Director: Louisa Rosemary Parks
Deputy-Director: Emanuele Massetti

Aim of the programme

The PhD programme in International Studies focuses on the study of complex international phenomena, which often prove comprehensible only when analysed with the support of various, interconnected disciplines.

The doctoral programme will focus on the following themes:

  • International Security;
  • European Studies and Integration Process;
  • Global Dimension of Environment;
  • Human Rights and International Relations.

For this reason, the course takes a multidisciplinary approach that combines solid foundations in one or more reference disciplines with the discovery of methodologies, concepts and keys to interpretation that derive from the other core sectors in international studies. 

The doctoral programme includes:

  • two methodological courses;
  • two multidisciplinary courses in which a series of research topics is tackled from a range of disciplinary points of view (economics, law, political science, sociology, history);
  • a rich programme in Academic Writing designed to strengthen scientific writing skills in English in preparation for the final thesis, as well as for other written work (articles, reviews, etc.) necessary in research work.

Students wishing to undertake a thesis in the field of economics will have the opportunity to acquire further tools for economic and quantitative analysis through a series of advanced courses (international economics, econometrics).

A series of Guest Lectures presented by professors invited by the School of International Studies, and meetings with practitioners working in international organisations together with Short intensive courses to strengthen soft skills (covering areas such as project management, drafting of a policy briefs, or research project proposal writing for competitive tender, for example) complete the programme offered. 

A detailed description of the PhD programme is available at

Educational objectives

At the end of the doctoral course, students must be able to:

  • understand the fundamental theoretical approaches on which the disciplines underlying International Studies are based (political science, law, economics);
  • use analytical and empirical research tools, appropriate to International Studies and to their reference discipline, in response to innovative research questions;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the tools required for sending articles and reviews to national and international scientific journals; submit research projects to academic and non-academic scientific commissions; present research results in public.

Official language: English

Duration: 3 years

Useful links


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