Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies

Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies

PhD Programme Transnational Studies


Freie Universität Berlin Ihnestr. 26

Berlin, Berlin 14195


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD, International Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD programme at BTS combines three years of structured training and coursework with the primary task of conducting independent research for the PhD thesis. While working toward completing your thesis as a BTS student, you will participate in thematic survey courses, colloquia on research methods, and multidisciplinary skills workshops. We are committed to maintaining high standards in doctoral supervision. Each PhD candidate is assigned a team of three supervisors headed by a BTS faculty member. The other two supervisors will be faculty members at one of the BTS institutions; one of the two may be from an external institution. Candidates meet frequently with their supervisors, both according to a formal work plan with a timetable for submitting sections of the PhD thesis, and as needed for general guidance and discussion. The goal is to identify candidates' strengths and weaknesses in order to provide individual support to best suit each candidate. In addition to individual supervision, training is offered in various areas of professional development including research management, knowledge transfer and education, publication strategies, and long-term career planning. Ultimately, we endeavour to support candidates in successfully finishing their PhD theses within three years while simultaneously preparing them for the next steps of their careers.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 600 EUR

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