Doctorate Degrees in Political Science

Compare 34 PhD Programs in Political Science

Political Science

A PhD Political Science degree is designed for individuals that wish to contribute to the understanding of political phenomena and who are capable of significant research that adds to the current knowledge base in this field of study. Graduates holding a PhD Political Science degree are prepared for careers in academia, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

There are many programs internationally offering PhD Political Science degrees. These may examine local political systems as well as international political systems. Candidates pursuing a PhD Political Science are required to complete extensive research and a dissertation or thesis, which then must be defended in front of a panel of experts in the field. Some PhD Political Science programs may also require coursework, teaching, and seminars.

A PhD Political Science degree can open many doors for career opportunities. Take a look through the program options below and find the university for you!

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PhD in Irish School of Ecumenics

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The Irish School of Ecumenics provides research supervision across disciplinary fields which include the ethics and theology of conflict and peace; reconciliation; human rights and ethics in international affairs; interreligious dialogue and intercultural theology; ecumenical theology; gender issues; development and globalisation; the interplay of politics and religion etc... [+]

PhDs in Political Science. PhD Studies at ISE The Irish School of Ecumenics provides research supervision across disciplinary fields which include the ethics and theology of conflict and peace; reconciliation; human rights and ethics in international affairs; interreligious dialogue and intercultural theology; ecumenical theology; gender issues; development and globalisation; the interplay of politics and religion etc. The ISE offers a structured PhD. Students work with their supervisor(s) over a four year period and are required to take a minimum of 10ECTS in taught modules to develop their research skills over the course of their studies. Some current PhD projects include: * The Use of Video Conferencing in Peace Education * Peace Journalism and Conflict in the Horn of Africa * UNSC 1325 and Women’s Peacebuilding in Armenia and Azerbaijan * Feminist Peace Activism in the Yugoslav wars * Engaging Men to End Gender Based Violence in Kenya * Secular Humanitarian Responses to Disasters in Religious Contexts * The Theology of Henri de Lubac * The Role of Memory in Dealing with the Past: Transcending the Victim-Perpetrator Paradigm in Northern Ireland * The Relationship between Evangelicalism and Islam in the Southern United States * The Impact of Immigration on Religious Identities and Inter-Religious Dialogue in Ireland and Germany * Re-imaging Space at the Intersection of Theatre and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and Beyond * Political Leadership and Conflict Transformation: Women, Politics and Peace in Northern Ireland * Shared Space and Ethnic Identity in Divided Cities: Belfast, Jerusalem, Brussels * LGBT Lives and Stories in Belfast, Gospel Narratives and Practical Theology [-]

PhD in Political Science and International Relations

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

The mission of the PhD program in Political and International Relations at Koç University is to educate world-class academics and public policy professionals. The objective is to equip our [+]

PhD in Political Science and International Relations

 

The mission of the PhD program in Political and International Relations at Koç University is to educate world-class academics and public policy professionals. The objective is to equip our students with the training that will enable them to contribute to topnotch research and teaching in respectable institutions in Turkey and abroad. The faculty members of the Department have active research agendas and are internationally renowned for their research and expertise in a wide variety of areas including the list below. In addition to reflecting these strengths, the program and curriculum are designed to endow students with firm foundations in comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, and with cutting-edge qualitative as well as quantitative research skills. During their studies, students have generous opportunities to gain international experience through exchanges with prestigious institutions. They also become active contributors to the research activities of the department and gain teaching experience through assistantships.... [-]


Politics: History, Theory, Science PhD Program

LUISS Guido Carli University
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Italy Rome

The PhD program in Politics: History, Theory, Science, totally taught in English, is aimed at giving participants the skills needed to embark on an academic or professional career in international institutions, NGOs, public and private research institutes, and political and institutional communications. The goal of the PhD program is to supply the tools needed to enter the current debate... [+]

