Date and Time for Entrance Exams: 21st June 2012, beginning at 9:00am, U Krize 8, Praha 5 – Jinonice
Alternate Date and Time for Entrance Exams: 28th June 2012, beginning at 9:00am at the same address
The basis for the entrance examination procedure is a written, thought out proposal for a dissertation. The project should be submitted by the applicant in printed form to CU Faculty of Social Sciences (UK Fakulta socialnich ved) Smetanovo nabrezi 6, 116 00 Praha 1, and also in electronic form to firstname.lastname@example.org, both no later than two weeks before the convening of the entrance exams.
Applicants for the doctoral program in the area of International Relations may choose a dissertation topic from a list of priority topics provided by the department for the given academic year (these will be on the Department MV IPS webpage by the 31st of March, 2011). If an applicant would like to work on a topic not included on the list, he/she must present a written statement from his/her potential dissertation advisor agreeing to it. This written statement must be delivered to the departmental council no later than one week prior to the entrance exam interview.
The applicant must be a graduate from a Master’s level form of study. The applicant must submit proof of his/her certification of English and his/her proposal for a dissertation before the entrance exam interview. Throughout the course of the interview, the examination commission will investigate and judge the background and motivation for the research work, the quality of the project proposal, and general knowledge of the field.
The entrance examination interview is valued in terms of points. The departmental council determines the minimum score necessary for the acceptance of the proposal for study in the given academic year. The score of the project reflects and measures the compatibility of the submitted project with the themes listed by the Department of International Relations as being a priority for the given academic year.
Contents of the Departmental Exams
questions from the developments in International Relations in the 20th Century and current international policies
questions ascertaining one’s orientation within the basic literature on International Relations theory
questions ascertaining the level of the thesis submitted in the project
Current Priority areas in Doctoral Studies
theory of International Relations
security and strategy studies
history of International Relations
Evaluation Criteria for the Entrance Exams
During the entrance exam, every applicant answers the questions asked of him/her by the examination commission (see the contents of the entrance exams above), earning a total score of maximum 50 points:
for questions regarding the development of International Relations and current problems in International Relations, the applicant may earn a maximum of 10 points,
for questions regarding theory of International Relations, the applicant may earn a maximum of 10 points, for the evaluation of the project and questions ascertaining the level of the project, the applicant may earn a maximum of 20 points.
A bonus (maximum 10 points) will be considered in the case of publications (articles or contributions) concerning the theme of the dissertation.
The examination commission will write up an evaluation containing the applicant’s score. The applicant’s ranking will be based on this score.
A helpful reference for applicants regarding the knowledge requirements is the prepared themes for the state graduation exams towards a Master’s in International Relations, which also contains a list of basic literature.