Ph.D. On Campus

Anthropology and Sociology

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

48 months
7300 EUR/year
4562 EUR/year
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Anthropology and Sociology from Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies aims to provide students with theoretical perspectives and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence, and are influenced by, policy interventions, especially – but not exclusively – in the field of development and international affairs.


Anthropology and Sociology from Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is tailored to students with a strong commitment to anthropology and sociology and a demonstrated capacity for independent research. Through the foundational doctoral seminar, a weekly departmental seminar series and further opportunities to participate in cross-departmental colloquia, we offer a vibrant and welcoming intellectual community for PhD students. During their doctoral studies, candidates will obtain 24 course credits and defend a preliminary thesis dissertation before completing fieldwork and writing their doctoral thesis.

Students at Anthropology and Sociology from Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies will:

  • profit most from our unique approach to the major global issues of our time
  • carry out their own empirical research based on the solid theoretical and methodological training that we offer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Populism
  • Biomedicine 
  • Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice: Comparative Perspectives
  • Environment and Society
  • Research Design and Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Research Methods in Anthropology and Sociology
  • Social Theory 
  • The State: post-colonial perspectives
  • Violence and the City
  • Violence
  • Visual Anthropology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines



or 72 (with minor)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should hold, or at least receive upon arrival, a master’s degree or its equivalent in a discipline relevant to your study programme, from an accredited university.
    • A thesis proposal should be submitted that describes your research project.
    • All students must have an excellent command of English.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    7300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7300 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4562 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4562 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • Swiss residents: CHF 5,000 per year 
    • Non-residents: CHF 8,000 per year

Living costs for Genève

1925 - 2850 CHF /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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