PhD in International Politics


Introduction to the Program

The PhD in International Politics at Fudan University is a 3 year program taught in English.

About Fudan University

Fudan University was founded in 1905 and located in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Fudan is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research university with many highly-ranked majors and programs, and is a member of the C9 League, Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

The English-instructed Doctoral Program in International Politics was established by the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Fudan University in 2013. The principal goal of the program is preparing scholars and practitioners with a solid theoretical foundation, rigorous research skills, and profound knowledge of both history and contemporary issues of international politics. The program mainly enrolls foreign students, and all its academic courses are taught in English. It is based on the teaching and research of the faculty members from the Department of International Politics and the Department of Diplomacy at SIRPA as well as from Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies,  a research institution affiliated to SIRPA. The curriculum and doctoral dissertation work in the program center around the following the matic areas: International Relations Theory, History of International Relations, Great-power Diplomacy, Chinese Foreign Policy, International Organization, Comparative Politics, BRICS Study, International Political Economy, Global Governance, International Security and Religion, etc. The Doctoral Program in International Politics normally requires three to four years of work on courses and dissertation.

About the School of International Relation and Public Affairs (SIRPA)

The School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) at Fudan University has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1923, it had experienced the hardest time of the country and witnessed the comprehensive national reconstruction and development. In 1964, the Department of International Politics founded its roots as one of the nation’s top three departments in the specific area. The reform and opening-up have borne witness to the development of disciplines like Political Science and Public Administration which, along with International Relations, have become the pillar disciplines of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs.

Start Date of the Program

September 1

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have their master’s degrees in disciplines of social sciences, and they should have a solid knowledge background in international politics.

English Proficiency Requirement

  • TOEFL iBT – minimum score 90
  • International English Language Testing System(IELTS) – minimum score 6.5

Application Deadline

March 1

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB60000 per year. The total for the 3 year program is 180,000 RMB.


Fudan Foreign Student Dormitory is constituted by the Main building and the Supplementary building. For further information on the accommodation visit the accommodation page here.

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