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Doctorate in Political Science
The political science programme trains academics and researchers for careers in France and abroad, as well as high-level professionals for all levels of politics: public politics, opinion survey analysts, territorial administrations, journalism, political consulting, diplomacy, foreign diplomatic academies, specialists in specific cultural areas, etc.
Professionalization in research is ensured by the doctoral students getting a chance to work in one of the Sciences Po laboratories where they can meet with the teams, take part in research projects and take specialised seminars. They are also invited to take part in contracts and projects financed by the European commission. To do so, they can rely on the advice of the Mission Europe de la recherche de Sciences Po.
Doctoral students in the Political Science department also benefit from the activities of the CEVIPOF, the CERI and the CEE. Professionalization in teaching is also available thanks to the tutoring they carry out voluntarily, to the introductory teaching they do and the method conferences given by the monitors.
Doctoral students can also follow all of the professionalization seminars proposed by the Doctoral school.
The political science doctoral programme receives the support of Sciences Po's three biggest laboratories who also take in doctoral students:
The political science PhD is split into a two-year master's course and three-year doctoral course ending with a thesis.
As part of each category, they follow basic classes aimed at providing them with the methodological and epistemological basics in order to consolidate their discipline. In addition, they follow specialised classes that correspond to the areas covered by each sub-category. During the last semester of the second year, students must write a research dissertation that displays their capacity to order their knowledge, to grasp an issue and treat it in a coherent and informed manner. At the end of the two year period, students graduate with a master's in political science.
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.
During the three year doctoral period, students are supervised by a thesis supervisor from one of the three political science laboratories at Sciences Po: the Centre de Recherche Politique de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF), the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) or the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE). Doctoral students must also follow at least three doctoral seminars. Finally the three-year thesis period is linked to the Sciences Po research centres but also to our overseas university partners. In particular, it is possible for some to obtain a double PhD Sciences Po/Columbia University after sharing time between France and the United States. The Political Science doctorate is awarded after this three-year period and after the viva.
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.
Consult the list of doctoral students:
Accueil des étudiants : Ecole Doctorale de Sciences Po - 199, boulevard Saint-Germain - 75007 Paris (3ème étage) - Du lundi au jeudi de 9 h 30 à 11 h 30 & de 14 h 30 à 16 h 30 et le vendredi de 9 h 30 à 12 h 30
L'équipe du programme doctoral en science politique
Head of doctoral studies in Policital Science: Colin Hay, Full Professor at Sciences Po