The department runs a three-year doctoral programme where each candidate is conducting his/her research under the supervisor of a three-member advisory committee. The programme leads to a PhD in International and European Studies, with specialisation in one of the following areas:
- International Law
- Diplomatic History
- International Relations
- Strategic Studies
- International Economic Law
- European Law
- European Policy
- Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development
- International Political Economy
Candidates for a PhD degree at the Department must hold a post-graduate degree.
Candidates must contact a faculty member, to discuss about the subject of their thesis and secure his/her consent in supervising the proposed research.
Candidates must fill in a special application form available at the Department’s Secretariat, accompanied by an extensive memo on the subject and relevant bibliography.
The Special-Composition General Assembly then resolves on the composition of a three-member Advisory Committee to oversee and accept the prospective PhD student. The period, over which the dissertation will be elaborated, will not be less than three years. Once a year, candidates must submit a progress report, signed by three members of the Advisory Committee.
After the thesis is submitted, the Special-Composition General Assembly designates a seven-member Examination Committee, before which the candidate must present his/her thesis in a public session announced beforehand. The Committee decides to approve or not to approve the thesis, awarding also the mark decided (unanimously or in majority) by the members.