To do this, the student must have a diploma of higher studies in Political Science of the University of Geneva, or else, he/she must justify this by presenting an academic file which will be judged by the Faculty as an equivalent to a diploma.
Studies will be carried out under the supervision of a professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations who is competent in the chosen research field and who will guide the candidate through his work. As of today, approx. 30 students are pursuing their studies as PhD students. One has to note that the PhD thesis is a long-term enterprise (5 years), it is extremely demanding from an intellectual point of view and requires an extremely high motivation from the candidates.
Holders of a Master degree (or DEA) of the University of Geneva and having obtained the grade 5 or more for their "mémoire" are exempt from a "pré-mémoire". Student who would not have realised during his7her Master studies a Master thesis, but instead an Internship cannot be accepted directly within the PhD and have to write and succeed in two semesters a "pré-mémoire de thèse", which will be evaluated by the Professors of the department.
The different steps of the PhD are explained within the official rules of the PhD (Règlement d'études). After having been accepted by the Dean with the agreement of the Scientific committee, the PhD student is regularly evaluated and has to submit every year to his/her supervisor an annual report of advancement.
The designated PhD director brings forward to the Dean the annual report with his/her agreement or not.
The doctoral education is acquired in close link with the PhD director. Also, the Department regularly organises a staff seminar devoted to the presentation of research work by the members of the Department and its visitors, to which session the PhD candidates are invited. The PhD candidates are in addition invited and encouraged to take an active part in the doctoral schools organized for them.