The programme gives students the range of skills needed to produce their doctoral thesis and to carry out and understand in-depth research after their studies. Students work closely with advisers and other faculty members and are given the opportunity to work on multiple projects and present their research at major international meetings.
Students admitted to the program must have a solid master's level grounding in international relations and, if possible, in political science more generally. The first year of the program is divided between advanced course work in qualitative and quantitative methodology, as well as in substantive subfields. This work, as well as a specialized doctoral seminar, participation in colloquia and doctoral retreats, and semi-tutorial work with an adviser, gives students the range of skills needed to come up with a dissertation prospectus and then research and write it over the next few years.
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is accredited by the Conférence Universitaire Suisse.