Doctorate Degrees in Political Science

Compare 35 PhD Programs in Political Science

Political Science

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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PhD in Political Science and International Relations

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

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 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.... [-]


PhD in Irish School of Ecumenics

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time September 2017 Ireland Dublin

The Irish School of Ecumenics provides research supervision across disciplinary fields which include the ethics and theology of conflict and peace; reconciliation; human rights and ethics in international affairs; interreligious dialogue and intercultural theology; ecumenical theology; gender issues; development and globalisation; the interplay of politics and religion etc... [+]

PhD Studies at ISE The Irish School of Ecumenics provides research supervision across disciplinary fields which include the ethics and theology of conflict and peace; reconciliation; human rights and ethics in international affairs; interreligious dialogue and intercultural theology; ecumenical theology; gender issues; development and globalisation; the interplay of politics and religion etc. The ISE offers a structured PhD. Students work with their supervisor(s) over a four year period and are required to take a minimum of 10ECTS in taught modules to develop their research skills over the course of their studies. Some current PhD projects include: * The Use of Video Conferencing in Peace Education * Peace Journalism and Conflict in the Horn of Africa * UNSC 1325 and Women’s Peacebuilding in Armenia and Azerbaijan * Feminist Peace Activism in the Yugoslav wars * Engaging Men to End Gender Based Violence in Kenya * Secular Humanitarian Responses to Disasters in Religious Contexts * The Theology of Henri de Lubac * The Role of Memory in Dealing with the Past: Transcending the Victim-Perpetrator Paradigm in Northern Ireland * The Relationship between Evangelicalism and Islam in the Southern United States * The Impact of Immigration on Religious Identities and Inter-Religious Dialogue in Ireland and Germany * Re-imaging Space at the Intersection of Theatre and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and Beyond * Political Leadership and Conflict Transformation: Women, Politics and Peace in Northern Ireland * Shared Space and Ethnic Identity in Divided Cities: Belfast, Jerusalem, Brussels * LGBT Lives and Stories in Belfast,... [-]

PhD in Political Science

Palacky University
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Olomouc

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 [+]

PhDs in Political Science. 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. Research in politics, European Studies and international relations is organised primarily around the below research areas and teams:
 Analytical political science – team leader doc. Tomáš Lebeda, Ph.D. European studies – team leader doc. Daniel Marek, M.A., Ph.D. Czech politics and local policy – team leader doc. Pavel Šaradín, Ph.D. International relations and contemporary history – team leader prof. Jiří Lach, M.A., Ph.D. Graduate´s profile and employability: A graduate of the doctoral programme should be a highly qualified expert - the political scientist, who has an exceptionally advanced and specialized knowledge in her/his field, she/he is able to conduct independent scientific research, participate in team research tasks and pursue original scientific knowledge. After the completion of studies is able to pursue an independent scientific or scientific-pedagogical career and, where appropriate, be a head of a research team. Her/his scientific competencies include the ability to prepare professional scientific texts for publication, present their results at seminars and conferences. The... [-]

PhD in Public Policy

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time September 2017 Hong Kong

The PhD in Public Policy program provides rigorous training in public policy research to academically outstanding students aspiring to pursue a career in policy research and teaching. [+]

Global policy challenges such as ageing, climate change, economic crises, and terrorism call for innovative solutions beyond institutional and disciplinary boundaries, and public policy schools, departments, institutes and programs have been set up in leading universities around the world to tackle these global challenges. With substantial strengths in science, engineering, business and management, and quantitative social science areas, the Division of Public Policy (PPOL) and the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) are established to develop public policy as an emerging strategic area by fostering close collaboration across disciplines and to contribute more to policy development in key policy areas both locally and globally. The program aims to develop unique interdisciplinary postgraduate programs to provide rigorous training in policy research on a wide range of policy areas, such as environmental/ social/ economic policy, innovation and technology policy that meet society’s needs and professional requirements. PhD in Public Policy The PhD in Public Policy program provides rigorous training in public policy research to academically outstanding students aspiring to pursue a career in policy research and teaching. Given the breadth and depth of research faculty expertise across departments and schools in HKUST, students in the Public Policy program will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following four policy areas : science, technology and innovation policy, environmental policy and sustainability, and social changes and public policy, and China’s development policy. Research Foci The following areas are the Division's main foci: Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Environmental Policy and Sustainability Social Changes... [-]

