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Ph.D. On Campus

International Affairs

International Business School

36 months
6200 EUR/year
6200 EUR/year
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The International Business School offers the PhD in International Affairs programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by the British partner, The University of Buckingham. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


The PhD in International Affairs programme from the International Business School is aimed at policy-makers and experts of international affairs to address critical issues centred on diplomacy, foreign policy, and international relations.

Course outline

The PhD in International Affairs is an advanced research degree during which students undertake supervised but independent research that leads to a thesis presenting the results of that research. 

The thesis must demonstrate extended familiarity with and a comprehensive understanding of the subject and the academic literature in the area; show an ability to construct and execute a plan for primary research, including data collection and its critical analysis; and offer an original contribution to knowledge in the field of international affairs.

Postgraduate students on our PhD programme will first be enrolled on a Probationary PhD Status. All students enrolled onto the programme will be supported by supervisors who will help them develop a research and writing plan and guide them through the preparation of a formal final research proposal during their first two semesters of study. 

All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review. Upon demonstrating satisfactory progress at the Annual Review exam at the end of their first year, which includes successfully defending a feasible research proposal, students are upgraded to Full PhD Status. 

Should students fail to pass their first Annual Review, they may either be asked to resubmit an amended proposal, have their registration changed to an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree or, in extreme cases, have their registration terminated.

Programme Structure

IBS encourages PhD candidates to develop a proposal around one of these topics:

  • International migration, patterns and effects
  • Challenges of cohabitation between majority societies and Muslim minorities in Europe
  • Impact of migrants’ remittances on the sending (home) countries' economy and society - at national, regional, family and / or household level
  • International aid: traditional versus emerging donors
  • The European Union's enlargement to the Western Balkans: challenges and perspectives
  • Disintegration in Europe: Brexit and its aftermath
  • Economic and social cohesion in the EU: a critical evaluation of the EU's regional policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • The admission process can take 4-6 months after the online application


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • First or second class, upper division Master's degree.
  • A detailed research plan and one letter of recommendation by an academic, familiar with your work. Please attach these to your online application.
  •  Sufficient familiarity with the academic field your proposed research project belongs to, confirmed by the IBS Research Officer during an Orientation Interview, conducted via Skype.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6200 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6200 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • Validation fee: €1,200

Living costs for Budapest

172338 - 268251 HUF /month
Living costs

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


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