Doctor of International Relations

The doctorate at The Geneva School of Diplomacy is a prestigious, well-rounded program that offers a unique and exciting intellectual environment for the in-depth and interdisciplinary study of International Relations and Diplomacy.

GSD brings together academic excellence through meticulous independent research, and real world applicability. We confer doctoral degrees on the basis of two distinct modalities:

  • Doctor of International Relations (DIR) by Research (Dissertation of 80,000 – 100.000 words)
  • Doctor of International Relations (DIR) by Dossier

DIR by research


The GSD-DIR research program offers students the option to pursue their doctoral program by distance with 9 mandatory on-site visits to Geneva. The duration of the programme is 3 years and results in 240 ECTS.

The GSD-DIR research programme offers a unique and exciting intellectual environment for the in-depth and interdisciplinary study of International Relations and Diplomacy.The program has already attracted high skilled and experienced students from across the world. Students have developed and are carrying out research in areas as diverse as traditional and new security issues, diplomacy, political economy, human rights, geo-politics, 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 the Globecraft® Institute.

Requirements:
A first or 2:1 first degree and a MA in a subject appropriate to the course. Equivalent overseas qualifications are acceptable. A detailed research proposal (5.000 words) of your intended research together with a proof of English language proficiency is required.

DIR by dossier


The DIR by Dossier is awarded by GSD to leading authorities in the field of study concerned. This prestigious doctorate recognizes scholarly work of high distinction, impact and originality.

The candidate submits to GSD a dossier presenting a minimum of 8 scholarly papers published by the most representative international journals or a book published by 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. Applicants are expected to be leading authorities in the field of study concerned.

For further details, kindly contact the Academic Office via: academic-office@genevadiplomacy.ch.

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