Form of study: full-time or distance
Length of study: 4 year (8 semesters)
Profile of the graduate of RSD
The graduate can apply the latest theoretical ones, especially in the economic but also in the social pillar of sustainability knowledge from the field of economics (70%) and partly also sociology (30%) framed interdisciplinary the essence of sustainable regional and rural development. To this end, he mastered contemporary theoretical discourse, the latest apparatus of research results and related discussion in national and international contexts in related fields with the socio-cultural and socio-economic context of regional and rural development.
The graduate masters innovative methodological procedures, which can be applied in advanced types of independent or team social-scientific research, the results of which can be published not only in the form of research reports, but also publications listed in world-renowned databases (Web of Science, Scopus).
The graduate has experience with creative activities in an international environment and masters the necessary language and skills with this professional language in the academic and application sphere.
The graduate is competent to formulate practical recommendations and measures based on and supported by empirical data from research.
Graduates find employment in the academic and research spheres, where they lead both pedagogical activities and own research activity. Another area of application is state and public administration bodies, where they work as experts able to carry out independent research providing the data necessary to shape practical measures and to preparation of various documents (strategies, plans) that are needed in terms of regional and rural development. Thus, they can also work in NGOs and local action groups involved in community leadership local development and thus act in the field of social and territorial development. Finally, they also find application in international development organizations and agencies (e.g. UN FAO).
Typical positions of graduates:
- Independent researcher in the field of regional or rural development
- Researcher in the field of regional and rural development
- Independent expert in public administration bodies dealing with regional development or rural development
Objectives of the study programme
The aim of the doctoral study program Regional and Social Development is through advanced education areas of relevant knowledge in economics (70%) and in sociology (30%) and contemporary methods scientific research in these fields to prepare high-quality experts in the field of sustainable regional development and rural development, including the social aspects of such development. The aim is to provide for these students education within an interdisciplinary approach that will lead them to the art of performing independently and highly professional social science research based on the latest theoretical knowledge in the field of economics and more broadly I from social sciences (sociology) and on this basis to formulate the necessary practical and political recommendations, especially from perspective of socio-economic and socio-cultural dimensions of development activities in local, national and global context.
Concept of the study programme
The length of study is four years, which provides sufficient time for the students' research and for processing of a high quality doctoral thesis. It has been shown that in the field of management science it is necessary that the doctoral thesis must be based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research and that the results must be verified in practice. Great emphasis in the study load is therefore put on the research work of the students. Such emphasis is projected also to the number and structure of basic mandatory exams. In addition to the English and a second foreign language exams, the PhD student must pass an exam related to the core subject of the faculty and the core subject of the field and an exam of a subjects related to the topic of the dissertation and its processing. Besides to these basic fields of study, the faculty provides number of other courses in order to ensure the expected level of knowledge of a graduate. This structure allows that students concentrate mainly on their research leading to a high quality dissertation.
Admission procedure: general information about the admission procedure can be find on Doctoral Admission Procedures.
The condition for admission to the doctoral study programme of the FEM CZU Prague is the successful passing of the entrance examination and the proper completion of the Master's degree programme.
The entrance exam consists of:
- professional debate assessing the prerequisites for independent scientific and research activities and knowledge of the field based on the applicant's own creative work - for the purpose of professional discussion, the applicant submits a written intent of the dissertation in the extent of maximum 1 page A4, at the latest 7 days before the date of the entrance examination;
- an oral interview verifying the knowledge of English and a second world language;
- student’s university outcome assessment - The average of the classification of all subjects in the master's degree, or in the last two years in the case of a five-year degree course.