UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


PhD in Innovation and Public Policy

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is open to applications for our Doctoral Research Programme in Innovation and Public Policy.

The IIPP PhD in Innovation and Public Policy is an interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Programme focussing on rethinking innovation in the context of public value creation.

The programme 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. The primary supervisor and subsidiary supervisor then provides feedback and guidance to the student and renders a decision to upgrade the student or not. Full details of the upgrade procedure can be found here.

Programme code: RRDIPPSING18