Ph.D. International Relations is a 5-year doctorate level degree program in the area of political science with a special focus on International relations. It is the highest level of degree certification that one can obtain under the respective discipline. The minimum eligibility criterion for admission in Post Graduate qualification/M.Phil in the concerned domain.
Some of the popular colleges/universities offering the course are:
The program has a research and analysis based academic framework which requires the students to go into the entire gamut of the subject in a wholesome and holistic manner aimed at providing detailed knowledge and skills to the students so as to make them well aware of each and every aspect related to the respective discipline.
The fee for Ph.D. International Relations course ranges from 11,000 to 2.4 Lacs across various colleges and universities across the country. The variation in the fee is based on the location and type of university that is private/deemed or government
Admissions to the course are based on the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate at Post Graduate (PG)/M.Phil level. Apart from the merit-based process certain colleges/universities follow Entrance Test (ET) based admission criteria for the course.
Students can also pursue Ph.D. International Relations course through distance education mechanism in case they are not having the time to pursue the course in full-time. Those who are looking for funding or fellowship for the course have to pass a separate competitive exam (NET) conducted by CSIR and UGC in order to attain the fellowship. Students from minority and reserved communities can apply for the fellowship offered by the side of government. These fellowships can be availed by the students by fulfilling the desired eligibility criteria.
Ph.D. International Relations student can have a variety of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. He/she can make a career in the domain of Diplomacy, research, news industry, political analysis, foreign relation analysis, writing etc. Doctorate qualified students in the subject are well equipped with the knowledge and skill to tackle the work-related aspects of the respective domain.
A fresh pass out can expect a starting salary of anywhere between INR 18,000 to INR 22,000 per month. The average salary range across the country varies with a slight variation here and there.
|Course Type||Doctorate (P.hD.)|
|Area Concerned||International Relation|
|Duration of Course||3-5 Years|
|Admission process||Merit-based (Based on PG/M.Phil percentage)/ Entrance Test based|
|Structure of Course||Semester-Wise|
|Eligibility||Post Graduation/M.Phil. From any college/university with a minimum of 55% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at UG level.|
|Top recruiting areas||Diplomacy, News Industry, Research, Teaching, Writing etc.|
|Job Profiles||Foreign service officer, News editor, International relation expert, Researcher, Author, Professor, Blogger|
|Course Fee||INR 11,000 to INR 2.4 Lacs|
|Average starting salary||INR 18,000 to INR 22,000|
International relations is a specialized domain of study under the ambit of political science that focuses upon the study and analysis of factors, parameters, and elements that shape the relations between countries across the world.
The enhancement of Globalization has expanded the domain and extent of International relations with countries engaging with each other at bi-lateral, multi-lateral and grouping level. In this regards, it becomes important to have experts and personnel that are qualified in the domain to put in their contributions in managing diplomatic ties of the country. Their contributions are required and different levels and different stage of functioning.
Ph.D. International Relations course is structured to deliver an in-depth insight into the subject along with all the possible dimensions which the subject can touch. The students are indulged in research and development on a particular topic related to the domain as a part of their academic curriculum.
Thesis/Report submission are some of the methods through which Ph.D. International Relations students are assessed in terms of their learning an assessment capabilities and at the same time learn about the subject through practical and fieldwork.
A good number of colleges across the country are offering Ph.D. International Relations course to candidates who have passed their PG/M.Phil from a recognized state or central University. Students can take admission in the course either through the Common Entrance Test conducted by colleges/Universities or by applying to the various institutes offering this course based on their performance at the UG level.
For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.
|South Asian University||New Delhi||INR 60,500|
|Adamas University||Kolkata||INR 115,350|
|Amity University||Noida||INR 111, 750|
|Central University of Gujarat||Gandhinagar||INR 70,850|
|MGU||Kottayam||INR 64, 465|
|Sikkim University||Gangtok||INR 4,700|
|Panjab University||Chandigarh||INR 1,800|
|Karnataka University||Dharwad||INR 22,200|
|Rajasthan University||Jaipur||INR 32,000|
|University of Madras||Chennai||INR 9, 250|
Interested candidates can make an application for admission to the above-mentioned Universities and colleges. Students can also search for an option in face of institutes offering Ph.D. International Relations course in their local region/region or distance learning option in case they are not willing to relocate for the purpose of their doctorate.
Candidate must have passed the PG/M.Phil. Examination with at least 55% (45% to 50% for reserved category candidates) from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University.
The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering Ph.D. International Relations course to the students.
Some Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test like Lovely Professional University for admission to Ph.D. International Relations course. Hence, students would have to make an application for such exams.
The course has a variable time duration of 3 to 5 year and the syllabus is divided into various domain/areas related to the domain of International relation. The detailed description of Ph.D. International Relations syllabus is tabled below for your reference.
|Subject/domain of study|
|Advanced Theory of International Relations|
|Advanced research methods|
|Feminist International Relations|
|Peace and Conflict Studies|
|Feminist International Relations|
|Global Security Governance|
Ph.D. International Relations pass outs have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to work as a Foreign Service officer, News editor, International relation expert, Researcher, Author, Professor, Blogger etc.
To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of Ph.D. International Relations course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where students can look for in terms of their career.
|Area/Domain||Role||Average Salary for Fresher’s|
|Foreign Service Officer||The job involves working at the secretarial level at ministry and department related to foreign affairs.||INR 7.5-8.5 Lacs|
|News Editor||The job of a news editor would involve dealing with the editing of news items related to foreign affairs and international concerns.||INR 3.24- 3.68 Lacs|
|International relation Expert||An International relation expert is someone who is involved in the task of deliberating and discussing international issues at various forums||INR 3.14 – 3.46 Lacs|
|Professor||The job involves the teaching of the subject at College/University level||INR 2.90-3.32 Lacs|
|Researcher||A researcher is involved in the analysis and research of trends and patterns in international relations.||INR 2.96- 3.2 Lacs|