Diploma Policy for Ph.D. in International Relations (International Relations Cluster)

In order to accomplish the objectives stipulated in the IUJ Graduate School Regulations, as well as the mission of GSIR, International Relations Cluster (IR Cluster) defines the degree requirements and learning objectives which are necessary to Ph.D. in International Relations as follows:

Degree Requirements

  • Enrollment Requirements
    Students are required to enroll for a minimum of three years (nine terms).
  • Course/Credit Requirements
    Students are required to complete a necessary number of credits designated by IR Cluster. Credits will be given to students who have completed all activities related to the assessment specified in the course syllabus and have a final evaluation score of 60 points or above (out of 100).Moreover, students are required to sit the comprehensive examination at the end of the first year and only those who pass the examination is eligible to proceed with doctoral candidacy. The comprehensive examination is conducted by a written examination.
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Requirements
    Students are required to complete and submit an acceptable Ph.D. dissertation under the guidance of the supervisory committee comprised of a supervisor and two advisors. A part of the dissertation must be accepted by an international peer refereed journal in advance.
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Examination Requirements
    Students are required to pass a Ph.D. Dissertation Examination conducted orally by an examining committee comprised of the supervisory committee (a supervisor and two advisors) and an external examiner.

Learning Objectives

The students in the degree program of Ph.D. in International Relations are required to:


  • Develop advanced knowledge in a specialized sub-field of International Relations
  • Understand epistemological and methodological paradigms in academic research
  • Acquire capability to guide and supervise graduate level education in the field
  • Cultivate holistic approach to bridge theory and practice to address international issues


  • Demonstrate capacity to deepen theoretical understanding of international issues
  • Demonstrate capability to extend the frontier of research in the field of International Relations
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct research contributing to scholarly publications
  • Demonstrate intellectual devotion to the pursuance of academic integrity


  • Contribute to the further development of academic field
  • Apply the knowledge acquired to educate the future scholars
  • Organize activities to support scholarly community
  • Engage in policy making and analysis as practitioner with expertise