Berlin Graduate School
for Transnational Studies

The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS) is a joint graduate school of Freie Universität Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center. It offers a rigorous and dynamic English-language PhD programme for exceptionally talented graduate students in the field of transnational and international relations, encompassing related disciplines, such as political science, history, economics, law, among others.

Doctoral Programme

The BTS provides a distinctive platform for ambitious, innovative, and cutting-edge projects and offers an inspiring environment to undertake theory-driven, methodologically rigorous research. The focus of the programme is on international and regional institutions, with a special emphasis on multilateral and non-state actors. Questions that form the center of our work are related to the legitimacy, authority, and politicization of global governance; regional cooperation and integration including the European Union (EU); and normative interfaces of international politics and international law. Research undertaken at the BTS should be driven by an interest in transnational and international actors as well as a comparative approach to problems and questions related to regional and global governance structures.


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