Doctor Of Ministry

Africa International University
Campus Full time 3 years January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional theological degree for pastors and other Christian leaders in church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. Doctor Of Ministry The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional theological degree for pastors and other Christian leaders in church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities. In keeping with the vision of AIU-ISAR-NEGST, this program seeks to address itself to the unique needs and opportunities of ministry in the African context. Designed primarily as in-service continuing education for working pastors, it seeks to integrate the wisdom of ministry experience with the highest levels of theological reflection. This process involves a series of modular seminars, year-round reading and writing assignments, and mentoring, culminating in a publishable ministry-based research dissertation. Distinctive values of the Doctor of Ministry 1.MISSIONAL --The D.Min program focuses on equipping Christian leaders in church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities to confidently, to constructively, and to effectively carry out the mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ in an increasingly inter-connected world. We believe we must reconfigure leaders into reflective practitioners who understand the complexities of this inter-connected world and know how to engage it for the sake of the mission of the gospel 2.THEOLOGICAL -- The degree program seeks to cultivate and form Christian leaders who engage in theological reflection that informs practice and vice-versa. We call this type of theologically aware leader a “reflective practitioner.” These leaders possess a “thick understanding” of African and global culture and the “mission of God.” 3.IN-SERVICE or MID-CAREER TRAINING: The D.Min. is “In-Service or Mid-Career” training, and therefore deliberately experientially grounded education. Both instructors and learners... [-]

Political Science

International University Alliance
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

Whether you want to explore issues facing the public officials who caucus in buildings just blocks from campus, or master international relations, political science students receive broad exposure to the discipline, while gaining an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and its quality of citizenship. [+]

Political Science Whether you want to explore issues facing the public officials who caucus in buildings just blocks from campus, or master international relations, political science students receive broad exposure to the discipline, while gaining an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and its quality of citizenship. What to Expect As a political science major, you will be selecting courses from fields such as American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public administration and policy, and political theory, while also developing one or two individualized areas of interest. You will learn how to research the answers to important questions related to politics, political values and public policy. You will benefit from a wide variety of course offerings and have the opportunity to complete a public service internship to gain hands-on experience. Graduate Degrees D Ph.D. in Political Science The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Ph.D. in political science. The doctoral program has produced many distinguished academics and public leaders, both nationally and abroad. [-]

PhD in Regional and Political Geography

Charles University Faculty of Science
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

This graduate is well-prepared for creative scientific work in a team or as an individual. He/she has a broad understanding of regional and political geography in general, and of his/her specialisation (knowledge of theories and concepts, methodological approaches including GIS). [+]

PhDs in Political Science. The field is aimed at local, regional, macroregional, continental, and global problems of landscape sphere. The aiming is based on the study of development of the Nature - Sociogeographical interaction on different hierarchy level. 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 travelling 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 the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology. During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points. Conditions for admission Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017. Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence... [-]

PhD in Global Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes. The specific focus of this research programme is twofold. [+]

PhD in Global Studies The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes. The specific focus of this research programme is twofold: thematically, the programme addresses the analysis of contemporary globalisation processes and of the political, economic, social and cultural relationships and structures that define and shape these processes. Rather than, for example, the study of inter-state or inter-nation relations and agreements that is the traditional domain of International Studies, the core focus of this programme is on the study of the nature and evolution of contemporary globalisation itself and on globally shared issues, from a theoretical as well as a policy perspective. Methodologically, the programme promotes the multi-disciplinary analysis of contemporary globalisation processes. Research topics and projects will analyse the role of, and interchanges between, people, institutions, organisations and states in shaping globalisation dynamics through the prism of (at least) two of the following academic disciplines: International Studies and Politics, Law, Economics, Management Studies, Development Studies, History, Media and Communication Studies. Student support is at the heart of CISD’s activities. Research Degree students are fully supported by their primary and secondary supervisors and the Centre’s Research Tutor, currently Centre Director Dr Dan Plesch. Students are encouraged to attend and present at the Centre’s research seminars. Academic Staff and their Research Areas Dr Catriona Drew LLB (Aberdeen) PhD (London), Public International Law, international legal history (particularly self-determination... [-]

PhD in International Relations, Politics, Conflict or Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

