PhD in Sociology

Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)

Program Description

PhD in Sociology

Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)

The program supports the development of sociological thinking, especially as a scientific discipline composed of both basic research in the main fields of social sciences and applied research. The students must prove their knowledge of present-day theories and methodology and also their ability to contribute independently to the science with new knowledge that meets internationally recognized standards. The variants of the graduate profile lead to scientific careers or teaching at tertiary level, analytical or expert work (in consultancy agencies, market and media research, think tanks, individual organisations or corporations). The graduate also receives training suitable for employment in science and research, education, and organisation and management.


Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Students apply for a four-year term of full-time study.

An application is to be submitted online via student information system or on a paper application form to Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Smetanovo nábř. 6, 110 01 Prague 1, the Czech Republic by April 30, 2019, at the latest.

The doctoral study program of Sociology at the FSV UK prepares students for basic and applied research and teaching in the academia, in scientific and research institutes and in other institutions requiring a high level of theoretical and methodological education in sociology or related disciplines.

The doctoral study program of Sociology at the FSV UK is open: anybody with a Master’s (or equivalent) degree can apply.

The admission procedure takes the form of an interview (discussion). The goal of the discussion is to verify the applicant’s ability to comply with the requirements of the Sociology doctoral program. The procedure is based on a written Dissertation Proposal, as specified below. Only applicants who pass the admission procedure successfully shall be admitted to study. It is recommended that the applicant consults his/her intended Dissertation Proposal with his/her prospective supervisor already in the preliminary phase, ie. before the submission of the Dissertation Proposal.


The written Dissertation Proposal forms the basis of the Admission Interview and shall include:

  • definition of the subject matter or research goal,
  • summary of existing knowledge,
  • goals and preliminary time schedule,
  • methods of implementation,
  • expected research outcomes,
  • bibliography,
  • English summary (300–400 words).

The Dissertation Proposal (2000–2500 words) shall be delivered together with the online or paper application as its attachment by April 30, 2019. An applicant who will not submit the Dissertation Proposal by the above-stated deadline will not be invited to the oral examination.

Furthermore, applicants shall submit a digital copy of their Master’s Thesis, a list of scholarly texts written or published, information on their existing experience in sociological research, and any other relevant information for assessing their study competence. These documents are part of the application and should be submitted by April 30, 2019, as its attachment together with the Dissertation Proposal.


Admission Interview Scoring Criteria:

The Admission Interview consists of two parts: a discussion of the Dissertation Proposal and a discussion of the applicant’s academic orientation. Applicants may obtain up to 100 points for the Admission Interview. 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.


Discussion of Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

Applicants must prove their ability to defend their research problem in a critical discussion with the admission committee, and in particular, they must demonstrate:

  • ability to define research questions precisely and convincingly maximum 15 points
  • understanding of their relevance for broader areas of sociological knowledge maximum 15 points
  • good theoretical and methodological orientation in the research problem and its contexts maximum 15 points

Applicants may obtain up to 15 points for their Proposal’s consistency with the main research areas at the Department. Applicants may obtain up to 60 points for this part of the Admission Interview.


Discussion of Applicant’s Academic Orientation

The Dissertation Proposal’s annex and a list of literature read within the field form the basis of the second part of the Admission Interview. The Committee shall evaluate the extent and profile of the applicant’s academic orientation, and his/her ability to explain in oral discussion the fundamentals and issues of items read as well as their relevance for research in the field. Applicants may obtain up to 15 points for this part of the Admission Interview.

The Committee shall further evaluate the applicant’s research, publication and teaching record. Applicants may obtain up to 25 points for this part of the Admission Interview.

Individual inter-institutional agreements prescribe the study obligations applying to the doctoral study program implemented in collaboration with other academic institutes (in particular, the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences). However, equal requirements apply to the doctoral program’s admission procedure.

Admission is contingent upon successful completion of a Master’s degree program. Applicants shall submit the corresponding college degree (or a certificate of recognition of college education or a part thereof in the Czech Republic).

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.n of studies may be substituted with a transcript of marks, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application.

All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be accurately translated into English.

The submitted documents are evaluated by the Admission Committee. Specifically, the Committee assigns points for Mathematics and English, based on the results of the respective tests, and makes a decision about the total number of points required for admission.


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: 10.06.2019 until: 14.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 24.06.2019 until: 04.07.2019


Career Prospect

The program supports the development of sociological thinking, especially as a scientific discipline focused on basic research in the main fields of social sciences as well as on highly qualified applications. The student must prove his knowledge of present-day theories and methodology and also his ability to contribute independently to the science with new knowledge that meets internationally recognized standards. The variants of the graduate profile lead to scientific careers or teaching at tertiary level, research in highly qualified applications, analytical or expert work (in consultancy agencies, market and media research, individual organizations or corporations). The graduate also receives training leading to employment in science and research, education, and organization and management.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 9, 2019
Duration & Price
This course is
Campus based
Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2019
Duration
Duration
4 years
Full time
Price
Price
500 EUR
per academic year. Online Application fee: 540 CZK. Paper Application fee: 590 CZK.
Information
Deadline
Apr. 30, 2019
Locations
Czech Republic - Prague, Prague
Start date : Oct. 2019
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2019
End date Request Info
Dates
Oct. 2019
Czech Republic - Prague, Prague
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2019
End date Request Info