PhD Programmes

PhD programmes at the Institute require a four-year commitment, with the first three semesters in residence. During the first two semesters, you will take theoretical and methodological doctoral seminars before presenting a preliminary thesis at the end of the third semester, with the defence of your thesis taking place at the end of the eighth semester. Our PhD programmes meet the established requirements for accreditation in Switzerland. The courses are taught in English, however the thesis could be written either in English or French.

During your doctoral research, you will be expected to develop your critical thinking and to produce a significant contribution to scholarship in your discipline. 

We offer six disciplinary PhDs:

 

PHD IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
 

  • Four-year programme
  • Provides students with theoretical perspectives and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence policy interventions
  • Involves a year of coursework and preparation followed by extensive fieldwork and a dissertation
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PHD IN DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS
 

  • Four-year programme centered around a research dissertation
  • A crucial field at the heart of policy debates
  • Fieldwork opportunities in developing countries
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PHD IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
 

  • Four-year programme centered around a research dissertation
  • Stimulating collegiate work atmosphere
  • Trains students to undertake innovative research 
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PHD IN INTERNATIONAL HISTORY
 

  • Four-year programme
  • Combines coursework, seminars, preliminary thesis and doctoral thesis
  • Equips students with the analytical, conceptual and methodological tools to successfully complete original book-length research
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PHD IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
 

  • Designed for outstanding students with a strong commitment to international law
  • Research supervision available for a wide range of topics
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PHD IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS /
POLITICAL SCIENCE
 

  • Stand-alone four-year PhD programme or Fast-track master’s/doctoral program allowing students to complete a master’s and PhD within five years
  • Designed to prepare students for a research-focused career in international relations
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