General Psychology

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General information

The doctoral degree study programme in general psychology is primarily open to applicants who have a Master’s degree in psychology, or, in exceptional cases, applicants with a Master’s degree in other related fields.

In order to pass the entrance examination, applicants have to demonstrate the high level of scientific thinking and research skills needed for independent scientific work, a profound and systematic knowledge of theories and approaches in the field, and appropriate language skills. The committee can also take into consideration applicants’ previous work experience and publications.

The doctoral degree study programme allows future researchers to obtain the necessary qualifications for a scientific career in a given field. It involves passing a set of compulsory courses specified by the course catalogue while independently conducting research under the supervision of a supervisor, resulting in the publication of scientific papers and a doctoral dissertation.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of both the classic and modern psychological theories and models they will refer to in their dissertations, and will be able to describe them in terms of a broader network, explain them in the context of the addressed research problem, and evaluate them critically, i.e. discuss their significance as well as limitations. Students are required to show substantial and complex knowledge of the philosophy of science, methodology, and scientific research methods, use appropriate terminology, and apply the acquired knowledge and skills in their dissertations.

The aim of this doctoral degree study programme is to ensure that the students acquire theoretical knowledge and skills, which they will be able to demonstrate through independent scientific work in the field of general psychology. Most importantly, students are expected to develop a substantial capacity for integrating different sources of information and approaches in the chosen field and related fields and use them in both basic and applied research.

A successful graduate is able to

  • demonstrate profound and systematic knowledge and understanding of the state of the art in the field, including the theories and issues that are leading subjects of current international debates
  • expand scientific knowledge through original research
  • provide an appropriate theoretical background for the object of research and develop a well-founded research design
  • employ various methodological approaches in the field and process and analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data at an advanced level
  • write scientific research proposals and design and conduct scientific projects
  • coordinate scientific collaborations
  • communicate original research findings to the domestic and international scientific community as well as to the general public clearly and comprehensibly
  • continue enhancing their knowledge and skills and engage in educational activities for others
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired through philosophical and methodological courses and examinations (especially with regard to issues relevant for the doctoral dissertation project)
  • demonstrate proficiency in at least one scientific lingua franca at the C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), not only by passing a language exam, but mainly through communicating their ideas

Graduate employment

Graduates can work as professional scientific researchers in research institutions and as lecturers at universities.

Graduates of the doctoral degree study programme in psychology are qualified to undertake scientific projects in the fields of basic and/or applied research. In the most general sense, they are considered qualified for any kind of scientific work, including developing conceptual frameworks, participating in and managing scientific research teams, projects, and boards, and teaching.

Graduates from the doctoral degree study programme in psychology who do not hold a Master’s degree in Psychology are qualified for scientific and academic professions only – they are NOT qualified to work as practising psychologists.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study doctoral
Mode full-time, combined
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction czech

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

Additional information

www.psych.phil.muni.cz

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