PhDs in Political Science. The PhD program in Politics: History, Theory, Science, totally taught in English, is aimed at giving participants the skills needed to embark on an academic or professional career in international institutions, NGOs, public and private research institutes, and political and institutional communications. The goal of the PhD program is to supply the tools needed to enter the current debate in philosophy and political theory, political, science and political history and to provide a forum in which this debate can continue and evolve in an advanced academic and internationally relevant context. The program, in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Global Politics (CEGP), since 2004, is aimed to offer an interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary global political studies. The entire length of the program is three years. The coursework part is held in the first academic year. The second and the third years are generally devoted to the research work and can include a research fellowship period abroad (in agreement with the supervisor and with the Board of Professors). Recently, the program has been enriched by the collaboration of the International Center on Democracies and Democratizations (ICEDD) and the Italian Center for Electoral Studies - Centro Italiano Studi Elettorali (CISE). Academic year 2016-2017 For the academic year 2016-2017, eight positions are available. The application for admission must be submitted on line by March 29, 2016. In order for us to consider your application it is necessary that you submit a complete application. You must upload all of the requested documentation, and supply correct referee details through our online application system. Once the procedure for submitting the application has been completed, the candidate will receive by email an application’s copy as a proof of the procedure accuracy and validity. [-]

PhD in Political Science

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The study programme is primarily designated for the graduates with a Master’s degree in Political Science or any other field of Social Sciences who intend to deepen their knowledge in Political Science, focusing on the issue of democratic and nondemocratic forms of government, changes in political systems, [+]

The study program is primarily designated for the graduates with a Master’s degree in Political Science or any other field of Social Sciences who intend to deepen their knowledge in Political Science, focusing on the issue of democratic and nondemocratic forms of government, changes in political systems, with a special emphasis on development trends connected with modernization and democratization, other issues of comparative analysis, including national and regional identities, or the analysis of individual elements of political systems. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Doctoral degree programme is guided by the Rules for the organization of study at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and higher legal standards of Charles University. Entrance exam: The entrance examination takes into account: • dissertation proposal • the applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature • previous publications Crucial criteria in the admission of the applicant are as follows: • Dissertation project quality: the concept, along with the theoretical and methodological outcomes, is expected to be defended by the applicant during the entrance examination. • The applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature will be taken into consideration. • Another valued aspect will be the fact whether the applicant has received a written approval by a member of the IPS FSS CU academic staff at for his/her project of dissertation thesis. Each applicant can obtain up to 100 points for the entrance examination. The maximum amount of points earned in the first part of the entrance examination for the proposed project is 50 points; the maximum amount of points in the second part evaluating the applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature is 30 points. The committee will also evaluate the applicant’s previous publishing, teaching and research activities with maximum 20 points. Information on the exercise of graduates The aim of our program is to train highly qualified experts who are able to pursue basic and applied research in academic institutions and universities. They will likewise be ready to work in the Czech public sector (especially in government agencies) and to represent Czech interests in the international arena, particularly at the EU level. Embracing a wide array of methodologies and subjects in its sweeping compass, our doctoral program in Political Science provides our graduates with comprehensive professional skills both in theory and practice. [-]

PhD in Political Science

Palacky University
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Olomouc

The programme boasts an impressive staff that includes political scientists, social and political theorists and historians. International and interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations are regularly undertaken and staff members are supported to build upon [+]

