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A PhD Political Science degree is designed for individuals that wish to contribute to the understanding of political phenomena and who are capable of significant research that adds to the current knowledge base in this field of study. Graduates holding a PhD Political Science degree are prepared for careers in academia, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

There are many programs internationally offering PhD Political Science degrees. These may examine local political systems as well as international political systems. Candidates pursuing a PhD Political Science are required to complete extensive research and a dissertation or thesis, which then must be defended in front of a panel of experts in the field. Some PhD Political Science programs may also require coursework, teaching, and seminars.

A PhD Political Science degree can open many doors for career opportunities. Take a look through the program options below and find the university for you!

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28 Results in Political Science

Gratz College

The Doctor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College is designed for students already holding a graduate degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, history, or an ... [+]

Program Overview

The Doctor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College is designed for students already holding a graduate degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, history, or another related discipline. Doctoral students will engage in a meta-study of genocide to understand the phenomenon from a comprehensive range of academic approaches—historical, sociological, geographical, psychological, legal, theological and scientific—to inform their dissertations while reviewing the significant literature and conducting in-depth original research in the field.

Curriculum Map

Total Degree = 48 credits

Required Core Courses = 21 credits

Unveiling the Underpinnings of Genocide Gender and Genocide II Genocide in the Modern World Genocide and International Law A Geographical Approach to the Study of the Holocaust The Psychology and Sociology of Altruism and Rescue Post-Genocide Theology ... [-]
USA Philadelphia
September 2019
Full-time
5 years
Online & Campus Combined
Central European University, School of Public Policy

The Doctoral Program in Public Policy is a specialized track in the Political Science Ph.D. The program run by the CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy ... [+]

The Doctoral Program in Public Policy is a specialized track in the Political Science Ph.D. The program run by the CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations. CEU is an English-language graduate school in Budapest, Hungary that is accredited in the United States and Hungary.

Modern policymaking, devoted to the principles of good governance, transparency, accountability, and effectiveness, needs to be based on a sound academic analysis. The Doctoral Program in Public Policy is designed for scholars interested in conducting research on the cause, function, nature, and outcome of public policy.

The program prepares graduate students for careers in both academic and applied research institutions. Core courses focus on the development of professional level research and analytical skills in the fields of European and international public policy, comparative policy analysis, and political economy.... [-]

Hungary Budapest
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Northern Arizona University

Our doctoral plan is designed to provide you with: preparation for a career in higher education, tools for effective research, knowledge, and skills to work effectively i ... [+]

Our doctoral plan is designed to provide you with:

Preparation for a career in higher education Tools for effective research Knowledge and skills to work effectively in private and public service Requirements

For this plan, you must complete the following 78-81 units:

63 units of coursework approved by your plan adviser At least 15-18 units of dissertation credits

To accommodate individual plans of study, you may be required to:

Take an additional 18-39 units to meet language or research requirements Take the professional development seminar Allow for reading of comprehensive exams and dissertation research as specified by your adviser

You must choose between three emphases:... [-]

USA Flagstaff
August 2019
Full-time
Campus
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations

The curriculum of the two-year period of studying is constantly adjusted to the needs of the students which makes this program come close to a tutorial system. Students a ... [+]

The Doctoral School of Political Science of the Corvinus University was founded in 2002 by Professor Attila Agh. By the end of 2016, 23 students have received their doctoral degrees, many of whom are now teaching and doing research at various universities, think tanks, and academic institutions. Annually, we admit 6-8 new students from a diverse field of interest, including political theory, party politics, government studies, public policy, local politics, Hungarian and comparative politics. The School is supported by the Institute of Political Science and the Department of Public Policy and Management. Its current Head is Professor Andras Körösényi.

The curriculum of the two-year period of studying is constantly adjusted to the needs of the students which makes this program come close to a tutorial system. Students are strongly encouraged to work on their individual projects, and to participate in conferences, workshops, colloquia both at home and abroad. This is the main priority of the School. Its financial autonomy enables us to support students to launch their individual careers as early as possible.... [-]

Hungary Budapest
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
IHS, Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam

As a combination of urban management and governance, this Ph.D. program provides a unique academic experience that is highly relevant to today’s world. ... [+]

Ph.D. on Urban Development and Governance

As a combination of urban management and governance, this Ph.D. program provides a unique academic experience that is highly relevant to today’s world.

