- Programme Duration: 4 years
- Language of Instruction: English
- Programme Guarantee: Prof. Ing. Ondřej Císař, PhD. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Programme Assistant: Ing. Mgr. Kristián Šrám email@example.com
- Admission Administration: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sociology doctoral study programme at the FSV UK is open: anybody with a Master’s (or equivalent) degree may apply.
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, Czech Republic by April 30, 2021 at the latest.
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 programme. 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,
- English summary (300–400 words).
The Dissertation Proposal (2000–2500 words) shall be delivered together with the on-line or paper application as its attachment by April 30, 2021. 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, 2021 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 critical discussion with the admission committee, and in particular, they must demonstrate:
- ability to define research questions precisely and convincingly max. 15 points
- understanding of their relevance for broader areas of sociological knowledge max. 15 points
- good theoretical and methodological orientation in the research problem and its contexts max. 15 points
Applicants may obtain up to 15 points for their Proposal’s consistence 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 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 procedure.
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).
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.
The deadline for academic year 2021/22 is April 30th, 2021. No extension of this deadline is possible. APPLY ONLINE
Tuition fee for the programme is 500 EUR per year. Please note that these fees cover only the cost of instruction and examinations, and that students are responsible for paying their own expenses (lodging, food etc.).
SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID
Although Charles University has a very limited number of scholarships for internal doctoral students (both Czech and foreign), applicants should be aware that this university scholarship is intended only as a top-up fund (on average 6300 CZK per month for first-year students, which is approximately 230 EUR per month, and 7600 CZK for students in the later stages of their study). All successful applicants for internal doctoral studies are automatically considered for the university scholarship. No additional application is necessary.
However, there are many research grants, research and teaching assistantships, and other scholarship opportunities available to all Ph.D. students, who are also encouraged to apply for both foreign and Czech research funding (including the Czech government scholarship. Please ask your own Ministry of Education for help in this matter).
You have the same rights and opportunities as students enrolled in our Czech programs, therefore you are eligible to take part in international student exchange projects. However, because student status is conditional on the payment of school fees and/or various scholarships, some special conditions apply. More information regarding opportunities for international students is available here.
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I am really happy to choose Charles University and my Master at the Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS). If I have to sum up in brief words my experience I can tell you this: Great professors, perfect environment and challenging study.
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I decided to do my Ph.D. in Prague, at ISS, because I have a great perspective from here.
One of the most memorable parts of studying at ISS besides an engaging variety of the courses was a family-like environment established in both the classrooms and student offices. That did not only foster my academic motivation, but also made me feel like home!
I made the right choice having picked this program. A wide spectrum of interesting and useful subjects satisfies my interests. Proper balance of theoretical and practical approaches makes my diploma competitive in labour market.
My study here in Prague have been really good. I felt very welcomed here during the orientation week and I felt that I got enough information about studying here before and during the exchange. I am really satisfied with the courses I’ve been taking, I feel like the professors have been good as well. One thing that I have to point out a bit extra is the SIS system. The fact that I can read all of my course material on this webiste instead of buying all the books (as we have to do in Sweden), have been so good and so practical. Overall I have to say that my time here in Prague have been really good and I wish I was staying two semesters instead of one.
Τhe Erasmus Program gave me the opportunity to get to know Prague and the educational system of Charles University. It was a unique and special experience. Prague is a magical and beautiful city full of attractions and squares, magical landscapes.
The courses seemed to me a little harder than those at our university back home. This may be due to the fact that all the classes I attended here were in English while back home, all courses are in my mother language which is Greek. Nevertheless all this process helped to improve my English enough, something important for my future.
„I can definitely recommend to study at ISS and I have a lot of reasons for that I want to share. Studying at ISS was a very enriching experience for me, because they offer a lot of different interesting seminars and lectures for Sociology students. There are so many topics to choose from, so that you can easily create a individual schedule for your semester in Prague.
Also the way of teaching is exciting and different from the teaching style of my home country Germany. It is very pleasant to join the seminars and lectures, because you are able to discuss things and ask questions due to the quite small size of the sessions.“
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