PhDs in Political Science. Programme description: The programme boasts an impressive staff that includes political scientists, social and political theorists and historians. International and interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations are regularly undertaken and staff members are supported to build upon the existing expertise within the Department of Politics and European Studies (DPES) at Palacký University. The three – year PhD program in political science is profiled as a modern political science study accentuating four key pillars: highly professional theoretical preparedness; a thorough methodological and analytical preparedness; the scientific-pedagogical erudition; professional language skills. Research in politics, European Studies and international relations is organised primarily around the below research areas and teams:
 Analytical political science – team leader doc. Tomáš Lebeda, Ph.D. European studies – team leader doc. Daniel Marek, M.A., Ph.D. Czech politics and local policy – team leader doc. Pavel Šaradín, Ph.D. International relations and contemporary history – team leader prof. Jiří Lach, M.A., Ph.D. Graduate´s profile and employability: A graduate of the doctoral programme should be a highly qualified expert - the political scientist, who has an exceptionally advanced and specialized knowledge in her/his field, she/he is able to conduct independent scientific research, participate in team research tasks and pursue original scientific knowledge. After the completion of studies is able to pursue an independent scientific or scientific-pedagogical career and, where appropriate, be a head of a research team. Her/his scientific competencies include the ability to prepare professional scientific texts for publication, present their results at seminars and conferences. The graduate gains a very high quality methodological training in both the theoretical level and in practical research, taking away the ability to use advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. The graduate also acquires practice necessary for the educational activities of tertiary education in the field. She/he also commands the foreign languages necessary for research in the field. Knowledge of languages is also a means of making international contacts and activities at foreign scientific institutions. Last but not least, she/he must be able to popularize the field of study to the wider public, to apply the knowledge and skills in different environments and clearly communicate the knowledge to others. A graduate shall be elegible to work in the academic sphere at scientific and scientific-pedagogical positions. Graduates are able to fulfill the tasks of the independent scientific workers and scientific-pedagogical workers. They will also be elegible for the high positions in ministries, the diplomatic service and the EU and other international institutions. They will also be able to work as highly qualified and specialized analysts for the political parties, political consultancies, interest groups, non-governmental sector and the media. Analytical skills, soft skills and language competence then provide graduates with a strong flexibility on the labour market. App. test requirements: The candidate for doctoral studies in political science at the DPES must achieve a master's level or other equivalent education. Preferred education is in the field of political science, international relations and European studies or in another social science or humanities field of study. The applicant is obliged to submit a detailed PhD research proposal at least two weeks before the start of the admission procedure. The admissions procedure takes the form of an oral interview with a committee composed of the members of the doctoral board. Tuition fee: € 4000 per year [-]

PhD in Political Science

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

Our doctoral plan is designed to provide you with: preparation for a career in higher education, tools for effective research, knowledge and skills to work effectively in private and public service. [+]

Our doctoral plan is designed to provide you with: Preparation for a career in higher education Tools for effective research Knowledge and skills to work effectively in private and public service Requirements For this plan, you must complete the following 78-81 units: 63 units of course work approved by your plan adviser At least 15-18 units of dissertation credits To accommodate individual plans of study, you may be required to: Take an additional 18-39 units to meet language or research requirements Take the profession development seminar Allow for reading of comprehensive exams and dissertation research as specified by your adviser You must choose between three emphases: Comparative politics and international relations Public Policy Public Administration In addition to the requirements for your particular emphasis, you must: Perform satisfactorily on comprehensive written and oral exams Satisfy a "research tool" requirement in one of two ways: Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to two years of university course work Obtain a grade of "B" or better in POS 601 and complete 6 additional units of research methods Fulfill Northern Arizona University’s residency requirements Pass the oral exam on your dissertation defense Emphasis in American Politics and Public Administration To complete this emphasis, you must take: 18 units in political science core courses 12 units of additional coursework in American politics and public administration 18-21 units of coursework in one of our other emphases 12-15 units of coursework in a cognate supporting American politics and public administration that is approved by your plan adviser or selected from one of the emphases that you haven’t already used Further course work beyond the 63 units required for your plan of study, needed to: Complete your language and/or research requirements Prepare for comprehensive exams Ensure adequate preparation for your dissertation research If applicable, complete the professional development course 15-18 units for your dissertation for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation You may count only 15-18 units of dissertation credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units, since you must enroll for POS 799 each term you work on your dissertation. Emphasis in Comparative Politics and International Relations To complete this emphasis, you must take: 21 units in politics and international relations core courses 9 units of additional coursework in comparative politics and international relations 18-21 units of coursework in one of our other emphases 12-15 units of coursework in a cognate supporting comparative politics and international relations that is approved by your plan adviser or selected from one of the other emphases that you haven’t already used Further coursework beyond the 63 units required for your plan of study, needed to: Complete your language and/or research requirements Prepare for comprehensive exams Ensure adequate preparation for your dissertation research If applicable, complete the professional development course 15-18 units in your dissertation for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation You may count only 15-18 units of dissertation credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units, since you must enroll for POS 799 each term during which you work on your dissertation. Emphasis in Public Policy To complete this emphasis, you must take: 15 units of core courses in politics and international affairs 6 units of other courses that apply economic reasoning to public policy 9 additional units in public policy 18-21 units of coursework in one of our other emphases 12-15 units of policy concentration approved by your plan adviser, including at least 6 additional units of POS courses Further coursework, beyond the 63 units required for your plan of study, needed to: Complete your language and/or research requirements Prepare for comprehensive exams Ensure adequate preparation for your dissertation research If applicable, complete the professional-development course 15-18 units in your dissertation for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation You may count only 15-18 units of dissertation credit toward your degree. However, you may end up taking more units, since you must enroll for POS 799 each term during which you work on your dissertation. [-]

