PhD of International Economic Relations

Doctor’s degree in international economic relations is one of the most important fields in which interest has increased in recent decades in light of the acceleration of economic globalization and economic openness and the increasing degree of interdependence between economies due to the expansion of the volume of international trade and capital flows and the [...]

Doctor’s degree in international economic relations is one of the most important fields in which interest has increased in recent decades in light of the acceleration of economic globalization and economic openness and the increasing degree of interdependence between economies due to the expansion of the volume of international trade and capital flows and the interdependence of financial and commodity markets and the increasing importance of economic resources, and the importance of identifying Their locations and distribution at the global level as important factors in stimulating the movement of production and investment at the local and international levels. And the growth of the phenomenon of regional economic blocs, which made it difficult for any economy to grow in isolation from these blocs.
There is increasing interest in studying international economic relations as a specialization concerned with studying all economic transactions between countries of the world, trade relations between countries, exchange rate developments and economic competitiveness. And seek to clarify the patterns and consequences of transactions and interactions between populations of different countries, including trade, investment and the movements of production factors in light of the interaction of the global economy with two distinct phenomena: the growth of economic globalization on the one hand and the growth of the regional phenomenon on the other hand. Therefore, it has become necessary to study and identify all the variables and institutions specific to the nature of international economic relations and to try to adopt policies and strategies to confront them at the macro and micro levels.
For this reason, ISC the School of Economics and Management awards a doctorate degree in International Economic Relations. To train student researchers, qualify them and prepare them to manage and run public and private institutions, conclude international contracts, develop international trade relations, and supervise study offices and local administrations related to foreign trade and foreign banking operations…..and other institutions that have become more open to the global economic environment. It faces deep challenges to adapt to its threats and risks through a modern management based on scientific foundations that responds to the requirements of international markets and is able to raise the competitiveness of the institution.

Key features of the course

  • Prepare students and enhance their high-level scientific abilities, in various theories and practices related to economic models, commercial applications, and others.
  • Develop students’ skills in understanding the economy and its branches, solidifying their abilities in research and development, and reflecting on the most contemporary methodological problems and issues.
  • Improving the practical and behavioral capabilities of students, in order to communicate with society, and interact with the tributaries of life and balanced values and ethics, at the level of work joints and the right human and material relations.

The first stage - Compulsory courses 84 Credits

1
Advanced Studies in Scientific Research Methodology

This course aims to provide students with advanced skills in scientific research and its methods and methods, and their development in economic and administrative sciences, so that they can benefit from them adequately and appropriately in solving academic and practical problems.

This course starts from helping the researcher to choose the title of the research to defining the research problem and developing hypotheses through measuring variables and research design in addition to sampling and its methods. This course also deals with research designs, whether they are exploratory, descriptive and experimental.

2
Applied Operations Research Philosophy

This course introduces the basic philosophy and development process of management business research. Research students are also required to prepare a research seminar within the scope of this course.

3
Introduction to Economic Theory

An introduction to the main analytical tools of micro and macroeconomics, including models of employment, inflation, economic growth and development, international trade, the derivation of supply and demand, the operation of firms under perfect and imperfect competition, and the role of government in society. Usually shown: Autumn, Spring and Summer. Note: An introductory course in economics is required. There is no credit towards degrees in the Economics Department.

4
Studies in international economics

The course includes advanced studies in the following topics: international trade theory and policy analysis; welfare effects of trade policies; International monetary economy including balance of payments and exchange rates; Macroeconomics of the open economy.

5
Statistical methods

This course builds on foundational knowledge and covers statistical methods for addressing advanced challenges in working with data and communicating statistical ideas. It prepares students for specialized courses in statistical methods. Topics include tests of significance, confidence intervals, two-sample tests, simple linear regression, multiple regression, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, nonparametric methods, and logistic regression. Students learn and use a major statistical program such as SPSS, STATA, or R throughout the course. Usually shown: Autumn, Spring and Summer. Note: There is no credit towards Information Mathematics, Security (MS) or Statistics (MS).

6
Comparative Economic Systems

A theoretical and historical assessment of the main political and economic institutions in many advanced capitalist countries and their impact on economic and social outcomes. Students develop an understanding of the differences in institutions including property rights, labor regulation, corporate governance, and welfare policy, and the use of publicly available data to assess outcomes.

7
Economies of the world’s regions

Topics vary by department. The course includes alternating topics of economic trends and economic policies in regions such as Africa, East Asia, or the Middle East. It focuses on distinct economic institutions in a particular region, on interdependence within regions, and on the role of public policies in economic growth. Repeatable for credit with a different subject.

Optional courses 24 Credits

1
Advanced Studies in Economic Development

Selected topics in development economics at the micro and macro levels with a focus on policy issues and data analysis. Topics may include poverty, inequality, gender, growth, trade, finance, employment, debt, exchange rates, and macro policies in developing countries.

2
Global economic governance

This course presents an analysis of the major international economic institutions that have been developed in an effort to manage interstate conflicts as well as the powerful economic and financial forces that have driven the process of globalization.

