Deadline for applications in the 2nd round is September 4, 2022!

Deadline for applications in the 2nd round is September 4, 2022!

You can apply:

for full-time studies here

and for combined studies here.

APPLICATIONS

We welcome highly motivated applicants with a consistently strong past academic track record. A pre-condition for being accepted is the completion of a Master's degree.

The following documents must be provided:

  • online application,
  • copy of the previous diploma,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • dissertation thesis project.

All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be accurately translated into English.

The admission committee evaluates the quality of the dissertation thesis project in terms of its content and form, the candidate’s ability to justify the topic of his/her choice, to clearly define it while placing it in a larger time/factual/research framework. The candidate must convincingly demonstrate that his/her topic contributes to the current state of the research, i.e. that it brings new empirical and theoretical knowledge or that it applies original methodological procedures, etc. The admission committee considers also the candidate’s academic background, namely his/her past teaching and publication activities.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Admission criteria

Applicants who have completed their university studies in the master's program may be admitted to the doctoral studies at the Institute of International Studies (IMS). They shall prove this fact at the latest when enrolling for studies with a higher education diploma or certificate of recognition of higher education acquired abroad.

Foreign Language Knowledge

A mandatory part of the candidate’s qualification is his/her knowledge of English at the level of at least C1. Candidates document their command of English during the entrance examination. They do so either by presenting an internationally recognized certificate on the completion of language exams, a record in the university credit book a language course certificate or by proof of having completed university studies in English.

Dissertation Thesis Project

The candidate submits his/her dissertation project in the form of an attachment to an electronic or paper application. The project typically ranges 6-7 standard pages and must include the following: a brief introduction to the topic, definition of the topic itself, research aim and working hypothesis, necessary theoretical and methodological approaches, proposed structure of the thesis and a brief analysis of the state of the art, including a list of secondary or primary sources.

It is recommended that candidates consult their topics in advance (by email or in office hours) with the academic supervisor of the PhD study programme (Doc. Ota Konrád; ota.konrad@fsv.cuni.cz). The purpose of this consultation is primarily to assess the extent to which the dissertation topic is in line with the IIS FSV UK research focus and/or with its current research projects.


Entrance Examination

Admission is conditioned by the successful completion of the entrance examination. The entrance examination takes the form of a discussion about the dissertation project, the purpose of which is to assess the quality of the submitted project and its adherence to the research focus of IIS FSV UK.

The admission committee evaluates the quality of the project in terms of its content and form, the candidate’s ability to justify the topic of his/her choice, to clearly define it while placing it in a larger time/factual/research framework. The candidate must convincingly demonstrate that his/her topic contributes to the current state of the research, i.e. that it brings new empirical and theoretical knowledge or that it applies original methodological procedures, etc. The admission committee considers also the candidate’s academic background, namely his/her past teaching and publication activities.

Evaluation and Results

Candidates may earn a maximum of 80 points as part of the entrance examination. The overall score is calculated as follows: quality of the project (maximum of 30 points), originality of the topic (maximum of 20 points), ability to justify the topic and place it in a broader research context (maximum of 20 points), formal design of the project (maximum of 5 points), past teaching and publication activities (maximum of 5 points).

The number of points necessary to be admitted is set by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, taking into account the number of applicants and the capacity of the programme.

See also General and faculty admission requirements