The main goal of the NIG curriculum is to train Ph.D. students to become well-qualified researchers with a broad knowledge of the various research traditions in Public Administration and Political Science. This relates both to the development and use of theories as well as being able to conduct empirical research. In addition, the curriculum contains an applied component with a focus on various skills, such as problem definition, several research methods and strategies to get one’s work published.

The programme is primarily aimed at researchers pursuing their Ph.D. at one of the NIG member institutions, who need to enrol as a Ph.D. member of NIG. Courses are also open to others, if possible. Please contact the NIG office for further information.


The curriculum consists of a combination of courses and tutorials. The courses provide the common core of the curriculum and are offered in the form of four seminars and two weeks with short courses on skills. Tutorials are tailor-made modules that Ph.D. students take with senior NIG staff or other qualified researchers. They are scheduled directly by the students and tutors themselves.


The common core of the curriculum consists of seminars focusing on increasing disciplinary knowledge and methodology:

  • State of the art: two seminars that deal with the central topics and authors of public administration and political science.
  • Skills: several one- or two-day seminars on research skills and on academic skills.
  • Methodology: two two-weeks seminars that examine the methodological and philosophical under­pinnings of your research.


Besides the training weeks, tutorials form a significant part of the NIG training followed by the Ph.D. students during the first two years of their appointment.