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Sociology - study field Sociology

Masaryk University
Length: 8 semesters
Education level: Doctorate / PhD
Location: Brno
Language: English

Program description

The Sociology PhD programme is a 4-year study programme whereby students submit and conduct a research project in-line with the departments areas of study under supervision. It is preferable to select a topic that is compatible with the basic research areas of the Faculty of Social Studies.

Other selections are possible upon individual discussion with the supervisor and the Scientific Field Board of Sociology. However, students are encouraged to choose a topic for their doctoral research which falls within the following thematic areas, the thematic seminar is also selected according to these areas:

  • Youth, children, family, reproduction,
  • Social reproduction; poverty, social exclusion and inclusion; social cohesion, marginalization and marginalized groups,
  • Ethnic and minority groups,
  • Civil society and the public, social and political movements,
  • Mass media, mass communications, journalism, and the sociology of culture,
  • Practical and situational constitution of order, truth, and power.

Applicants are required to hand in an application form together with a preliminary proposal (regardless of the fact whether the project is empirical or theoretical). The outline is then discussed in person at an interview.

The preliminary Sociology proposal should also answer the following questions:

  • Why should someone be interested in your research (topic)?
  • What does the project aim to achieve and how?
  • Can the project be implemented (this question regards not only your qualification but also the
    suitability of the method, the amount of time and money)?

The basic aim of the doctoral study programme is to prepare sudents for their future academic career. Therefore, beside the work on dissertation, presentations at conferences and publications related to the dissertation are required from students.

Admission requirements

The Sociology PhD course is for students who:

  • Are graduates of Master’s degree programmes (in the Czech Republic as well as abroad) in related disciplines (i.e. not exclusively in sociology).
  • Those who did not graduate from sociology will be required to study the stipulated basic sociological literature during the first year of their studies and to prove their knowledge of this literature at an exam at the beginning of the following academic year. The passing of this exam is a condition for the continuation of studies within the regular track.

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Masaryk University

Founded in 1919, Masaryk University is now the second largest university in the Czech Republic with over 43,000 students. It comprises over 200 departments, institutes, and clinics within nine faculties.  As Masaryk University has become one of Europe's fastest growing...


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Location & accommodation

Brno, Czech Republic


Brno, Czech Republic

Brno, the capital of the Czech province of Moravia, is an ideal base for students wishing to study in Central Europe. The second largest city in the Czech Republic (pop. 400,000), it is large enough to possess all the benefits of a major European centre, but small enough to retain its coziness and charm. Brno's historical centre echoes that of Vienna, complete with cobblestone pedestrian zones and...


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Masaryk University

Žerotínovo nám. 617/9
60177 Brno
Czech Republic