PhD in Theoretical Legal Sciences – Law and Legal Theory in European Context


Program Description

The objective of the doctoral program of study “Theoretical Legal Sciences – Law and Legal Theory in European Context” is that specialists and academics with a scientific approach to solving theoretical and practical issues within one or more scientific legal fields will pursue scientific creative activities and study. Graduates of the doctoral program of study “Theoretical Legal Sciences – Law and Legal Theory in European Context” will have enhanced their qualifications and expanded and deepened their knowledge in a particular field of legal science in such a way that they will have attempted to form or identify the theoretical basis of the respective field by analyzing their practical experience and knowledge.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance examination is held in one round and is taken orally. The examination is essentially taken in the Czech or Slovak languages; where the applicant intends to be admitted to the English program of study the entrance examination is taken in English. The purpose of the entrance examination is to assess primarily the relevant academic knowledge of an applicant, as well as his or her initial capability of carrying out autonomous scientific activities and research within the selected field of study.

The maximum total score to reach the entrance examination is 60 points. The overall number of points achieved by an applicant is composed of the number of points reached within individual parts of the entrance examination. The range of points in individual parts of the entrance examination is as follows:

  • A debate over the presented project of a dissertation (0 -20 points);
  • Bonus points awarded for an applicant's understanding of the content of study regarding (a) his or her plan to be involved in scientific projects and research of the expected training unit (e.g. academic department), and in international research cooperation; (b) linking his or her dissertation topic and outline with the research profile of his or her doctoral student training unit; (c) consent of a selected supervisor to supervise the applicant's project of the intended dissertation (0-10 points);
  • Assessment of the recent academic and research activities of an applicant (0-10 points);
  • Proving the knowledge resulting from studying relevant scientific literature and the academic knowledge within the scope of the final state examination in the respective subject field taken during the master's program of study; in case of subject not included in the final state examination, proving the knowledge within the scope set for regular advancement examinations during the master's program. An applicant for study in the English language should show his or her knowledge of the respective literature and the knowledge relevant for a wider context of his or her dissertation project (0-20 points).

The minimum overall number of points for an applicant to attain at the entrance examination in order to be admitted to study is 40 points.

Not later than within 30 days from the entrance examination, the Dean will issue a decision regarding admission or non-admission of the applicant to the doctoral program of study. The Faculty will deliver the decision by restricted delivery (to the applicant's own hands) via a licensed operator of postal services. The decision to admit an applicant to the doctoral program of study may be sent to the applicant via the electronic Student Information System if the applicant had expressed consent with such delivery in the electronic application for admission.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 05.06.2019 until: 05.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 18.06.2019 until: 18.06.2019

Graduate Profile

A graduate from the doctoral studies has acquired deep theoretical knowledge in his or her respective branch of national law as well as in the European context, based upon international comparison and a wider background of social sciences. The graduate is capable of analyzing general and specific issues in the respective branch of law, as well as synthesizing the knowledge and information obtained. The doctoral degree in law may be applied particularly in the academic and scholarly environment.

Career Prospect

A graduate of the doctoral program of study “Theoretical Legal Sciences – Law and Legal Theory in European Context” will have expanded and deepened, through the study, his or her qualifications in a respective scientific legal field. A graduate will be competent to carry out scholarly work and to contribute to the development of the respective field of legal science. Emphasis is laid on academic and research-oriented consultations with the respective supervisor. The principal aim of the study is that a graduate will have compiled a dissertation where he or she will have applied scholarly methodology and included complex analyses of practical knowledge and experience, as well as the deduction of theoretical conclusions and principles therefrom. Knowledge, capabilities, and skills of a graduate will have been assessed via examination in individual subjects and the written dissertation, which must be published (or accepted for publication) either as a whole or its parts, before the defense thereof.

Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

The Law Faculty of Charles University was formed in 1348 as one of four faculties of the newly established Charles University.

The Law Faculty of Charles University was formed in 1348 as one of four faculties of the newly established Charles University. Read less