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    Political Science (6701V008)

    Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
    Study programme: Political Science (P6701)
    Form of study: full-time
    Type of study: doctoral
    Language of instruction: English
    Standard length of study: 4 years
    Fee for the study in English: 500,- EUR
    Application type: Online, Paper

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      The study program is primarily designated for the graduates with a Master’s degree in Political Science or any other field of Social Sciences who intend to deepen their knowledge in Political Science, focusing on the issue of democratic and nondemocratic forms of government, changes in political systems, with a special emphasis on development trends connected with modernization and democratization, other issues of comparative analysis, including national and regional identities, or the analysis of individual elements of political systems.
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      Doctoral degree programme is guided by the Rules for the organization of study at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and higher legal standards of Charles University.

      Entrance exam:

      1.   To be eligible to apply for the PhD programme, an applicant must have graduated in a Master’s level form of study in Political Science or Social Sciences (Sociology, History). Students who have obtained their Master's degree abroad are required to submit an official document proving that their degree is recognized by the Czech Ministry of Education (before registering for a Czech university programme).


      2.   The dissertation proposal should be submitted by the applicant electronically to and in printed form to the Centre for Doctoral Studies (U Kříže 8, 158 00 Praha 5 - Jinonice) no later than 30th April  2018. The dissertation proposal in the range of 6-7 pages (1800 characters per page, including spaces) must contain the following parts: a brief introduction of the topic, the definition of the topic, goals and work hypothesis, methodological basis, intended structure, state of the art and literature review. Applicants may consult their proposal with any member of the IPS. Applicants for the doctoral programme in the field of Political Science may choose a dissertation topic from a list of priority topics published by the department for given academic year (topics are published on the website for applicants no later than February 28, 2018).


      3.  The entrance exam consists of discussion (interview) on the dissertation proposal.

      The entrance committee evaluates:

      a)  the dissertation proposal quality and the ability of the applicant to defend the chosen topic and to put it into a broader research context (relevance of the proposed dissertation topic in the context of contemporary Czech, respectively international research, proposal should demonstrate applicant´s own contribution to the proposed theme).

      b) The candidate must demonstrate that the theme of the project has not yet been carried out and that the work on the topic is beneficial to the current state of research (bringing new empirical and theoretical knowledge or using original methodological procedures, etc.). Committee also takes into account applicant´s orientation in the in the field of specialization or previous publications.

       The decisive criteria for the applicant's evaluation are:

      a) The quality of the dissertation proposal, which the concept, the theoretical and the methodological basis, must be the candidate able to defend in the admission interview. 

      b) The motivation for study based on the list of literature read (which the candidate is required to present at the oral part of the entrance examination). The Admissions Committee will take into account the overall professional profile of the applicant and his / her possible publications and teaching activities so far.

      In the entrance examination, the candidate can receive a maximum of 60 points.

      Maximum score:

      a) up to 40 points for the first part of the interview, i.e.  discussion on the dissertation proposal,

      b) up to 20 points for the second part, i.e.  orientation in the field on the basis of the submitted list of studied literature.

      When all candidates finish their entrance examination (i.e. interviews), the admission committee prepares a record. It includes a point evaluation of the candidates and their ranking according to the number of points gained.

      4. The maximum score for the entrance exam is 60 points. To be accepted, an applicant is to obtain the minimum number of points set by the Dean of FSV UK.

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      Submitting of the application within the specified deadline (including all parts and attachments).

      Obligatory supplements of the application:

      - structured CV

      - dissertation proposal

      - list of literature

      - diploma of completion of studies in a Master's degree programme 

      Proper completion of studies in a Master's degree program (evidenced by a university degree), or a certificate of recognition of a relevant higher education qualification in the Czech Republic.

      Successful passing of entrance exam. After the exam, the entrance examination committee will submit a final report with an enlisted evaluation of individual applicants and their ranking according to the points obtained. To be accepted, an applicant is to obtain the minimum number of point scores declared by the Dean).


      Students who have obtained their Master's degree abroad are required to submit an official document proving that their degree is recognized in the Czech Republic (before registering for a Czech university programme).


      See  Conditions of admission proceedings 

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      The aim of our program is to train highly qualified experts who are able to pursue basic and applied research in academic institutions and universities. They will likewise be ready to work in the Czech public sector (especially in government agencies) and to represent Czech interests in the international arena, particularly at the EU level. Embracing a wide array of methodologies and subjects in its sweeping compass, our doctoral program in Political Science provides our graduates with comprehensive professional skills both in theory and practice.