Global policy challenges such as ageing, climate change, economic crises, and terrorism call for innovative solutions beyond institutional and disciplinary boundaries, and public policy schools, departments, institutes, and programmes have been set up in leading universities around the world to tackle these global challenges. With substantial strengths in science, engineering, business and management, and quantitative social science areas, the Division of Public Policy (PPOL) and the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) are established to develop public policy as an emerging strategic area by fostering close collaboration across disciplines and to contribute more to policy development in key policy areas both locally and globally.
The programme aims to develop unique interdisciplinary postgraduate programmes to provide rigorous training in policy research on a wide range of policy areas, such as environmental/ social/ economic policy, innovation, and technology policy that meet society’s needs and professional requirements.
PhD in Public Policy
The PhD in Public Policy programme provides rigorous training in public policy research to academically outstanding students aspiring to pursue a career in policy research and teaching. Given the breadth and depth of research faculty expertise across departments and schools in HKUST, students in the Public Policy programme will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following four policy areas: science, technology and innovation policy, environmental policy and sustainability, and social changes and public policy, and China’s development policy.
The following areas are the Division's main foci:
- Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
- Environmental Policy and Sustainability
- Social Changes and Public Policy
- China's Development Policies
To facilitate interdisciplinary research, students enrolled in the Programme will be co-supervised by faculty members of the Division who have been appointed jointly with other schools.
i. General Admission Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have:
- obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;
ii. English Language Admission Requirements
You have to fulfil English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*:
- TOEFL-iBT 80
- TOEFL-PBT 550
- TOEFL-Revised Paper-Delivered Test 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
- IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.5 & All sub-scores: 5.5
*If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.
iii. Additional Information for Applicants
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in any field with strong academic performance, especially in analytical courses and they are highly recommended to have a satisfactory GMAT or GRE score.
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