D.Phil. in International Relations

UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland

Program Description

D.Phil. in International Relations

UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland

Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations

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The Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations degree, D.Phil., is the pinnacle degree for international relations research studies. The purpose of the D.Phil. is to provide the student with a solid grasp of all aspects of research in international relations at the doctoral level. Students pursuing this degree are interested in examining international relations problems from a theoretical perspective and are capable of carrying out independent research at a high level. Students entering this program have the intention of becoming professors within academic institutions or using their research skills within business, governments or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


Dissertation-only research component with research methodology course, over 36 month period. Full distance-learning option available.


The D.Phil is comprised of a research methodology course taken immediately upon entry to the program. Once completed the student prefects his/her dissertation proposal for submission and acceptance within the first 6 to 12 months. Once accepted the student enters the dissertation phase of the program and works with his/her supervisor to complete the dissertation work. When the final draft of the dissertation has been approved by the student’s supervisor the student then submits the dissertation for evaluation. After the dissertation has been approved the student then presents the work in the form of a viva voce or committee defense required for the D.Phil. degree. The evaluation of this degree is 100% based on the quality of the final dissertation presented to the committee. Students have a limit of 60 months within which they must defend their dissertation in front of the committee.


Each candidate is required to complete a dissertation that focuses on a topic of interest within the domain of management theory contributing to new knowledge in the field. Theses are typically between 80,000 and 120,000 words. The research methodology used within the thesis will be determined by the student as an outcome of the research methodology course.

Program Available To

•Graduates from accredited undergraduate international relations or related programs with an average grade of B+ or above. Undergraduate students must demonstrate superior academic and personal qualifications in order to be accepted directly into Doctoral studies.

•Graduates from accredited international relations or related master programs with an average grade of B or above.

•Graduates from the Monarch Business School M.Phil. program.

UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland Is A Registered Member Of ACBSP, ECBE and ACUNS

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This course is Campus or Online
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Feb. 2017
36 - 60 months
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20,000 EUR
Start date Feb. 2017
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Duration 36 - 60 months
Price 20,000 EUR