UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose



Learn more about the process of applying for a PhD in Innovation and Public Policy with the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).


Entry requirements

To be considered for the PhD programme, a minimum of an upper second-class honours’ bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard is required. You can search the entry requirements by the country studied in on the UCL programmes page. If your education was not conducted in an English majority speaking country, you will also be required to take an English language test to evidence adequate English proficiency. The English level for this programme is Advanced. 

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How to apply

If you would like to apply for the PhD programme, please complete this expresssion of interest form. This form asks you to provide a CV and provides a template for you to enter information about your proposed research. From there an assessment will be made as to whether or not there is a supervisor available who specialises in your research area. If you have further questions or if you are experiencing difficulties with the form, please contact the Teaching and Learning Administrator, Isha Reid.

Following your application

The university will conduct a number of checks to ensure you are eligible to study at UCL. Your application will be assessed by two academics with relevant expertise and you may be invited for an interview, which may take place in person, by telephone/video or by email, to explore further your ideas, skills, experience and commitment to doctoral research.

We aim to provide a decision within six working weeks of receiving a complete application and references. However, this may be longer due to other external factors. The Graduate Admissions Office will contact you with an official, binding offer.

Application deadline

There is no deadline for the Research programme. 

Modes of study

  • Full time: 3 years, plus one write-up year
  • Part time: 6 years, plus one write-up year

Please note modular flexible study and distance learning are not available for this programme. 

Tuition fee 

Full time: £5,525 
Part time: £2,765

Full time: £22,670
Part time: £11,510

International/overseas students

Check country-specific information