Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
The Doctoral program in Sociology trains world-class researchers for academic careers in France and abroad, as well as for professional careers in ﬁelds requiring doctoral-level training: international organizations, think tanks, public and private research institutes, and consulting and management ﬁrms. Orientation and speciﬁc features All doctoral students are afﬁliated with a sociology research center at Sciences Po, through which they will have access to a workspace, the support of a research committee, the opportunity to participate in the center’s seminars (at which they present their work)—in short, the best conditions for writing their dissertations. They are directed in their research by a primary supervisor, who is usually a member of the Department of Sociology. Doctoral students also have regular contact with a large number of visiting professors. Structure of the program The Doctorate in Sociology is intended to be completed in three years. Applicants who do not yet hold a master’s degree must apply to the Master’s program in sociology. These students will receive a master’s degree at the end of the second year and may then apply to the Doctoral program. Applicants who already hold a master’s degree from Sciences Po or from another top tier university may apply directly to the Doctoral program. During the three years dedicated to writing their dissertations, doctoral students may spend a period studying abroad at one of Sciences Po’s partner universities, including Northwestern, UCLA, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, and Milano Bicocca.