Doctorate Degrees in Public Policy

Compare 6 PhD Programs in Public Policy

Public Policy

A PhD is a higher education degree that requires about three to four years of schooling beyond a bachelor’s degree to receive. Many graduates are able to become experts in their field with the knowledge and skills they gain in their PhD program.

What is a PhD in Public Policy? This degree prepares students to better understand the theories involved in public policy and governance, and helps students create policies that generate a higher standard of living for communities around the world. Students are often able to specialize in a particular field so that they receive in-depth and customized education for their desired career.

The benefits of receiving a PhD in Public Policy are vast and far-reaching. Graduates enter the workforce incredibly prepared and knowledgeable, and that experience may lead to faster advancements in their career, as well as greater professional opportunities.

The cost to earn a PhD in Public Policy varies for each student and may depend on the location of the school, the amount of time it takes for a student to complete their degree, and any previous credits students have earned. Students should contact their potential schools in order to be fully informed regarding cost expectations.

Individuals who graduate with a PhD in Public Policy have many different employment opportunities available to them as the immense amount of knowledge and experience needed to earn this degree makes graduates indispensable in a variety of positions. Graduates may work as researcher directors, legislative aides, and policy analysts for research organizations, international public agencies, or policy consulting firms. Other individuals may choose to work in academia, doing research and helping set public policy for schools and education boards.

To learn more about earning a PhD in Public Policy and to find out how you can apply today, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Public Policy

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time September 2018 Hong Kong

The PhD in Public Policy program provides rigorous training in public policy research to academically outstanding students aspiring to pursue a career in policy research and teaching. [+]

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 programs 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.... [-]


PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program aims to train students in original research in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and to cultivate independent, interdisciplinary and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science, policy and management research and formulation. [+]

We are living in a world facing serious interrelated environmental problems, including climate change, pervasive pollution, reduction in biodiversity, and looming supply constraints for a number of key natural resources. Individually, and especially in combination, these issues pose serious challenges to sustainable development.

The Division of Environment has been created to meet such challenges. Our faculty members have diverse backgrounds in science, engineering, business and social sciences to provide integrated and cutting edge education and research on global environmental issues and emerging solutions.

This is a broad-based research postgraduate program that embraces a wide spectrum of environmental interests. It serves as an innovative platform for interdisciplinary research involving scientific, technological, environmental socio-economic and policy challenges.... [-]


PhD in Political Science, Public Policy Track

Central European University, School of Public Policy
Campus Full time September 2018 Hungary Budapest

The Doctoral Program in Public Policy is a specialized track in the Political Science PhD Program run by the CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. CEU is an English-language graduate school in Budapest, Hungary that is accredited in the United States and Hungary. [+]

The Doctoral Program in Public Policy is a specialized track in the Political Science PhD Program run by the CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. CEU is an English-language graduate school in Budapest, Hungary that is accredited in the United States and Hungary.

Modern policy making, devoted to the principles of good governance, transparency, accountability, and effectiveness, needs to be based on sound academic analysis. The Doctoral Program in Public Policy is designed for scholars interested in conducting research on the cause, function, nature, and outcome of public policy.

The program prepares graduate students for careers in both academic and applied research institutions. Core courses focus on the development of professional level research and analytical skills in the fields of European and international public policy, comparative policy analysis, and political economy.... [-]


PhD in Public and Social Policy

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years October 2018 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The Public and Social Policy (PSP) doctoral study programme prepares students for basic and applied research and teaching in the academia as well as other types of activities requiring a high level of theoretical and methodological education in PSP. This programme is open to all master degree graduates or equivalent. [+]

Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria

Oral entrance exam:

During the entrance examination interview, applicants must demonstrate ability to defend their research proposal in critical discussion and prove that they

• can formulate research questions,

• understand their topic’s broader context, and

• are fairly knowledgeable in public and social policy and related disciplines.

Priority topics of research projects for entrance examination:

(Other topics are not excluded, but they should be consulted and agreed upon by a future supervisor in advance.)

Public and social policies

Policy of social insurance and social security... [-]


PhD Sociology and Social Policy

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

Committed to teaching and research excellence, the School of Sociology and Social Policy is a dynamic center for collaborative and interdisciplinary PhD study. [+]

Research overview

Committed to teaching and research excellence, the School of Sociology and Social Policy is a dynamic center for collaborative and interdisciplinary PhD study.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination, and final thesis.

We offer PhDs in:

Criminology Public policy Sociology Social policy and administration Social work Science, technology, and society

"This programme combines advanced research training with high-quality supervision and feedback. You will study within a vibrant and active research community, and will be supported by two academic supervisors."... [-]


PhD in Sociology and/or Social Policy

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

In the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, teaching and research cover many exciting areas in these two related disciplines (http://www.ln.edu.hk/socsp/). In terms of research locations, we have expertise in Hong Kong, China and many other countries of the Asia-Pacific (including, for example, Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, and Myanmar) and other regions. [+]

PhD in Sociology and/or Social Policy

Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has a very good record of success in the HKPFS.

In the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, teaching and research cover many exciting areas in these two related disciplines (http://www.ln.edu.hk/socsp/). In terms of research locations, we have expertise in Hong Kong, China and many other countries of the Asia-Pacific (including, for example, Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, and Myanmar) and other regions. As well as sociology and social policy topics, we encourage interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research with our sister social science departments of Applied Psychology, Political Science and Economics. We would therefore also be delighted to hear from students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in cross-disciplinary topics. Within Sociology and Social Policy, members of staff currently have internationally recognised expertise in areas including:... [-]