Doctoral Studies

Full-time and combined (ie part-time) doctoral programs taught in English

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 can be studied in Czech or English. The standard length of the 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 a minimum of 240 ECTS.

The study is designed for successful graduates of Master's programs in related fields. Applicants are expected to carry out their theoretical and methodological knowledge and other qualifications essential for expert work in DSPs, and advanced knowledge of English. As part of the admission procedure, the applicant presents a research project which must be compatible with the general focus of the research activities of the department.

Applications open twice a year:

  • September enrollment: apply between 1 January and 30 April
  • February enrollment : apply between 1 August and 30 November
    • Please note: February enrollment is open only for students who do not need a visa for study purposes in the Czech Republic.  


Tuition fees

  • The tuition fee for the Doctoral programs in the English language at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University is set to be 750 euro per semester (1,500 Euro per year or 6,000 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.

Application Deadlines and Calendar

  • September Enrollment

    30 April

    Deadline to submit application to doctoral degree programs for September enrollment (e-application is open between 1 January and 30 April)

    PhD applicants, who will also apply for the International Visagrad Scholarship (IVF), must submit their full PhD application pack by 15 February. They will later then apply online for the September round. 

  • June

    PhD candidates interviews– on the basis of your application, you will be invited to an interview - candidates from visa countries can be evaluated via skype interviews or correspondence. 

  • February enrollment

    30 November

    Deadline to submit application to doctoral degree programs open for February enrollment  (e-application is open between 1 August and 30 November)

  • January

    PhD candidates interviews– on the basis of your application, you will be invited to an interview - candidates from visa countries can be evaluated via skype interviews or correspondence.

Admission requirements

All PhD programs applicants must have completed prior Master degree education, preferably in social sciences or humanities. Admission is granted to candidates with good study results, strong motivation and interest in the topics. Proof of English language proficiency and recommendation letters required.

  1. Read the current Dean's call for PhD applications 
  2. Read the PhD call of a chosen degree program for concrete requirements (below) and fyi: see general entry requirements for English-taught doctoral programs at MU 
  3. Consult your proposal with a potential supervisor – the choice of topic and a supervisor are crucial for PhD studies. The list of supervisors with their academic profile as well as key topics of the respective program are published here: (in the section Full-time and part-time doctoral programs).  
  4. E-application: establish the online record of your application (it has to be submitted and paid), and send us the relevant documents

Documents as part of PhD application

As part of your application, you also need to submit

  • Your CV/resumé + list of publications
  • Proposal for PhD dissertation
  • Consent of the future supervisor
  • Diploma (or confirmation of current studies) and full transcripts, ev. diploma supplement
  • Those who are not able to take part in the entrance examinations
    • Proof of English – minimum level B2 or equivalent
    • 2 Recommendations – preferably sent by the referees themselves to our mail or e-mail contacts


Important!: Prior to enrollment, it is necessary to obtain the formal recognition of prior education in the Czech Republic. 

Admission contact

General Questions

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