Host to hundreds of international organisations, of which the European Union and NATO are the most prominent, PhD students do research literally around the corner of important places of decision-making. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. PhD in International Relations, Politics, Conflict or Law Brussels is an excellent place to do doctoral research. Host to hundreds of international organisations, of which the European Union and NATO are the most prominent, PhD students do research literally around the corner of important places of decision-making. This offers an array of opportunities to attend conferences with high-level policy-makers, to consult the specialised libraries of institutions like the European Commission, or to interview diplomats. The Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) seeks to create an environment not only of academic reflection, but also one where researchers and practitioners meet and exchange views. This creates a stimulating research environment for all topics in the broad field of international studies. Degrees and practicalities The University of Kent offers the following PhD degrees at BSIS: PhD in International Relations PhD in International Conflict Analysis PhD in Comparative Politics PhD in Political and Social Thought PhD in Law All programmes can be done full-time or part-time. New PhD students enrol either in September or January. From the academic year 2011-2012 on, students register directly onto a PhD programme. Full-time PhD students can be registered for up to a maximum of four years on a doctoral programme, but are expected to submit their doctoral dissertation as soon as possible following the completion of the third year. Research Seminars At the heart of the PhD programme is the weekly research seminar (during terms). In these sessions one PhD student presents his/her research... [-]

PhD in Political Science

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time 4 - 8 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The study programme is primarily designated for the graduates with a Master’s degree in Political Science or any other field of Social Sciences who intend to deepen their knowledge in Political Science, focusing on the issue of democratic and nondemocratic forms of government, changes in political systems, [+]

The study program is primarily designated for the graduates with a Master’s degree in Political Science or any other field of Social Sciences who intend to deepen their knowledge in Political Science, focusing on the issue of democratic and nondemocratic forms of government, changes in political systems, with a special emphasis on development trends connected with modernization and democratization, other issues of comparative analysis, including national and regional identities, or the analysis of individual elements of political systems. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Doctoral degree programme is guided by the Rules for the organization of study at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and higher legal standards of Charles University. Entrance exam: The entrance examination takes into account: • dissertation proposal • the applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature • previous publications Crucial criteria in the admission of the applicant are as follows: • Dissertation project quality: the concept, along with the theoretical and methodological outcomes, is expected to be defended by the applicant during the entrance examination. • The applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature will be taken into consideration. • Another valued aspect will be the fact whether the applicant has received a written approval by a member of the IPS FSS CU academic staff at for his/her project of dissertation thesis. Each applicant can obtain up to 100 points for the entrance examination. The maximum amount of points earned in the first part of... [-]

PhD International Conflict Management

Kennesaw State University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Kennesaw Marietta

The PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. The PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. INCM is a field that currently has few opportunities for advanced training. This PhD program offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top-quality, advanced graduate students. Each doctoral student, after completing the core courses, is given the flexibility to focus their studies in their desired area. Overview The INCM is one of only a few such programs available in North America. PhD students accepted into the program receive broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities that draw on an array of academic disciplines. Graduates will be able to address problems from a sophisticated knowledge base of substantive, theoretical, practical, and methodological approaches. The core courses prepare them in key global competencies including: Intercultural dynamics of global conflict Economic conflict analysis International relations Conflict management theory Methodological preparation is rigorous, including required and optional courses in quantitative and qualitative methods, research design, and international program and policy analysis and evaluation. The PhD program also requires graduates to obtain significant international experience and competency in a language other than English. Vision To become a leading PhD program preparing scholar-practitioners for the complex challenges of preventing, managing, and transforming international conflict. Purpose This fulltime, interdisciplinary, in-residence program is designed to meet the global demand for scholar-practitioners to address the complex array of international conflict and security challenges through... [-]

Doctor of Diplomacy (DDipl)

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Stirling

A highlight of our doctoral studies programme is the unique DDipl (Doctor of Diplomacy) degree. It is unique because it is specially designed for working professionals and is taught at a range of venues, often with direct input from senior practitioners. The course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise. [+]

A highlight of our doctoral studies programme is the unique DDipl (Doctor of Diplomacy) degree. It is unique because it is specially designed for working professionals and is taught at a range of venues, often with direct input from senior practitioners. The course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise. A unique feature of the face-to-face aspect of the course is weekend seminars allowing maximum opportunity for discussion of key issues, linked with the use of multiple study venues in London, Brussels, Moscow and Washington DC, to name just some. The DDipl consists of two parts. The taught part will last two academic years for a full-time student. In their final year, PhD candidates will complete a thesis in which they will reflect on pertinent issues of diplomacy in light of the theory and conceptual knowledge they have gained over the course of their degree as well as independent research. What makes us different? Entry requirements Academic requirements A minimum of a second-class Honours degree or equivalent (2.1 degree or equivalent preferred) in a relevant subject with a minimum of six years professional experience in a relevant context and/or A Masters qualification in a relevant subject with a minimum of three years professional experience in a relevant context (merit degree or equivalent preferred) Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work/life experience are encouraged to apply English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as... [-]

