Doctor of International Relations


The Doctor of International Relations is a doctoral program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations.

To help balance expertise and research capabilities, the program combines the study of in-depth international relations courses with doctoral thesis research in international relations.

Doctor of International Relations (D.I.R) is the most prestigious title in public administration.

The Doctor of International Relations program at the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) is a dual degree program between France and the United Kingdom. Students graduate with two independent degrees.

Graduates will receive:

  • Level 8 (Doctoral Level) under the UK RQF framework: LRN Level 8 Diploma in International Relations
  • Doctorate of International Relations (D.I.R) from Université Libérale de Paris.

Program Overview

Academic support:

  • The exclusive English language and academic support system provided by our partners assists international students in overcoming language barriers and difficulties.
  • Tutors during classes
  • Additional workshops will be held locally to help students conduct and complete their Doctoral thesis research with confidence.

Learning method:

The program is designed for both full-time students on our campus in France and international students by embracing the Hybrid model, which combines live classes and local tutors (online). With the Hybrid learning model, students can study French and UK programs and earn degrees as full-time students without living and working in France like our full-time students.

Degrees: 2 independent degrees with the specialization based on the Doctoral thesis

  • Level 8 (Doctoral Level): The London Academy of Sciences Level 8 Diploma in International Relations. 
  • Doctorate of International Relations (D.I.R) from Université Libérale de Paris.

The Doctor of International Relations (D.I.R) dual degree program is an applied research-oriented program in which students will take research-related courses and conduct research step by step with the assistance and supervision of instructors. If the student wishes to publish international articles on the ISI/SCOPUS system or international journals owned or affiliated with Paris-U after completing their studies, they will be guided through a customized route.

The program is two years long. The method of instruction consists of a combination of globally live-streamed lectures (Live Classes) and online tutors and instructors.

Mandatory modules:

  • Develop advanced research approaches in a suitable context.
    (30 credits)
  • Advanced Literature Review. (30 credits)
  • Advanced Design Research. (30credits)
  • Advanced Data Analytics for Research. (30 credits)

Students will complete each phase of their Doctoral thesis after each course.

Doctoral thesis stage (60 credits)

  • Doctoral Thesis (60 credits)
  • Defend Doctoral Thesis

The doctoral thesis in international relations (D.I.R) will be concerned with advancing knowledge in international relations.

Unlike PhD programs, the Doctor of International Relations program does not require but encourages the publication of academic journals on the ISI/SCOPUS system.

Students who complete the Doctor of International Relations dual degree program can:

  1. Be able to conduct research relevant to the specialized research context of international relations
  • Be able to conduct research relevant to the research context of international relations.
  • Develop and modify research objectives to suit orientation, research objectives, and research time constraints.
  • Analyze, consider alternatives, and make appropriate research decisions.

2. Be able to collect, organize, and choose theoretical foundations for doctoral research projects

  • Collect theoretical foundations for business and management research.
  • Organize and develop theoretical foundation structures for research topics.

3. Be able to design an entire study.

  • Know how to conduct a literature review and select relevant studies to support the proposed research.
  • Design the research in accordance with the research objectives, research questions, and time frame.
  • Adjust the chosen research methodology while keeping research ethics and feasibility in mind.

4. Be able to create a research proposal and carry out research.

  • Consider theoretical foundations and research methods when developing research questions.
  • Develop research to international standards by writing a complete doctoral thesis on a chosen topic.
  • Understand how to present your research to the scientific panel.
  • The ability to persuade and think critically. 

The Université Libérale de Paris is the only university that provides doctoral students access to the full range of specialized subjects in public administration at the Master and Doctorate levels. Students use these specialized subject materials to expand their knowledge and aid in the research process.

All study materials for the International Relations program at the Doctoral level (Level 8 EQF) are posted on the training management system (LMS), and these materials are only accessible to Doctoral students at the Université Libérale de Paris.

Students taking the Doctor of International Relations program have access to the following materials and lectures:

  • Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Potential (20 credits)
  • Managing Strategic Change (20 credits)
  • Project Development, Planning and Management (20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Design and Methodologies (40 credits)
  • Developing Research Capability (20 credits)
  • Strategic Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits)

Students in the D.I.R program will have specialized knowledge at the doctoral level as well as research capacity from the doctoral program with the support of supplementary materials.

The Ph.D programs at Université Libérale de Paris are designed with a training time of 3 to 5 years or more, culminating in a Ph.D thesis that meets international standards.

When participating in the Ph.D program in conjunction with the UK qualification system Level 8 Diploma, each PhD student can choose between two training programs: Doctor of International Relations (D.I.R) and Specialized Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).

