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What will I learn?

Our PhD programme is a multidisciplinary course offered by UNU-MERIT and it’s School of Governance. The programme focuses on research skills and methods, training fellows to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and the economics of technology. During their first year, fellows complete a basic, compulsory training programme conducted by leading scholars of the host and partner universities. These courses are taught in Maastricht and spread across two semesters. Taught entirely in English, this is an annual Maastricht-based programme which starts on 1 September. At the end of the programme, the doctoral degree is awarded by Maastricht University upon successful defence of the thesis. Seven research themes:

1. The Economics of Knowledge and Innovation

2. Poverty, Public Policy and Inclusive Innovation

3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions

4. Sustainable Development, Innovation and Societal Transitions

5. Innovation Systems Indicators and Policy

6. Migration and Development

7. ICT-enabled Innovation and Societal Transformations

Our PhD programme provides advanced training in the knowledge and skills relevant not only to basic research in a variety of fields linked to economics, technology and governance, but also to policy analysis including policy design, policy monitoring and policy evaluation. PhD fellows follow individualised plans that outline the requirements for completion of the programme. These plans take into account their research interests and their educational and professional backgrounds. They are agreed upon with the programme committee at the start of the course and with the supervisory team in subsequent years of the programme.

Training programme

During the first year, fellows complete a basic compulsory training programme conducted by members of our faculty. The courses are spread across two semesters and taught in Maastricht. The first semester consists of a course programme to be taken by all fellows. In the second semester, we offer two specialisations, both leading to a PhD at Maastricht University. Fellows select their individual course programmes based on background knowledge, need and interest.

Career prospects

Our programme gives fellows the skills to function as professionals in many challenging environments. Our PhD fellows typically go on to work as:

• Academics

• Government staff

• Political analysts

• Policy specialists

Many of our alumni now work for NGOs, research institutes such as the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI), as well as international organisations including the European Union, United Nations and World Bank.

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
EUR 7,000 for First year; EUR 2,500 for Subsequent years
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,

MAASTRICHT,

Limburg,

6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field including: economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, or business administration. Basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience. Basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law, measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience. Proficiency in English, with a minimum level of 600 PBT / 240 CBT / 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.0 for the IELTS.

For international students

Applicants must have a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field, including economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience.

proficiency in English, with a minimum level of 600 PBT / 240 CBT / 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.0 for the IELTS (native speakers of English and students who received their Bachelor’s or Master’s education in English are exempt).

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