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What will I learn?

Public Policy and Global Affairs offers full-time and part-time Ph.D. by research program. Increasingly renowned in Asia for equipping our students with in-depth quantitative and qualitative research skills to address issues in the richly interrelated fields of Public Policy, Public Administration, Comparative Politics and Global Affairs with an Asia-pacific focus; the Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA) has become a fast growing research-intensive program in Asia.

We attract students from various territories, from China, Europe, Japan and Australia, which makes the student community and research environment a very culturally lively and diverse one.

Our faculty conduct research on a wide variety of current and innovative topics that include but not limited to: Public Policy and Management, Public Servant Motivation, E-Government and Governance, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Administration Theory, Comparative Public Administration, Talent Strategies and Management in China and Singapore, International Relations Theory, International Security (East Asia), Foreign Policy Analysis, Chinese Foreign Policy, The Rise of China, China in Africa and Singapore’s Foreign Policy. Research undertaken by our students include a study of Public Sector Motivation (PSM) in certain parts of Central Asia and a study of China’s foreign military security policy towards Taiwan and the South China Sea from 2000 to 2017.

Our program rigorously trains our students for research-intensive careers. Many of our graduates pursue successful academic careers in renowned universities in Asia, U.S.A. and the UK. Furthermore, many have entered national and international governmental bodies such as the policy-making sectors and non-profit sectors as well as private sectors in many regions worldwide. Equally noteworthy, our graduates have also been employed in local and international think-tanks.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 2 years and maximum 5 years)

Tuition fees
SG$19,250.00 (10,88,801) per year
This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change in the coming year
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

48 Nanyang Avenue,

HSS-05-62, HSS Building,

639818, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Law, Political Science, International Relations or a related field.

A good language proficiency score: IELTS score at least 7.0 (on all subtests); TOEFL score at least 105 - Internet Based Test Score or 580 - Paper Based Test Score. IELTS is preferred.​ Applicants from Singapore universities and English speaking countries are exempted from IELTS/TOEFL.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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