Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria
Students apply for a four-year term of full-time study. Applications for admission shall be addressed to the Mail Room, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, 110 01 Praha 1. The doctoral study programme of Sociologie 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 with this orientation requiring a high level of theoretical and methodological education in sociology or related disciplines. The doctoral study programme of Sociologie at the FSV UK is open: anybody with a Master’s (or equivalent) degree can apply. The admission proceedings take 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 programme. The proceedings are based on a written Dissertation Proposal, as specified below. Only applicants who pass the admission proceedings successfully shall be admitted to study. 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 shall be addressed to the Study Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Room 205, Smetanovo nábřeží 6, 110 01 Praha 1, no later than the beginning of June 2018 (deadline will be announced later). Furthermore, applicants shall submit a copy of their Master’s Thesis (it will be returned), 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.
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. Achieve the minimum number of entry points (will be declared by the dean).
Discussion of Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Applicants must prove their ability to defend their research problem in critical discussion with the admission committee, and in particular, they must demonstrate: - ability to define research questions precisely and convincingly, - understanding of their relevance for broader areas of sociological knowledge, and - good theoretical and methodological orientation in the research problem and its contexts. Applicants may obtain up to 25 points for their Proposal’s consistency with the list of priority topics published by the Subject Board before the admission proceedings. 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 programme implemented in collaboration with other academic institutes (in particular, the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences). However, equal requirements apply to the doctoral programme’s admission proceedings. Admission is contingent upon successful completion of a Master’s degree programme. Applicants shall submit the corresponding college degree (or a certificate of recognition of college education or a part thereof in the Czech Republic).
Information on the exercise of graduates
The programme 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 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, 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.
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