International Area Studies is a four-year Ph.D. program that is ideal for students who want to explore the current (since 1990) development of North America and Europe and aim to acquire a higher level of academic skills in terms of theoretical, methodological, and analytical knowledge.
The study program is organized in both a full-time and combined form. The study obligations of each student and the timetable for their fulfillment are determined by the individual study plan (ISP). During the first six semesters of their study, the student's complete prescribed courses and other academic responsibilities in the form of publishing, active participation in international conferences, and internships abroad. By the end of the eighth semester at the latest, they pass a state doctoral examination.
IAS Ph.D. program is strongly internationally oriented. It offers and requires participation in international scholarships and conferences. It provides an extremely wide range of contacts with leading universities in Europe and the world. An integral part of the studies is the language competence of the graduates, not only at the level of world languages but also at the level of local foreign languages, depending on the territorial orientation of the students.
The research environment of the Charles University and of the Institute of International Studies offers wide access to libraries and research databases as well as other forms of support (such as MS Office subscription, Grammarly subscription, etc.)
Graduates of the study program are able to analyze social phenomena and processes of various nature and present the results of their work on the basis of relevant theoretical background and using advanced scientific procedures and methods. They fulfill the prerequisites for jobs for which independent thought and creative activity, conceptual work, structured and logical reasoning, and a broad knowledge base are required.
Graduates of the IAS Ph.D. Programs are mainly employed in the government, diplomacy, non-governmental organizations, the media, the academic sphere, etc. The graduate unemployment rate is zero and they all gain prestigious positions (including leadership positions) in the field in which they had studied. Many graduates go work abroad, including the European Union, NATO, or UN institutions.
The International Area Studies Ph.D. Program ranks among the English-language Ph.D. programs taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University which impose following tuition fees:
Annual tuition fees for students commencing in the academic year 2021/2022 are set at 500 EUR.
Charles University full-time doctoral students are awarded monthly doctoral scholarships of 10 500 CZK for the period of the whole 4-year study. The scholarship is tax-free.
The scholarship is increased to 12 500 CZK per month once the state exam is successfully finished.
Students who systematically fulfill their study obligations, which are specified in their individual study plans, are awarded an annually special scholarship of 300 EUR.
Students are subsequently remunerated according to the current financial capacity of the Institute for the tuition and participation in organizational matters related to the tuition (e.g. for ensuring a smooth course of the entrance examinations, membership in the examination boards). Similarly, they are included in the internal system of awarding remuneration for their publishing activity, with the requirement to report publications to the OBD database (the Charles University register of all publication activities) and to the RIV Register (Information Register of the Results) and their dedication to the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Upon the successful completion of the program, graduates are able to analyze social phenomena and processes of various nature individually and as part of a team, and they do so while utilizing relevant theoretical works and applying advanced scholarly practices and methods, and presenting the results of their work. Graduates fulfill the prerequisites for various job positions in which independent intellectual and creative activity, conceptual work, structured and logical thinking, and broad knowledge are required. Graduates work mainly as researchers, university and secondary school teachers, analysts, and specialists in state administration, international organizations, commercial sphere, etc.
Applicants who have completed their university studies in the master's program may be admitted to the doctoral studies at the Institute of International Studies (IMS). They shall prove this fact at the latest when enrolling for studies with a higher education diploma or certificate of recognition of higher education acquired abroad.
Foreign Language Knowledge
The compulsory part of the applicant's professional qualification is the knowledge of the English language and one other foreign language (ie outside the applicant's mother tongue), which is relevant for the dissertation research, at least at the level of university credit. The applicant demonstrates his / her knowledge of foreign languages during the entrance examination by an internationally recognized certificate of passing the language examinations, a record in the university index, a confirmed extract from the study information system, a certificate from a language course, etc.
Dissertation Thesis Project
The applicant shall submit the dissertation project in the form of an attachment to an electronic or paper application. The project will have a range of 6-7 standard pages and must include the following parts: brief introduction to the issue, delimitation of the topic, objective and working hypothesis, basic theoretical and methodological bases, considered work structure, and brief analysis of research resources.
In order to be accepted for studying International Area Studies Ph.D. The program, an entrance examination needs to be passed successfully. The entrance examination, which regularly takes place in June, is an interview about a dissertation project whose purpose is to assess the quality of the submitted project and its compliance with the professional focus of the IMS specialization. The admission committee evaluates the quality of the project in terms of its content and form, the applicant's ability to justify the selected topic, clearly define it, and put it in a broader time, material, and research context. The applicant must convincingly prove that the topic contributes to the current state of research, ie it brings new empirical and theoretical knowledge or original methodological procedures, which have not been applied, etc.
Evaluation and Results
The maximum score for the entrance examination is 80 points. The admission committee reaches the overall score on the basis of the following key: content quality of the project - max. 30 points, originality of the selected topic - max. 20 points, ability to justify the topic and put it into a wider research context max. 5 points, previous lecture or publication activity - max. 5 points.
The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University.