PhD in Political Sciences

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

Internationally-experienced faculty members have quality publication records and some are recognised as experts in their fields of study. Faculty members in the Political Science Department specialise in a wide range of sub-disciplines, such as the governance and public policies of Hong Kong and China, Asian-Pacific international relations, regional and global politics, public policy and environmental studies. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. PhD in Political Sciences Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong Internationally-experienced faculty members have quality publication records and some are recognised as experts in their fields of study. Faculty members in the Political Science Department specialise in a wide range of sub-disciplines, such as the governance and public policies of Hong Kong and China, Asian-Pacific international relations, regional and global politics, public policy and environmental studies. Particular strengths in instruction and supervision include Chinese reform politics, regionalism, global environmental politics, sport-politics nexus, Chinese foreign and security policies, Korean peninsula politics, and democratization in Asia. Application Methods Applicants may seek admission to the PhD programme in two ways as follows: 1. Apply for PhD Programmes via the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) ... [-]

Doctorate In Law And Social Sciences

ISPED
Campus Full time March 2017 Brazil São Paulo Argentina Cordoba + 1 more

The ISPED maintained by AELA - Educational Latin American Association and the National University of Córdoba offer Law professionals a totally unique and different course for those seeking training in a doctorate. This is the Stricto Sensu Program Doctorate in Law and Social Sciences, dynamic, full and recognized worldwide. [+]

The ISPED maintained by AELA - Educational Latin American Association and the National University of Córdoba offer Law professionals a totally unique and different course for those seeking training in a doctorate. This is the Stricto Sensu Program Doctorate in Law and Social Sciences, dynamic, full and recognized worldwide. The institutions have the PhD student the opportunity to study in exclusive classes to Brazilian, flexibly those who have little time to expand knowledge. The Bachelor of Law will have regular classes in Argentina, lasting two weeks each module, for a total of four. This facilitates their achievement and provides a differentiated performance. GOAL Establish an identity oriented to strengthening and scientific and professional development of the area of ​​Law and Social Sciences. Achieving high levels of quality in the training of researchers, professors and legal professionals, enabling the PhD student to fully participate in the production and transmission of knowledge through a level of professional and academic excellence that can meet the needs of society. Promote reflection on current epistemological frameworks in which develops the law. Enable the expansion of knowledge and culture to Brazilian researchers working in any area of ​​law. DIFFERENTIALS Spanish course conducted by ISPED EAD with 45 hours / classes for better preparation and adaptation to the country and the course. face tutorials in all modules for the thesis development. professional development opportunities and international in small classes to better use. exclusive classes to Brazilians who enjoy a little time to start a Doctoral degree in their country. Infrastructure with the latest technology and modern classrooms arrangement of PhD students. Certification "stricto sensu" (PhD) by a foreign institution of higher existence in Argentina. Qualified teachers with specialized doctors throughout America and Europe. differentiated and affordable values. team monitoring specialized in Brazil and Argentina since its initial trip to delivery and defense of his thesis. Program with 360 hours / classes requiring rigorous training that assists in scientific research, forming professors and senior researchers. Spanish preparatory course for the exam with CELU interaction and simulated by ISPED EAD platform. online platform on the University website with exclusive access through login and password. student area in ISPED site enabling academic and administrative monitoring. [-]

Doctoral Study Programs (Ph.D.)

