Power relations, interests, values, hierarchy, conflicts, and order under close scrutiny.

Degree programme objectives

The doctoral study program of Political Science with Specialization Security and Strategic Studies is geared toward preparing highly qualified experts in the field of political science and security studies. The program is focused particularly on analysis of contemporary political systems and regimes (in variable analytic levels), comparative analysis and typologies of political parties, movements, and organized interests, electoral studies, research of recent developmental trends in political theory and methodology, and on political marketing. In security area, the program is focused particularly on political extremism and terrorism, organized crime, cyber security and other current security phenomenons.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission to Doctoral degree programmes in 2022/2023 (beginning: Spring 2023)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/11/2022

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme
    Dates for submitting an e-application: 1 August 2022 – 30 November 2022
    Dates for inserting supporting documents to the e-application: 1 August 2022 – 15 January 2023
    Date of Entrance examination: 2 February 2023
    Minimum score for being accepted: 60 points (out of 100)
    Supporting documents:

    • Outline of the proposed dissertation project
    • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
    • Consent of the future supervisor
    • Copy of master's degree certificate or proof of current studies
    • List of publications and papers (if available)
    • Proof of English - minimum B2 level (optional; compulsory only for those who cannot participate personally in the entrance exam)

    Those who cannot participate in the entrance exam in person have to provide additionally 2 Letters of Recommendation. They must be sent by the referees themselves to our e-mail or mail contacts.

    For being accepted, it is necessary to obtain the formal recognition of prior education in the Czech Republic. See the PhD admission website for further information.
    Important information: https://1url.cz/@doctoral
  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme

    The maximum possible score for the entrance examination is 100 points. A minimum of 60 points is required to pass the entrance examination.

    Criteria for assessing applicants:

    • Research project as a basis for the preparation of the dissertation - max. 60 points
    • Link to a research project planned or implemented by the department - max. 20 points
    • Previous research experience and publications - max. 20 points

Studies

  • Objectives

    The doctoral study program of Political Science with Specialization Security and Strategic Studies is geared toward preparing highly qualified experts in the field of political science and security studies. The program is focused particularly on analysis of contemporary political systems and regimes (in variable analytic levels), comparative analysis and typologies of political parties, movements, and organized interests, electoral studies, research of recent developmental trends in political theory and methodology, and on political marketing. In security area, the program is focused particularly on political extremism and terrorism, organized crime, cyber security and other current security phenomenons.

  • Learning Outcomes

    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
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    Graduates of the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences MU acquire qualifications enabling them to apply as (1) researchers carrying out basic political and security research, (2) members of scientific and pedagogical staff and (3) experts and analysts with relevant thematic focus.

  • Practical Training

    Practical training is not an obligatory part of the study plan. Within the specialization Security and Strategic Studies, students can pass a compulsory elective course, the essence of which is an internship with an employer dealing with security issues.

  • Goals of Theses

    Study is completed by the state doctoral examination (oral exam) and the doctoral thesis defence (required length from 150 to 250 pages). 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.

  • Additional Information

Basic information

Abbreviation
D-PS_
Type
doctoral degree programme
Degree
Ph.D.
Length of studies
4 years
Language of instruction
English English
Annual tuition fee
1500 €

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number of active students

Faculty of Social Studies
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