The graduate program of the Department of Sociology trains scholars to conduct original research contributing to the advance of sociological knowledge and to teach sociology at the university level. The Ph.D. in sociology usually leads to a career in research and/or teaching. Although most sociologists are employed by universities, there are increasing career opportunities in government and other non-university research centers.
- Sociology doctoral programme at the Department of Sociology at Masaryk University is a four-year programme that can be studied either in a full-time or a part-time form.
- The programme is conducted entirely in English.
- No teaching experience is required.
- “En cotutelle” graduate study (i.e. a doctorate with dual supervision) is encouraged and supported by the Department.
- Project proposal
- Doctoral studies
- Stipends and fellowships
- Other activities
- Research profiles
- List of supervisors at the Department of Sociology
- Tuition fees
- Useful links
Any student holding an M.A. degree (or equivalent) in any field may be admitted to the PhD programme. Students holding an M.A. degree in a field other than sociology, however, may need to take additional courses before starting their dissertation research – these additional courses are typically chosen from the M.A. programme in sociology/cultural sociology.
Another requirement is submission of a brief dissertation project (in suggested structure according to the project proposal requirements). The department recommends to contact and consult the proposal with any of the approved supervisors in advance. Only associate and full professors are allowed to supervise Ph.D. students (assistant professors can supervise only exceptionally and their supervision has to be discussed with the head of department and the head on doctoral studies in advance).
The admission is administered by the International Office - Admissions, Exchanges, PhD students.
Admission dates (twice a year, usually in February and June), terms and deadlines for admission documents delivery are available here.
The final decision about the acceptance is made by the Dean of the faculty upon the committee recommendation.
The admission interview is based on the scientific discussion about the proposed preliminary research proposal. The proposal, discussion, and potentially the M.A. thesis or previous scientific publications are all evaluated by the committee, while focusing on the autonomous research abilities and potential.
Primarily evaluated are: relevance of research questions, adequacy of proposed methodology, theoretical background and feasibility of the research. Sociological framing of the proposal is important.
Project proposal structure
The proposal is the key document considered in the admission process. It should the concise but concrete (approx. 700-900 words). Into the text include the title and M.A. thesis abstract (90-110 words).
The proposal has to have the following structure:
- preliminary title of the dissertation thesis, pointing out the topic of the research
- importance and relevance of the subject (theoretical or practical goals)
- two or three main research questions you want to find answers for
- theoretical framework (what theoretical concepts help to grasp the identified problem and what is the relevance within the wider sociological theory)
- data sources (how are you going to collect the data, what will be your sources)
- in case of empirical projects, methodology and methods you will use in order to analyze your data (not the list of methods but how they relate to your problem)
- basic bibliography relevant to the topic (5-10 most important publications cited accordingly)
- title and abstract of the A. thesis
Keep in mind that your project should answer the following questions:
- Why should anyone be interested in your research/topic?
- What is the goal of the research/thesis?
- How is it possible to account for the research? (also in terms of time and finances)
Normative time-to-degree is 4 years (8 semesters), maximum length of studies is 7 years (14 semesters). Studies starts with the enrollment at the beginning of the semester.
Students proceed with studies following the Recommended Study Plan (preklik na anglicke pravidla studia) and their own individual plans, attend and complete required and elective courses, and work on their publications and dissertation projects under the supervision of a supervisor of their choice. The active communication with the supervisor is required and the fulfillment of the study plan is evaluated every semester (the study plan is submitted into the university electronic information system where it is also regularly updated).
Students need to obtain 240 credits in compulsory and elective courses.
Once a year, the study and the dissertation progress are evaluated by the supervisor and the PhD Board.
More information about the courses, study plan, state exams and dissertation thesis are available in the Rule of doctoral Studies. (prelink na anglické pravidlá)
4.1. Teaching and assisting
Students can contribute to the education process and get some extra money by teaching and assisting in courses. Currently, the reward is 125 CZK/hour and it is paid in form of a stipend.
4.2. Faculty stipends
Other financial resources are faculty stipends, supporting:
- talented students
- publishing students
- study exchanges and internships
More available information here.
4.3. Other possible financial resources
Each semester/academic year there is an open call for funding of the research or dissertation thesis finalisation.
The research scholarship is intended for sociology graduate students who are not further than in the sixth semester of their studies but who have already defended their dissertation project proposal (i.e. have successfully completed SOC984 Research Methodology).
The scholarship for dissertation finalisation is awarded for a period up to 12 months (in amount of 7000 CZK/month) and it is dedicated to all doctoral students. Preference is usually be given to students who are
- at the time of the application submission in their fifth, sixth or seventh semester of studies and
- will defend their dissertation thesis in the eighth semester at latest.
Both scholarships are conditioned upon the excellent study results (primarily upon publications). In case if the applicants’ academic results are similar, preference will be given to those active at the department (attending Research meetings, assisting etc.). Terms might change.
4.4. Centres’ fellowships
It is possible to participate in activities of two research centres at the department - Center for Cultural Sociology of Migration and Center for Studies of Sexuality. Both might have open calls every year.
There are many different activities organised at the department such as conferences, Research Meetings, different working groups (prelink na http://soc-groups.fss.muni.cz/), doctoral integration activities and discussions.
- social inequalities (mobility, social class, education, gender)
- family and population development (fertility, life cycle, aging, intergenerational relations)
- cultural sociology (identity, collective memory, ethnicity)
- migration (cultural studies of migration, transnationalism)
- urban studies
- Csaba Szaló, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Steven Saxonberg, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Ladislav Rabušic,Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Petr Mareš, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Zdeněk Konopásek, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Tomáš Katrňák, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Martin Kreidl, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- David Šmahel, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Kateřina Nedbálková, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Lišková, Kateřina, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- va Šmídová, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Monika Metyková, Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno
- Zuzana Kusá, CSc. Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava
- Pavel Barša, Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague
- Jaroslav Střítecký, Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno
- Miloš Havelka, Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague
8. 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 975 euro per semester (1,950 Euro per year or 5,800 Euro per the whole degree program).
- For all programs and all faculties, see tuition fees at Masaryk University