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.
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
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- 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
- 3 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.
DisciplinesPublic Administration Innovation Management Public Policy
- 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.
International22010 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 22010 GBP per year and a duration of 3 months.
- Overseas part-time: £11,170
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