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Doctorate in Sociology
The doctoral program in sociology, with substantial support from two major Sciences Po laboratories (the Centre for the Sociology of Organizations and the Sociological Observatory of Change), and et The Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), is designed to provide:
The doctoral program in sociology trains excellent sociologists for both academic and university careers, as well as careers as experts in major public and private organizations and NGOs.
The program provides both theoretical and practical sociological research and analytical skills, as well as high-level expertise in various methodological tools.
Research centre support
The programme draws on support from Sciences Po's two sociology research centres, which host PhD students:
PhD students interested in political sociology or public policies can also join the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), a Sciences Po research centre that uses a multidisciplinary approach to explore political issues such as European integration and the relationships between policy and politics. The centre is headed by Renaud Dehousse, Professor at Sciences Po.
The PhD in sociology is open to students from Sciences Po Masters in Sociology as other students with a master's level degree (for more details, see admission conditions).
The three thesis years
During the next three years PhD students are mentored and included in the research centres, where they take part in the research, and participate in three seminars:
1- "Current trends in sociology research" provides a thematic overview of contemporary sociology research with prominent contemporary authors;
2- a specialty seminar organised by the research centre allows students to regularly present work;
3- workshops on advanced methods.
Thesis writing takes place at the research centres or international partner universities. Partners include the Max Planck Institute Cologne, the Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research, Northwestern University (Chicago), Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, and Oxford.
Beyond these partnerships, students may seek invitations from renowned institutions at foreign universities in Europe, North America (Harvard, Columbia, etc.), Brazil (IUPERJ: Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro), China (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), etc.
Students may also earn a dual PhD with the International Max Planck Research School.
The PhD in sociology is awarded after completing these three years.