Application along with the research project and all appendices should be submitted online via student information system or on a paper application form to Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Smetanovo nábř. 6, 110 01 Prague 1, Czech Republic by April 30, 2018 at the latest.
A research project must contain:
• the dissertation topic proposed,
• detailed definition of the research problem and proposal goals,
• envisaged research questions (hypotheses),
• discussion of relevant literature,
• for purely theoretical projects, an appropriate application of theories, and good orientation in relevant literature, including journals,
• for empirically oriented projects, research design and a set of methods considered, too,
• project time schedule,
• bibliography of sources cited in the proposal using a standard format (do not mistake for the list of literature read),
• the presupposed contribution of the thesis to the development of public and social policy as a field of study,
• the information about the preliminary consultation with the considered supervisor.
The length of the research project should be approximately 10 pages (appendices excluded).
In addition, the research project should include the lists of the literature read, published or elaborated papers, applicant's participation in research projects, and his or her other relevant preconditions to study.
The entrance examination is composed of two rounds. During the first round, submitted research projects will be evaluated by the examination commitee. Applicants will be informed about the results by May 11, 2018 at the latest. Only applicants, whose research projects will reach 16 or more points possible, will be invited to pass an oral examination. This second part of the examination will be organized as a face-to-face interview during the week June 11th to 15th, 2018. For serious reasons, interview via Skype willl be also made possible.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate their ability to defend their research project in critical discussion and prove that they
• can formulate research questions,
• understand their topic’s broader context, and
• are fairly knowledgeable in public and social policy and related disciplines.
Priority topics of research projects for entrance examination:
(Other topics are not excluded, but they should be consulted and agreed upon by a future supervisor in advance.)
Public and social policies
- Policy of social insurance and social security
- Educational policy
- Health policy
- Anti-corruption policy
- Drug policy
- Tobacco control policy
- Public sector´s efficiency
- Public policies´ efficiency evaluation
- Impact analysis of public policies (qualitative and quantitative analysis)
- Public procurement and its impacts on public policy
- Strategic governance
- Relationships between market, state and media
- Partnership of public and civic sector
- Systemic corruption
- Public administration reforms and their impact on public policy
- Modernisation of public administration (comparison of the EU countries and design of modernisation models for the Czech Republic)
- Decision making in public administration and its impact on public policies´ efficiency
- Computerization of public administration as a support for public policies´ performance
- Inspection systems of public administration as an instrument of efficient functioning of public policies
- Public administration employees – their roles, competences, expectations
- Policy work and policy workers
- New methods and methodologies in policy analysis (process tracing etc.)
- Policy design – theoretical and analytical approaches
- Policy analysis – new methods and approaches
- Policy evaluation
Criteria for entrance exam evaluation:
1. Research proposal quality: up to 30 points.
2. Priority topic of the research proposal, consulted with the potential supervisor in advance - up to 20 points.
3. Knowledge of the field’s theory foundations and methods: up to 10 points.
4. Existing scholarly texts and experience (papers in scientific journals, books or their parts, participation in research projects): up to 10 points.
5. Project feasibility (grant, financing): up to 10 points
6. Applicant’s professional experience in public, civic, or commercial sector: up to 10 points.
7. Command of English: up to 10 points.
Maximum number of points: 100.
Resulting points are consensually agreed upon by members of the examination committee.