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.
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
The 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 Ph.D. dissertation. Applicants are required to send the proposal by 17th May 2019 in a hard-copy to the Center for Ph.D. Studies of the Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, as well as in electronic version to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Ph.D. Studies, Institute of Political StudiesCharles University, Faculty of Social SciencesU Krize 8158 00 PragueCzech 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;
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 January 2019 at the latest).
The applicants are strongly advised to consult potential supervisor regarding the research proposal prior to its submission.
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. The threshold will be determined on the basis of the number of applicants, the quality of their projects, the representation of priority themes among the applicants and the distribution among the proposed supervisors. Applicants who pass the threshold are invited for the second round which takes the form of an interview.
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.
The interview is evaluated in points as well and the applicant may receive up to 40 points. 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 applicant may receive up to 80 points in total.
Criteria for final assessment:
The candidate must be a Master degree graduate, preferably in the fields of social science and humanities.
The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, taking into account the number of applicants and the capacity of the faculty.
See also the article IV, para 4 of the Conditions of admission proceedings.
Conditions for admission
Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.
Confirmation date (of entrance exam)
from: 10.06.2019 until: 14.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam)
from: 24.06.2019 until: 04.07.2019
Graduates of the doctoral program of International Relations are well-equipped to find work as highly qualified experts in academia, i.e. in research institutions, universities, as well as think-tanks. Their qualification allows them to apply their skills in managerial positions in government agencies, the administration of international organizations, international NGOs and a whole spectrum of private-sector institutions.