12 PhD Programs in International Relations

PhD International Relations programs are interdisciplinary and emphasize diversity, intellectual integrity, and critical analysis. PhD International Relations programs prepare candidates for careers as teachers and researchers at universities and research institutes, as well as positions in the government, private, and public sector.PhD International Relations programs are usually based on a combi… Read more

PhD International Relations programs are interdisciplinary and emphasize diversity, intellectual integrity, and critical analysis. PhD International Relations programs prepare candidates for careers as teachers and researchers at universities and research institutes, as well as positions in the government, private, and public sector.

PhD International Relations programs are usually based on a combination of coursework and research examining theory as well as the essentials of conducting ethical quantitative and qualitative research. Candidates will study topics of international communication, international development, economic policy, peace and conflict resolution, global politics, and global environmental policy. PhD International Relations degrees require a dissertation based on the candidates research that must be defended in front of a panel of experts.

To find the PhD International Relations degree that is perfect for your needs and interests, take a look through the options below for programs offered all over the globe!

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Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Geneva, Switzerland

The Doctor of International Relations (DIR) Programme is the highest degree offered by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and brings together academic excellence through meticulou ... +

The Doctor of International Relations (DIR) Programme is the highest degree offered by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and brings together academic excellence through meticulous independent research, and real world applicability. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Kadir Has University
Istanbul, Turkey

The Ph.D. Program in International Relations provides a rigorous approach to the study of global affairs with a particular emphasis on security and regional studies. Students ... +

The Ph.D. Program in International Relations provides a rigorous approach to the study of global affairs with a particular emphasis on security and regional studies. Students are expected to develop substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives and methodological skills necessary for conducting research and teaching in their field. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey

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 ... +

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
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2020
30 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations
Budapest, Hungary

The aim of the program is to offer postgraduate studies in the multidisciplinary field of International Studies. Since International Studies consists of many academic fields, ... +

The aim of the program is to offer postgraduate studies in the multidisciplinary field of International Studies. Since International Studies consists of many academic fields, in the structure of the program such sciences as International Law, International Economics, Theory of International Relations, History of International relations, Regional Studies can be found. -
PhD
Full-time
English, Hungarian
Sep 2020
Campus
 
EUCLID (Euclid University)
Washington, USA +1 More

The only online Ph.D. program in diplomacy organized by an international intergovernmental organization and officially used by active diplomats over 4 continents.

The only online Ph.D. program in diplomacy organized by an international intergovernmental organization and officially used by active diplomats over 4 continents. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Online
 
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Prague, Czech Republic +1 More

Doctoral studies at the FSS are primarily research-based. However, students are also expected to attend a certain number of graduate seminars and lectures (the exact number de ... +

Doctoral studies at the FSS are primarily research-based. However, students are also expected to attend a certain number of graduate seminars and lectures (the exact number depends on the subject), so it is not possible for students to complete their doctorate by research alone. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English, Czech
Campus
 
Izmir University of Economics
Izmir, Turkey

The program offers the PhD candidates the main courses of Current Issues in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Turkish Political Life, Political Theory and Researc ... +

The program offers the PhD candidates the main courses of Current Issues in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Turkish Political Life, Political Theory and Research Methods as well as a wide variety of 30 elective courses under five different “fields of specialization”: “International Relations”, “Comparative Politics”, “Turkish Politics”, “European Politics” and “Political Theory”. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
International Business School – Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

We offer the DPhil in International Affairs programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The programme requires ... +

We offer the DPhil in International Affairs programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The programme requires an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
University of Nicosia
Nicosia, Cyprus

The Doctoral Programme in International Relations (hereafter IR) aims at the creation and interpretation of knowledge which extends the forefront of the disciple of IR (in the ... +

The Doctoral Programme in International Relations (hereafter IR) aims at the creation and interpretation of knowledge which extends the forefront of the disciple of IR (in the wider reading of the discipline), through original research and critical thinking. Holders of a Ph.D. in IR will be able to conceptualize, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding in the field of International Relations. Furthermore, holders of a PhD in IR will have the qualities needed for employment that requires the ability to make informed judgments on complex issues in specialist topics of IR, and innovation in tackling and solving conceptual and practical problems in world politics. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English, Greek
Campus
 
Tamkang University
Taipei, Taiwan +1 More

Founded in 1983, the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies (GIIASS) focuses on research in international politics, international security, regional ... +

Founded in 1983, the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies (GIIASS) focuses on research in international politics, international security, regional affairs, and strategy. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Business and Economics
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Cyprus +1 More

The Ph.D. Program develops candidates’ skills in international political analysis and prepares them for an academic career through a focus on research skills and professional ... +

The Ph.D. Program develops candidates’ skills in international political analysis and prepares them for an academic career through a focus on research skills and professional socialization into the International Relations (IR) discipline. -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Metropolitan University Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

Three-year Doctoral Degree study programme in International Relations and European Studies conducted at Metropolitan University Prague (MUP) in cooperation with the Institute ... +

Three-year Doctoral Degree study programme in International Relations and European Studies conducted at Metropolitan University Prague (MUP) in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations in Prague (IIR) within the scope of the International Territorial Studies programme -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus