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Ph.D. in Public Policy

Starting from 2017 GSPP launched its first doctorate level degree – PhD in Public Policy (a 4-year program).

The PhD Public Policy program aimed at

(1) providing a doctoral program of international standing which will attract high caliber candidates who will make a contribution to applied public policy;

(2) contributing to the economic and social welfare of Kazakhstan through the supply of outstanding doctoral graduates in public policy with functional expertise in these areas;

(3) building sustainability into the higher education sector in Kazakhstan through the provision of future faculty trained to international standards of teaching and research;

(4) strengthening the research base of decision making in the public sector in Kazakhstan through the supply of highly trained researchers; and

(5) adding to existing scholarship on public policy in Central Asia through peer-reviewed publications emanating from the work of PhD students/graduates.


General information: 

Campus: Astana, Kazakhstan

Language: English

Delivery mode: Full time, on-campus

Duration: 48 months

Total ECTS credit: 240



Year 1&2

  • 10 core courses and 2 electives
  • Thesis design and proposal
  • PhD qualifying examination

Year 3&4

  • Thesis preparation and writing
  • PhD Viva Voce examination
  • Research and teaching assistant opportunities
  • Opportunity to spend up to 3 months abroad



  • Public sector - in government, civil service, international organizations, social research and non-profit organizations as policy analysts, policy innovators; staff members for political leaders.
  • Private sector - in education administration, HR and public affairs, government relations consultancy.
  • Academia.


Strategic partner

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore

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