Degree programme specification

The Doctoral Programme Auxiliary Historical Sciences (AHS) focuses on the in-depth study of the auxiliary historical sciences, the history of administration, as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of editing techniques (both medieval and modern sources), including the history of the methodology of the various auxiliary disciplines in the broad context of the historical sciences. Great emphasis is placed on preparing students for creative scholarly work in the field of AHS and in the preparation of challenging critical editions of historical sources. Sources of both official and literary provenance are of interest. Emphasis is placed on individual student’s work under the guidance of the supervisor.

Study plans

Admission Procedures
Admission to Doctoral degree programmes in 2023/2024 (beginning: Spring 2024)
Submission deadline until midnight 30/11/2023

  • Information on entrance examinations designed for this degree programme

    Deadline for submitting applications: 1 August - 30 November

    Deadline for submitting documents for the admission procedure: until 15 December

    Documents for the admission procedure:

    • signed CV;
    • list of publishing activities;
    • doctoral thesis project.

      Documents for the admission procedure must be inserted into the e-application (rubric “Documents”) by 15 December. Applicants are required to include their full name and application number on all attached documents.

      The entrance examination takes the form of an oral discussion over the doctoral thesis project, the applicant’s motivation for increasing their qualifications, and their language skills. The aim is to evaluate the applicant’s potential for independent scientific research work.

      Notice: A poof of completion of a Master’s degree programme (officially certified copy of the diploma, in the case of education obtained abroad also the so-called recognition) shall be submitted by the accepted applicants upon enrolment in the studies. For the entrance examination, a proof of completion of a Master’s degree programme is not required.

  • Evaluation criteria valid for the applicants applying for a place on this degree programme
    • Pass/fail line: 50 points (out of 100).


  • Objectives

    The aim of the doctoral degree study programme Auxiliary Historical Sciences is for graduates to acquire an excellent knowledge of auxiliary historical sciences, the history of administration and editing techniques, as well as at least one world language. They will acquire in-depth knowledge, particularly in the subject of their specialization. The programme also aims to train graduates to be able to conduct independent and original scientific research in the field of auxiliary historical sciences on an international level and to be able to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the performance of their scientific research and further develop them in their own work, primarily in primary research and publishing activities. The programme is focused on students mastering all the skills needed for standard communication within the scientific community (publishing specialist texts, presenting research at conferences, etc.), in both domestic and international forums.

  • Learning Outcomes

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

    • address serious scientific questions in a creative manner, develop methodological procedures, and define theoretical models
    • present and publish their scientific results in domestic and international scientific forums
    • conduct educational and popularization activities in academic and memory institutions (archives, libraries, museums)
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    The primary places of employment for graduates are the network of archives with historical collections, libraries with historical collections, museums and scientific or academic institutions focused on critical publishing of historical sources. Furthermore, graduates are able to work at any history-related organization in the Czech Republic or abroad.

  • Practical Training

    The doctoral degree study programme is conceived as specialist preparation for academic practice. The doctoral programme subjects are focused on the independent preparation of contributions for scientific conferences, papers for publication, and specialist discussion. The structure of the subjects also encourages practice in the framework of foreign cooperation.

  • Goals of Theses

    The dissertation is the main output of the doctoral degree study programme: it is a text with the character of an original authorial scientific monograph in the field of auxiliary historical sciences, a standard component of which is a partial edition of a previously unpublished source or a relevant part of it (as an appendix to the work) or a complete scientific critical edition of a whole source with an appropriate commentary and an accompanying study. The work is ordinarily submitted in electronic form or in three hard copies bound in hardcover, on white A4 paper with numbered pages, with a minimum of 180,000 characters. An obligatory component of the authorial manuscript is a title page, containing the name of the university, the faculty, the institute, the field of study, the title of the thesis, the name of the author, the name of the supervisor and the year of submission. Furthermore, the work must contain the author’s declaration as to the originality of the work, the contents and a list of literature. The organization and the actual text of the dissertation are the subject of regular consultation with the supervisor. An essential chapter of the thesis is a Methodological Introduction, in which the student explains the reasons and manner of their approach, the methods chosen, how they critically evaluated of the initial information, and so on.

Basic information

doctoral degree programme
Length of studies
4 years
Language of instruction
Czech Czech

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