Curriculum for PhD Degree in International Relations

1. Aims

This program aims at training professionals specialized in international relations and social science research in this particular field. 

2. Admission Requirements

a) Holders of relevant master's degree (Political science, economics, law, management, foreign languages, etc.),  

b) Qualified through the PhD Program Examinations of MUST.

3. Program Duration

The normal study period of Ph.D. in International Relations program is 3 years. The maximum study period is 6 years.

4. Medium of Instruction

Chinese or English

5. Major

1) International Relations and Global Governance

2) Sino-Lusophone Relations

3) Sino-Foreign Cultural Exchanges

6. Academic Field

Social Sciences/Politics

7. Course Structure

Table 1: Core Courses (12 Credits)

Course Title


Social Sciences Research Methods


International Relations Theories


Global and World History


Table 2: Major Courses (8 Credits)

Research Field

Course Title (Student of different field should choose the corresponding courses)


International Relations and Global Governance


Global Governance


Contemporary International Relations


Introduction to International Relations Studies

Macau and World Affairs


China and Lusophone Countries


Sino-Foreign Cultural and Exchange

History of China-West Cultural Exchanges


Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Cultures


Table 3: Dissertation

Course Title



No less than 80,000 words

8. Teaching Requirements

  1. Students are required to complete 3 core courses from Table 1 and 2 major courses from Table 2 to gain 20 credits.
  2. Upon completion of thesis proposal defense, the candidate can start the dissertation of 80,000 word count minimum.
  3. Within this PhD program, students should publish one thesis on the category-one academic journals which is approved by MUST or publish at least two theses in category-two academic journals.
  4. Students should join at least 10 academic activities, including participation in academic lectures, seminars, symposiums, workshops, research programs, which approved by Institute for Social and Cultural Research, or the courses offered by EDC, during the doctorate program. 
  5. The dissertation should pass the assessment and be defended successfully.

9. Study Time

The duration for taking all courses is 12 months and the duration of dissertation composition is 12~24 months.

10. Graduation Requirements

Upon approval from the Senate of the University, a Doctoral Degree will be conferred on a student when he or she has:

  1. Completed and met the requirements prescribed in the study plan of his or her program within the specific study period, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (excluding dissertation)
  2. Abided by the regulations of the University
  3. Cleared all fees and charges and returned all University’s property and equipment borrowed

Note: All curriculums and study plans are based on the newest announcement of the Boletim Oficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau.

Note: In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.