General: The PhD Program in Political Science and International Relations aims at following the universal approaches in the disciplines of both Political Science and International Relations and also handling academically the conditions and problems peculiar to Albania, Balkans, and European Union and wider. The aim of the PhD program in Political Science and International Relations is to prepare academicians and experts with specialized knowledge in their fields of interest. The subfields include International Relations, Political Science, European Studies, Balkan Studies and Albanian Politics.
Academic program: The PhD Program on Political Science and International Relations at Epoka University provides profitable courses, which are expected to increase the choices of students and to lead them to specialize in the areas selected by them. While the students are taking courses in the areas like Democratization Process in the Balkan Countries, Debates on Current International Issues, Politics of European Integration, Political Economy of Western Europe, European Union Law etc., the Program will urge them to develop critical thinking towards their expected works in these areas.
Timing of classes: From 1800 to 2100 hours during the week days.
Graduation: PhD programme includes 180 credits and runs for at least three years. It includes at least 6 semesters with 2 semesters of study and fours semesters for writing of the PhD thesis. During the first year of Ph.D., it is required to complete 8 courses (60 ECTS) and during the next two years, thesis work or final dissertation (120 ECTS) should be submitted, and this will result in the completion of a total of 180 ECTS. The Ph.D. study program for full-time students lasts for a minimum of six semesters (three academic years), up to a maximum of eight semesters 8 (four academic years) and for part-time students, it lasts for a minimum of six semesters (three academic years), up to a maximum of twelve semesters (six academic years). Candidates must submit the dissertation within that time frame, unless they can invoke truly exceptional grounds (for instance a medical emergency) to justify deferring submission. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to spend time away from Tirana to pursue research. With the graduation, students earn Level 8 of General Qualification in accordance to the European and Albanian Qualifications Framework.
Scientific Research Policies: Epoka University promotes the participation of academic staff and at the same time of the students who are willing to be involved in the scientific activities of educational institutions all around the world. The University is strongly supporting the scientific publications of its lecturers by awarding those in financial terms and encourages highly qualified researchers to conduct joint research activities. The objectives of Epoka University are: to encourage publications by faculty members and students, to organize conferences in the premises of Epoka University or elsewhere, supporting lecturers and students to participate in national and international conferences, and promoting PhD student scientific contribution by establishing academic journal of the Faculty.
National and International Cooperation Relating to the Doctoral Study Program: Doctorate study program encourages doctorate mobility by having dual agreements with the universities abroad and the business partners within and out of Albania. All these cooperation agreements help the doctorate students in their research and academic training. The institution has agreement with 65 universities, around 70 % of them being Western countries, 15 companies/institutions and is member of 9 unions. All these agreements guarantee programs of exchange of academic staff and doctorate students and realization of joint research projects. Doctorate study program creates the necessary space to develop joint doctorate study programs with homologous universities in the region, Europe and beyond through mobility and recognition of credits. The program allows also the possibility for co-advisors from other universities.
Admission criteria: http://admissions.epoka.edu.al/home-eligibility-criteria-1932-1933.html
Apply at: http://easapp.epoka.edu.al/apply.
Application deadline: applications are accepted throughout the year before the start of academic year in October.