflecting on relevant literature and taking courses of importance to the researcher's work. A fully elaborated research proposal should be developed by the end of the first year. Provided the proposal received approval from a panel of member of staff, interested in the subject area, the student will be registered as PhD student in beginning of year two. The second year is usually spent on fieldwork and data collection, while the third and possibly fourth years are usually devoted to data analysis and write-up of the thesis.

Research Topics

The Global Public Health Unit welcomes proposals in following broad research areas:

  • Commercial sector and public health

  • Health systems and global governance

  • Social determinants of health and public policy

  • Science, advocacy and health policy

Research Training

Students enrolled in a PhD programme at the School of Social and Political Science undertake in their first year of studies a set of training courses, which meet the generic requirements of the ESRC Postgraduate Research Training Guidelines. The choice of courses will be tailored around the student training needs in order to prepare the PhD candidate for later stages of their research. We may also encourage our students to attend courses in other schools across the university or at other institutions, if this benefits their project or professional development.

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Academic Requirements

  • Degree certificate(s) – for all previous degrees. Please note that this can be provided after assessment in most cases.
  • Final/interim transcript(s) – for all previous and current degrees. Interim transcripts with current cumulative averages are acceptable for those still studying, though the final average is required if the degree has been completed.
  • Grading scale(s) – for each university transcript is submitted.
  • Research proposal – Proposals should be no more than two to three A4 pages for MScR and three to four A4 pages for PhD applications in 12pt Times New Roman font (this does not include references). See the University's Research Proposal information page for help with this.
  • Academic references – Referee email address must be institutional (i.e not a public email account). Uploaded references must be dated within one year of submission, on institutional letterhead, signed in pen (not a signature image) and in a non–editable format.

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