The PhD is a doctoral degree, specifically called a "doctor of philosophy" degree. This is misleading because PhD holders are not necessarily philosophers (unless they earned their degree in philosophy!). That said, PhD recipients are able to engage in thought experiments, reason about problems, and solve problems in sophisticated ways.
Social sciences help students to better understand the interactions and systems within human society. Topics covered may include how communities and populations form governments, make laws, develop economic systems, or how individuals make decisions.
Top Doctoral Programs in Social Sciences in Switzerland 2019
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. [+]
Doctor of International RelationsThe Doctor of International Relations (DIR) Programme is the highest degree offered by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and develops academic excellence through meticulous independent research, and real-world applicability.The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations (GSD) confers doctoral degrees on the basis of two distinct modalities:Doctor of International Relations by Research The GSD-DIR research programme offers a unique and exciting intellectual environment for the in-depth and interdisciplinary study of International Relations and Diplomacy. Students can pursue their doctoral programme by distance on a full-time (3 years) or part-time basis (6 years) with 9-10 mandatory on-site visits to Geneva.The programme has already attracted highly skilled and experienced students from across the world, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Hungary, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Pakistan, Russia, and the USA. Students have developed and are carrying out research in areas as diverse as traditional and new security issues, diplomacy, political economy, human rights, geopolitics and post-colonial studies. GSD post-graduate students work closely with their assigned supervisor and work intensively to develop at the highest level the potential of each candidate, both from methodological and theoretical points of view.... [-]