PhD in Political Science

phd students

Welcome to the doctoral page of the Institute of Political Science. Here you will find all important information about your doctorate in political science. If you have any questions, please contact the Doctoral Coordinator Social Sciences of the Graduate School  Dr. Doreen Spörer-Wagner.

The doctorate in political science comprises a standard period of study of four years (up to a maximum of 6 years) and leads to the title of Dr. phil. (in English translation Ph.D.). It consists of the execution and writing of an independent research paper (dissertation) and curricular parts of 12 ECTS.

The doctorate can be completed with a focus on Democracy Studies.

The IPZ has 15 professorships and research areas, covers a broad research spectrum and thus offers a wide range of doctoral opportunities. More information is available about our  teaching and research areas.

An overview of all dissertations that have been successfully defended at the IPZ since 2006 can be found here

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