The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) offers a four-year doctoral programme with specializations in political science, sociology, international relations and social and political theory.
The Department places a strong emphasis on the theoretical and methodological tools required for Ph.D. research, and it favors a multi-faceted approach to research projects and doctoral theses, many of which cut across traditional academic boundaries.
The Department also offers its researchers strong support with specific methodological issues such as comparative research design, statistical methods, and survey research.
Regularly ranked among the very top departments in political and social sciences in Europe, the Department is strongly connected, through exchange programmes and joint research endeavors, to numerous universities beyond the confines of Europe.
Doctoral supervision is a priority at the EUI, and prospective researchers for the Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences are invited to explore whether their interests fit with those supported by the SPS faculty.
The SPS Department’s research agenda focuses mainly on political and social change within Europe, at all levels.
Faculty interests and projects relate to themes of government and democracy; social change in Europe and its implications for society; politics and public policy; the comparative study of public policy; political and social structures and behavior; international relations and security; and social and political theory. These themes are reflected in the high-level research projects and theses produced in SPS.
The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. Application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date.
You must meet the minimum degree requirements set by the national grant authorities.
The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Applicants are required to submit an English international language certificate to demonstrate their level. Candidates who are English native speakers, or have a degree from a university programme entirely taught in English and who have written a thesis in English in such a programme, are exempt from submitting a certificate of English proficiency.
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Last updated February 14, 2018