The Ph.D. program focuses on creating an academic-to-practice environment which will prepare students to be experts in their field. While students are required to be at IHS for three months a year during which they will form the base of their skills and knowledge, they are also allowed to conduct research elsewhere for the rest of the year.

What can I look forward to in this program? A custom-made list of courses to choose from, designed to accompany through the stages of their Ph.D. and line up with their focuses Working with internationally-renowned experts in their field Working on real-life cases Making professional connections all over the world A flexible working environment How is the programme organised? ... [-]
Netherlands Rotterdam
September 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Palacky University

The programme boasts an impressive staff that includes political scientists, social and political theorists and historians. International and interdisciplinary research p ... [+]

Programme description:

The programme boasts an impressive staff that includes political scientists, social and political theorists and historians. International and interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations are regularly undertaken and staff members are supported to build upon the existing expertise within the Department of Politics and European Studies (DPES) at Palacký University.

The three – year PhD program in political science is profiled as a modern political science study accentuating four key pillars:

highly professional theoretical preparedness; a thorough methodological and analytical preparedness; the scientific-pedagogical erudition; professional language skills. ... [-]
Czech Republic Olomouc
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Koc University - 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 objecti ... [+]

PhD in Political Science and International Relations

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 students with the training that will enable them to contribute to topnotch research and teaching in respectable institutions in Turkey and abroad. The faculty members of the Department have active research agendas and are internationally renowned for their research and expertise in a wide variety of areas including the list below. In addition to reflecting these strengths, the program and curriculum are designed to endow students with firm foundations in comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, and with cutting-edge qualitative as well as quantitative research skills. During their studies, students have generous opportunities to gain international experience through exchanges with prestigious institutions. They also become active contributors to the research activities of the department and gain teaching experience through assistantships.... [-]

Turkey Istanbul
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
EUCLID (Euclid University)

A specialized online Ph.D. offered by an intergovernmental university with recognized expertise in interfaith studies. ... [+]

HIGHLIGHTS:

The DIRD (and DIFS) are unique programs in the sense that they are actually offered by an intergovernmental organization with a university charter and an additional mandate in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. Notably, EUCLID is the only university which has received the first prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, presented by H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan (photo below).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

EUCLID offers several closely related but nevertheless distinct graduate programs:

DIRD: Ph.D. in Interreligious Dialogue and Diplomacy DIFS: Ph.D. in Interfaith Studies DCRel/DCCTh: PhD in Comparative Religion / Comparative Christian Theology

This page focuses on the DIRD: EUCLID’s Ph.D. in Inter-Religious Dialogue and Diplomacy, the umbrella program designed to train diplomats, government officials and civil servants in this complex and specialized field. These programs, delivered 100% online, exist to prepare government officials, social workers, clergy, theologians and faculty members to successfully and constructively engage in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. This program assumes a strong interest in religion, spirituality, theology, critical thinking, academic research and global affairs. Furthermore, it is open to students from all religious backgrounds including non-believers, although its focus may be of special interest to Muslims and Christians since it was—to an extent—developed in response to the “Common Word” initiative. However, it does assume the following:... [-]

USA Washington Gambia Gambia Online
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 find your juris doctor
Online
University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Offering supervision in most subject areas, the School of Politics and International Relations is a thriving and dynamic center for PhD study. ... [+]

Overview

Offering supervision in most subject areas, the School of Politics and International Relations is a thriving and dynamic center for PhD study.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination, and final thesis.

We encourage our students to play an active role in the school's research centers and institutes as well as the activities of the school as a whole.

The school runs a weekly colloquium for postgraduate research students, giving you the opportunity to present your work in front of other research students and staff with similar research interests.

