DPhil (PhD) in International Affairs

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We offer the DPhil (PhD) in International Affairs programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The programme requires an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

Duration of study period

3 years

Starting date

September, February

(The admission process can take 4-6 months after the online application.)

Tuition fee per year€ 6,200
One-off registration fee for non-EU citizens€ 900
Degree awarded byThe University of Buckingham
CampusBudapest*
Admission criteriaFirst or second class, upper division degree
Language of tuitionEnglish

*Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.

Course outline

Phase 1: MPhil

Postgraduate students wishing to register for our DPhil programme must first register for the MPhil and seek conversion at a later stage. IBS operates a system of preliminary registration for all research degrees so as to allow students to prepare a formal proposal during their first two semesters of study. All research students must also subject their work to an annual progress review.  

All students enrolled for the MPhil in International Affairs programme will be supported by supervisors who will help them develop a programme of research and writing. IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. 

Phase 2: DPhil

The DPhil in International Affairs is an advanced research degree, which MPhil students who have completed their first annual review to the required standard may join. The programme is aimed at policy-makers and experts for international affairs to address critical issues centred on diplomacy, foreign policy, and international relations. The emphasis of our doctoral programmes is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.  

DPhil students undertake supervised but independent research, at the end of which they submit a thesis of not more than 100,000 words embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others.  A DPhil thesis must embody an original contribution to the knowledge of business and management either by the discovery of new knowledge, or by the exercise of a new and independent critical approach.

Preference areas of the DPhil thesis:

  • General management
  • Marketing
  • Finance, corporate banking, monetary policy
  • Development studies
  • Regional development
  • International Affairs, with particular regard to European and transatlantic affairs and CIS countries
  • History of Arts and Visual Culture

Workshops 

Application

If you wish to apply, please fill in our online electronic application form and upload your Master’s degree with official English translation, your passport copy and English language certificate (if you have one). Please email us your planned research topic to info@ibs-b.husoon after the online application.

Entry requirements

  • first or second class, upper division Master's degree. Please email your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon after your online application to info@ibs-b.hu

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • If student is accepted by the Research Programmes Council, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and start the visa application if required.

First all students are registered as MPhil students and at the end of the first year when their research proposal is assessed the decision is made on the conversion to the DPhil.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

    Teaching methods

    Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.

    Apply now!

    PhD László Kiss J.

    • DPhil (PhD) in International Affairs Supervisor
    • Department of International Studies