The doctoral degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching or research, but also in international organisations, advisory services, and businesses. 

The programme is structured around these topics to guide students as they become true experts in the selected discipline and specific field of research chosen for the thesis. 

The Ph.D. is primarily intended for students who would like to pursue careers in teaching and research. The Masters degree is a prerequisite, with the thesis providing evidence of ability to conduct research. However, the Masters is just the first step in the Ph.D. programme, which equips students with the core knowledge and methodological tools to pursue in-depth research at the doctoral level.

Beginning in the first year of both the masters and doctoral programmes, a mentor guides students in all of their work, particularly in the development of research papers.

The key objective is to enable students to demonstrate an excellent command of the knowledge and methods in their chosen field.

Doctoral students benefit from supervision by internationally recognised scholars and from personalised support in SUN research centres. 

Writing a proposal will allow you to demonstrate the depth of your knowledge in a particular field, as it will show your ability to express complex ideas briefly. The process of writing involves several steps such as brainstorming, picking a topic, drafting, and revising.
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SUN PhD Regulation

The PhD Regulations apply to all PhD Candidates who wish to obtain a PhD at  University. The regulations contain the common rules and guidelines for the PhD programme at SUN and the supplementary rules and regulations for different programs. 

PhD Supervision Guidelines

There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, Find out more in our exclusive PhD Supervision Guidelines