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PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 months [Full-Time]
Entry requirements
Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to UK standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class , and a Masters degree (to UK standard) with results of 65% or above (or overseas equivalent). 

Please note: Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here. 

Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to a PhD programme.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y N N N

Programme description

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

Providing robust and systematic research training is a core strength of our PhD programme. To be able to take full advantage of the training opportunities that are offered students should reside in or within commuting distance from Manchester. We strongly encourage any students who do not reside locally to enrol full-time.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,407
    International students (per annum): £19,000

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact details

School/Faculty
Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Doctoral Programmes Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1200
Email
Website
https://www.mbs.ac.uk/study/phd/
School/Faculty
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to UK standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class , and a Masters degree (to UK standard) with results of 65% or above (or overseas equivalent). 

Please note: Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here. 

Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to a PhD programme.

English language

Candidates will be exempt from providing an English language test score if they are:
  • Native English speaker from one of the following countries; OR
  • In the process of completing a degree, or have graduated within the last 5 years, from one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you must demonstrate your English proficiency by taking one of the following tests and achieving the minimum stated score:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)
  • TOEFL: 100 internet-based or 623 paper-based (with a minimum of 20 in each component - internet based).
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 66 (with a minimum of 51 in each component)

If you are uncertain if these exemptions apply to you, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

To submit an application, please apply online.  Supporting documents may be provided electronically with your application, or you may provide them as hard copy documents directly to us here at the School.

An application should consist of the following documents.

  • Online application form
  • 3000-word Research Proposal outline
  • Certificates of all your previous degrees - these must be official English translations.
  • Grade transcripts of all your previous degrees - these must be official English translations. If you are currently undertaking a degree programme, an up-to-date interim transcript will be sufficient at this stage.
  • Two academic references, preferably from your most recent degree. Please note: If you are nominating a potential supervisor, they cannot act as a referee for you.
  • IELTS, TOEFL or PTE test result slip (if applicable)

Application deadlines for September entry: 30 June 2020

However, if you wish to be potentially considered for our funding opportunities, you must submit your complete application by the appropriate funding deadline.

We strongly recommend candidates to apply early and to make sure that all required documents are submitted with the application.  Please note that there are specific deadlines if you wish to be considered for funding.

How your application is considered

 

1. Application submitted online

2. Application screened to ensure the candidate meets the entry requirements and has submitted all their supporting documents.

3. If the candidate meets the minimum entry requirements and all documents have been received, the application is passed to the appropriate academics within the School for consideration and to identify a suitable supervisory team.  

4. Prospective supervisors will interview the applicant and make a decision following the interview

Interview requirements

All applicants are interviewed by prospective supervisors or appropriate academic members of staff. This also provides an opportunity for the applicant to discuss their project proposal. For applicants in the U.K., they are invited to attend the interview in person at the Alliance Manchester Business School.  For applicants based elsewhere, the interview will normally take place by telephone or Skype.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

Providing robust and systematic research training is a core strength of our PhD programme. To be able to take full advantage of the training opportunities that are offered students should reside in or within commuting distance from Manchester. We strongly encourage any students who do not reside locally to enrol full-time.

Aims

This doctoral programme provides advanced research and training in science, technology and innovation policy. Currently, there is a broad thematic focus on responsible innovation and the governance of emerging technologies. The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

Providing robust and systematic research training is a core strength of our PhD programme. To be able to take full advantage of the training opportunities that are offered students should reside in or within commuting distance from Manchester.

Special features

The PhD programme in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy offers an annual entry point of September.  Complete applications must be received by 30 June - please refer to the Entry Requirements information for further details.  However, if you wish to potentially be considered for our funding opportunities, earlier deadlines will be in place.

Admitted students will be supervised in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in the Alliance Manchester Business School. There are also opportunities for additional mentorship from specialist faculty engaged in science and technology research in other units at the University of Manchester.

Teaching and learning

Our research students follow a robust, systematic and flexible research training programme designed to
  • complement their own immediate requirements as they plan and write their thesis;
  • introduce them to the variety of research undertaken within the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, the Alliance Manchester Business School, and in other units at the University of Manchester, and
  • equip them with the broader skills to become leading edge science, technology and innovation policy researchers in the next generation.

The timetable runs from September to May each year.  Students are required to attend research training sessions, workshops and tutorials, workshops at the School and submit various pieces of assessed work throughout this period.

Normally, full-time students undertake this training and assessment in their first year of study. 

Coursework and assessment

Students are assessed in a number of courses as part of their research training programme. In addition, their progress is assessed at various stages of studies through the annual progress review process.

Programme content for year 1

A comprehensive Research Training programme is provided to PhD students, which requires class attendance on campus and completion of various pieces of assessed work. The Research Training programme provides opportunities to study science, technology and innovation policy, research design, and advanced methods and electives. Students will also participate in science, technology and innovation policy seminars and additional science, technology and innovation policy lectures and tutorials.

Programme content for year 2

Students may choose additional elective workshops from the Research Training Programme during Year 2 appropriate to their stage of study and to supplement their existing knowledge. Students will continue to participate in science, technology and innovation policy seminars, lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for optional rotation research training in other organisations, including member institutions of EU-SPRI (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation) and the Manchester | Atlanta | Beijing | Innovation Co-Lab.

Programme content for year 3

Students may choose additional elective workshops from the Research Training Programme during Year 3 appropriate to their stage of study and to supplement their existing knowledge. Students will continue to participate in science, technology and innovation policy seminars, lectures and tutorials.

Additional fee information

Home (UK/EU) candidates :

Full-time - £4,407 for Year 1; the tuition fees normally increase for subsequent years.

Overseas candidates:

Full-time - £19,000 per year for the 3-year programme.

For general fees information, please visit: Postgraduate Fees .

Scholarships and bursaries

Please see more information on our Funding Opportunities web page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

We have a tradition of producing high quality doctoral research. Many of our graduates hold academic positions in top universities and public agencies around the world. Graduates will be well-prepared to pursue academic and research careers in science and technology studies, policy and public administration, and interdisciplinary centres linking science, engineering, medicine, environment, energy and related fields with public, societal, and policy domains. Graduates may also pursue careers with think tanks, government, non-profits, or industry.