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    Public and Social Policy Studies (0314TA250016)

    Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
    Study programme: Public and Social Policy Studies (N0314A250016)
    Form of study: full-time
    Type of study: Master's (post-Bachelor)
    Language of instruction: English
    Standard length of study: 2 years
    Application type: Online, Paper
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      Application submission date: 02.09.2022
      Note on date:

      For students from visa-seeking countries, we strongly recommend the early-bird term for the application submission: June 30, 2022.

      Programme without specialization.

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      Public and Social Policy (PSP) is a two-year English-language Master’s degree programme, which aims to provide students with current relevant knowledge of the policy-making process and cultivate their analytical skills. In addition to theoretical knowledge about the policy-making process, the programme will offer deeper knowledge in concrete policy domains such as social policy, health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others. The special attention in the programme will be given to research methodology and policy analysis skills. The combination of knowledge about policy process and methodology skills will lead to unique competences and excellent professional employment or for further studying or research career.

      The programme is developed in accordance with almost twenty years’ experience with the Czech program on Public and Social Policy. It will, however, be supplemented by experience with already existing English courses and realized international research programs. Similarly, the comparative dimension will be enhanced. The theoretical grounds of the discipline will be covered especially in courses Public Policy and Social Policy. The knowledge about concrete policy domains will be provided in courses Educational Policy, Health Policy and Civil Society in Central Europe. Methodological knowledge and skills will be developed in courses Policy Analysis, Introduction to Social Research Methodology, Statistics in SPSS, Text, Narrative & Discourse Analysis and Diploma Seminar I and II. During the program, both individual and collective students’ work on concrete social and policy problems will be sustained.

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      Description of verification and evaluation criteria:

      In addition to the application form, every applicant needs to provide the following documents:

      a) Copy of a diploma to show completed Bachelor (or higher) studies or confirmation that ongoing Bachelor studies will be completed in the current academic year;

      b) Transcript of records and academic results from previous studies;

      c) Structured CV;

      d) Motivation letter;

      e) Document showing the level of English proficiency

      Ad a) Confirmation of studies may be substituted with a transcript of records, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application.

      Ad e) Applicants should provide a certificate from one of the following standardized tests:

      • IELTS Academic - the minimum required overall band score of 6.5, with band score 6.0 or above in all four components;

      • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) & TOEFL iBT Home Edition - the minimum required overall score of 83, with a minimum scaled score in the four sections: reading 19, writing 24, listening 20, speaking 20;

      • Cambridge ESOL FCE - minimum Cambridge English Scale Score of 180;

      • Cambridge ESOL CAE and CPE receiving a certificate.

      A standardized English test is not required from applicants who:

      • are native English speakers;

      • have studied in English at the secondary school level for at least two years;

      • have studied in English at the university level for at least one year;

      • have worked for at least one year at a company where the language of communication was English.

      When a score from an English-language test is not presented, the applicants should provide a certificate of their use of English during their prior studies or employment to support their claim. The certificate should contain contact information (an email address and a telephone number) to a person (a programme director, or an employee supervisor) who can confirm the scope of the use of the English language in the program or employment.


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

      The admissions committee will assess applicants for study on the basis of the documents submitted and give them a ranking 0-100 points. The structure of points is as follows: relevance of previous studies to the field of public and social policy (0-60 points); English proficiency (0-20 points); motivation to study (0-20 points). The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean. A pre-condition for being accepted is the completion of Bachelor degree studies.

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      Admission to Master's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate. Admission to Post-Bachelor studies (Master's programme) is likewise conditioned by completed education in any type of study programme.

      Verification method: other form
      Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: Until:
      Alternative date (of entrance exam):
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      The graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills that enable them to effectively and efficiently perform analytical, conceptual, organizational, interactive and managing tasks in creating and implementing public and social policies within international context. By the same token, graduates will be able pursue an academic career in the Czech Republic or elsewhere. In addition, graduates will be experts in concrete policy domains, such as health policy, educational policy, employment policy or others.
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      The graduates have acquired the knowledge and skills that enable them to effectively and efficiently perform analytical, conceptual, organisational, interactive and managing tasks in creating and implementing public and social policies in Czechia and within the international context. They can work at all levels of civil service, in research, non-profit and for-profit organisations and companies.
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      Tuition [EUR] / per period: 6000 EUR / year