Organisation of study

The main focus of PhD studies at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development is the dissertation. It can take the form of a monograph or thematically similar papers written within the PhD period and interconnected with the theoretical framework. PhD students receive individual tutoring. At the end of the PhD period, the thesis is publicly defended. The study is in Czech with some of the courses/lectures in English or only in English (suitable for both Czech or international students).

  • The first year of post-graduate study includes a mandatory colloquy in general social and regional geography and demography. The colloquy is taught by members of the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development and visiting specialists from related geographical departments. Graduates of disciplines other than geography and graduates of geography from other universities are required to attend selected courses at the magisterial level of study. Depending on the topic of a doctoral thesis, the PhD student together with his/her supervisor decide on other courses, including those taught at other faculties or universities that the student needs to attend.
  • Within the second year of study passing the final exam is required. 
  • The third and fourth year is usually focused on writing the thesis. 

Students are encouraged to participate in the teaching and activities of the Department. 

For a better orientation in doctoral study at Charles University see the Rector's Directive No.19/2018 - Doctoral Study Handbook or in Czech Manuál pro doktorské studium