Political Science (Eng.)

Power relations, interests, hierarchy and order under close scrutiny

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The doctoral study programme of Political Science is geared toward preparing highly qualified experts in the field of political science. The studies are intended mainly for graduates of Master's study programmes in Political Science. The programme is focused particularly on analysis of contemporary political systems, comparative analysis and typologies of political parties and organized interests, research of recent developmental trends in political theory and methodology, study of political extremism and security policy, analysis of political conflicts and political marketing.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • understand theories, concepts and methods which are at the forefront of knowledge of political science at the international level
  • suggest and use advanced research methods which can enlarge knowledge
  • desing extensive research activities and obtain resources for their implementation
  • clearly and persuasively communicate his/her own knowledge in the field of political science to the other members of the scientific community at international level and to the general public

Graduates of the doctoral study programme of Political Science will have the qualifications required to conduct basic research in political science, to be appointed research and teaching positions at universities, and to become experts and analysts in the field.


The standard duration of studies is eight semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, students must obtain a total of 240 ECTS credits for required (210 credits), and selective courses (30 credits). They have to spend one semester at a university abroad.


The final state examination consists of a doctoral thesis defence (required length from 150 to 250 pages) and an oral exam. Students have to choose from two subject areas: a) Modern Political Theory, b) Comparative Political Science and Czech Politics. A week before the final state exam is administered, students submit a proposal in which they suggest a list of 20 – 25 scientific literature sources (written in Czech or English) which will constitute a basis for the oral exam in the chosen subject area. At least a half of the sources must be available in the faculty library. This list of books must be approved by the chairman of the state exam board.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Political Science (Eng.)
Abbreviation: PLA
Code: 6701V008
Type: doctoral degree programme
Degree: Ph.D.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: P6705 D-PL4 Political Science (4-years)
Faculty of Social Studies
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Social Studies
Field guarantor:
prof. PhDr. Lubomír Kopeček, Ph.D.