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 the entrance examination and evaluation criteria

The doctoral degree programme 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:

The entrance examination takes into account:

• dissertation proposal

• the applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature

• previous publications

Crucial criteria for the admission of the applicant are as follows:

• Dissertation project quality: the concept, along with the theoretical and methodological outcomes, is expected to be defended by the applicant during the entrance examination.

• The applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature will be taken into consideration.

• Another valued aspect will be the fact whether the applicant has received a written approval by a member of the IPS FSS CU academic staff at for his/her project of a dissertation thesis.

Each applicant can obtain up to 100 points for the entrance examination.

The maximum amount of points earned in the first part of the entrance examination for the proposed project is 50 points; the maximum amount of points in the second part evaluating the applicant’s scope based on the submitted list of academic literature is 30 points. The committee will also evaluate the applicant’s previous publishing, teaching and research activities with maximum 20 points.

Information on the exercise of graduates

The aim of our program is to train highly qualified experts who are able to pursue basic and applied research in academic institutions and universities. They will likewise be ready to work in the Czech public sector (especially in government agencies) and to represent Czech interests in the international arena, particularly at the EU level. Embracing a wide array of methodologies and subjects in its sweeping compass, our doctoral program in Political Science provides our graduates with comprehensive professional skills both in theory and practice.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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