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Political Science, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #242 (QS) ,
The political science programme trains academics and researchers for careers in France and abroad, as well as high-level professionals for all levels of politics: public politics, opinion survey analysts, territorial administrations, journalism, political consulting, diplomacy, foreign diplomatic academies, specialists in specific cultural areas, etc.

About

The political science doctoral programme is designed to provide:
    • A complete international level training course in all of the areas relevant to political science ;
    • A research methodology in the social sciences including classes in qualitative and quantitative analysis;
    • A personalised supervision process within the Doctoral school and in the research centres, by an internationally recognised and involved academic staff.

Careers

Professionalization in research is ensured by the doctoral students getting a chance to work in one of the Sciences Po laboratories where they can meet with the teams, take part in research projects and take specialised seminars. They are also invited to take part in contracts and projects financed by the European commission. To do so, they can rely on the advice of the Mission Europe de la recherche de Sciences Po.

Doctoral students in the Political Science department also benefit from the activities of the CEVIPOF, the CERI and the CEE. Professionalization in teaching is also available thanks to the tutoring they carry out voluntarily, to the introductory teaching they do and the method conferences given by the monitors.

Doctoral students can also follow all of the professionalization seminars proposed by the Doctoral school.

Support from research centres

The political science doctoral programme receives the support of Sciences Po's three biggest laboratories who also take in doctoral students:

  • The Centre de Recherches Politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF): It covers three main fields: political behavior, political sociology and political theory. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are used at different levels of observation: local, national and European. The CEVIPOF has a permanent faculty of 24 researchers and professors, approximately 25 PhD students, and 20 associate researchers. The CEVIPOF is also responsible for the French National Election Studies. The centre is chaired by Martial Foucault, Professor at Sciences Po.
  • The Center for International Studies (CERI): this centre works on social sciences on an international level by combining a number of different approaches: international relations, comparative political sociology, the political economy, political anthropology. The researchers at the CERI produce work that is anchored in the field, where they speak the language and know the territory. It is run by Alain Dieckhoff, Research Director at CNRS ;
  • The Centre d'Etudes Européennes de Sciences Po (CEE): as a multidisciplinary research centre, the CEE develops comparative studies on European societies and political systems and on the impact of European integration. It covers political issues by emphasising the link between policy and politics and by investing in the question of methods. It is run by Renaud Dehousse, Professor at Sciences Po.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The political science doctoral programme is designed to provide:
  • A complete international level training course in all of the areas relevant to political science 
  • A research  methodology in the social sciences including classes in qualitative and quantitative analysis;
  • A personalised supervision process within the Doctoral school and in the research centres, by an internationally recognised and involved academic staff.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The PhD application is open to students with a Master's degree, a postgraduate degree (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies - DEA) or an equivalent degree.  There must be a fit between the candidate's university studies and the discipline of the requested doctoral programme.  For the record, the IEP awards PhDs in law, history, political science, economics, and sociology. 

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.

Funding

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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