The Center for Social Complexity Research and the Public Policy Center of the Faculty of Government (in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine) present their PhD program in Social Complexity Sciences. The aim of the PhD in Social Complexity Sciences is to train researchers in high-impact interdisciplinary research in social sciences with international standards of excellence.



Strong training in Quantitative Methods – Effective Interdiscipline

The program incorporates elements of various social sciences —economics, political science, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, social neuroscience— in order to study human behavior from a unifying perspective, ranging from the neurobiological systems underlying the process of making decisions, to the historical evolution of institutions.

On the methodological training of PhD students, the emphasis is on the mathematical modeling of social phenomena (game theory, network analysis, computer simulations), and quantitative empirical analysis (experimental methods, econometrics, data mining, spatial analysis).



Immersion on Research/Transference Units – Connection to Global Network

The PhD students are expected to join early the research teams of the program’s professors, where they will be trained in the practice of research. The program’s research team has a network of collaborators in various universities and national and international research centers.

All students have the opportunity to travel abroad to do a research internships and / or supplement their training. They may participate in transfer units where they can apply their research to the development of social technologies.


Recruiment & Placement

Diverse composition of PhD Class – Wide range of placement

The program is aimed at a diverse group of students from the natural sciences, the exact sciences, and the social sciences. To guarantee an effective insertion of the students into the research teams of CICS and its network of collaborators, the admission process considers admitting only five students per year and involves a very competitive selection process. The students will also receive a tuition scholarship and a competitive maintenance grant so that they can concentrate full time on their doctoral studies.

The combination of interdisciplinary training and a strong and diverse training in quantitative methods, together with the experience in the application of their research to real problems, will prepare graduates to follow careers in academia, research centers, the public sector, and the private sector.