Doctor of International Relations
Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
3 - 5 years
Full time, Part time
CHF 11,000 / per year
Earliest start date
Doctor of International Relations
The Doctor of International Relations (DIR) Programme is the highest degree offered by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and develops academic excellence through meticulous independent research, and real-world applicability.
The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations (GSD) confers doctoral degrees on the basis of two distinct modalities:
Doctor of International Relations by Research
The GSD-DIR research programme offers a unique and exciting intellectual environment for the in-depth and interdisciplinary study of International Relations and Diplomacy. Students can pursue their doctoral programme by distance on a full-time (3 years) or part-time basis (6 years) with 9-10 mandatory on-site visits to Geneva.
The programme has already attracted highly skilled and experienced students from across the world, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Hungary, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Pakistan, Russia, and the USA. Students have developed and are carrying out research in areas as diverse as traditional and new security issues, diplomacy, political economy, human rights, geopolitics and post-colonial studies. GSD post-graduate students work closely with their assigned supervisor and work intensively to develop at the highest level the potential of each candidate, both from methodological and theoretical points of view.
Doctoral students are expected to contribute to the GSD research profile by being affiliated as Research Fellows to theGlobecraft® Institute.
The DIR research programme offers a unique and exciting intellectual environment for an in-depth interdisciplinary study of International Relations & Diplomacy. The programme has already attracted highly skilled and experienced students worldwide coming from a range of ambassadors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, experienced managers, journalists, and academics. Students conduct their research in diverse fields such as traditional and new security issues, diplomacy, political economy, human rights, geopolitics, and post-colonial studies. Doctoral students are expected to contribute to the GSD research profile by being affiliated as research fellows to the Globecraft® Institute. Globecraft® Institute. is part of GSD and is an autonomous research organisation working on avant-garde and internationally critical issues in political, legal, and economic arenas.
The DIR by Dossier is awarded by GSD to leading authorities in the field of study concerned. This prestigious doctorate degree recognizes high-level scholarly work that is distinct, original, and of strong international impact. The candidate submits a dossier to GSD presenting their scholarly papers published by a renowned, representative international journal or a book from a top publishing house. A commission formed by GSD and external examiners will be created to assess each particular case. Only outstanding work will be considered.
- A deep and extensive understanding of international relations and mastery of academic research skills and methods.
- The ability to conceive, design, implement, and adapt a doctoral-level research project with academic integrity.
- Critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
- Promotion of social, cultural, and technological advancement in academic and professional contexts.