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African Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The PhD study of the field Africa Studies aims at the preparation of qualified specialists in area studies with primary focus on Africa. The PhD study is designed especially for students with a Master´s Degree in Political Science or related disciplines. The study concentrates primarily on comparative research of Africa with the objective to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge to social, political and economic problems of the Africa region.

The objective of the African Studies programme is the education and preparation of scholars interested in research and teaching with a focus on Africa. The study is aimed at the preparation of graduates who will acquire theoretical and methodological knowledge as well as practical skills acquired at one go the many partner universities and research institutions in African countries. Students are supposed to carry out an extensive field research in Africa related to the topic of their doctoral dissertation. The immediate experience of the study and research abroad will enable the graduates of the PhD programme to take up research projects and to absorb the knowledge better and maximize its practical usage.

The graduates will be professionally and also linguistically fully prepared for independent scientific research and teaching, for work in public institutions, such as ministries with agendas focused on Africa, in media, non-governmental organizations, diplomacy as well as other foreign or home institutions searching for experts in area studies. 


Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Methodology of Scientific Research
  • Theory of Political Systems
  • Philosophy of Mind, Language and Culture
  • Theory and History of International Relations
  • Publication Activity 
  • Africa in International Relations  
  • Political Institutions of Africa
  • Language spoken in the Area (except English)  
  • Foreign Study Stay
  • Doctoral Seminar
  • Dissertation Thesis

                            English Language Requirements

                            This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                            General Requirements

                            • an attested copy of the certificate/diploma nostrification (in exceptional cases on the date of study enrolment at the latest). M
                            • a structured CV
                            • at least 2 references/recommendations from the university of graduation
                            • a research project proposal at the extent of approx. 4-5 standard pages 
                            • a confirmation of language proficiency (certificates etc.) and of prospective publication activity

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International

                              3000 EUR/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
                            • EU/EEA

                              3000 EUR/year
                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 3000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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                            Living costs for Hradec Králové

                            • 11300 - 16600 CZK/month
                              Living Costs

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