Despite sharing the same specialization, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of International Relations (D.I.R) have many differences. Some of the fundamental differences are as follows:

1TitleDoctor of Philosophy in [specialization]Doctor of International Relations (D.I.R., DIR, DrIR, or Dr.I.R.)
2CategoriesDoctor of ScienceProfessional Doctorate (a focus on career applications)
3LevelDoctor (highest academic level in professional specializations)Doctor (highest academic level in international relations)
4Training time3 – 5 years2 – 5 years
5Learning and research objectivesCreating a new theoretical framework for the industry and field

Creating a new theoretical system and/or implementing practical solutions in international relations.

6International academic journals on ISI/SCOPUSIf students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a personal routeIf students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a personal route
7CoursesResearch courses and ColloquiumResearch courses and Colloquium
8Doctoral thesisHighly academic Highly practical
9Postgraduate recognitionDr.Dr.
10Level according to the European Qualifications Framework Level 8Level 8
11Career pathEducation, ResearchEducation, Management
12Academic development pathPostDocPostDoc

Candidates who register for the program will be considered by the application department before joining the program, in addition to the entry requirements, to ensure that they understand and benefit from it.

Entry requirements must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Master’s degrees in specific fields from accredited universities.
  • RQF (UK), EQF (Europe), or equivalent level 7. Level 7 diplomas must be obtained from accredited institutions.
  • Université Libérale de Paris does not accept degrees from fake universities, Diploma Mills, or recognized universities but from untrustworthy accreditation bodies.

English language requirements:

  • English at or above CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level B2.
  • IELTS 5.5; Speaking and writing must both be 5.5 or higher.
  • In the lack of an English certification, the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) conducts an internal English test and evaluates each candidate.


The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to accept or reject applications based on accrediting agency requirements and Paris-U’s global acceptance criteria.

The Doctorate of International Relations (D.I.R) is a two-year program. Students graduate with:

The Level 8 Diploma in International Relations from the London Academy of Sciences

In the United Kingdom, Level 8 is equivalent to:

LevelQualification FrameworkEquivalent degrees
8Level UK (RQF)Level 8 diploma
12Level in Scotland (SCQF)Doctoral Degrees
Professional Development Awards
DoctorThe Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK (FHEQ)Doctorate, for example, Doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
8Level in Europe (EQF)Doctorate, for example Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
Level 8 diploma
10Level in Australia (AQF)Doctoral Degree
10Level in Africa (ACQF)Doctoral Degree
8Level ASEAN (ARQF)Doctoral Degree
Level 8 Diploma

Doctorate of International Relations (D.I.R) from Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U)

The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Doctorate in International Relations is equivalent to the Level 8 Diploma of the EQF European Qualification Framework and is assessed using the Paris-U accreditation system.

The Doctorate in International Relations is the highest degree in international relations. With the dual degree system that combines a UK Level Diploma and a Doctorate in International Relations from the Université Libérale de Paris, research students can advance their careers as specialists, theoretical and practical research specialists, and faculty members, or advance to senior roles in the industry and field.

If students want to conduct in-depth international research, publish more international articles on the ISI/SCOPUS system, and so on, they can enroll in PostDoc programs tailored to their research interests.

Graduate students can also publish books, studies developed during their studies, or research that comes up during their studies.


  • Students are full-time Université Libérale de Paris students (Paris-U).
  • Students pursue the original program as full-time students at Université Libérale de Paris in France (Paris-U).
  • The program is entirely taught in English. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not adopt the education system for French-taught programs in France.
  • Degrees awarded by Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) are classified as private university degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) degrees are not part of the public education system, not owned by the French government, and are not part of the France-based higher education system.
  • Fees and scholarship policies (if applicable) are subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Liability Disclaimer

  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and its partners make no assurances that students who enrol will graduate and receive a degree. Only if the student fully meets and fulfils the academic, financial, disciplinary, and other requirements does the Université Libérale de Paris award degrees and recognize academic results.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to refuse admission, refuse support, cancel student status, and not reimburse tuition and fees in the case of a commit of violations, absenteeism, or voluntary refusal to continue the program.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) cannot guarantee that a degree will be accepted by a third party. The receiving organisation subjectivity determines whether or not to accept.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee that students will receive a salary increase, or promotion, or be accepted into new positions or jobs after graduation.
  • Despite regulations governing cross-recognition and qualifications equivalence, each country, organization, and unit has its own right to receive and recognize degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee automatic degree recognition when using degrees, certificates, transcripts, and other documents from the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and partner schools. Similarly, Université Libérale de Paris does not guarantee or support the process of recognizing equivalent qualifications (if any).
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) makes no guarantees or commitments that students can reside, work abroad, obtain a work permit, a teaching license, or a specialist license in France, Europe, or any other country.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers extreme assistance but cannot guarantee students 100% of a short-term study visa (in case of full-time study) or European visa (to attend the graduation ceremony in France and/or Europe) if it does not meet the requirements of the host country and the appropriate authorities in granting and approving the right to exit, move, and migrate.
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Tuition Fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and subject to change without notice. In some case, Paris-U offer variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Original Application Fees​
Original Tuition Fees​

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that is different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which fall under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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