The doctoral Contemporary European Cultural History program aims to prepare experts trained for a widely conceived scientific research in history and cultural history since 1918 until the present day, including cultural heritage and traditions. The field of research is defined as Europe, including the Czech Republic and/or Czechoslovakia, its predecessor. The research should be approached in a supra-regional, inter-disciplinary and possibly comparative way, focusing particularly on the cultural, spiritual, social and political as well as the day-to-day history of Europe since the end of World War I, and the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Lands perceived in its European context.
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
The exam consists of a discussion about the project of the dissertation (max. 6 points) and a check of basic assumptions for the study (max. 4 points). Entrance examination will check the ability of the applicant to deal with the dissertation project.
Applicants will prepare an oral presentation of their project (maximum length of 10 minutes).
To enter the admission process, one must submit the filled-out application form for doctorate studies, along with the following attachments:
dissertation thesis project (recommended sections: outline of the research problem and research questions, overview of the current state of research, explanation of the selected methodology and research techniques, proposed approach to the problem, list of relevant literature, time schedule of the research, explanation of the relevance of the theme for the study program Contemporary European Cultural History); recommended length of the project: 10 pages; the project should contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council.
brief professional biography;
list of publications and other scholarly activities of the applicant (participation at conferences, participation in research projects etc.);
other relevant documents (e.g. international certificate of a foreign language or a certificate of state exam).
Conditions for admission
Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.
Confirmation date (of entrance exam)
from: 03.06.2019 until: 14.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam)
from: 20.06.2019 until: 25.06.2019
Graduates of the Contemporary History of Europe program are experts with a thorough, state-of-the-art theoretical and methodological knowledge of both European and Czech history, and particularly the history of the last one hundred years. Potential Ph.D. topics will deal with the Cultural, Social, Intellectual, Political, and Everyday History of Europe since WW I as well as the history of the Czech lands, in a European context. They are trained for independent scientific research, and their competence can be applied in academia both abroad and at home. Graduates are able to readily grasp the workings of the academic world. They are well prepared for positions in EU institutions, state administration, and the public sector.