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Sciences Po

The Sciences Po Doctoral School

Sciences Po's Doctoral School offers Masters and Doctorates based on research in Law, Economics, History, Political science and Sociology. These programmes enable students to engage in research and education, to move towards experts jobs, international organizations and public administrations. Masters are taught on Sciences Po's Paris Campus, in French or in English. The Master in Economics is entirely taught in English and from the beginning of the academic year 2019, the Master in Sociology will be proposed in English as well as in French. Sciences Po's Doctoral School supports international mobility by providing scholarships and offers three dual doctoral degrees with Columbia University, International Max Planck Research and Northwestern University.

Entry Requirements: for the Master's programmes, a Bachelor's degree; for the PhD programme, a Master's degree
Duration: 2 years (Master's programme) / 3 years (PhD programme)
Location: Paris
Language: English / French
Selection: application + language requirements depending on the programme

Member of the Conférence des grandes écoles




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The questions

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  • Pierre François - Dean of the Sciences Po Doctoral School
  • Julie Lenoir - Student in Master 2 of Economy
  • 00:20

    The Pitch


    What level of French do I need for admission?


    Could I continue working while doing a PhD?


    Hi Julie. What is your area of focus and why did you choose Sciences Po for this track?

  • 06:03

    What is the structure of this program in terms of working on a thesis and taking classes?


    Do you have assistant teaching positions available for PhD candidates, or do they teach classes to master and undergrad students?


    I’m finishing my master’s at PSIA in international security and would like to continue into a PhD. Does coming from Sciences Po help my application?


    Do I need to have a subject in mind or thesis topic already when I apply?

  • 16:03

    Three Words Max Taboo


    Hi Julie. So are you are completing your master’s and then will start a PhD?


    Could I take a break between academic years?


    I would like to know if payment of fees could be spread over some time.

  • 24:29

    How many applications do you get for the master in political theory and how many do you admit? What’s the best way to increase my chances?


    I worked two years and have a master’s and would like to do research. I haven’t had a fully academic background. Could I still be admitted without heavy research experience?


    Are there opportunities to collaborate with senior researchers?


    Final Destination

  • 31:26

    Are students allowed to take courses which are not listed in their master's courses, a second language course for example or a course from another master if it is linked with the subject they want to work on in their theses?


    I have heard PhD studies can get intensely lonely. Do you have programs or structures for candidates to meet regularly?


    What research facilities are available to doctoral students? Do we have to fight for seats at the library with everyone else?


    Can you describe classes? Is it methodologies or do you also provide more practical classes on subjects that interest us? Thank you

  • 37:33

    The Sweetest



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  • Pierre François - Doyen de l'Ecole Doctorale
  • Sophie Cetre - Etudiante doctorante en économie
  • 00:18

    Le Pitch


    Doit-on avoir un sujet de thèse lorsque l’on candidate à votre école doctorale ou bien proposez-vous des sujets ?


    Combien de candidats se présentent à l’admission en thèse ? Combien de places proposez-vous ?


    Bonjour, pouvez-vous expliquer comment fonctionne un parcours en thèse ? A-t-on des cours en parallèle du travail de recherche ?

  • 14:00

    Un projet de césure est-il bien vu entre les deux années de master ?


    Trois Mots Max Tabous


    Bonjour, concernant le master in economics de l'école doctorale, une personne ayant déjà un master en poche et n'ayant pas de licence en maths/économie, a t-elle ses chances? Merci !


    Bonjour, quid du financement des thèses ? Est-il automatique ? Faut-il les autofinancer ?

  • 25:29

    Bonjour, l'Ecole doctorale a récemment proposé un double diplôme avec l'Inalco. Nous ne trouvons cependant pas d'informations sur l'ouverture de ce master en 2019. Pourriez-vous nous en dire plus ?


    Si on ne veut ni enseigner ni faire de la recherche après une thèse, quelles sont les autres carrières possibles ?


    Destination Finale


    Is it possible to get a PhD at Sciences Po if I don’t speak French ?

  • 36:49

    What are the specificities of the new Master's degree offer in sociology?


    La Chouchoute