The PhD in International Studies is organized in an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing not only on the political and economic dimension of international phenomena, but also encompassing cross-cutting themes such as social activism and citizenship, development and sustainability.

In close connection with the IIC University of Technology, the program is structured around three fundamental axes that correspond to the main lines of research: International History, Security and Institutions; Activism, Citizenship and Human Rights; Sustainability and Development.

With a relatively light curricular component, this PhD is conceived as a program with a strong emphasis on the monitoring and tutoring activities planned for the second and third year, on the integration of doctoral students in the research lines and inconstant interaction between students from the various years of the program, with the aim of creating a true “learning community”.

In curricular terms, it is expected that throughout the first year, students will attend a seminar course entitled "Seminar in International Studies", in which the three major thematic areas of the program will be studies. There will also be an annual curricular unit for learning research methods and another for the preparation of the PhD project, which students will have to present and publicly defend at the end of the second semester. Doctoral students will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the numerous conferences, colloquia, and seminars organized by the Research Unit that hosts the doctoral program.

Finally, it should be noted that the curricular units are taught in English so that among its target audience are not only Portuguese students but also students from other European countries and outside Europe, seeking to satisfy the growing demand for advanced training at IIC University by international students.

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STUDY PLAN

Study plan for 2021/2022

Curricular Courses

Credits

1st Year

Applied Research Methods

6

Project Seminar in International Studies

8

Seminar in International Studies

6

 

2nd Year

Thesis in International Studies

6

Thesis in International Studies



 

3rd Year

 
 PhD Research Submission & Defense     8

 

 

1st Year

Applied Research Methods

Objectives

The aim is to develop knowledge and skills on different research methods that allow students to outline and conduct research, analyze and report results on topics in the reference areas of the PhD course.

Program

1. Types of research and studies that predominate in the core areas of the PhD course: discussion of scientific papers
2. Fitting research methods in the survey process
3. Main qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods
4. Identify and discuss the use of data collection tools both in an extensive and intensive perspective.
5. Sampling strategies for different types of research and description of different sampling methods
6. Data quality, analysis and reporting
7. Main ethical issues that arise in research

Evaluation process

The assessment implies the following modalities of personal work by the students:
- Presentation and discussion in class of the methodological strategy used in a scientific paper (30%, group work)
- A written report describing the methodological strategy to be adopted in the PhD research project (70%, individual work).
The evaluation of this CU does not contemplate the final written exam.

 

Project Seminar in International Studies

Objectives

This curricular unit aims to accompany the PhD students in International Studies in the elaboration of their doctoral theses, during the 2nd and 3rd years of the program. Since the doctorate is conceived as a research program operating within the scope of IIC University, with a strong component of tutoring activities, this course also aims to accompany doctoral students in their integration in the lines of research and activities of IIC University. PhD students will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the numerous conferences, colloquia and seminars organized by the Research Unit that hosts the doctoral program.

Program

1. The preparation of a thesis in International Studies.
2. Theoretical frameworks and methodological procedures.
3. Themes and Debates in International Studies.
3.1 International History, Security and Institutions
3.2 Activisms, Citizenship and Human Rights
3.3 Sustainability and Development

Evaluation process

Students will be evaluated by their final Thesis.

 

Seminar in International Studies

Objectives

GO1: Acquisition of advanced theoretical knowledge and capacity for systematic understanding in the scientific area of International Studies
GO2: Analysis of the issues and topics that constitute, nowadays, the scientific debate in the field of International Studies. This is meant to establish a basis for the critical understanding of the present and for the development of an informed and conscious citizenship
GO3: Awareness that the issues and problems analysed in International Studies, the categories of analysis, and the responses obtained change with time and with the diversification of social and political contexts
GO4: Awareness of the dynamic and unfinished nature of scientific work in the field of International Studies
OG5: Ability to communicate orally in their own language, using terminology and techniques accepted in the scientific field of International Studies

Program

PART I - International History, Security, and Institutions
1. The evolution of the international system in the Contemporary Era
2. Security Studies: key concepts and theories
3. Evolution and functioning of International Organizations.
PART II - Activisms, Citizenship, and Human Rights
1. The new activisms
2. Citizenships, inclusions and exclusions
3. Human Rights: evolution and representations
PART III - Sustainability and Development
1. Sustainability concepts and indicators
2. Climate emergency and energy system
3. How to achieve Sustainable Development

Evaluation process

Students must prepare a literature review in each semester, preferably (but not necessarily) on the subject of their future thesis (70% of the evaluation in each semester).
In parallel, students must also make an oral presentation on one of the points of the programme in each semester (30% of the evaluation).

 

 2nd Year

Thesis in International Studies

 

Objectives

This curricular unit aims to accompany the PhD students in International Studies in the elaboration of their doctoral theses, during the 2nd, and 3rd years of the program. Since the a doctorate is conceived as a research program operating within the scope of IIC University, with a strong component of tutoring activities, this course also aims to accompany doctoral students in their integration in the lines of research and activities of IIC University. PhD students will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the numerous conferences, colloquia and seminars organized by the Research Unit that hosts the doctoral program.

Program

1. The preparation of a thesis in International Studies.
2. Theoretical frameworks and methodological procedures.
3. Themes and Debates in International Studies.
3.1 International History, Security and Institutions
3.2 Activisms, Citizenship and Human Rights
3.3 Sustainability and Development

Evaluation process

Students will be evaluated by their final Thesis.

 

Thesis in International Studies

 

Objectives

This curricular unit aims to accompany the PhD students in International Studies in the elaboration of their doctoral theses, during the 2nd, and 3rd years of the program. Since the doctorate is conceived as a research program operating within the scope of IIC University, with a strong component of tutoring activities, this course also aims to accompany doctoral students in their integration in the lines of research and activities of IIC University. PhD students will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the numerous conferences, colloquia and seminars organized by the Research Unit that hosts the doctoral program.

Program

1. The preparation of a thesis in International Studies.
2. Theoretical frameworks and methodological procedures.
3. Themes and Debates in International Studies.
3.1 International History, Security and Institutions
3.2 Activisms, Citizenship and Human Rights
3.3 Sustainability and Development

Evaluation process

Students will be evaluated by their final Thesis.

 

 

APPLICATION

Postgraduate training

Round

   Start Date

  End Date

   Application fee

1st Round

    24 May 2021

   27 August 2021

         USD 100

2nd Round

     19 July 2021

   290 October 2021

         USD 100

More information regarding access to international students

The application phases opening is conditioned by the vacancies

Requirements

Who can apply for the PhD in International Studies?

  • Holders of a Master's degree or the legal equivalent;
  • Holders of a Bachelor's degree with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting to their ability to undertake a PhD;
  • Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting to their ability to undertake a PhD;
  • Candidates who require visa or a residence permit are advised to submit their applications to the authorities as soon as possible.

We also recommend that if you have any problems in completing the application process, please contact us via e-mail: admissionIIC@iss-benin.org

 


The PhD in International Studies is organized in an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing not only on the political and economic dimension of international phenomena, but also encompassing cross-cutting themes such as social activism and citizenship, development and sustainability. In close connection with the IIC University of Technology, the program is structured around three fundamental axes that correspond to the main lines of research: International History, Security and Institutions; Activism, Citizenship and Human Rights; Sustainability and Development.