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16 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 - 6 years
English
Campus
 
Atlantic International University
Honolulu, USA

The Doctor of International Relations (D.Sc) goal is to provide students with a strong foundation in theory and practice of international relations necessary to conduct ground ... +

The Doctor of International Relations (D.Sc) goal is to provide students with a strong foundation in theory and practice of international relations necessary to conduct ground breaking research. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
International Business School - Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

We offer the Ph.D. in International Affairs program in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The Ph.D. in Internationa ... +

We offer the Ph.D. in International Affairs program in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The Ph.D. in International Affairs program is aimed at policy-makers and experts of international affairs to address critical issues centered on diplomacy, foreign policy, and international relations. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
26 Sep 2022
Campus
 

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Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

This programme examines the complexities and processes involved in the relationships that govern international governance institutions. It deals with socio-economic and politi ... +

This programme examines the complexities and processes involved in the relationships that govern international governance institutions. It deals with socio-economic and political, legal, historical and context-sensitive factors, which are key elements in any international environment. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

To offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research studies, Lingnan University (LU) and Shenzhen University (SZU) have launched a collaboration on joint PhD supervision in ... +

To offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research studies, Lingnan University (LU) and Shenzhen University (SZU) have launched a collaboration on joint PhD supervision in the research areas of International Relations and Development Studies from the 2021 intake. Applicants considering for admission to PhD programmes with research areas related to International Relations and Development Studies may consider this joint supervision arrangement. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2022
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 - 4 years
English
Online
 
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Prague, Czech Republic

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
Oct 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
American Graduate School in Paris
Paris, France

The Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS allows students to specialize in a specific domain of knowledge while gaining the recognition that is instrumental to ... +

The Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS allows students to specialize in a specific domain of knowledge while gaining the recognition that is instrumental to pursue advanced careers in academics, think tanks, international organizations, or government research. -
PhD 1-year MBA
Full-time
12 - 18 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Corvinus University of Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

International Relations Multidisciplinary Doctoral School.

International Relations Multidisciplinary Doctoral School. -
PhD
Full-time
4 semesters
English, Ungarian
Sep 2022
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
 
University of Fiji
Suva, Fiji

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Relations and Diplomacy is a research qualification that can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Students are expec ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Relations and Diplomacy is a research qualification that can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Students are expected to conduct advanced and original research leading to the completion of a Thesis (80,000 – 100,000 words including notes and bibliography). -
PhD
English
Campus
 
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Pittsburgh, USA

Focus on interdisciplinary research and applied analysis of public policy issues, commit your career to impactful policy research. Whether you want to teach, conduct research, ... +

Focus on interdisciplinary research and applied analysis of public policy issues, commit your career to impactful policy research. Whether you want to teach, conduct research, or work in a policy environment, our Ph.D. program will equip you with the skills, tools, and knowledge to succeed in highly competitive environments such as leading universities, government agencies, and non-profit, non-governmental organizations around the world. -
PhD
English
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 2022
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 - 5 years
English
Sep 2022
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 2022
Campus