University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Applied Policy Science

This programme provides policy-relevant skills and knowledge to empower you to assess complex issues confronting civil society in policy and governance and enabling you to compete and excel in careers in public, policy and political-facing roles. Some of the programme is delivered as taught modules, including 1 in a leading Westminster policy �think tank�. The majority of this programme comprises major pieces of student-centred research and the production of a dissertation and a thesis. Consequently, you will be encouraged to tailor your studies to align the course with areas of personal or professional interest. Centred on a conceptual and theoretical repertoire applied to real-world policy problems and contexts, the Professional Doctorate in Applied Policy Science provides you with the ability to apply a policy science approach, create, critically evaluate and communicate policy-relevant knowledge. It includes modules on policy, governance, globalisation, policy research and advocacy, constitutional frameworks and research methods.

Entry requirements

UK honours degree or its international equivalent (at least lower 2nd Class) or professional qualification deemed to be Honours degree (2nd Class) equivalent. For students where English is not their 1st language or where their degree has not been studied in the English language, a score of at least 6.5 on IELTS (or equivalent) is required. Direct entry onto the Doctoral level is possible to individuals holding a recognised masters level qualification in an appropriate field. Applicants, particularly those who don�t meet the above criteria, may be required to attend for an interview. Students will require access to a personal computer with an internet connection to undertake this course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Full-time £ 1,500 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
Professional Doctorate Part-time £ 1,500 per Academic year (home fees) 5 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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01772 892400