PhD in African or Latin American Studies


Programme Description

The Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové offers a Ph.D. Degree which may be pursued in full-time study. The Ph.D. programme is designed for students who have obtained a Master´s Degree in Political Science and related study disciplines. The study is designed as an overview of area studies and political science focusing on either Africa or Latin America.


What are African and Latin American Studies about?

The Ph.D. study of the field Africa Studies and the Ph.D. study of the field Latin American Studies aim at the preparation of qualified specialists in area studies with a primary focus on Africa or Latin America. The Ph.D. studies are designed especially for students with a Master´s Degree in Political Science or related disciplines. The study concentrates primarily on comparative research of chosen region with the objective to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge to social, political and economic problems of either Africa or Latin America region.


Experience in studying in Africa or Latin America

The objective of both study programs is the education and preparation of scholars interested in research and teaching with a focus on given region. The study is aimed at the preparation of graduates who will acquire theoretical and methodological knowledge as well as practical skills acquired at one go the many partner universities and research institutions in either African or Latin American countries. Students are supposed to carry out an extensive field research in chosen region related to the topic of their doctoral dissertation. The immediate experience of the study and research abroad will enable the graduates of the Ph.D. programme to take up research projects and to absorb the knowledge better and maximize its practical usage.



The graduates will be professionally and also linguistically fully prepared for independent scientific research and teaching, for work in public institutions, such as ministries with agendas focused on chosen region, in media, non-governmental organizations, diplomacy as well as other foreign or home institutions searching for experts in area studies.


Admission Procedure Requirements

The pre-condition for the admission to doctoral studies is a successfully completed university education with a Master´s Degree or Engineering Degree within the study programme Political Science or International Territorial Studies. Possibly they can be graduates of related or similar social or humanity-orientated study programmes (history, sociology, anthropology, economics), naturally supposing the successful fulfillment of the admission procedure requirements aimed at the manifestation of the adequate level of politology and territorial knowledge and capability of independent scientific activity.

The admission committee considers the research project (the proposal of the thesis project) and other attached documents in the absence of the applicant. They evaluate particularly the quality of the research project, the applicant´s qualification for scientific work, but also his or her language skills. A Ph.D. student's knowledge of the English language must be at least on the level B2 of the so-called European referential frame. The knowledge of other languages (especially Spanish, Portuguese and French) is a substantial advantage. Another pre-requisite for the studies is a long-term stay in the Czech Republic because a full-time engagement in the individual study plan is required.

af3Documents to be attached to the Application

  • an attested copy of the certificate/diploma nostrification (in exceptional cases on the date of study enrolment at the latest)
  • a structured CV
  • at least 2 references/recommendations from the university of graduation
  • a research project proposal at the extent of approx. 4-5 standard pages – the project must include the specification of the topic and objectives of the work, the theoretical frame, methods of elaboration and the list of related literature (the project topic must correspond to the territorial study focus on the African/Latin-American territory)
  • a confirmation of language proficiency (certificates etc.) and of prospective publication activity
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The Philosophical Faculty offers also full-time MA and PhD study programmes in English, i.e. MA study programme Central European Studies and two PhD study programmes Latin American Studies and African ... Read More

The Philosophical Faculty offers also full-time MA and PhD study programmes in English, i.e. MA study programme Central European Studies and two PhD study programmes Latin American Studies and African Studies. Apart from these study programmes it offers a Preparatory course of Czech language and specialized university training for international students. Read Less
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