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Doctorate in International Relations
The PhD program in international relations encourages a broad definition of international, a methodology mindful of empirical research, and an effort to conceptualize an increasingly complex world of changes.
This program teaches research through research to students who plan to pursue:
The program seeks to develop research and critical analysis skills, very high-level expertise in various methodological tools, and a solid command of the discipline’s fundamental questions.
Structure of the 2017-2018 program
The programme is split into a two-year master's and a three-year doctoral programme.
The first year of the Master's is given over to the acquisition of the basics in international relations as well as an initiation to research through lectures on method and, from the second semester on, through more targeted classes and personalised tutoring.
The second year of the Master's course completes previously acquired knowledge through specialised classes and seminars in parallel with a general research seminar and the continuation of tutoring. The combination tends essentially to accompany the student in the preparation of their dissertation, the high point of this second year. Click here for more information on the two years at Master's level.
=> See the programme catalogue
After two years students graduate with a master's in Political Science, option International relations.
Students who apply to the doctoral programme come before a jury that takes in account their grades, the quality of their master's dissertation and the candidate's capacity to commit to a research project. The doctoral programme is open not only to students who have followed the initial Sciences Po programme but also to those with master's degrees from another French or foreign establishment. However, it may be required of students who have not taken Science's Po's political science course to follow some basic or specialised classes that the jury deems necessary before beginning their doctoral research.
To choose a thesis supervisor, candidates are asked to get in touch with a member of the teaching staff and/or one of the members of Sciences Po's laboratories; in International Relations: the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) or the Centre d'Etudes Européennes (CEE).
During the three-year thesis period, doctoral students are supervised by a thesis supervisor and are integrated in one of Sciences Po's research laboratories: the CERI or the CEE. Doctoral students must also take at least three doctoral seminars one of which must be outside the programme of their chosen option.
During the first year of doctoral studies, the PhD student will attend 3 seminars:
Two mandatory seminars:
Seminar on doctoral training in IR: its goal is to help PhD students develop their thesis and learn about the current state of research in this subfield. Students must present and discuss their research in the presence of a panellist with expertise in their field.
A specialty seminar: raising awareness of crosscutting programs involving IR: Sociology of diplomatic practices
Subject to the thesis supervisor’s approval, this seminar may be substituted with another specialty seminar. Options:
Diligence is required. IEP Paris rules regarding student attendance are applicable to this pedagogical framework.
Students receive a Doctorate in Political Science after three years studying, submission of a thesis and a viva.
Bertrand Badie, Professeur des universités, Sciences Po
Le programme accueille également des professeurs invités venus des principales universités étrangères qui offrent chaque année un cours et/ou un séminaire à l'attention des étudiants en seconde année du Master: K. Olsen et P. Burgess (Oslo), W. Carlsnaes (Uppsala), A. Williams (St Andrews), E. Luck (Columbia), T. Inogushi (Tokyo), N. Lebow (Dartmouth College), etc.
Administrative Officer : Maud BIANCARDI
Des aides à la mobilité sont proposées aux doctorants pour participer à des colloques et pour effectuer des travaux de terrain et des séjours d'études à l'étranger.
Contacts and students reception
Professeur Guillaume Devin, directeur du Programme doctoral (Ph.D.) en Science politique, mention Relations internationales.
Administrative Officer : Maud Biancardi
Student reception: Ecole Doctorale de Sciences Po - 199, boulevard Saint-Germain - 75007 Paris (3rd floor) - Office 328 – From Monday to Thursday, 9h30 to 11h30 and 14h30 to 16h30 – Friday from 9h30 to 12h30