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PhDInternational Affairs

Tuition fee €3,100.00 per semester
Application fee €100.00 one-time

This is a non-refundable fee that will be deducted from your tuition fee.

Deposit €1,200.00 one-time

This is a validation fee that will be deducted from your tuition fee.

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We offer the PhD in International Affairs programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The programme requires an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

Programme structure

Course outline

Phase 1: MPhil

Postgraduate students wishing to register for our PhD programme must first register for the MPhil and seek conversion at a later stage. IBS operates a system of preliminary registration for all research degrees so as to allow students to prepare a formal proposal during their first two semesters of study. All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review.

All students enrolled for the MPhil in International Affairs programme will be supported by supervisors who will help them develop a programme of research and writing. IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise.

Phase 2: PhD

The PhD in International Affairs is an advanced research degree, which MPhil students who have completed their first annual review to the required standard may join. The programme is aimed at policy-makers and experts for international affairs to address critical issues centred on diplomacy, foreign policy, and international relations. The emphasis of our doctoral programmes is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.

PhD students undertake supervised but independent research, at the end of which they submit a thesis of not more than 100,000 words embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. A PhD thesis must embody an original contribution to the knowledge of business and management either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach.

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application deadline
Apr 15, 2019 23:59
Europe/Budapest time
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States