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Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #110 (QS) ,
Within international and development studies, anthropology and sociology are indispensable for the comparative study of global concerns in both margins and centres of power, and across their boundaries. 

About

The PhD in Anthropology and Sociology 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.

Our four-year doctoral programme is tailored to students with a strong commitment to anthropology and sociology and a demonstrated capacity for independent research work. 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    54 ECTS
  • Languages
    • French
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • A motivation letter mentioning the specialization in econometrics
  • CV
  • A copy of their diplomas
  • If available, a certified copy of their bachelor and master exam transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 440 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Genève

  • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Financial support takes the form of teaching assistantships, scholarships (both administered by the Institute) and research assistantships (usually administered by Professors using external funding). You can apply for support for your first year when applying to the Institute. 

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