Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis
Combining a PhD degree with a full-time job? The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) offers a programme that supports the ambitions and intensifies the research and analytical skills of fellows. The training programme invites GPAC² fellows to join the stimulating and challenging research community of UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance.
GPAC² meets the needs and availability of working professionals and researchers with full- or part-time jobs, allowing them to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The programme is designed to provide advanced training in the theory and skills crucial to policy analysis and design. The research that participants will focus on fits into one of the School’s research themes. The key lecturers of the programme are leading scholars in the field of policy analysis and the related areas like governance, social protection, migration, growth and development, technology and innovation.
The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) is taught in English. It consists of a first year with three training workshops, and two workshops built around research progress every subsequent year.
Research topics that are considered relevant and interesting within this PhD training programme are embedded in the public policy field with content focus that fits one of the research themes of the institute. As a public policy school, our aim is to do research on (public) policy governance and analysis. As UNU institution, we specifically (but not only) focus on the social aspects of growth and development, in particular the policy challenges posed by low levels of development. Within GPAC2 we find a broad interest of research ideas, including (among others) governance, social protection, migration, sustainable development, innovation and trade. With the training programme focus around research methodology in year one, we offer the classes to the full cohort. In higher year programmes, we build workshops around the research topics that our fellows select and embed their research in the research themes of the institute. Currently, the institution houses eight research themes:
- a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field such as economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health
- basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics – measured by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience
- basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law – measured by reviewing the content and grades of previous studies and/or the content and level of working experience
- proficiency in English. The minimum level accepted is 600 PBT, 100 IBT or 240 CBT (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS)
- approval and support from current employer to participate in GPAC² training programme
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