PhD in International Relations and European Studies

University of Nicosia German Campus

Program Description

PhD in International Relations and European Studies

University of Nicosia German Campus

The Doctoral Degree in International Relations and European Studies (PhD) is a 3 year (6 semesters) program offered by the University of Nicosia in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

  • Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)
  • ECTS Credits: 180
  • Qualification Awarded: Doctoral Degree (PhD) in International Relations and European Studies
  • Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctoral’s Degree)
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Mode of Study: Full-time (3 yrs min) / Part-time (8 yrs max)

Profile of the Programme

The Doctoral Program in International Relations (hereafter IR) aims at the creation and interpretation of knowledge which extends the forefront of the disciple of IR (in the wider reading of the discipline), through original research and critical thinking. Holders of a Ph.D. in IR will be able to conceptualize, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding in the field of International Relations. Furthermore, holders of a Ph.D. in IR will have the qualities needed for employment that requires the ability to make informed judgments on complex issues in specialist topics of IR, and innovation in tackling and solving conceptual and practical problems in world politics.

The Doctoral Program in IR is designed in accord with the Framework for Qualifications for Higher Education Area (Barcelona Process) and the European Qualifications Framework (level 8 of EQF), as well as in accord with established standards and practices in European and American Universities that award the title of Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations (hereafter a Ph.D. in IR). According to international standards and practices, on successful completion, doctorate students in International Relations, who study in Universities where the English language is the language of instruction, are awarded the title ‘Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations’


The Doctoral Program in IR will socialize students into the world of academia and to guide them so that they will be well-acquainted with the criteria they are expected to meet for their academic work internationally. Those who complete the Program will be able to engage in academic research independently at the highest level. Ph.D. graduates will also be able to pursue analysis of issues of their expertise at important public and private institutions.

The Program prepares and guides students to generate new knowledge of the highest academic caliber. Graduates may pursue careers as academics and scholars at colleges, universities, research centers and think-tanks and other important institutions in both the public and private sectors. The Program may also be very useful to those who aspire to pursue careers in other fields that require major knowledge of topics in international relations, such as government and international organizations.

Learning Outcomes

The programme is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in college and university teaching, research, public service, and the private sector. Students successfully completing the programme will:

(a) gain a deep knowledge at the most advanced frontier of aspects of modern international relations; (b) acquire the most advanced and specialised skills and techniques, including synthesis and evaluation, required to solve critical problems in research and/or innovation and to extend and redefine existing knowledge and/or professional practice in the field of international relations; (c) develop competence in identifying and evaluating numerous forms of evidence on public events in world politics; (d) gain an understanding of complex theories of, as well as actors and institutions in international relations, and means of evaluating their preferences and outcomes; (e) acquire greater skills in written and oral communication in English.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 11, 2015
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3 - 8 years
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