University of Economics Prague - Faculty of International Relations
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Doctoral studies at the Faculty of International Relations take three years and the students are awarded, upon successful completion of the course, the degree... [+]

Doctoral Study Programs (Ph.D.)

 

Doctoral studies at the Faculty of International Relations take three years and the students are awarded, upon successful completion of the course, the degree of Ph.D. Enrolment is conditional upon passing the entrance examination, in which the applicant must prove his/her proficiency in two world languages, an adequate level of knowledge of his/her line of study and be able to defend the intent of his/her proposed doctoral thesis.The Faculty of International Relations has enrolled  more than 200 doctoral candidates, three quarters of them are part-time students, and the remaining candidates are interns or government grant-supported students.Doctoral studies in English are provided at the Faculty of International Relations in the  International Economic Relations and Political Science programs that are consisting of  the following branches of study:... [-]


Political Science

International University Alliance
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

Whether you want to explore issues facing the public officials who caucus in buildings just blocks from campus, or master international relations, political science students receive broad exposure to the discipline, while gaining an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and its quality of citizenship. [+]

Political Science Whether you want to explore issues facing the public officials who caucus in buildings just blocks from campus, or master international relations, political science students receive broad exposure to the discipline, while gaining an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and its quality of citizenship. What to Expect As a political science major, you will be selecting courses from fields such as American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public administration and policy, and political theory, while also developing one or two individualized areas of interest. You will learn how to research the answers to important questions related to politics, political values and public policy. You will benefit from a wide variety of course offerings and have the opportunity to complete a public service internship to gain hands-on experience. Graduate Degrees D Ph.D. in Political Science The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Ph.D. in political science. The doctoral program has produced many distinguished academics and public leaders, both nationally and abroad. [-]

PhD in Regional and Political Geography

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

This graduate is well-prepared for creative scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she has a broad understanding of regional and political geography in general, and of his/her specialisation (knowledge of theories and concepts, methodological approaches including GIS). [+]

PhDs in Political Science. The field is aimed at local, regional, macroregional, continental, and global problems of landscape sphere. The aiming is based on the study of development of the Nature - Sociogeographical interaction on different hierarchy level. Study is aimed at regions of the Czech Republic and foreign countries as well. It gives scientific and manager training focused on: regional development, development of a region and regional systems Nature - Society interaction, sustainable development travelling and recreation, causes, structure, dynamics, consequences transformation and development of traffic systems geopolitical changes, globalizing of problems, and social-economic and political development of macroregions Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required document by 21 October 2017. Passing grade on the entrance examination All applicants scoring at least 50 points on the entrance examination will be admitted for study. Information on the exercise of graduates This graduate is well-prepared for creative scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she has a broad understanding of regional and political geography in general, and of his/her specialisation (knowledge of theories and concepts, methodological approaches including GIS). The graduate is capable of comprehensively analysing and evaluating changing interactions between social and natural components of the geographical environment, and solving problems at local, regional, national and global levels (e.g. analysis of regional socio-economic, socio-cultural and political systems, settlement systems, public administration operations, European integration, globalization, international relations or tourism). He/she is active in academic research and policy-making (municipal, regional or national administration, EU institutions, etc.). [-]

PhD in Development Studies

ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Portugal Lisbon India Chandigarh United Arab Emirates Dubai + 4 more

The PhD Development Studies was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to provide high quality academic training in development studies and produce original research in this field. [+]

PhD in Development Studies

The PhD Development Studies was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to provide high quality academic training in development studies and produce original research in this field. The course has emerged in response to the changes in recent decades that have brought Development Studies to the fore in current debates, both in the academies and in the area of economic, social and environmental policy.

