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PhD Programmes

The doctoral degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching or research, but also in international organisations, advisory services, and businesses.

Five PhD Programmes

The School of Research (ex-Doctoral School) accompanies students preparing a doctoral thesis in law, economics, history, political science, or sociology. The programme is structured around these topics to guide students as they become true experts in the selected discipline and specific field of research chosen for the thesis.

The School of Research offers a world-class educational framework along with tailored professional integration services. PhD candidates work with internationally renowned thesis supervisors and benefit from personalised support in Sciences Po's research centres.

While the majority of PhD graduates pursue careers in academia, the research work and methodology they have undertaken makes their profiles highly valuable to public administrations, businesses and consulting firms, international organisations, and think-tanks.

International Mobility and Dual Degrees

PhD candidates may participate in conferences and research stays abroad. Partnerships with other institutions of higher education also offer a number of opportunities: for example, the three international dual doctoral degrees, the doctoral fellowships programme with seven leading North American universities, or the doctoral mobility programme with the London School of Economics, Columbia University, and the National University of Singapore.

Key figures

  • 5


  • 320

    PhD candidates

  • 700

    publications per year

  • 60

    theses per year

  • 270


  • 40%

    of PhD candidates are international students

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