Public Policy Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Members of the core team work closely with other centres and research groups at King's, including the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Centre for Conflict Security and Development (CSDG), the Social Care Workforce Research Unit (SCWRU) and the King's Centre for Risk Management (KCRM).


  • RAE score: This department was created in 2010 and therefore does not have a score for the 2008 RAE.

  • Research income: £850,000.

  • Current number of academic staff: 19.

  • Research students: 19.

The Department of Political Economy offers supervision for the MPhil/PhD research degrees covering most areas of public policy, drawing on academic expertise across and beyond the School of Social Science and Public Policy. Supervision may be provided from within the Department of Political Economy core team, or jointly with other staff of the School. The Department enjoys close links with a range of think tanks and public bodies where research collaborations may be possible.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, King's College London (KCL) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. King's College London (KCL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course study environment

The supervisory relationship is central to the development of the student's knowledge base in relation to his or her research topic. Admission to the public policy programme is highly selective and is dependent upon a good match being found between student interests and supervisor capabilities. Each student is allocated a principal supervisor from within the Department of Political Economy. He or she will be qualified and experienced in the relevant research area and responsible for all aspects of supervision, to include giving advice about the nature of research, the level of standards expected, literature and sources, and attendance at taught classes. Each student is allocated a second supervisor who may be a member of the Department, but could be subject specialist drawn from another department within the School of Social Science and Public Policy. Research students have access to a series of graduate seminars and taught programmes in public policy. The Department of Political Economy enjoys close links with a range of think tanks and public bodies where research collaborations may be possible.

Postgraduate training

The Department of Political Economy provides a master's level course in Research Design in Public Policy which research students are encouraged to take as a supplement to School and College provision.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Applicants will normally have Masters degree with at least a Merit (or international equivalent) including a dissertation mark of no less than 65% (UK marking scheme)

Application procedure

Applications are made to the Head of the Department and are reviewed by two members of the teaching team, in conjunction, where appropriate, with a subject specialist from among the departments of the School. All candidates are invited for interview and are expected to submit substantial written material in support of their application.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17850 International
  • GBP 4800 EU/EEA
  • Part time tuition fees: £2,400 per annum
  • Part time tuition fees: £8,925 p.a.


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