PhD in Longevity Studies


Program Description

Longevity Studies enables a better understanding of the interfaces and challenges of prolongation of human life (longevity). It fosters further understanding and finding of appropriate answers and solutions of theoretical, applied, and ethical contexts of longevity. It reflects not only current demographic changes of the population but also reflects the fact that nowadays people with severe disabilities, chronic illnesses and impairment live longer than ever before, and also that some other specific groups of our population have needs related to longevity. Longevity Studies offers an integrated study on the border of humanities, social, biomedical, and other mainly applied sciences. The study responds to the needs of specialist analyses and solutions to problems related to longevity and demographic changes in society and in various fields of human life and activity.

The Ph.D. Longevity studies produce highly skilled and knowledgeable specialists in research, expertise, and transference of knowledge into practice. On the scientific level, they are able to tackle problems related to the longevity of human life. They are aware and able to use relevant scientific methods, to coordinate interdisciplinary teams. And furthermore, able to publish both scientific publications and materials for decision making at all levels and problems related to longevity.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The examination consists of:

  1. A discussion about the research project of the dissertation (maximum 12 points).
  2. Examination of English language proficiency (maximum 4 points). The entrance examination will check the ability to communicate in English (to an extent necessary for literature study, communication in international teams, preparation of materials and teleconferences).
  3. It will check of basic assumptions for Longevity Studies (motivation, knowledge, and activities in research and practice, and their theoretical or applied results). Also, the knowledge of relevant research methods will be part of the entrance examination. (maximum 4 points).

The research project has to be prepared by the applicant (CCA 4-6 pages) and submitted with the application. It is advised to consult with a potential supervisor about your research project. During the examination, the research project will be discussed and its quality (topic, method, formal issues etc.) will be evaluated by the commission.

From the entrance exams, applicants can get a maximum 20 points.

The application form for doctorate studies must include the following attachments:

  • The theme of the thesis, i.e. annotation of the research project;
  • Short structured biography.
  • Other noteworthy documents (e.g. list of publications by the applicant, documents confirming a successful state or international exam in a foreign language, documents confirming academic work, either in the Czech Republic or abroad, etc).
  • Other relevant documents.

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: 03.06.2019 until: 14.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 20.06.2019 until: 25.06.2019

Career Prospect

The graduate of the Ph.D. study have the skills and knowledge of scientific methods at the level required for doctoral studies of humanities reflecting the focus on longevity. He/she is able to propose and solve complex scientific projects, expertise and solution proposals, to act as a specialist in the academic and pedagogic field. In the practice, the graduate is able to coordinate interprofessional teams in the field of the academy, public administration and also in the private sector.

Last updated Jan 2021

About the School

Originally founded as the Institute for Liberal Education of Charles University in 1994, the Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under esteemed Charles University and as such it offers uniqu ... Read More

Originally founded as the Institute for Liberal Education of Charles University in 1994, the Faculty of Humanities is the youngest Faculty under esteemed Charles University and as such it offers unique study programs and opportunities. Read less