The Doctorate degree at the Geneva School of Diplomacy is a prestigious, well-rounded programme that offers a unique and exciting intellectual environment for the in-depth and interdisciplinary study of International Relations and Diplomacy.
GSD, Doctor of International Relations and Diplomacy course brings together academic excellence through meticulous independent research and real-world applicability. We confer doctoral degrees on the basis of two distinct modalities:
(Dissertation of 80,000 – 100.000 words)
The GSD-DIR research programme offers students the option to pursue their doctoral programme by distance or in person. The duration of the programme is 3 years and results in the student obtaining 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 programme 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, international affairs, political economy, human rights, geopolitics, post-colonial studies.
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 must either have a collection of 8 scholarly papers published in top international journals or a solely authored book published by a prestigious publishing house or university press.
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GSD gave me the possibility of conciliating doctoral studies with my professional life, which would have been nearly impossible in a more formal university framework. I particularly appreciated the interaction between several nationalities, experiences and professional backgrounds and the faculty’s role in facilitating and encouraging this dynamic learning experience. I would highly recommend GSD for those who firmly believe in life-long learning and a challenging + exciting educational experience!
In my opinion, GSD has exactly the right approach. In the DIR programme, they focus on executives working for governments or IOs. GSD’s international faculty provides an interesting curriculum of lectures, exchange of experiences, and thesis writing and research. A couple of years as an ICRC delegate gave me some field experience, but I still lack formal training in international relations. As my unit focuses on strategic crises, does early warning, crisis management support and organizes exercises for the government, I need to have a better understanding of the international aspect of such crises. Personally, I was always interested in a cross-cultural exchange of views and ideas and it will be a pleasure to do this in the context of this Programme.