Politics and international relations research areas include:... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
Boston College

The department's course offerings are organized in four fields: Political Theory, American Politics, International Politics, and Comparative Politics. ... [+]

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Boston College

We are an unusual department, a department that has resisted the trend pushing political science research away from questions that are relevant to citizens and political actors. Though we are particularly strong in the humanistic and qualitative approaches to politics, we celebrate methodological diversity. Twenty-six full-time faculty members (both senior and junior) teach in the department. We are also fortunate to have colleagues in a variety of other research and practice positions. This results in a considerable range in subject matter and academic approach. What unites our nationally renowned faculty is the recognition of the primacy of political problems and the conviction that these problems should determine the methodology that is appropriate in each case.... [-]

USA Boston
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
University of Stirling

This course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise. A unique feature of the face-to-face and practical aspect of the course is week ... [+]

Overview

This course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise.

A unique feature of the face-to-face and practical aspect of the course is weekend seminars, which maximise your opportunities for discussion of key issues and flexible delivery. The suite of modules includes diplomatic simulations and negotiation exercises, which can also be taken à la carte.

The DDipl consists of two parts. Full-time students can expect to complete the degree in three to four years. The taught part of the course will last for two academic years if you’re a full-time student. In your final year (with the option of applying for a one-year extension), PhD candidates will complete a thesis within about one year. This thesis will enable you to reflect on pertinent issues of diplomacy in light of the theory and conceptual knowledge you have gained over the course of your degree – as well as through your independent research.... [-]

United Kingdom Stirling
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
24 - 72 months
Campus
SOAS University of London

The Department of Politics and International Studies accepts students for research work leading to a PhD. The primary aim of the PhD programme is to train students to des ... [+]

PhD Degree in Politics and International Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The Department of Politics and International Studies accepts students for research work leading to a PhD. The primary aim of the PhD programme is to train students to design, research and write a successful doctoral thesis. Those who have completed the doctorate will be familiar with the conceptual and methodological aspects of political research and qualified as experts in their field.

To be considered for entry into the PhD programme, applicants must possess a well-advanced degree in Politics equivalent in level and content to the Department's MSc, although applications from individuals with related degrees in cognate disciplines will also be considered. Guidelines for Research Proposals can be found here.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
University of Johannesburg

A thesis on a theme in Political Science or International Relations, as a unique contribution which also demonstrates the ability to do independent and meaningful researc ... [+]

A thesis on a theme in Political Science or International Relations, as a unique contribution which also demonstrates the ability to do independent and meaningful research, is required. An article ready for publication has to be submitted along with the thesis.

Admission requirements

To gain entrance into this programme a student needs a good pass mark at Master’s level.

Contact details

Name: Prof Deon Geldenhuys Tel: 011 559 2894 / Email: deong@uj.ac.za

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South Africa Johannesburg
February 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Charles University Faculty of Science

The field is aimed at local, regional, macro-regional, continental, and global problems of landscape sphere. The aiming is based on the study of the development of Nature ... [+]

The field is aimed at local, regional, macro-regional, continental, and global problems of landscape sphere.

The aiming is based on the study of the development of Nature - Sociogeographical interaction on different hierarchy level. The study is aimed at regions of the Czech Republic and foreign countries as well. It gives scientific and manager training focused on:

regional development, development of a region and regional systems; Nature - Society interaction, sustainable development; traveling and recreation, causes, structure, dynamics, consequences; transformation and development of traffic systems; geopolitical changes, globalizing of problems, and social-economic and political development of macroregions. Description of verification and evaluation criteria ... [-]
Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Lingnan University

The Doctor of Policy Studies programme has flexible delivery modes and strong experiential learning elements including field visits, and academic workshops and seminars. ... [+]

Hong Kong’s first Doctorate in Policy Studies aims to reflect on up-to-date research and current practices in the field with an international perspective

Housing, education, aging, health, welfare, and poverty are some of the key social issues which concern Hong Kong and all other major cities in the world. As a result, there is an increasing interest in advanced studies and analysis of relevant social policies. Therefore, as a leading liberal arts university, Lingnan has launched a Doctor of Policy Studies (DPS) programme, the first of its kind in the Greater China region.

Experiential Learning

The Doctor of Policy Studies programme has flexible delivery modes and strong experiential learning elements including field visits, and academic workshops and seminars. The field visits (including overseas tours) are to ensure that students understand the current mindsets and practices regarding policy studies in other countries and can conduct their research from an international perspective, without simply relying on textbooks, journals, and other publications.... [-]

Hong Kong Tuen Mun
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
36 - 72 months
Campus