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History, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #242 (QS) Paris, France
The doctoral program is led by internationally renown French and foreign historians representing a variety of approaches within the discipline, and covering multiple subjects and areas. It is intellectually and institutionally affiliated with Sciences Po's Centre for History (CHSP), which hosts doctoral students.
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The doctoral program in history is for students seeking careers in teaching and research as well as other fields: public service, heritage, libraries and archives, private sector, especially in the cultural and audiovisual industry, publishing, media, and national and international associations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • A mandatory seminar in historiography, taught by all staff, is offered beginning in S1.
  • Specialised courses go deeper into more specific areas and subjects: a broad range of specialised fields of history; cutting-edge research themes: methods (statistics, pictures, oral history, archives…). 
  • Besides research workshops, teaching at the Masters level uses pedagogical methods that range from reading seminars to practical workshops on all aspects of the historian's trade: present and write in English; leverage the historian's knowledge in the professional world; navigate archives and digital databases; work on a foreign country.  
  • The research paper is a key component. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

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General Requirements

Admission to the PhD level is subject to approval from a panel that reviews candidates' academic record and the quality of their research paper to assess their ability to pursue this research programme.  The application process is open to both students who received their first two years of training at Sciences Po and students with Masters degrees from other French or foreign schools.  However, the admissions panel may require that students who did not receive a Masters in History from Sciences Po complete additional basic or specialty coursework prior to pursuing their doctoral research.    

Tuition Fee

  • International

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 380 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Tuition Fees

For all students admitted to the PhD programme at the “Thesis” level, the annual fee for the 2016/2017 academic year is 391 euros, irrespective of tax residency.

In order to make Sciences Po accessible to all to promote academic success, Sciences Po offers many types of financial aid.

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