PhD in International Relations

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Program Description

PhD in International Relations

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

This PhD in International Relations is designed to prepare students for a career in international relations involving close contact with research. The programme gives students the range of skills needed to produce their doctoral thesis and to carry out and understand in-depth research after their studies.

PhD with a specialisation in International Relations

The PhD is designed to prepare students for a career in international relations involving close contact with research, whether as a producer or consumer. Students admitted to the program must have a solid master's level grounding in international relations and, if possible, in political science more generally. The first year of the program is divided between advanced course work in qualitative and quantitative methodology, as well as in substantive subfields. This work, as well as a specialized doctoral seminar, participation in colloquia and doctoral retreats, and semi-tutorial work with an adviser, gives students the range of skills needed to come up with a dissertation prospectus and then research and write it over the next few years. Students work closely with advisers and other faculty; they have the opportunity to work on multiple projects and present their research at major international meetings.

Admission requirements

PhD in International Relations: Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) or a Master’s degree in political science or in a related discipline + have completed, to the extent possible, a DEA- or Masters-level research dissertation (please include a copy with your application).

Language requirements


The Institute is a bilingual English-French institution; students are therefore required to demonstrate their knowledge of these languages by including the relevant certificates with their application forms.

English

* Level required: candidates are required to demonstrate excellent command of the language, both written and spoken, attested by a language certificate

* Candidates of English mother-tongue and those who have completed secondary or post-secondary education in English, attested by a diploma, are exempt from this requirement.

French

* Level required: a passive knowledge of French can be acquired during the first study semester;.


* Candidates who are native French speakers, candidates who have completed secondary or post-secondary education in French, attested by a diploma, or candidates who have obtained a French diploma equivalent to a DELF B2 are exempt from this requirement.

* Request for a waiver: candidates with no prior knowledge of French may request a waiver. Upon successful acceptance to the Institute they will be required to attend an intensive French course during the 3 weeks preceding the start of the autumn semester and for the duration of the first semester; upon completion of the course they will be required to take a language test.



Last updated December 1, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
4 years
Full time
Price
Price
1,500 CHF
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Deadline
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Switzerland Geneva
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End date Request Info
Duration 4 years
Price 1,500 CHF
per term;CHF 2,500 international student