Doctoral degree in full-time or combined form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject.

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

What will you learn?

Doctoral study of ethnology is concentrated on the development of students' scientific and academic potential, and it is aimed at the preparation of research fellows with high level of professional erudition. Within their doctoral study, the students are lead to independent and original scientific research that indicates potential to be applied at national and international levels. The result of this systematic preparation consists in acquiring the capabilities for qualified and specialized academic and scientific work at academic, scientific, and professional institutions, which allows the students to find employment in a wide spectrum of humanities and social sciences, public administration bodies, mass media, creative and cultural industry, and other institutions focussed on culture and cultural heritage, identity, and ethnic processes.

“Among people: traditions and innovations”

The study is drawn up so that the student can apply and develop his/her theoretical and methodological knowledge in a creative way. Emphasis is put on his/her own scientific work under the leadership of a supervisor and on regular methodological courses, where topics and methodology are discussed within a wide group of experts. The teaching also includes regular lectures given by foreign specialists. Regular presentations on scholarly forums, and publication of partial results of scientific work are a matter of course. A study stay abroad is an integral part of the study. The doctoral study is concluded with a dissertation that features an autonomous research performance, which is not only based on the original approach to a unique topic, but which also corresponds to an adequate theoretical and methodological embedding.

Practical training

The doctoral study is suggested as a professional preparation for academic practice. For this reason, the formation of doctoral students naturally include practical acquiring of professional competences, which the students acquire during their own research and its treatment, during stays abroad, in their participation in teaching and in leadership of team research, and in other research tasks resolved in training or other relative institutions. The subject of doctoral study focusses on independent preparation of scholarly papers for conferences and publications, on implementation of other forms of disciplinary outcomes, and on the ability to conduct an expert discussions. The structure of the subject also encourages practice within international cooperation. Internal students also become involved, to diverse degree, in teaching at and scientific projects of the Institute.

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Career opportunities

Taking into consideration their acquired knowledge, experience and methodological training, the graduates from the programme have sufficient professional competences to find employment as research fellows or experts in institutions that develop basic and applied research in domestic and foreign environment (universities and scientific organizations, memory institutions), in organizations with cultural and educational focus, in public administration and local authorities, and in non-governmental non-profit organizations.

Admission requirements

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 (if any);
  • doctoral thesis project.
  • Documents for the admission procedure must be inserted into the e-application (rubric “Documents”) by 30 November. Applicants are required to include their full name and application number on all attached documents.

    The entrance examination will be held in two rounds. The first round will be held remotely, based on the assessment of the supplied documents for the admission procedure. The second round will be held in person, in the form of an oral discussion.

    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.

Criteria for evaluation

Pass/fail line: 75 points (out of 100). The applicant is assessed in the following areas: the doctoral thesis project - max. 50 points, motivation - max. 25 points, professional readiness - max. 25 points).


1 Aug – 30 Nov 2023

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Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction Czech
Collaborating institutions
  • The Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Etnologický ústav AV ČR
Doctoral board and doctoral committees

Do you have any questions?
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Mgr. et Mgr. Eva Chovancová



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