Programme’s Objectives

The PhD programme in international politics and diplomacy (taught in English) is designed for diplomats, senior civil and military officers, and private companies senior executives in order to guide them in a research process that will provide them with a high level of expertise in their own research area.



This programme is designed for diplomats, officials and high-ranking civil servants in addition to senior executives.

The maximum number of eligible candidate is determined each year by the Academic Board.

Since it was created in 1998, the programme has already graduated several civil and military senior executives from many countries from Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Europe.

  • To hold a Master 1 level grade (exceptions are duly considered by the board according to the candidate’s
  • To have at least four years of professional experience in diplomacy, or as a senior executive in state civil or military service or in private companies.


  • International Law
  • International economics
  • Global management
  • Strategy and international

(covering many geopolitical areas)

  • International politics
  • Diplomacy
  • Geopolitic


  • Diplomacy
  • Methodology of research

In addition, diplomatic negotiation exercises are taking place either under the supervision of diplomatic experts or inside the war college.

Lectures and workshops are delivered on Thursday all day and Friday morning from April 2021 to February 2022.


The PhD programme encompasses one year of courses and workshops and two years of research.

The lectures are expected to take place from June 2021 to February 2022

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They are given two full years maximum to undertake their research under the supervision of a CEDS professor, and to submit a 250 pages minimum PhD dissertation in order to defend it before an academic jury.

Once this last step is successfully passed, the candidate is awarded the PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Partner universities

The best candidates are allowed to apply for a co-tutella or a double supervision with one of the partner universities in Europe if they meet the latters’ requirements (if they are eligible by their respective boards, find a supervisor for their research and pay the additional fees due to the partner university).


For the academic year 2021-2022

Year 1 : 9 500€

Year 2 : 2 800€

  • Fundamental course : Research in international public law
  • Secondary course : International Economic law
  • Lectures : Geopolitics (Europe, Africa)
  • Workshop : Methodology of research and dissertation
  • Fundamental course : Research in international economics
  • Secondary course : Globalization and economic policies
  • Lectures : Geopolitics (Middle East, United States)
  • Lectures : Diplomacy
  • Workshop : Methodology of research and dissertation
  • Lectures  : Diplomacy
  • Lectures : Geopolitics  (Latin America, Russia)
  • Workshop : Diplomacy and multilateral negotiation
  • Workshop : Methodology of research and dissertatio
  • Fundamental course : Strategy and international relations
  • Lectures : Geopolitics (Energy)
  • Lectures : Diplomacy
  • Workshop : Methodology of research and dissertation

Four periods of intensive face to face lectures and distance  follow up and learning the schedule of the intensive weeks 2020-2021(8.30 – 18.45), completed by distance learning sessions and follow up.

  • Planning

    • Week 1 : June 8 -13
    • Week 2 : September 7-11
    • Week 3 : December 7-12
    • Week 4 : February 1-5
  • This face to face schedule is :

    • Compensable by online courses on the same subjects
    • Completed by online courses on : Management and sustainable development
    • Followed by a period from February 2022 to February 2023 for the PhD research under the supervision of a CEDS Professor
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