FSS DIREPAJ05 International Relations and European Politics
Name in Czech: International Relations and European Politics
doctoral combined, language of instruction: English English
Included in the programme: FSS D-IREPAJ_ International Relations and European Politics

Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis

The state doctoral exam content consists in an academic debate. Topics of the debate are related to selected optional literature. The exam takes usually 20 minutes.

The student selects five books that must be related to the subject of his or her dissertation. Selection is a matter of confirmation by the chair of the doctoral board. Therefore, the student has to submit the list no later than a month prior to the date of exam.

Requirements of the study

Doctoral study of International Relations and European Politics can be conducted either in a full-time (on-site) or part-time (distant) form. Its standard duration is 8 semesters, while it can be prolonged if justified appropriately and with a consent of supervisor and the chair of doctoral board. The study is based on a credit system (ECTS). To apply for a thesis defence and to take part in the final state exam, a student must achieve 240 ECTS (out of which 220 ECTS must be achieved for passing compulsory course and 20 ECTS for passing optional courses.

The student has to publish at least two articles in the peer-reviewed scholar journals indexed in international databases (Web of Science, Scopus). Study or working stay abroad lasting at least three months of a continuous presence at the host institution is another compulsory part of the study workload.

Individual study plan of a doctoral student envisages intense participation of the students at the research and pedagogical activities of the department, typically in for of teaching assistance (evaluation of term papers, supervision of seminar teaching, supervision of written testing etc.) or participation at the research projects (typically on departmental research projects). Particular form of participation at peadgogical activities is a subject of an agreement among the student, the supervisor and the head of the department.

Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations

1) International Security and Regional Security Complexes.
2) Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic – Selected Issues.
3) International Organisations.
4) International Conflicts and their Settlement.
5) Domestic Actors of the European Policy of Selected Member States of the EU.
6) New Forms of Euroscepticism.
7) Institutions, Actors and Policies of the European Union.

Recommended progress through the study plan

Required courses

During the course the student has to complete all required courses from the Block 1. Total in this block the student has to earn 220 ECTS.

Blok 1

Required courses are the basis of the study program and must be completed during the course of study.

Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
FSS:MVPd0001Qualitative Research in International and European Politics V. Hloušekzk 1/1/020 1-
FSS:MVPd0002Quantitative Research in International and European Politics P. Ocelíkzk 1/1/020 2-
FSS:MVPd0003Presentation of the Research Design V. Hloušekz 0/0/020 3-
FSS:MVPd0004Seminar on the academic publishing I. V. Hloušekz 1/1/020 4-
FSS:MVPd0005Seminar on the academic publishing II. V. Hloušekz 1/1/020 6-
FSS:MVPd0006Doctoral Thesis I. V. Hloušekz 0/0/060 7-
FSS:MVPd0007Doctoral Thesis II. V. Hloušekz 0/0/060 8-
220 credits

Selective courses

The student must complete one course during Block 1 - Long-term foreign stay of 20 ECTS.

Blok 1 - Dlouhodobý zahraniční pobyt

Students must obtain at least 20 ECTS.

Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
FSS:FSS900Research Abroad M. Vaculíkk 0/0/020 5-
FSS:FSS990Placement Abroad M. Vaculíkk 0/0/020 5-
40 credits

Elective courses

Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
FSS:MVPd0008Individual Study Plan I V. Hloušekz 0/0/020 --
FSS:MVPd0009Pedagogical Practicum V. Hloušekz 0/0/02 --
22 credits