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The research undertaken in ISEG’s research centers, which have been classified by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) as very good or excellent, provide important support for students in this program.... [-]


PhD in Global Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes. The specific focus of this research programme is twofold. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. PhD in Global Studies The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes. The specific focus of this research programme is twofold: thematically, the programme addresses the analysis of contemporary globalisation processes and of the political, economic, social and cultural relationships and structures that define and shape these processes. Rather than, for example, the study of inter-state or inter-nation relations and agreements that is the traditional domain of International Studies, the core focus of this programme is on the study of the nature and evolution of contemporary globalisation itself and on globally shared issues, from a theoretical as well as a policy perspective. Methodologically, the programme promotes the multi-disciplinary analysis of contemporary globalisation processes. Research topics and projects will analyse the role of, and interchanges between, people, institutions, organisations and states in shaping globalisation dynamics through the prism of (at least) two of the following academic disciplines: International Studies and Politics, Law, Economics, Management Studies, Development Studies, History, Media and Communication Studies. Student support is at the heart of CISD’s activities. Research Degree students are fully supported by their primary and secondary supervisors and the Centre’s Research Tutor, currently Centre Director Dr Dan Plesch. Students are encouraged to attend and present at the Centre’s research seminars. Academic Staff and their Research Areas Dr Catriona Drew LLB (Aberdeen) PhD (London), Public International Law, international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory Dr Stephen Hopgood BSc (Bristol) DPhil (Oxford), International relations theory, international politics in the twentieth century, theories of the state Dr Mark Laffey BA MA (Canterbury, NZ) PhD (Minnesota), International Theory, International Security, Historical Sociology, Foreign Policy Analysis, US Foreign Policy, North-South Relations, Culture and Ideology Professor Peter Muchlinski LLB (London) LLM (Cambridge) Barrister FRSA, The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development Dr Suthaharan Nadarajah MA, PhD (London), International relations theory, international security, global governance, North-South relations, Politics of the 'War on Terror' Dr Dan Plesch BA (Nottingham) PhD (Keele), Applied International Relations: disarmament and globalisation, UN history for the future, the UN in WW2, War Crimes, weapons of mass destruction, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, role of international non-governmental organizations. Dr Rahul Rao BA, LLB (India), DPhil (Oxford), International normative theory (with a focus on cosmopolitanism), Postcolonial theory, Empire, Globalisation, Social movements, International Law, Human Rights (particularly queer rights) Dr Simon Rofe BA, MA (Keele), PhD (Wales), Diploma (King's College London), US Diplomatic and Foreign Relations in the twentieth century with a specific focus on US national security and the foreign policy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt [Co-ordinator Long-Distance Programmes at the CISD] Dr Leslie Vinjamuri BA (Wesleyan) MSc (Econ) PhD (Columbia), International Relations Theory: International Organisation, Post-conflict Reconstruction and State-building, the Politics of International Criminal Justice, and Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the war on terror [-]

PhD in Politics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

A thesis on a theme in Political Science or International Relations, as a unique contribution which also demonstrates the ability to do independent and meaningful research, is required. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the thesis. [+]

A thesis on a theme in Political Science or International Relations, as a unique contribution which also demonstrates the ability to do independent and meaningful research, is required. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the thesis. Admission requirements To gain entrance into this programme a student needs a good pass mark at Master’s level. Contact details Name: Prof Deon Geldenhuys Tel: 011 559 2894 / Email: deong@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD in International Relations, Politics, Conflict or Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