PhD in Political Science

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

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. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. 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 course work 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 profession development seminar Allow for reading of comprehensive exams and dissertation research as specified by your adviser You must choose between three emphases: Comparative politics and international relations Public Policy Public Administration In addition to the requirements for your particular emphasis, you must: Perform satisfactorily on comprehensive written and oral exams Satisfy a "research tool" requirement in one of two ways: Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to two years of university course work Obtain a grade of "B" or better in POS 601 and complete 6 additional units of research methods Fulfill Northern Arizona University’s residency requirements Pass the oral exam on your dissertation defense Emphasis in American Politics and Public Administration To complete this emphasis, you must take: 18 units in political science core courses 12 units of additional coursework in American politics and public administration 18-21 units of coursework in one of our other emphases 12-15 units of coursework in a cognate supporting American politics... [-]

PhD/MPhil Politics and International Relations

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

The school offers MPhil and PhD supervision in most subject areas of politics and international relations and students are encouraged to play an active role in the school's research centres and institutes as well as the activities of the school as a whole. [+]

PhD/MPhil Politics and International Relations A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by a verbal examination and final thesis. A MPhil requires research skills and training similar to a PhD yet its scope and complexity are less than that required for a doctorate. The MPhil is assessed by the submission of a thesis. The school offers MPhil and PhD supervision in most subject areas of politics and students are encouraged to play an active role in the school's research centres and institutes as well as the activities of the school as a whole. A weekly Research Student Colloquium runs during term-time, and serves to bring the research student community together on a regular basis. Organised by students and facilitated by the Director of Postgraduate Research, it acts as a supportive form for presenting work in progress and advancing research. We organise our research around our centres and institutes and are proud of our wide-ranging expertise to supervise PhD topics covering the three major sub-fields of comparative politics, international relations and political theory. At Nottingham, you will be allocated two academic supervisors. Facilities School facilities In addition to the IT facilities provided by the University, the school offers all full-time postgraduate research students registered with the school their own workspace in rooms designated for use by research students. Students are provided with computer, printing and photocopying facilities and are given a generous... [-]

PhD in International Studies

University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Campus September 2017 USA Denver

The Josef Korbel School PhD program combines broad and rigorous training in conventional fields - international politics, comparative politics, international political economy and/or political theory - with ample opportunities for customization, creativity and exploration. Faculty mentoring ensures each student pursues a productive path of study, whether the goal is college teaching or a career in research, government or the nonprofit sector. Each year, the Josef Korbel School receives approximately 100 applications and accepts 4 applicants, making it a highly sought after and competitive program. [+]

PhDs in Political Science. The Josef Korbel School PhD program combines broad and rigorous training in conventional fields - international politics, comparative politics, international political economy and/or political theory - with ample opportunities for customization, creativity and exploration. Faculty mentoring ensures each student pursues a productive path of study, whether the goal is college teaching or a career in research, government or the nonprofit sector. Each year, the Josef Korbel School receives approximately 100 applications and accepts 4 applicants, making it a highly sought after and competitive program. Our doctoral candidates develop close working relationships with faculty in an open, informal environment that facilitates interaction and the exchange of ideas. The small size of the program also contributes to a strong sense of community. The Josef Korbel School challenges each student to become an original and creative scholar while providing a supportive environment for personal and professional development. In recent years, our doctoral graduates have gone on to teach at universities and liberal arts colleges such as Queen's University Belfast, Occidental College, Colorado College, University of Delaware, University of South Florida and the Air Force Academy. Other graduates have pursued non-academic careers at the Ford Foundation, Carter Center, American Red Cross, U.S. Government and more. FIELD SPECIALIZATIONS Comparative politics International political economy Political theory CENTERS AND INSTITUTES Another way for our doctoral candidates to gain additional work and research experience is through involvement with our school's centers, institutes and journals. Candidates are currently working with the following centers, institutes and... [-]