Social Psychology

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” -William James

General information

The doctoral degree study programme in social 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 concerned with human behaviour and experience, such as medicine.

In order to pass the entrance examination, applicants have to demonstrate a high level of scientific thinking and the 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 may also take into consideration applicants’ previous work experience and publications.

Students will learn to apply current theoretical knowledge and continuously expand their own understanding of the three main lines in social psychology: the macro-social line related to the relationship between human individuals and social institutions (mass communication and culture); the micro-social line describing human individuals in the social context (aggression, affiliation, attraction, love, subjective wellbeing, etc.), and the line that studies the human individual as the object of social-psychological interventions (theories of training of social and psychological skills and team problem solving).

A successful graduate is able to

  • demonstrate profound and systematic knowledge and understanding of current practices in the field, including theories and issues that are the leading subjects of international debates
  • expand scientific knowledge through original research
  • provide 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 to enhance their own 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 language at the C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), not only through passing a language examination, but mainly through communicating their ide

Graduate employment

Graduates can work as professional scientific researchers in research institutions, consultants at various institutions providing social and psychological services, lecturers at universities, and in other institutions that focus on research, education, and conceptualization of new developments in the social domains of human functioning.

Doctors in psychology have been trained to be independent researchers and educators 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