Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria
Oral entrance exam:
During the entrance examination interview, applicants must demonstrate ability to defend their research proposal in critical discussion and prove that they
• can formulate research questions,
• understand their topic’s broader context, and
• are fairly knowledgeable in public and social policy and related disciplines.
Priority topics of research projects for entrance examination:
(Other topics are not excluded, but they should be consulted and agreed upon by a future supervisor in advance.)
Public and social policies
Policy of social insurance and social security
Tobacco control policy
Public sector´s efficiency
Public policies´ efficiency evaluation
Impact analysis of public policies (qualitative and quantitative analysis)
Public procurement and its impacts on public policy
Relationships between market, state, and media
Partnership of public and civic sector
Public administration reforms and their impact on public policy
Modernisation of public administration (comparison of the EU countries and design of modernization models for the Czech Republic)
Decision making in public administration and its impact on public policies´ efficiency
Computerization of public administration as a support for public policies´ performance
Inspection systems of public administration as an instrument of efficient functioning of public policies
Public administration employees – their roles, competencies, expectations
Policy work and policy workers
New methods and methodologies in policy analysis (process tracing etc.)
Policy design – theoretical and analytical approaches
Policy analysis – new methods and approaches
Criteria for entrance exam evaluation:
• research proposal quality,
• applicant’s scholarly potential,
• qualification for participating in the programme’s research and teaching activities.
Evaluation of applicants in admission proceedings for the Public and Social Policy doctoral programme:
Research proposal quality: up to 30 points
Knowledge of the field’s theoretical foundations and methods: up to 10 points
Existing scholarly texts and experience (Master’s thesis, scholarly publications, research participation): up to 10 points
Project feasibility (grant, financing): up to 10 points
Applicant’s existing research experience or professional experience in public, civic, or commercial sector jobs is assessed as a bonus.
Total: up to 60 points
Other entrance conditions for applicants:
Completion of a master program.
Achieve the minimum number of entry points (will be declared by the Dean).
Information on the exercise of graduates
Our doctoral program aims to produce experts who are able to pursue research and analytical work with creativity. It aims to expand their theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills and to deepen their ability to grasp scholarship and social reality with a critical mindset. Graduates will be able to use these skills to identify and analyze important social issues in their proper context, the links between the behavior of social actors and their interests, values, and strategies, and the shaping and implementation of public policy. The Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University includes the Center for Social and Economic Strategies which shares staff with the Department of Public and Social Policy.