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45 PhD Programs in 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 a… Read more

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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Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Saint Petersburg, Russia

The program is aimed at students who want to acquire knowledge about the theoretical, philosophical, and methodological aspects of political science and the ability to reasona ... +

The program is aimed at students who want to acquire knowledge about the theoretical, philosophical, and methodological aspects of political science and the ability to reasonably and effectively apply existing research and conduct new research on the formation and development of political processes. The students will gain experience and knowledge of research and teaching activities in the field of political science, regional studies, and social sciences. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English, Russian
01 Oct 2022
01 Aug 2022
Campus
 
University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
Prague, Czech Republic

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and ... +

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and publishable results. A UNYP Ph.D. by research usually requires a minimum of three years, during which time there should be three publications, in literature approved by the University of Bolton. These publications should be in relation to the student's thesis and area of expertise and should develop the student’s knowledge of the subject. The award of this Ph.D. is based purely on these three published works and as such rewards on-going activities rather than additional work. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Wroclaw
Wrocław, Poland

The curriculum at the Doctoral College of Political and Administrative Sciences takes into account the recommendations of the Bologna Seminar “Doctoral Programmes for the Euro ... +

The curriculum at the Doctoral College of Political and Administrative Sciences takes into account the recommendations of the Bologna Seminar “Doctoral Programmes for the European Knowledge Society”, which was held in 2005 in Salzburg at the initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European University Association. The recommendations and conclusions from the seminar are continuously promoted by the European University Association. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English, Polish
Campus
 

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University of Stirling
Stirling, United Kingdom

The DDipl degree is one of the highlights of our doctoral studies programme. It's unique because it's specially designed for working professionals, and is taught at a range of ... +

The DDipl degree is one of the highlights of our doctoral studies programme. It's unique because it's specially designed for working professionals, and is taught at a range of venues - often with direct input from senior practitioners. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
24 - 72 months
English
Oct 2022
Campus
 
Atlantic International University
Honolulu, USA

The Doctorate of Political Science program provides students with valuable, comprehensive knowledge of government and global politics, preparing them to analyze complex politi ... +

The Doctorate of Political Science program provides students with valuable, comprehensive knowledge of government and global politics, preparing them to analyze complex political problems and recognize potential solutions in both the public and private sectors. The Doctorate of Political Science program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Sep 2022
Online
 
Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain +1 More

The Political Marketing Doctorate Program, Actors and Institutions in Contemporary Societies is inserted in the field of research in Political Science, Public Administration a ... +

The Political Marketing Doctorate Program, Actors and Institutions in Contemporary Societies is inserted in the field of research in Political Science, Public Administration and Sociology, presenting the doctoral student with a research scenario from the construction of critical thinking as well as discussion , empirical and theoretical deepening in key social and political problems, the formulation of relevant research questions and identification of knowledge gaps in the field of political and social sciences. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish, Gallegan
Oct 2022
Campus
 
University of Public Service
Budapest, Hungary +1 More

The Doctoral School of Military Sciences has a wide spectrum of research fields: Security Studies, Social Aspects of Defence Studies, General Military Theory, Theories of Mili ... +

The Doctoral School of Military Sciences has a wide spectrum of research fields: Security Studies, Social Aspects of Defence Studies, General Military Theory, Theories of Military Science, Defence Logistics and Defence Economics, National Security and Theory of Defence Information Technology and Communication. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The joint doctoral study program Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle) are interdisciplinary oriented, as it contains subjects (content) from legal, econ ... +

The joint doctoral study program Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle) are interdisciplinary oriented, as it contains subjects (content) from legal, economic, managerial, organizational, and information sciences. Students have a wide choice of courses (content) within the individual disciplines, which means they can choose the courses (content) in all study fields (disciplines) they are interested in. -
PhD
Part-time
3 years
English, Slovenian
01 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The learning skills at a distance from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities are usually highly professional. The degree programs of distance learning of Selinus University in ... +

The learning skills at a distance from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities are usually highly professional. The degree programs of distance learning of Selinus University in this faculty allow access to the specialization in which the student can choose the topics of your interest in order to design a program fully adapted to his vocation. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
Luiss PhD programs
Rome, Italy

The PhD in Politics is a fully-funded program, providing PhD candidates with scholarships for four years of research and study. Every PhD researcher will receive supervision f ... +

The PhD in Politics is a fully-funded program, providing PhD candidates with scholarships for four years of research and study. Every PhD researcher will receive supervision from two scholars with expertise in the field, at least one of whom is drawn from among the internationally renowned members of the Academic Board of the program. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of London, School of Advanced Study
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) is the only postgraduate academic institution in the UK devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote interd ... +

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) is the only postgraduate academic institution in the UK devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. Its purpose is to promote interdisciplinary and inter-regional research in the fields of history, politics, and other social sciences. Its areas of specialism include international development, governance, human rights, north-south relations, and conflict and security. An MPhil/PhD with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Oct 2022
31 Jul 2022
Campus
Online
 
Saint Paul University
Ottawa, Canada

The program, administered by the School of Conflict Studies, studies various dimensions of social, political, and philosophical conflict from a multilevel and multidisciplinar ... +

The program, administered by the School of Conflict Studies, studies various dimensions of social, political, and philosophical conflict from a multilevel and multidisciplinary perspective. -
PhD
Full-time
6 years
English, French
Campus
 
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, USA

The Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science provides a rigorous, disciplinary program with strong multidisciplinary links. The program consists of innovative, state-of-the-s ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science provides a rigorous, disciplinary program with strong multidisciplinary links. The program consists of innovative, state-of-the-science graduate education in political methodology and the fields of comparative politics and international relations; law and courts; and political institutions and American politics. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has more than ten professorial members from six different countries. Since 2014, it has had 19 research postgraduate students fro ... +

The Department of Sociology and Social Policy has more than ten professorial members from six different countries. Since 2014, it has had 19 research postgraduate students from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, including an outstanding record of six Hong Kong PhD Fellows. -
PhD
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Boston College
Boston, USA

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

The department's course offerings are organized in four fields: Political Theory, American Politics, International Politics, and Comparative Politics. -
PhD
Full-time
5 years
English
Aug 2023
02 Jan 2023
Campus