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PhD Science, Technology and Innovation Policy / Programme details

Year of entry: 2020

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