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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Programme Overview

The PhD in Global Health Policy is a three year research programme (six years for part-time students). The degree of PhD is awarded for a thesis which must draw on the student's own research and which makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the chosen field of study and contains material worthy of publication. The thesis must demonstrate adequate knowledge of the field of study and relevant literature, and the ability to look critically at both the candidate's own work and that of other scholars in the field.

The normal progression for a PhD is that the first year is partly spent on preparing to undertake a PhD thesis by reading and reflecting on relevant literature and taking courses of importance to the researcher's work. A fully elaborated research proposal should be developed by the end of the first year. Provided the proposal received approval from a panel of member of staff, interested in the subject area, the student will be registered as PhD student in beginning of year two. The second year is usually spent on fieldwork and data collection, while the third and possibly fourth years are usually devoted to data analysis and write-up of the thesis.

Research Topics

The Global Public Health Unit welcomes proposals in following broad research areas:

Research Training

Students enrolled in a PhD programme at the School of Social and Political Science undertake in their first year of studies a set of training courses, which meet the generic requirements of the ESRC Postgraduate Research Training Guidelines. The choice of courses will be tailored around the student training needs in order to prepare the PhD candidate for later stages of their research. We may also encourage our students to attend courses in other schools across the university or at other institutions, if this benefits their project or professional development.

Throughout the degree we expect our PhD students to attend and actively contribute to the doctoral seminar programme, which is structured around three key areas of academic study: theory, method, and academic practice.

We further encourage students to take on a limited amount of teaching in health-policy related areas, for which they must attend the relevant training courses. In addition, students are invited to make use of the wide range of courses for professional development provided by the Institute for Academic Development.

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