Doctoral studies in social sciences are of key importance. As the scientific research grows and widens, doctoral students find their place in research teams and contribute to the joint efforts.
Doctoral study can be full-time or part-time and it can be studied in Czech or English. Standard length of study is four years and the maximum length is eight years. The study is based on the Study and Examination Regulations of Masaryk University and ECTS credit system with the credit minimum of 240 ECTS.
The study is designed for successful graduates of Master's programs in related fields. Applicants are expected to prove their theoretical and methodological knowledge and other qualifications essential for expert work in DSPs (this knowledge is attested by an entrance examination), and advanced knowledge of English. As a part of the admission procedure, the applicant presents a research project which must be compatible with a general focus of research activities of the respective department.
Applications open twice a year; between 1 February and 30 April (for September enrollment) and between 1 September and 30 November (for February enrollment).
- The tuition fee for the Doctoral programs in the English language at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University is set to be 975 euro per semester (1,950 Euro per year or 5,800 Euro per the whole degree program).
- For all programs and all faculties, see tuition fees at Masaryk University
Tips for financing your studies
Since the English-taught programs are not subsidized by the Czech Ministry of Education, students are advised to seek support from sponsors and foundations.
- Erasmus+ Master loans
- Erasmus Mundus Action II program (MU is a member of several consortia; some of which still have degree-seeking scholarships)
- International Visegrad Fund (specified countries)
- Masaryk University is accredited in the system of US Federal Student Loans
- All Masaryk University students are entitled to the subsidized meals in MU canteens and cafeterias, to a subsidy for accommodation (once per semester), and a wide range of mobility scholarships
- Faculty of Social Studies students are entitled to receive various scholarships and stipends, usually based on merit (see Students section)
Full-time and part-time doctoral programs
After a year of study in the doctoral programme of Social Policy and Social Work, I am confident to say PhD studies at the Faculty of Social Studies (FSS) is structured to provide outstanding doctorial training while addressing the needs of international students. I have had immense direction in relation to my research work, from a very affable and competent supervisor who relates to me as a colleague. An intriguing experience with my supervisor is the promptness my research works and mails are responded to despite having a very busy schedule. I have also benefited from two of several grant programmes aimed at enhancing studies at the faculty which is accessible to both nationals and international students on same priority level. As a PhD at FSS, I am also actively involved in a study related project as a Specialist to equip me with the requisite practical skills in my area of study. The international office has also been very swift in responding to my administrative needs whenever I call on them. It has really been a great first year at FSS! Godwin Kwasi Awuah – Social Policy and Social Work