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Admission to the doctoral cycle


The competition for admission to the PhD cycle in political science is open to citizens of the Member States of the European Union and to citizens of the European Economic Area and the Confederation of Switzerland, holding a Master’s degree (or its equivalent).


REMARK: Applicants who have completed all or part of their studies abroad will present the signed and certified translation of the diplomas obtained and the certificates of equivalence from The National Centre for the Recognition and Equivalence of Diplomas Granted Abroad (CNRED) within the Romanian Ministry for Education, Research, Youth and Sports.

Selection procedure

Along with the application file, applicants are invited to submit a research project (15 000-20 000 characters) specifying the theme that the candidate wishes to explore during the program, its interest, novelty and relevance to the areas concerned by the Ph.D. in political science, as well as the feasibility of the proposed research program.


The research project shall be attached to a selective bibliography designed to prove the candidate’s knowledge of the main elements of the theoretical and methodological approach able to support the research.


Candidates will defend the project before the committee of the Doctoral School in Political Science in a colloquium, which will also test the candidates' academic culture in political science.

The recommended bibliography can be found here [https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.fspub.ro/Home/secretariat/formulare-si-cereri/Bibliografieadmiteredoctorat2010.pdf].


The preliminary doctoral examination is held annually, in mid-September.

Calendar for the admission contest

The admission colloquium will take place on the 14th of September, at the Institute for Political Research, Spiru Haret Street, no. 8, sector 1, Bucharest.


The candidates are invited to submit their application between the 1st and the 10th of September, according to the following schedule:

Monday – Friday

13.00 - 17.30

Saturday – Sunday

10.00 - 13.00

REMARK: On the 3rd of September, registrations will be accepted only at the secretariat of the Faculty of Political Science: 
Sf. Stefan St., no. 24, sector 2, Bucharest.


The competition file will contain the following elements:

1. The candidate’s application for registration

2. A certified copy of the candidate’s birth certificate
If applicable, also a copy of the marriage certificate or other evidence of the change in name.)

3. The candidate’s original Baccalaureate Diploma

4. The candidate’s original BA Diploma and transcript of records

5. The candidate’ original MA Diploma and transcript of records
(For those candidates who graduated in 2010, their provisional certificate will be accepted.)

6. 3 recent photos of the candidate (3 cm x 4 cm)

7. The proof of payment of the admission fee (fee payable at the ICP)

8. A copy of the candidate’s certificate of language proficiency

9. The detailed description of the candidate’s scientific activity

10. The research project

11. The list of the candidate’s publications


Additional information: doctorat@icp.ro


The Doctoral School

The Doctoral School of Political Science was founded in 2005 by assuming the doctoral program in political science of the University of Bucharest, which had begun in 1999 under the auspices of the Sociology Department. Today, the PhD program in political science is three-year long and it includes 81 students, of whom 19 were enrolled before the reorganization of the program according to the Bologna principles. Since the inauguration of this program, 20 PhD theses have been defended, and another 81 are in progress.
The cardinal mission of the Doctoral School is to train researchers to become intellectually autonomous, able to fully identify a research problem, to construct an object of research, to convene and verify a well articulated conceptual apparatus, to construct an argumentative map with the utmost precision and clarity, to explore an archive or a body of empirical data according to valid methods, to yield a real gain in knowledge in the field of social sciences, and to treat the relevant specialized literature with maximum analytical and critical responsibility. Thus, the scientific nature of this PhD degree in Political Science relies on the principles of intellectual originality, on the substantial organization of research, on disciplined teamwork, and on the probity of the academic act.
The school operates under the authority of an international scientific council, currently chaired by Giovanni Sartori, professor emeritus at Columbia University.