PhD Programme

The Institute’s PhD programme is of a statutory duration of four years. It gives students personal research experience and the opportunity to produce an original scientific contribution of high academic quality which often ends up being published. Throughout their studies, these young researchers work in personalised conditions and have access to financial and material resources as well as documentation permitting them to immerse themselves in their work.

After completing their course of study, our PhD holders go on to academic careers in the fields of higher education and research, or become experts working for international and non-governmental organisations, private sector entities, or national administrations.


The Institute’s PhD can be obtained in one of the following disciplinary specialisations:

PhD candidates who wish to carry out bi-disciplinary research choose a main discipline (a major) and a second discipline (a minor).

Each year, a limited number of openings are available for candidates who cannot pursue their PhD studies full-time due to professional or other engagements. Upon special arrangement with the academic department head, the course load per semester may be reduced and distributed over additional semesters. Admitted students can submit a request to their academic department, for evaluation on an individual, case-by-case basis. Weekly class attendance on campus is required of all students for the completion of all required courses.