The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) provides top-quality education in the social sciences to postgraduate professionals.

Our study programmes - all taught in English - provide knowledge and insights in a number of fields, including development economics, sociology, politics, public policy and management, governance, gender, employment, population, social security, children and youth, and human rights.

Engagement and Impact

ISS aims to create socially relevant teaching, resulting in strong engagement and tangible global impact. We achieve this through our engaged teaching methods, online courses, and joint teaching programmes.

Do your PhD at ISS
ISS offers a four-year PhD programme, firmly embedded in the ISS research programme.
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All you need to know about studying at ISS - academic requirements, applications deadlines, fees, scholarships and much more.
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