Doctoral Programme In Public Policy

Starting at the University of Nairobi

Doctor Of Philosophy (Ph.D.) In Public Policy The Department of Political Science and Public Administration,
The University of Nairobi, in collaboration with Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), invites applications for admission into the January 2020 intake for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Policy.

About The Programme

The doctoral programme in Public Policy aims at providing graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies that will enhance leadership in policy-relevant research, the practice of public policy and the advancement of scholarship in public policy. The innovative programme was collaboratively designed by sixteen African Universities to enhance interdisciplinary grounding in the practice of public policy and to deepen research competencies. The programme will also impart knowledge and skills in research communication, scholarly publishing as well as leadership in pedagogical practice for next-generation academics, researchers, policy practitioners, and leaders. Graduates will be highly motivated and adequately equipped to contribute to economic development and social transformation at the national and global levels.

Key Programme Features

  • Work with experts to resolve real policy problems
  • Continuous networking with prospective employers and key stakeholders
  • Strong Linkage with the Global Public Policy Network of Leading Schools Internationally

Our aim is to produce graduates that will form a unique cadre of world-class professionals in public policy and research for work in:

  • Governments
  • Think tanks
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Regional and International organizations
  • Media
  • Universities

General Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission: a candidate must:

Be a holder of at least a Master’s degree in any academic discipline from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University of Nairobi senate.


The Doctor of Philosophy Degree will last for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 academic years.



Limited Competitive Scholarships available for top applicants

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Tel: +254 20 318262 Ext. 28146/28218 or E-mail: or

For further inquiries, please contact the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi
Tel: +254 – 20 338262 Extension 28171 or E-mail: