PhD programs

PhD Programs at the IMS


Institute of International Studies offers following doctoral programs:


International Area Studies

Modern History


Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria:


1. The aim of the entrance examination is to verify the professional profile of applicants for doctoral studies at the Institute of International Studies (IIS), Faculty of Social Science. Mandatory part of the candidate profile is the knowledge of two foreign languages ​​(English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian). Knowledge of these languages ​​should be demonstrated by certificates (certificate of language exams, record in University study information system, etc.). Applicant can also pass individually composed language tests or examinations agreed on with the Department of language training of Faculty of Social Sciences, who will issue the certificate. Knowledge of another language / other languages is evaluated by bonus points awarded if the knowledge of given language is useful for achieving the goals set by the applicant in his/her Dissertation thesis.


2. The applicant has to submit to a designated employee of the Centre for Doctoral Studies at IIS two documents - the Project of a doctoral thesis and a List of relevant literature - no later than ten days in advance to the entrance examination.


Submitted Project of Dissertation thesis should be within the range of 6-7 standard pages (1,800 characters per page including spaces), must include a brief introduction to the given issue (description of the topic), the definition of the topic, aim and basic working hypothesis, methodological basis, contemplated structure of the paper and brief analysis of the major sources and literature that the applicant intends to use for the paper elaboration. They must demonstrate that chosen topic has not yet been elaborated or has not been elaborated adequately and that work on the topic is beneficial to the current state of research (the topic should benefit the research field by bringing new empirical and theoretical knowledge or original methodological approaches. Candidates are entitled to consult their project with any relevant person from the ISS department.


Departmental Board, resp. the guarantors of the studying programs may suggest preferred topics for doctoral projects for the entrance examination. The rate of compliance of submitted projects with these topics is evaluated by bonus points.


List of literature submitted by the applicant demonstrates his interest in chosen field. This list shall not be identical to the List of literature, being submitted as a part of the doctoral thesis project.


3. The entrance exam consists of two parts: a discussion of the doctoral thesis and a discussion of academic orientation. The maximum test score is 100 points. Successful applicant should reach 70 points or more.


3.1. First part of the exam consists of the proposal of the doctoral thesis project. Both the content and the format of the proposal, as well as the candidate`s ability of candidate to defend the proposal at an oral interview is evaluated. The maximum score for this part of exam is 50 points.


3.2. For the second part of the oral exam the candidate will be asked to present his list of relevant literature. Both the scope and the relevance of the literature, as well as the candidate`s ability to explain the content and relevance of the chosen literature for further research in the field will be evaluated. The maximum score for this part of exam is 30 points.


3.3. Bonus points are intended to evaluate the applicant`s previous performance that guarantees higher probability of achieving the objectives of the doctoral studies. Bonus points are awarded for:


- Existing publications and previous lecturing experience; Confirmatry documents are to be presented by the candidate along with his professional CV (max. 10 points);


- Additional language skills as defined in the paragraph. 1.1 (max. 10 points);


Maximum score of the bonus points is 20 points.








PhD programs

PhD Programs at the IMS


Institute of International Studies offers following doctoral programs:


International Area Studies

Modern History


Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria:


1. The aim of the entrance examination is to verify the professional profile of applicants for doctoral studies at the Institute of International Studies (IIS), Faculty of Social Science. Mandatory part of the candidate profile is the knowledge of two foreign languages ​​(English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian). Knowledge of these languages ​​should be demonstrated by certificates (certificate of language exams, record in University study information system, etc.). Applicant can also pass individually composed language tests or examinations agreed on with the Department of language training of Faculty of Social Sciences, who will issue the certificate. Knowledge of another language / other languages is evaluated by bonus points awarded if the knowledge of given language is useful for achieving the goals set by the applicant in his/her Dissertation thesis.


2. The applicant has to submit to a designated employee of the Centre for Doctoral Studies at IIS two documents - the Project of a doctoral thesis and a List of relevant literature - no later than ten days in advance to the entrance examination.


Submitted Project of Dissertation thesis should be within the range of 6-7 standard pages (1,800 characters per page including spaces), must include a brief introduction to the given issue (description of the topic), the definition of the topic, aim and basic working hypothesis, methodological basis, contemplated structure of the paper and brief analysis of the major sources and literature that the applicant intends to use for the paper elaboration. They must demonstrate that chosen topic has not yet been elaborated or has not been elaborated adequately and that work on the topic is beneficial to the current state of research (the topic should benefit the research field by bringing new empirical and theoretical knowledge or original methodological approaches. Candidates are entitled to consult their project with any relevant person from the ISS department.


Departmental Board, resp. the guarantors of the studying programs may suggest preferred topics for doctoral projects for the entrance examination. The rate of compliance of submitted projects with these topics is evaluated by bonus points.


List of literature submitted by the applicant demonstrates his interest in chosen field. This list shall not be identical to the List of literature, being submitted as a part of the doctoral thesis project.


3. The entrance exam consists of two parts: a discussion of the doctoral thesis and a discussion of academic orientation. The maximum test score is 100 points. Successful applicant should reach 70 points or more.


3.1. First part of the exam consists of the proposal of the doctoral thesis project. Both the content and the format of the proposal, as well as the candidate`s ability of candidate to defend the proposal at an oral interview is evaluated. The maximum score for this part of exam is 50 points.


3.2. For the second part of the oral exam the candidate will be asked to present his list of relevant literature. Both the scope and the relevance of the literature, as well as the candidate`s ability to explain the content and relevance of the chosen literature for further research in the field will be evaluated. The maximum score for this part of exam is 30 points.


3.3. Bonus points are intended to evaluate the applicant`s previous performance that guarantees higher probability of achieving the objectives of the doctoral studies. Bonus points are awarded for:


- Existing publications and previous lecturing experience; Confirmatry documents are to be presented by the candidate along with his professional CV (max. 10 points);


- Additional language skills as defined in the paragraph. 1.1 (max. 10 points);


Maximum score of the bonus points is 20 points.