The general objective of the PhD in Political Science, Public Policies and International Relations is to train students as researchers with a high level of knowledge and analytical capacity that can be applied in an academic or professional career at international level.

This PhD programme for the first time brings three previous programmes together that follow quite different paths and offer a significant balance to the research and doctoral theses presented. These programmes are the PhDs in Politics, Public Policies and International Relations and European Integration.

In line with international trends in this area the articulation and integration that we present here aim to constitute a leap of quality and academic rigour, bringing together researchers who are highly accredited in their respective fields. The benefits for students of the PhD are clear both in terms of an undoubted rise in quality and quantity and the potential that this crossover of perspectives and topics can offer.

Today the programme offers a very high international projection that has come from its past pathway and its present strength and capacity, reinforced and extended by this integration. That projection is reflected in the profile of the students and their high rates of mobility.

Similarly the research activities carried out by researchers involved in the programme have international level networks and academic collaborations that contribute to a stimulating environment for our students. The emphasis of the programme is on training and research in English and so students who do not know Spanish or Catalan can follow the programme.

This programme includes agreements for cotuition with the University of Geneva (Switzerland), the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and the University of Montpellier (France).

Candidate profile

The student profile that offers the greatest chances of success on this PhD programme in Political Science, Public Policies and International Relations includes the following elements:

  • bachelor's degree and/or postgraduate qualifications in a discipline within the social sciences,
  • excellent academic record and a good knowledge of English (B2 level),
  • international experience and high motivation to spend three years on doctoral research.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options.

  • Public and private higher education institutions.
  • Public and private analysis and consultancy institutions (think tanks, public administration).
  • Non-governmental organisations at local, national and international level.

Objectives and justification

The general objective of the PhD in Political Science, Public Policies and International Relations is to train students to become professional researchers on an international level.

Candidates obtaining their PhD will have consolidated a broad range of transferable skills applicable to work in higher education and other public and private sectors that require specialist knowledge.

Apart from specialist knowledge in the particular field of politics, policies and international relations, PhDs qualifying on our programme have the experience and competency for designing research projects, solving central methodological questions within the social sciences as well as oral and written communication in different languages and a high capacity for self-learning which is essential for the different projects in which the PhD candidates on our programme take part.


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Composition of the academic tribunal for the PhD programme

  • The PhD programme coordinator.
  • A representative of each of the departmental units involved in the PhD programme.
  • A representation of the research lines of the PhD programme not exceeding 3 people.


Secretariat of the Department of Public Law and Historical-Legal Sciences
Faculty of Law - Office B2/104
UAB Campus - 08193 Bellaterra
(Cerdanyola del Vallès) - Barcelona - Spain
Phone number: +34 935 813 765



Number of places available: 15
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
English, Spanish and Catalan
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Political Science and Public Law
Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques (IGOP)

Associated departments or institutes:
Department of Public Law and Legal History Studies
Social Sciences and Law

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