Social Policy and Social Work

Doctoral degree in full-time or combined form. The language of instruction is English.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject. Tuition fee is €1,500 per academic year.

What will you learn?

The aim of the programme is to prepare professionals focused on the exploration of social and public policy issues, social work and human resources development programmes.

„Using reflexive research to improve quality of helping interventions“

The subject of the research are social and public policy, social problems, difficult life situations, interventions social work and the implementation of specific interventions and the evaluation of their effectiveness.

Programme graduates are able to achieve this goal through their research activities, evaluation of existing or development of new measures and their implementation in practice. They can do this at international, national, regional and local levels.

Programme graduates are prepared for further research careers in national and international academic institutions, as well as for employment in public administration, social policy, social work and social service organisations.

Practical training

Research and pedagogical knowledge and skills are developed through hands-on activities.

Research competences: the students carry out their own research projects. They search for research questions and hypotheses, design research studies, collect and analyse data, write publications, gain experience in the publication process and make their expertise available to the general public.

Pedagogical competences: the students are involved in all types of pedagogical activities. They communicate with students, are administratively involved in the running of courses, assess students' course assignments, teach seminars and lectures, supervise and review bachelor theses.

The development of research and pedagogical competences takes place under the supervision of a supervisor, more experienced researchers/pedagogues and through cooperation with foreign experts.

Further information

Admission information: https://www.fss.muni.cz/en/faculty-of-social-studies/what-you-can-study/doctoral-studies

http://spsp.fss.muni.cz/

CEPRES (Centre for practice and evaluation studies) http://www.cepres-muni.cz

Career opportunities

The primary areas of employment for graduates are international and national research and academia, public administration, social policy, social work and social services organisations.

In these organizations, they become researchers, creators of policies, programmes, and educators. They become authors of strategies for solving social problems or supporting the coping with difficult life situations at all levels of functioning (national, regional and local), as advisors and experts of political actors, state administration or non-governmental (even transnational) organizations.

Admission requirements

Dates for submitting an e-application: 1 August 2023 – 30 November 2023
Dates for inserting supporting documents to the e-application: 1 August 2023 – 15 January 2024
Date of Entrance examination: 29 January 2024 - 2 February 2024
Minimum score for being accepted: 60 points (out of 100)
Supporting documents:

  • Outline of the proposed dissertation project
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Consent of the future supervisor
  • Copy of master's degree certificate or proof of current studies
  • List of publications and papers (if available)
  • Proof of English - minimum B2 level (optional; compulsory only for those who cannot participate personally in the entrance exam)


Those who cannot participate in the entrance exam in person have to provide additionally 2 Letters of Recommendation. They must be sent by the referees themselves to our e-mail or mail contacts.

For being accepted, it is necessary to obtain the formal recognition of prior education in the Czech Republic. See the PhD admission website for further information.
Important information: https://1url.cz/@doctoral

Criteria for evaluation

The maximum possible score for the entrance examination is 100 points. A minimum of 60 points is required to pass the entrance examination.

Criteria for assessing applicants:

  • Research project as a basis for the preparation of the dissertation - max. 60 points
  • Professional knowledge in the given research area - max. 20 points
  • Language skills (English in both written and verbal form) - max. 10 points
  • Previous research experience - max. 10 points

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Social Studies
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction English
Doctoral board and doctoral committees
Tuition fees
The studies are subject to tuition, fees are paid per academic year
€1,500
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