Knowing how people in each region of the world go about their lives is indispensable to playing an active part in international society. Moreover, if you do not have an understanding of each region of the world, you will not be able to put your graduate knowledge into practice. Taking this view into account, this Program focuses on the state and regional levels of politics. By considering problems peculiar to each specific area, we come to see that political issues cannot be avoided. Since each state and area has its own particular political structure, society and culture, one cannot ignore these peculiarities and seek to find universal solutions. Therefore, in this program, we use the disciplines of political science and area studies to look at what is behind the problems in each area of the world, and to consider what it is that we can do to contribute to their solution.

Our program has a dual structure; the Japanese program starts in April and the English program starts in October.

Focus and Goals

This program was established for students who have a master's degree and would like to conduct more advanced research. Students are expected to meet high research standards and it is hoped they will acquire jobs at institutions such as universities, research institutes, or international organizations.


In the doctoral program, students are required to take Advanced Research (8 credits) and Advanced Research Presentation (2 credits). They must also earn a total of at least 4 credits from the following: Workshop I, Workshop II, Internship, Advanced Overseas Research, and International Organization Management (2 credits each). Students must also receive instruction regarding the writing of their thesis from their academic supervisor.

Study Requirements and Degrees Granted

Students must have first completed a master's program and hold a master's degree or the equivalent. Students are required to take a candidacy examination before completing their doctoral thesis. Students who have obtained the status of doctoral candidate and completed their thesis must pass a final examination and have their thesis approved by the GSICS Faculty. The standard course of study is three years. For students of exceptional capability, the duration of study may be shortened.

Key Information

  • Degree Programme
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
  • Subject area
    Political Science and Area Studies Program
  • Duration
    3 years


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Contact Us

Academic Affairs Office/ Faculty Office
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Tel. +81(0)78-803-7267
E-mail: gsics-kyomu@office.kobe-u.
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