The International Relations program of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations brings together academic excellence through meticulous independent research and real-world applicability. We confer doctoral degrees on the basis of two distinct modalities:
DIR by research
The GSD-DIR research programme offers students the option to pursue their doctoral programme by distance with 9 mandatory on-site visits to Geneva. The duration of the programme is 3 years and results in 240 ECTS.
The GSD-DIR research programme offers a unique and exciting intellectual environment for the in-depth and interdisciplinary study of International Relations and Diplomacy. The programme has already attracted high skilled and experienced students from across the world. Students have developed and are carrying out research in areas as diverse as traditional and new security issues, diplomacy, international affairs, political economy, human rights, geopolitics, post-colonial studies.
GSD post-graduate students work closely with their assigned supervisor and work intensively to develop at the highest level the potential of each candidate, both from methodological and theoretical points of view. Doctoral students are expected to contribute to the GSD research profile by being affiliated as Research Fellows to the Globecraft® Institute.
DIR by dossier
The DIR by Dossier is awarded by GSD to leading authorities in the field of study concerned. This prestigious doctorate recognizes scholarly work of high distinction, impact and originality.
- The DIR by Dossier is awarded by GSD to leading authorities in the field of study concerned. This prestigious doctorate recognizes scholarly work of high distinction, impact and originality.
- The candidate submits to GSD a dossier presenting a minimum of 8 scholarly papers published by the most representative international journals or a book published by a top publishing house. A commission formed by GSD and external examiners will be created to assess each particular case. Only outstanding work will be considered. Applicants are expected to be leading authorities in the field of study concerned.
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesInternational Relations International Development Political Science View 3 other PhDs in International Development in Switzerland
- A first or 2:1 first degree and a MA in a subject appropriate to the course. Equivalent overseas qualifications are acceptable. A detailed research proposal (5.000 words) of your intended research together with a proof of English language proficiency is required.
International10179 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10179 EUR per year during 36 months.
National10179 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10179 EUR per year during 36 months.
- Tuition fee per year is CHF 11.000.
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