International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA), PhD

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Our Ph.D. programme in International Affairs and Political Economy (DIA) offers you a research-based education in

  • political science,
  • economics with a focus on economic policy,
  • public management or
  • public international and European law

Your doctoral thesis is at the focal point of the programme. The thesis can be policy orientated, theoretical or of an interdisciplinary nature.
In the Ph.D. programme we provide you with the research qualifications you need and strengthen your knowledge base in your discipline and selected area of expertise. In addition, you develop your abilities to conduct a research-based dialogue with related disciplines.


The University of St. Gallen has earned the EQUIS (2001) and AACSB (2003) accreditations and consequently has obtained the two most demanding international seals of approval for business schools.

In the 2013 Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking we are in 1st place with the Master in Strategy and International Management and in 7th place with the CEMS Master in International Management. Our Master in Banking and Finance is ranked 10th in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open

Programme Structure

  • The Ph.D. programme in International Affairs and Political Economy explores key issues in politics, economics and law.

Academic Requirements

Specific admission requirements for the DIA:

As a graduate of one of the following HSG Master programmes you can be admitted to the DIA Ph.D. programme without supplementary work:

a) International Affairs and Governance (MIA)

b) Economics (MEcon)

c) Quantitative Finance and Economics (MiQE/F)
d) Banking and Finance (MBF)

You can also enrol in the DIA Ph.D. programme without having to meet any additional criteria if you hold a degree equivalent to the MIA, MEcon, MiQE/F or MBF degrees. If you hold a degree in an unrelated discipline, then you must complete supplementary work to the effect of 18-20 credits.

Evidence of proficiency in English

If you are not a native English speaker or have not completed your Master's in a degree course taught completely in English, you must provide evidence of satisfactory proficiency in English. The following examinations are recognized:

a) English examination at proficiency level I of the University of St.Gallen

b) Externally taken English examination at level C1

c) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score: 100 (internet-based)

Letter of recommendation

A letter of recommendation from a professor at the University of St.Gallen is required for admission to the DIA programme. Admission to the programme requires a written agreement of a professor from one of the departments of Political Science, Economics, Public International Law or Public Management to act as your supervisor.

You can find a list of these professors in the column on the right. Other professors may serve as doctoral thesis supervisors with the agreement of the Programme Committee.

Additional documents

You may also submit the following documents:
a) motivation letter
b) research outline with remarks on your research issue
c) references from professors at other universities

The Programme Committee will decide on admission to the programme.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 991 International
  • EUR 577 EU/EEA

One-off enrolment fee CHF 250

Tuition fees for Swiss nationals Ph.D. Level

  • CHF 626 / semester

Tuition fees for foreign nationals Ph.D. Level

  • CHF 1,076 / semester


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