The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature.
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The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. The goal of the Environmental Studies doctoral program is the advancement of knowledge which should contribute to the creation of a theoretical base for the strategy of making economic, social and cultural development sustainable, especially from an environmental perspective.
The following scientific directions have been defined for the study program:
- Socio-economic metabolism. - Natural services. - Relationships between health and environment. - Application of sociological and economic approaches aimed at addressing environmental issues and sustainable development. - Research topics applying environmental economics. - Socially urgent issues of public policy of sustainable development. - Legal aspects of relationships towards the environment. - Environmentally inspired topics from the perspective of philosophy, anthropology and history. - Indicators of the relationship between the environment and human activities. - Education for sustainable development. Students can come up with their own ideas for topics for doctoral training or may use topics provided by supervisors.
The objective of the doctoral program Environmental Studies is to provide, in the above mentioned domains, the concept of sustainable development with support in the form of scientifically conducted research. An important aspect of the program is the interdisciplinary character of the defined research domains and the synergies among them.
Although it is not the main goal of the study, we assume that the research outputs could be an important source of scientifically validated information for objective, relevant and qualified decision-making on environmental aspects of the economic and social development of the Czech Republic.
Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria
Entrance examination includes:
- Debate on the proposed topic for thesis. The project must be prepared together with a tutor and contain the proposal of the tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council (dissertation project - max. 12 points).
- Examination of the knowledge of necessary basics in the natural sciences needed for the study of the environment and examination of knowledge in the social sciences, including economics (max. 4 points).
- Examination on English language proficiency (max. 4 points).
At the admission exam the applicants will present their proposals for doctoral training, focusing mainly on a) the current state of knowledge on the subject, b) the formulation of the research question/s or hypotheses, c) research methods, d) research timetable, e) possibilities of publication. The proposal may be further refined/elaborated in comparison with the version included within the submitted application, preferably in cooperation with the prospective supervisor who confirms his/her consent with the training of the applicant.
Conditions for admission
Admission conditions includes:
1. To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by 30.4.2017 at latest, including the following attachments:
A brief professional biography;
Documents certifying a completed higher-education studies at the masters level (applicants who complete their masters studies after the application deadline have to document the completion of their studies by 30.9.2017 at the latest);
Proposal of a topic for doctoral training (description of the thesis topic, goals, methods, a list of most relevant sources, research timetable, explanation of the project relatioship to the environmental research topics). It is supposed, that the student will discuss the theme of the disertation beforehand so that the theme will conform to the research program of the training institution;
Other documents worthy of attention (e.g. overview of applicant’s publications to date, proof of scientific practice at home or abroad, proof of English language exam, etc.).
2. Proof of completion of university studies in a master’s degree program.
3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application).
4. English language proficiency.
5. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. An applicant who will be awarded less than 10 points will not be admitted.
Information on the exercise of graduates
Graduates of the program know the principles and methods of scientific work. Thanks to being trained in the research methodology of at least two subjects, they are capable of relatively greater insight into interdisciplinary-based problems and they are better equipped to resolve them, which we consider an important added value of the Environmental Studies program. The range of expertise of the Environmental Studies doctoral program graduates is determined by the interdisciplinary nature of the studies, which focuses on environmental issues and issues regarding the dynamics of the relationships between the society and natural systems. The basis for the graduates is the specialization they obtained in their undergraduate degrees of studies.
This specialization is developed within the doctoral studies in such a way that the graduates eventually:
acquire in-depth knowledge of the theoretical bases of the scientific areas, they are applying while writing their doctoral theses,
know the broad context of the environmental issues their dissertation is focusing on,
develop a deep understanding of the methodology of all scientific areas they are applying while working on their dissertations.
This knowledge is considered an essential prerequisite for interdisciplinary dialogue and research.
Graduates will be qualified for positions at academic institutions, even at universities abroad. Moreover, graduates are able to take the position of scientists in institutions fully focused on research and development in the broad area of subjects related to the environment and sustainable development, e.g. at various institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Examples of possible research areas include environmental economics, environmental sociology, the research and use of sustainability indicators etc.
Furthermore, graduates can seek jobs in research institutions abroad. An extremely important outcome is the ability of graduates to hold decision-making positions in public administration, the business sphere and NGOs, where the work has impact on the environment. As for the public sector, this includes positions in central administrative bodies, especially ministries and their advisory expert or executive offices; positions in public administration at the regional or lower level.
Jobs can also be possibly found in administrative bodies of the European Commission, the United Nations, the OECD and other multilateral international organizations. In the business sector graduates can find employment in companies, whose business has a direct impact on the environment. They can also find opportunities in companies and organizations providing expert services directly focused on the environment, such as land planning, planning for Territorial System of Ecological Stability, EIA, SEA, as well as more recently the Sustainability Impact Assessment. If interested, graduates will be able to take a job in the media, where they will be able to competently assess and present information on sustainable development and the environment.