The Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP) recognizes that the key to understanding the complexities of modern global politics is interdisciplinary learning and a combination of guidance and individual initiative.
Its program is therefore designed to encompass both research and a significant amount of coursework in a number of different fields. The coursework takes place during the first two years, and this is also the phase in which doctoral candidates develop a detailed dissertation outline. The core curriculum courses are compulsory for both the PhD candidates of FU Berlin and of the selected Chinese partner universities.
The core coursework is structured as follows:
GSGP uses the online learning management system Blackboard, which gives the PhD candidates access to coursework, supplementary reading material and forums for student discussion.
Guidance is provided by two GSGP advisors that are experts in their fields. PhD candidates are matched with an advisor from each university (their home and the partner university) according to their specific research interests. The advisors support the doctoral candidates throughout the program, in particular regarding methodology, as well as in planning and formulating the dissertation.
And finally, GSGP places particular emphasis on the value of international exchange and international research experience. During a 6-12 month research stay in the partner country, PhD candidates acquire the tools they need to implement bi-national research projects. This unique perspective helps foster future international cooperation and research.
The information is subject to change.