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    International Relations (6701V005)

    Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
    Study programme: Political Science (P6701)
    Form of study: combined
    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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      Admission procedure follows the Study and Examination Rules of the Charles University and the admission requirements published in the SIS

      The admission procedure is commenced on the basis of a research proposal for a PhD dissertation. Applicants are required to send the proposal by 1st June 2018 in a hard-copy to Centre for PhD Studies of the Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, as well as in electronic version to and

      Centre for PhD Studies, Institute of Political Studies
      Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences
      U Krize 8
      158 00 Prague
      Czech Republic

      The proposal should cover

      ·         clear definition and substantiation of the topic

      ·         review of the literature and the current state of the art in the area of the project

      ·         objectives of the project

      ·         assumed methodology

      ·         a list of references

      For more details on requirements regarding the standards of social science research, originality and conditions of implementation see the IR Department's webpage. 

      Applicants for the doctoral program in the field of International Relations may choose a dissertation topic from the list of priority topics provided by the Department of International Relations (IR) and the Department of Security Studies for the given academic year (these topics are published on the IR Department’s webpage by the end of March 2018 at the latest).

      The applicants are strongly advised to consult potential supervisor regarding the research proposal prior its submission. 

      The research proposal is an obligatory supplement to the application as well as a structured CV and a master's degree diploma. 

      The admission procedure runs in two rounds. In the first round, the admission board evaluates the research proposal on the basis of its academic value and its compatibility with the priority topics offered by the Departments and sets the required threshold in points for the advance to the second round. Applicants who pass the threshold are invited for an interview.

      The interview is evaluated in points as well. The Dean of the Faculty sets the required threshold needed for admission.

      The interview aims to assess

      ·         objectives of the research project

      ·         theoretical and methodological framework of the proposed project

      ·         feasibility of the research plan, its limits

      Criteria for final assessment:

      The applicant may receive up to 40 points in each round. In the second round, 10 points are reserved for an eventual bonus for publications (articles, essays) related to the topic of the dissertation project. The final score is the sum of the points from both rounds.

      The candidate must be a Master degree graduate, preferably in the fields of social science and humanities.

      See  Conditions of admission proceedings 

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      Completion of a master program. Students who have obtained their Master's degree abroad are required to obtain an official document to say that their degree is recognised in the Czech Republic before they can register for a degree program at a Czech university, see

      See Conditions of admission proceedings 

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      Graduates of our doctoral program in international relations are well-equipped to find work as highly qualified experts in academia (i.e. in research), analytical departments and universities. Their qualifications enable them to apply their skills in leadership positions in government agencies, the administrative apparatus of international organizations, international NGOs and a whole spectrum of private-sector institutions. The knowledge and skills our graduates acquire in the analysis of international politics, international economic relations, European integration and international law are underpinned by a conversance with relevant theoretical concepts and methodologies.