The Institute’s Ph.D. with a specialization in Anthropology and Sociology aims to provide students with analytical and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence, and are influenced by, policy interventions, especially – but not exclusively – in the field of development. Other areas of interest include conflict and peacebuilding, location and migration as well as identity politics.
Ph.D. with a specialization in Anthropology and Sociology
In the area of international and development studies, anthropology and sociology are indispensable for the comparative study of global concerns from below, from the margins and across borders, with a focus on the role of non-State actors and social movements. The new disciplinary programme to be put in place for the 2011-12 academic year aims to provide students with the analytical and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence, and are influenced by, policy interventions, especially – but not exclusively – in the field of development. Other areas of interest include conflict and peace-building, location and migration, as well as identity politics.
The Ph.D. of the Graduate Institute with a specialization in Anthropology and Sociology is a challenging degree tailored for outstanding students with a strong commitment to Anthropology and Sociology, as well as a proven ability in independent research work. It helps prepare graduates for an academic career, or for research-oriented positions in the public or private sector.
The Ph.D. programme is small by design and admits a limited number of students each year. The size of the programme and close contact with professors offer an intimate and highly stimulating environment in which to grow intellectually. This specialization is a recognized and well-established platform for advanced graduate research in Anthropology and Sociology. With a large diversity of research and professional interests, the faculty members offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects.
Apart from formal research supervision from their doctorate supervisor (a professor of the Anthropology and Sociology Unit), doctoral students can expect wider intellectual support at all stages of their research.
During their doctoral studies, candidates are required to obtain 24 ECTS credits for coursework and to present and defend a preliminary thesis dissertation. The programme, culminating in the presentation and defense of a doctoral thesis embodying an original and significant piece of research, is designed to take a maximum of four years.
Ph.D. in Anthropology and Sociology: Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) or Master’s degree in anthropology, sociology or development studies or in a related discipline as well as having completed, to the extent possible, a DEA- or Masters level research dissertation (please include a copy with your application).
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.
* Level required: candidates are required to demonstrate an excellent command of the language, both written and spoken, attested by a language certificate
* Candidates who are native English speakers and those who have completed secondary or post-secondary education in English, attested by a diploma, are exempt from this requirement.
* Level required: a passive knowledge of French can be acquired during the first study semester; knowledge of French will be tested at the start of the second semester (February or March).
* Candidates of French mother-tongue, 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 (Master in International Affairs), they will be required to pass a language test.
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Last updated February 14, 2018