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|
(The admission process can take 4-6 months after the online application.)
|Tuition fee per year||€ 6,200|
|Validation fee||€ 1,200|
|Degree awarded by||The University of Buckingham|
|Admission criteria||First or second class, upper division Master's degree|
|Language of tuition||English|
*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.
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.
Recommended PhD Topics for International affairs:
Below is a list of PhD topics that our academic staff have suggested as research opportunities for PhD in International affairs students to undertake. IBS encourages PhD candidates to develop a proposal around one of these topics.
- International migration, patterns and effects
- Challenges of cohabitation between majority societies and Muslim minorities in Europe
- Impact of migrants’ remittances on the sending (home) countries' economy and society - at national, regional, family and / or household level
- International aid: traditional versus emerging donors
- The European Union's enlargement to the Western Balkans: challenges and perspectives
- Disintegration in Europe: Brexit and its aftermath
- Economic and social cohesion in the EU: a critical evaluation of the EU's regional policy
While there is no compulsory teaching in the research degrees at IBS, the Research Programmes Council will, based on the evaluation of their admission file, strongly recommend candidates to attend one or several of the following workshops.
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.
Entry requirements and application process
You can read about the entry requirements and the application process here.