Academic Program

BIGSSS’ doctoral programs prepare PhD students for leading professional positions inside and outside of academia. The language of instruction in all our programs is English. The doctoral training follows the principles of demand-tailored education, close supervision, progress monitoring, and effective funding.

BIGSSS is founded upon the core disciplines of political science, sociology and psychology. A key asset of BIGSSS’ academic program is its interdisciplinarity, also integrating bordering social science disciplines and a broad spectrum from quantitative to qualitative methods.

Research at BIGSSS focuses on changing patterns of social and political integration in contemporary societies. The academic program is structured along the three thematic fields of (A) Global Governance and Regional Integration, (B) Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life, and (C) Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts.

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BIGSSS Academic Programs

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