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Innovation and Public Policy, Ph.D.

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The Innovation and Public Policy programme from University College London (UCL) aims to develop the next generation of world-leading interdisciplinary scholars in the economics of innovation, innovation policy and its governance, thus focusses on providing students with a bespoke programme of scholarly development designed to improve applied conceptual, theoretical and analytical skills.

A key goal of the programme is to prompt doctoral researchers to blend and synthesise different disciplinary tools to offer truly interdisciplinary analysis on how innovation can be harnessed to tackle global challenges. The students are encouraged to take courses and undertake research with other departments across UCL, as relevant for their research.

Educational Opportunity

In their first year, students are registered as MPhil candidates but are then expected to upgrade to PhD status within 18 months of registration. The upgrade process is an opportunity for students to present an in-depth research proposal that hones in on a specific area of study, and to look at preparation and resources required in order to complete the full PhD on time. 


This research degree programme aims to develop the next generation of world-leading interdisciplinary scholars in innovation theory, public policy, economics of innovation, innovation policy and its governance. 


Graduates from the programme will possess a unique analytical skill set in public policy, organisational and institutional innovation, new models of innovation policy (mission-oriented innovation), and dynamic capabilities in the public sector. Many public sector organisations, policy think tanks and other policy analysis organisations, NGOs and increasingly also large private organisations such as pharmaceutical companies, investment banks, etc, are looking for employees who are well versed and skilled in new ways of justifying, evaluating and implementing public policies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 3 months
    • Duration description

      3 years, plus one write-up year

    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      5-6 years, plus one write-up year

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Areas:

  • Public value and public purpose
  • Governance and digital transformation
  • The state's role in technological revolutions
  • Green economy for sustainable growth
  • Mission-oriented innovation policy
  • Patient finance, state investment banks and public finance
  • Rethinking health innovation
  • Risks and rewards
  • Space partnerships for mutualistic innovation eco-systems

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential.
  • Exceptions: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) or equivalent, they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted. 
  • We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well-prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22010 GBP per year and a duration of 3 months.
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  • Overseas part-time: £11,170 

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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