Modern History

Modern History

Doctoral degree in English language - full-time or combined form

General Information

The PhD Programme Modern History (MD) is a four-year program focusing on contemporary history from the 19th century to the present in an international context.

The study focuses on territories in Europe, North America and the post-Soviet space. The programme is organised by the Institute of International Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary History of the CAS, which provides one-year internships for PhD students and their involvement in research at this leading Czech academic institution. Students of the programme can also take advantage of the Institute of International Studies' extensive contacts with prominent universities abroad (e.g. University of Vienna, University of Groningen, University of Munich, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and have the opportunity of the so-called double supervision of dissertations (Cotutelle). Students are involved in the activities of the institute through their membership in research groups and also within territorially focused departments. The Institute also offers them the opportunity to apply for an internal grant from the Centre for Doctoral Studies and provides the necessary background for the preparation of projects of other research grant providers, whether within Charles University, the Czech Republic or abroad.

The study takes place in person at Charles University in Prague.

The program can be studied as a full-time or as a combined form of study.

More information about the program, study obligations etc. can be found here.

Modern History:

  • is unique in the context of the Czech Republic due to its focus on the history of some regions and relationship issues, that are not in such complexity and so systematic manner subject to research at any other university in the Czech Republic;
  • provides a first-rate, yet challenging education in modern and contemporary history, combining a variety of approaches ranging from traditional political history to historical-anthropological approaches;
  • is internationally focused and provides a wide range of opportunities to study and work professionally around the world;
  • is provided by top experts including regular visiting foreign experts;
  • is carried out at the Institute of International Studies, which is characterized by a friendly and accommodating environment, which also includes social, cultural and sports activities.


Information about admissions available HERE