PhD in Jewish Studies


Program Description

The doctoral study program “Theology”, the branch of study “Jewish studies” with a standard length of study of four years prepares students for independent scientific research and independent creative activities in the area of Jewish studies. The branch of study enables students to specialize in their profession according to his or her individual study plan. The branch of study develops an intellectual legacy of Jewish studies and applies that in the contemporary religious situation of Judaism. The subject of the studies is Jewish history and culture, synagogue liturgy, Jewish religious philosophy, rabbi literature, reading and interpretation of selected texts of Babylonian Talmud and Hebrew language of rabbi texts. The goal of the studies is a scientific preparation of first-rate experts that are capable of independent scientific work in the area of Jewish studies. The branch is not nationally or confessionally defined but interprets Judaism as a religious phenomenon in the historical contexts overlapping into present problems. Learning about the spiritual values of Judaism enables students to deepen their understanding of Christianity, primarily its ethics.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

One-round (two parts, neither of which is “knock-out”)

Conducted in the English language.

  1. Oral interview concerning the dissertation proposal. Subject material will be the dissertation proposal. The formal structure of the dissertation project proposal is detailed in the general terms of the doctoral study (Other Information - Application Forms). The content-related and formal aspects of the proposal will be assessed, as well as the candidate’s ability to present and defend his/her intended research in a critical discussion.
    The maximum possible score is 60 points.
  2. Oral interview concerning the candidate’s specialization. The scope and profile of the candidate’s specialized interest, the level of knowledge of the subject of Hussite theology in the scope of a final university examination.
    The maximum possible score for this part of the entrance examination is 40 points.

The maximum possible score for both parts of the entrance examination is 100 points.

The minimum possible score for both parts of the entrance examination is 75 points.

According to the maximum number of accepted applicants, the dean will decide on the admission of the candidate/candidates who has/have fulfilled the conditions of the admission procedure and has/have received the highest number of points in the admission exam.

Entrance examination waiver: impossible.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 01.06.2019 until: 11.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 12.06.2019 until: 10.07.2019

Rules governing exemption from entrance examination

The entrance examination cannot be waived.

Recommended literature, sample questions

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Graduate Profile

A graduate proves detailed knowledge in the area of Jewish studies at a contemporary level, knows the history of his/her branch of study and is acquainted with contemporary trends in it. He/She is able to acquire new knowledge, analyze it, reflect it critically and interpret it in its specific and interdisciplinary context. He/She has acquired a standard scientific level of world language and deepened knowledge of the classical language. He/She is able to analyze and interpret Jewish religious texts and use secondary scientific literature. A graduate acquires knowledge and skills in the area of Jewish studies that enable him/her to fulfill themselves in a close profession. He/She is prepared for working as a member of the academic staff or a scientific worker in the area of social sciences, a manager in a non-profit, cultural and state organization.

Career Prospect

A doctoral graduate is equipped with a thorough knowledge of the field of Jewish Studies and of the history of his/her field and is familiar with current trends in the field. He/she is capable of making new findings analyze them, reflect on them critically and interpret them in their specific and interdisciplinary contexts. He/she has achieved the standard specialist level of knowledge of a world language and deepened his/her knowledge of a Classical language. He/she is capable of analyzing Jewish religious texts in the source language and to utilize specialized secondary literature. A doctoral graduate has gained knowledge and skills in the field of Judaic Studies facilitating professional fulfillment in a closely-related profession. He/she is equipped to work as an academic or scientific worker in the field of social sciences or as head of non-profit, cultural and state-run organizations.

Last updated Apr 2019

About the School

The Hussite Theological Faculty is a multidisciplinary oriented theological faculty. The Faculty prepares students for academic work, ministerial service and various professions in education, culture, ... Read More

The Hussite Theological Faculty is a multidisciplinary oriented theological faculty. The Faculty prepares students for academic work, ministerial service and various professions in education, culture, social services, state administration or politics as well as services abroad. Read less