3
International political economy

This course covers the major scientific approaches in the field of international political economy including neorealism, neoliberalism, and constructivism. It also provides an overview of issues of global economic governance, the role of international organizations, and analysis of the political economy of cross-border trade and financial issues.

4
International Financial Relations

This course presents an analysis of the major international economic institutions that have been developed in an effort to manage interstate conflicts as well as the powerful economic and financial forces that have driven the process of globalization.

5
International Business Relations

This course covers the major scientific approaches in the field of international political economy including neorealism, neoliberalism, and constructivism. It also provides an overview of issues of global economic governance, the role of international organizations, and analysis of the political economy of cross-border trade and financial issues.

The second stage - Practical Training 54 Credits

1
PhD practical training

The student is assigned two hypothetical courses that the college chooses from among the courses that the student has studied at the undergraduate level, and this is considered a practical training for the student to be evaluated for eighteen credit hours. The student must divide each course from twelve to fourteen brief lectures. The student presents each lecture in the form of a written summary of its topic in Word or PDF format, accompanied by a video recording of it in the student’s voice using Power Point, the duration of which is no less than ten minutes and not more than About twenty minutes.

The thrid stage - PhD Thesis 108 Credits

1
PhD Thesis

The student must pass the stipulated courses with a score of at least 70%.

● The student submits a request to the administration to register the thesis, along with a proposed topic in one of the subspecialty tracks.

● If the initial approval of the subject title is achieved, the college council will designate a supervisor to guide and follow up the student in preparing the plan.

● The research plan includes the importance of the topic and a critical presentation of previous studies in it, specifically the research problem, then defining the study's curriculum and its main hypotheses or questions that you want to answer, and the division of the study and its sources.

● The student presents his proposed plan in a scientific seminar, discussing the plan as a topic and an approach.

● The student adjusts his plan based on the professors' observations in the seminar if he is asked to amend.

● After the seminar, the plan is presented to the college council to take its decision regarding the registration of the subject.

● In the event of approval, the college council’s decision is presented to the college council to approve the registration, and the registration date is calculated from the date of the college council’s approval.


Discussion and awarding of degrees

● The minimum for preparing the thesis is one year and nine months starting from the date of approval by the College Council to register the topic, and the maximum is four years that can be extended for an exceptional fifth year on the recommendation of the supervisor and approval of the College Council, provided that the total period of student enrollment in the degree does not exceed six years.

● The supervisor submits a semi-annual report that includes what has been accomplished, and what is required in the remaining period.

● After the student completes the thesis and the supervisor reviews it, the supervisor submits to the college administration a report stating its validity for discussion, including an assessment of the student’s performance during the preparation period of the thesis of 140 degrees, with a full copy of the thesis signed by him, and a letter with the names of the discussion and judgment committee proposed by the professors of the specialty, for presentation to the college Council.

● At least fifteen days must pass before the student's discussion from the date of the approval of the discussion committee by the college.

● The validity period of the committee formed to discuss the thesis is six months, which may be renewed for a similar period based on a report from the supervisor and the approval of the College Council.

● Each member of the committee writes a detailed scientific report on the validity of the thesis for discussion, and evaluates the thesis out of 420 degrees, and the average of the three degrees is taken.

The student may not be discussed unless he/she gets at least 70% of the supervisor’s evaluation of his performance and the committee members’ evaluation of the thesis in the individual reports.

● A group report is submitted after the discussion, signed by all members of the committee, in which an evaluation of the thesis discussion is given out of 140 degrees.

To study a PhD degree at ISC, applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited university. At ISC, we offer high quality postgraduate programmes for anyone who desires to achieve their academic and research ambitions.
ISC provides a study commensurate with the student's capabilities, especially in line with the time allotted daily for study, given that the master's student has practical and social responsibilities. We expect fully taught students to be able to obtain their Ph.D. degree within three academic years. We expect students who are partially studying to be able to earn their Ph.D. within 4-6 years of study.
The academic year is divided into four semesters. In each semester, the student is allowed to register a maximum of two research courses and one minimum course with a maximum of 24 credit hours and a minimum of 12 credit hours. Classes are distributed as follows: • The first semester begins at the beginning of the third week of October and ends at the end of the third week of December. • The second semester begins at the beginning of the first week of January and ends at the end of the first week of March. • The third semester begins at the beginning of the second week of March and ends at the end of the second week of May. • The fourth semester begins at the beginning of the fourth week of May and ends at the end of the fourth week of July. • Summer vacation begins at the beginning of August and continues for the third week of October. • After the end of each semester, a two-week vacation is scheduled between semesters.
The tuition fee is £75 per credit hour, • Students are allowed to register a maximum of 24 credit hours each semester and 12 credit hours as a minimum. • The student pays a one-time enrollment fee of 200 pounds when registering with the ISC • The student pays 100 sterling pounds per semester as the registration fee for study subjects. • The iddat hour = four actual hours.
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