Modern History


The study programme is organized in both a full-time and combined form. The study obligations of each student and the timetable for their fulfillment are bindingly determined by the individual study plan. During the first six semesters of their study, the students complete a prescribed contact tuition and other academic responsibilities in the form of publishing, active participations in international conferences, and internships abroad. By the end of the eighth semester at the latest, they pass a state doctoral examination. The study is completed by defending the dissertation. Further details on the organization and content of the studies are governed by the Rules for the Organization of the PhD Studies at the Institute of International Studies FSV UK and by other relevant faculty regulations (see below). In matters of their studies, the students contact primarily their supervisor and, additionally the designated employee of the IMS Secretariat ( or possibly the academic supervisor of their study programme  (

The students of the programme are, according to the affiliation of their supervisor, or more precisely according to the topic of their dissertation, assigned to the individual departments of the Institute of International Studies and, according to the instructions of the heads of departments or the Institute's other officials, they participate in scientific, pedagogical and other activities.

They are remunerated according to the current financial capacity of the Institute for the tuition and participation in organizational matters related to the tuition (e.g. for ensuring a smooth course of the entrance examinations, membership in the examination boards). Similarly, they are included in the internal system of awarding remuneration for their publishing activity, with the requirement to report publications to the OBD database (the Charles University register of all publication activities) and to the RIV Register (Information Register of the Results) and their dedication to the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Starting from the second year of their studies, full-time students can apply for membership in the Doctoral Studies Centre in an internal competition for a one-year period. Prerequisites, admission to the Centre and duties arising from the membership are regulated by the Statute of the Doctoral Studies Centre (see below).



The State Doctoral Examination must be completed by the end of the fourth year of study at the latest. The prerequisite for the State Examination is the fulfillment of all the study obligations stipulated by the individual study plan. The basis for the State Doctoral Examination is the project of the dissertation thesis. The State Doctoral Examination consists of two parts. The first part is based directly on the topic of the dissertation thesis. The students will briefly present their work, define their topic, formulate their goals, basic thesis and basic theoretical and methodological starting points. In the interview, they demonstrates their ability to explain individual aspects of their scientific method. The second part examines the students' ability to approach their topic with regard to their broader temporal and factual context and, above all, to reflect it in the context of older and current professional debates on its basic methodological and conceptual problems.


The dissertation has a range of 200 to 300 standard pages of text (ie 1,800 characters per page including spaces), calculated without notes, a list of sources and literature and any attachments. The dissertation is an original scientific work that brings new theoretical or empirical knowledge or new methodological procedures. It is a thematically and methodologically coherent text and is equipped with all formal requirements required by the internal regulations of Charles University and the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. The dissertation is published in whole or in several partial studies.