Sciences Po

Ecole Doctorale

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 the Master in Sociology is proposed in English and 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



Les questions

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Intervenants :

  • Pierre FRANÇOIS - Dean of the Sciences Po Doctoral School
  • Emilien HOUARD-VIAL - Doctoral student in political science
  • 00:21

    The Pitch


    Hi Emilien. What’s your background and why did you choose the doctoral school?


    My undergraduate and postgraduate studies are in the field of law. Is this an obstacle, if I want to pursue PhD studies in Politics and International Relations at Science Po?


    Why have you changed the political science course? What’s different now?

  • 10:36

    Hello! How long is approximately a good PhD thesis?


    Is there a possibility of pursuing the PhD part time?


    The Clichés


    Why do we have to choose a research unit? What does it do?

  • 22:02

    Is your phd is political science offered in English? If not, when will it be?


    Is the school where you are doing your Phd in really important for the following career?


    How do I prove a command of quantitative skills, like it says on your website? I did it in my bachelors, but will we get a refresher when we start the course?


    I would like to know which is the tuition fees for each year of Doctorate Program in Law at Sciences Po?

  • 28:10

    Finale Destination


    Are most people in the PhD people who got their Masters at Sciences Po? And does an American J.D. count as a masters for the purposes of applying? (Interested in sociology.)


    Do most people do a master at the school and then go on to do a phd in the same school?


    After my masters I went straight into work. Now I want to do a PhD but it’s been a long time since I’ve been in academia. Will you accept me if I don’t have recent work to show you?

  • 34:32

    Are people in the law PhD able to take courses in the social sciences and learn social science methods?


    If we manage our admission at the Doctoral School, is it possible to choose another laboratory than those that work directly with the Doctoral School of Sciences Po? (i.e. in another city) and/or is co-supervision possible?


    What is the minimum GPA required/recommended to apply for the masters program in Economics?





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Les questions

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Intervenants :

  • 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