PhD in International Relations

General

Program Description

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
  • assumed methodology
  • a list of references

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 March 2018 at the latest). The applicants are strongly advised to consult potential supervisor regarding the research proposal prior 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. Applicants who pass the threshold are invited for an interview. The interview is evaluated in points as well. The Dean of the Faculty sets the required threshold needed for admission. 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

Criteria for final assessment: The applicant may receive up to 40 points in each round. In the second round 10 points are reserved for eventual bonus for publications (articles, essays) related to the topic of the dissertation project. The candidate must be a Master degree graduate, preferably in the fields of social science and humanities. See also the article IV, para 4 of the Conditions of admission proceedings

Information on the exercise of graduates

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.

Last updated Nov 2020

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Charles University (CU) was founded in Prague in 1348 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and belongs among the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in the world. Charles University is c ... Read More

Charles University (CU) was founded in Prague in 1348 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and belongs among the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in the world. Charles University is currently ranked among the top 2% of the world´s universities in Shanghai University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is the number one university in Eastern Europe according to the The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Read less