Host to hundreds of international organisations, of which the European Union and NATO are the most prominent, PhD students do research literally around the corner of important places of decision-making. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. PhD in International Relations, Politics, Conflict or Law Brussels is an excellent place to do doctoral research. Host to hundreds of international organisations, of which the European Union and NATO are the most prominent, PhD students do research literally around the corner of important places of decision-making. This offers an array of opportunities to attend conferences with high-level policy-makers, to consult the specialised libraries of institutions like the European Commission, or to interview diplomats. The Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) seeks to create an environment not only of academic reflection, but also one where researchers and practitioners meet and exchange views. This creates a stimulating research environment for all topics in the broad field of international studies. Degrees and practicalities The University of Kent offers the following PhD degrees at BSIS: PhD in International Relations PhD in International Conflict Analysis PhD in Comparative Politics PhD in Political and Social Thought PhD in Law All programmes can be done full-time or part-time. New PhD students enrol either in September or January. From the academic year 2011-2012 on, students register directly onto a PhD programme. Full-time PhD students can be registered for up to a maximum of four years on a doctoral programme, but are expected to submit their doctoral dissertation as soon as possible following the completion of the third year. Research Seminars At the heart of the PhD programme is the weekly research seminar (during terms). In these sessions one PhD student presents his/her research findings or latest chapter. Other PhD students and staff members give feedback. On a regular basis visiting researchers are invited to present at the research seminar. Because of the different PhD programmes and backgrounds of the academic staff, this fosters an interdisciplinary approach. What is required to obtain a PhD Candidates undertaking PhD degrees must submit for examination a dissertation which demonstrates their ability to undertake an original investigation, to test a hypothesis, and to understand the relationship of the theme under investigation to a wider field of knowledge. A PhD thesis is normally between 80,000 and 100,000 words. Candidates must successfully defend their PhD dissertation in a Viva. A thesis submitted for the award of doctorate must be an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in the field of investigation. Originality is a prime requirement of a PhD thesis. This may be construed in a number of ways. It may be the application or testing of a known theory to a novel case, the utilisation of sources of information hitherto unused, the development of theory or the introduction of a new approach, or the creation of a new theoretical synthesis. The doctoral programme, as a postgraduate research programme, combines formal research training and individual supervision, with regular interaction between students and academic staff. Supervision The capability to do autonomous research, leading to an original contribution to scholarship, is key to a successful PhD. Supervisors provide guidance to PhD students in their research process. Each PhD student has two supervisors, a main supervisor and a second supervisor. Often the expertise of both supervisors is complementary and guarantees a broad spectrum of advice. Students and supervisors meet regularly. By the end of each year, a supervisory panel evaluates the progress made by a student and formulates recommendations in a more formal end-of-year review. All permanent academic staff members of the Brussels School of International Studies may act as supervisors. Occasionally academic staff from the main campus in Canterbury will act as second supervisors. Research Training Formal research training is provided through the MA course ‘Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research’ and other MA modules open to PhD students. On top of that, specialised training sessions are organised for PhD students specifically. Subjects covered range from methods, over academic publications to career planning. Students can also take online courses offered by the university’s Graduate School and may occasionally attend training sessions in Canterbury. BSIS cooperates with the University of Ghent at the level of doctoral programmes. This provides both for joint doctoral training events, exchange of researchers and the development of researcher networks in certain fields. PhD Students BSIS PhD students come from a variety of countries. Most of them have studied in different countries, taking along their own experience and approaches. This creates not only a dynamic research environment, but also a pleasant social atmosphere. Many PhD students engage in extra-curricular or social activities with MA students. Often they are invited to tutor a number of seminars for MA modules. PhD students are stimulated to present papers at international conferences and to publish. The combination of a solid research experience, an international network, publications and teaching experiences offers fresh doctors the best chances to obtain a good position in or outside the academic market. How to apply Applications to the PhD programme follow the regular procedure (see Admissions page), but also require the submission of a research proposal of around 3000 words. In this proposal the candidate presents the research topic, research question and/or hypotheses, the theoretical framework and methodology envisaged, as well as a brief bibliography. Through the research proposal candidates demonstrate their research skills, their acquaintance with the field and its most salient debates. They aim to convince the Admissions Committee of their potential to make an original contribution to scholarship and of the feasibility of their research project. The research proposal is not a blueprint for the next years of research, but serves as a starting-point. In the interaction between supervisors and students, it will inevitably undergo change. The following documents need to be submitted: Application form University transcript(s) Letters of reference Proof of English (where applicable) Personal statement PhD research proposal of 3000 words While there is no strict deadline, it is recommended to submit the application a couple of months before the date you wish to start the PhD programme (September or January). Admissions Applications will be considered by an Admissions Committee. Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic and other relevant background (MA degree in relevant field), academic merit (a First Class or solid Upper Second class in the British system or equivalent), knowledge of English, the quality of their research proposal and references. The Admissions Committee will also take into account whether the topic fits within the research scope the School and whether the necessary capacity is available to guarantee optimal supervision. Fees and Funding BSIS offers a limited number of scholarships per year in the form of a tuition fee waiver. If you wish to apply for such a waiver, please add a letter to your application, explaining why you wish to be considered. Occasionally other scholarships may be announced for very specific study fields. Such announcements are always posted on our website. [-]