The doctoral study program Media and Communication studies is designed for candidates who are deeply interested in the following or related topics:
The social construction of reality
Strategic Communication, Marketing, and PR
Artificial Intelligence and Media, Big Data, Algorithms
The study program prepares students for independent academic work in the field of communication, media, and marketing studies at universities, with substantial knowledge of communication and media theories and methodologies.
The study contributes to critical thinking about the nature of modern and late modern societies, about the nature of opportunities and risks of society-wide communication processes and changes in their institutionalization in the past and in the present.
​​​​​​Our Institute is the only one in the Czech Republic to offer a doctoral study field specialized exclusively in media studies. Each doctoral student automatically becomes a member of ECREA, one of the world's most important professional organizations in the field. Our Institute is systematically building a network of contacts with foreign universities, which doctoral students can make extensive use of
Research activities at ICSJ focus on the following areas, amongst others:
Development of media, their position in society, and their relationship to other social institutions, from a historical perspective (with a focus on the period 1918-1989) and from a contemporary perspective;
The state and role of journalism, and the journalistic coverage of social realities, including alternative forms of journalism (and media);
The state and role of strategic communication and political communication/marketing;
The discursive-ideological and mediated construction of social realities, such as the environment & nature, migration, nation and polis, home and everyday life, history and memory, and technology;
Audience behaviors and audience interpretations of media content.
Forms of Studies
The program can be studied in full-time and part-time form. Applicants choose the form of study when submitting the application. The basic duties are the same for students of both forms of study (completion of compulsory subjects, state examination, small and large dissertation defense, publishing and conference activities), but the degree of doctoral student involvement in the institute and the time he should spend abroad studying stay. Full-time students also receive a regular monthly scholarship, while full-time students do not.
The standard study period is four years, the doctoral program can be studied for a maximum of nine years. The maximum duration of full-time study is four years, ie after four years of study, the student automatically switches to combined study and loses the right to a scholarship.
The graduate of the doctoral program of Media and Communication Studies knows methods of analysis of media production, media products, and content, audience, and users. He is an expert on the issues of the history and presence of media and their position in changes in the social, political, and cultural context, able to synthesize knowledge in the social sciences and humanities and to interpret current trends in media development and media and strategic communication.
Doctoral graduates are prepared for academic careers at universities in the Czech Republic and abroad, and for employment as media analysts in applied research. As social scientists, they can work in institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic or other scientific workplaces. They can also act as analysts of communication processes in the political or commercial sphere.
The Board of Study
The Board of Study monitors and evaluates doctoral studies, coordinates the content planning of studies, and evaluates the implementation of the doctoral program.
approves the student's individual study plan, dissertation topics and proposes to the Dean the appointment or removal of the supervisor
assesses the study of individual students, particularly through approving student assessments and changes in the student's individual study plan
submits to the Dean proposals of opponents of doctoral theses and the composition of the committee for state doctoral examinations and defense of doctoral theses