PhD in Political Science


Program Description

The study program is primarily designated for the graduates with a Master’s degree in Political Science or any other field of Social Sciences who intend to deepen their knowledge in Political Science, focusing on the issue of democratic and nondemocratic forms of government (changes in political systems, with a special emphasis on development trends connected with modernization and democratization, other issues of comparative analysis, including national and regional identities, or the analysis of individual elements of political systems).

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The doctoral degree program is guided by the Rules for the organization of study at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and higher legal standards of Charles University.

Entrance exam:

  1. To be eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program, an applicant must have graduated in a Master’s level form of study in Political Science or Social Sciences (Sociology, History). Students who have obtained their Master's degree abroad are required to submit an official document proving that their degree is recognized by the Czech Ministry of Education (before registering for a Czech university program).

  2. The dissertation proposal should be submitted by the applicant electronically to and in printed form to the Centre for Doctoral Studies (U Kříže 8, 158 00 Praha 5 - Jinonice) no later than 31st May 2019. The dissertation proposal in the range of 6-7 pages (1800 characters per page, including spaces) must contain the following parts: a brief introduction of the topic, the definition of the topic, goals and work hypothesis, methodological basis, intended structure, state of the art and literature review.

  3. The entrance exam consists of discussion (interview) on the dissertation proposal.
    The entrance committee evaluates:
    • the dissertation proposal quality and the ability of the applicant to defend the chosen topic and to put it into a broader research context (relevance of the proposed dissertation topic in the context of contemporary Czech, respectively international research, proposal should demonstrate applicant´s own contribution to the proposed theme).
    • the candidate must demonstrate that the theme of the project has not yet been carried out and that the work on the topic is beneficial to the current state of research (bringing new empirical and theoretical knowledge or using original methodological procedures, etc.). Committee also takes into account the applicant's orientation in the field of specialization or previous publications.

    The decisive criteria for the applicant's evaluation are:

    • the quality of the dissertation proposal, which the concept, the theoretical and the methodological basis, must be the candidate able to defend in the admission interview.
    • the motivation for study based on the list of literature read (at least 30 titles of scientific articles or books which the candidate is required to present at the oral part of the entrance examination). The Admissions Committee will take into account the overall professional profile of the applicant and his / her possible publications and teaching activities so far.

    In the entrance examination, the candidate can receive a maximum of 60 points.
    Maximum score:

    • up to 40 points for the first part of the interview, i.e. discussion on the dissertation proposal,
    • up to 20 points for the second part, i.e. orientation in the field on the basis of the submitted list of studied literature.
      When all candidates finish their entrance examination (i.e. interviews), the admission committee prepares a record. It includes a point evaluation of the candidates and their ranking according to the number of points gained.
  4. The maximum score for the entrance exam is 60 points. 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.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Bachelor's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate.

Verification method: entrance exam
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

Career Prospect

Graduates of the program are highly educated experts in the field of Comparative Politics, both theoretically and methodologically. In their research, they are adept at connecting methodological approaches used in the study of the theory of democracy, and the history of political thought. Graduates employ methodological approaches used in the field of their research interest, primarily for the analysis of democracy, the issues of legitimacy and legality, decentralization, and conflict resolution in European and global contexts.

Last updated Mar 2020

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