Applicant

Curriculum

The Program prepares doctoral candidates for the multi-dimensional research on contemporary political phenomena with the special focus on interdependence of global, international, national and local levels of political process. Program is designed to prepare graduates for research and teaching in academic institutions as well as research and expert work in public policy institutions.

The curriculum consists of several modules:

MODULE:  Theory and Methodology in Political Science (core courses)

Module allows students to explore theoretical aspects as well as research methodology of Political Sciences necessary for individual designing and conducting research projects as well as teaching on university level.  Module consists of 4 core courses:

  • Identity of Political Science
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Political Science
  • Policy Analysis for Public and International Affairs

MODULE:  Advanced Topics in Political Science (elective courses)

Module introduces students to various aspects of political process on national and supranational level, Module offers elective courses allowing students to select topics important for their doctoral research projects as well follow their particular academic interests. The following courses will be offered (list might evolve as new courses will be added and visiting professors will be joining the faculty):  

  • Theory of Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Political Systems and Government
  • Social movements in global perspective
  • International Development
  • Global Environment
  •  Security Studies
  • Global Governance & International Organizations
  • Violence, Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Technology, Culture & Social Change in International Relations
  •  Political Economy
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Regional Integration in Global Context

MODULE:  Ph.D. SEMINAR

Students attend doctoral seminar, work on their doctoral research and prepare doctoral thesis during 4 years (8 semesters) of the program under supervision of academic advisor.  For more info (link)

MODULE:  PROFESSIONAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS

Module offers10 one-day workshops allowing students to develop various professional skills and competencies necessary for research and teaching on university level as well as discuss social and ethical issues important in academic work.

  • Academic Career Planning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Ethics in research and academic teaching
  • Public speaking and presentations in academic work
  • Innovative and effective teaching methods
  • Academic Course Development and Teaching
  • Publish or perish. How to successfully write and publish academic work?
  • Mentoring in academia
  • Academic project management
  • Advanced Research Design (students design research project, construct calendar and budget, apply for financing )

MODULE:  FOREIGN LANGUAGES

During the program students are required to take 60 hrs. of language courses.  

MODULE:  INTERNSHIP

Students teach or co-teach classes in Political Science or International Relations programs (undergraduate or master’s level); number of teaching hours is established individually for each student. 

MODULE for graduates of master’s program in fields outside humanities and social sciences

Candidates who are graduates of undergraduate or master’s programs in fields outside humanities and social sciences will be obliged to take the following courses during the first 4 semesters of the PhD Program in Political Science (in English):

  1. Theory of Politics
  2. Contemporary Political Thought
  3. Contemporary Political Systems
  4. International Political Relations

    Follow UMCS: