The Ph.D. study programme Sociology is focused on scientific inquiry, independent creative work and deepening of theoretical knowledge. The aim of this programme is to prepare the students for scientific career and teaching in the field of basic and applied research.
Doctoral Programs in Sociology in Prague in Czech Republic. The Ph.D. study programme Sociology is focused on scientific inquiry, independent creative work and deepening of theoretical knowledge. The aim of this programme is to prepare the students for scientific career and teaching in the field of basic and applied research. The graduates can work at universities, scientific institutes and other areas where high level of theoretical and methodological education in sociology is needed. It is possible to apply for all of master degree graduates or equivalent. However the graduates will be admitted to the study only on the condition of passing successfully entrance exam.
Goals of Study
The doctoral study programmes of Sociologie/Sociology at the FSV UK prepare students for basic and applied research and teaching in the academia as well as other types of activities requiring a high level of theoretical and methodological education in the field of Sociologie/Sociology (hereinafter referred to as Sociology). They take the forms of full-time or combined study.
Doctoral students may fulfil their study plan at the IS CAS if they express their wish to do so in their application for admission. The status of such students is governed by the above-mentioned Agreement on Cooperation in Implementing the Doctoral Study Programmes of Sociology and Public and Social Policy, concluded between the FSV UK and the IS CAS. Members of the IS CAS staff are usually these students’ advisors.
The Sociology doctoral study programme at the FSV UK is open: anybody with a Master’s (or equivalent) degree can apply. Applicants shall submit their Dissertation Proposal and a list of literature read within the field to the ISS secretariat before their admission interview, within the deadline specified. Only applicants who succeed in the admission proceedings shall be admitted to study.
The admission proceedings take the form of an interview (discussion). The goal of the discussion is to verify the applicant’s ability to comply with the requirements of the Sociology doctoral programme.
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Applicants shall submit a written Dissertation Proposal along with their application for admission. The Proposal forms the basis of the admission interview and shall include:
definition of the subject matter or research goal,
summary of existing knowledge,
goals and preliminary time schedule,
methods of implementation,
expected research outcomes,
English summary (300-400 words)
Applicants shall annex to their Proposal a list of their written and/or published papers, professional record in sociological research, and other information documenting their qualification and preparedness to carry out the doctoral research proposed.
The dissertation topic may be updated and finalized during the first year of study. The dissertation topic and any subsequent substantial changes thereof (substantial character being determined by the advisor) are subject to approval by the Subject Board. Partial changes are subject to advisor’s approval, and the advisor shall inform the Subject Board after giving his approval.
Pass a State Doctoral Exam (within three years of study, see Article 4.1.1),
submit and defend a Doctoral Dissertation (the defence is contingent upon successful completion of the State Doctoral Exam, see Article 4.1.2)
Any exceptions are subject to written application and approval by the Subject Board.
State Doctoral Examination
The State Doctoral Examination consists of a general part and a special part. Emphasis is placed upon the special part. Knowledge of contemporary scholarly literature (including journals) plays an important role in both cases. The Subject Board Summary Guidelines on State Doctoral Examination govern the examination’s details and outline the Subject Board’s expectations.
The general part tests knowledge of a number of subject areas that are common to all doctoral students of Sociology, based on a set of questions on sociological theory, epistemology and methodology. The set of questions shall be disclosed to students in advance and may be revised if necessary to reflect the field’s development or curriculum changes. The general part of the State Examination aims at verifying that the student masters a due level of orientation in the foundations of his/her discipline of study. The special part represents the Examination’s core. The student speaks on one of three to five prepared topics related to his/her Dissertation Proposal. Such topics are discussed between the advisor and the student in advance and submitted to the Subject Board Chairman for approval or revision.
Admission to the State Doctoral Examination is contingent upon compliance with normal study obligations for at least four semesters (see Article 4.2).
The Defence shall be preceded by a public presentation of the Doctoral Dissertation (Small Defence, see Article 4.2). The Defence is governed by the rules and customary practices of the FSV UK. Members of the Dissertation Committee are appointed by the FSV UK Dean. Each Committee must include at least one member from the IS CAS. At least one member must be external (i.e., neither from the FSV UK academic community nor from the IS CAS staff). Reviewers shall be appointed by the FSV UK Dean upon proposal from the Subject Board. At least one of the reviewers, and ideally both of them, shall be external. In nominating reviewers, the Subject Board shall take into consideration the theoretical and methodological scope of the Doctoral Dissertation under review. The reviewers and the advisor shall not sit in the Committee, yet they may take part in its debates and in the preparation of its decisions.
The advisor shall not write a standard review. Instead, he/she shall write a commentary on the course of the student’s dissertation work, on any methodological, organizational or other problems that arose throughout that work, and if necessary, on those parts of the Doctoral Dissertation that gave rise to a substantial disagreement between the student and the advisor. The Subject Board Summary Guidelines on Dissertation Defence govern the defence’s details and outline the Subject Board’s expectations.
Normal Study Obligations
Active Participation in Regular Doctoral Seminars
During the course of his/her study, the student shall make at least two independent presentations at the Doctoral Seminar. One of the presentations shall pertain to the Dissertation Project update. The student is obliged to attend the Doctoral Seminar until the end of the third year of study or until passing the State Doctoral Examination.
The student shall pass the following courses before State Doctoral Examination:
Social Science Epistemology – seminar,
New Advances in Social Science Methodology,
Sociology as a Contemporary Scientific Discipline
During the course of his/her study, the student shall present at two academic conferences. At least one of them must be an international conference whose language is not Czech or Slovak. The two presentations may be co-authored or student’s own. They should pertain to the topic of the Doctoral Dissertation. The obligation of conference presentations must be fulfilled and recorded in the Study Credit Book before registration for Small Defence. Students may attend the annual doctoral student conference co-held by the ISS in order to fulfil their obligation of presenting at a domestic conference.
From the second year of their study, students are obliged to publish parts of their doctoral dissertations. At least one academic text shall be published in each year of study, including minor publications such as book reviews, reports, abstracts, or popularization articles. Inter alia, the peer-reviewed Prague Social Science Studies offer publication opportunities.
Based on customary practice and decisions by the Scientific Board of the Charles University in Prague, doctoral students are expected to have published at least two academic texts (papers, research reports) in domestic or international scholarly journals by the end of their study. At least one of those texts that are published during the course of study must be written in a world language (as a rule, in English).
All obligatory publications must be offered for publication before registration for Small Defence. Their publication (or binding acceptance for publication) must occur before Dissertation Defence. Students are obliged to register their publications in the FSV UK Publication Database or another publication database at their home academic institution. In the latter case, they shall inform the Study Programme Coordinator of the name of such database.
Active Teaching Participation
Each student shall participate actively in instruction. Such teaching participation shall, as a rule, take three semesters. It includes: (a) participation in securing or teaching seminars for a given teacher, (b) active participation in a one-semester course under the advisors’ supervision. The advisor shall bring to the doctoral student’s attention any factual or educational issues of presenting the subject matter (the choice and, if necessary, the content, concept and extent of the independent course are subject to approval by the advisor and discussion by the Subject Board). Active teaching participation shall conform to the demands of the Department of Sociology, ISS, and shall be rewarded financially. Besides, all students shall participate in reviewing the written assignments of Bachelor’s and Master’s level students etc. Upon recommendation by the advisor, the Subject Board may exceptionally approve a substitute form of fulfilling this obligation by a combined form student.
Academic Stay Abroad
During the course of their study, students shall complete at least one long-term (one semester or longer) or several short-term stays at colleges abroad or international conferences. The minimum required total length of stays abroad is 21 days. The student shall submit a detailed special report about the results of his/her stay abroad or, if necessary, inform the Doctoral Seminar. The Academic Stay Abroad obligation must be fulfilled before registering for Small Defence. Upon recommendation by the advisor, the Subject Board may exceptionally approve a substitute form of fulfilling this obligation by a combined form student.
Public Presentation of Doctoral Dissertation (Small Defence)
The goal of the Small Defence is to assess critically the first version of the Doctoral Dissertation and define clear requirements for revisions. Rules of the Dissertation Defence shall apply mutatis mutandis. The Subject Board Summary Guidelines on Dissertation Defence govern the Small Defence’s details and outline the Subject Board’s expectations.
Participation in Research at the Institute
It is highly relevant that doctoral students participate in the research plans and intents of the ISS or the IS CAS, as well as other research activities supported by grants at different levels, including the Charles University Grant Agency and the Specific Research Intents of different colleges.