Ph.D. in General Issues in Geography


Program Description

General Issues in Geography as a program of doctoral studies constitute an effort to find the touching/intersected topics that link the previous programs of doctoral studies. In fact, the rapid development of geographic fields in the past half a century brought about their exceptional differentiation, while the common denominator of the individual fields was weakened.

The strengthening of mutual links between individual fields of geography constitutes a major task both for further development of geography as a science and the fulfilling of the urgent needs of society. This is associated with the fact that the current landscape, as a focus of geographical study, is undergoing major changes both on the local and regional levels, as well as the state, continental and global levels. However, its research is primarily materialized within specialized disciplines. As a result, an interconnection of differing aspects of crucial questions of the research into the interaction of nature and society and the enhancement of holistic approaches to the solution of problems is becoming urgently needed.

The crucial problems should be not only studied but also represented in the educational process as its integrating parts. It is just geography on elementary and secondary schools (as well as a number of non-geographic programs of universities) that should play the corresponding integrating role of an umbrella field. The misunderstanding of this integrating potential of geography by the drafters of the curricular reform of the Czech education and the traditional division of sciences/subjects/disciplines into social and natural science spheres can also be ascribed to the long-standing absence of a similar, comprehensively conceived doctoral study program in the milieu of the Czech higher education. It is an objective of the doctoral study program to reprieve this state of affairs. Geography is an interdisciplinary field with a distinctive, though not always used the potential of multidisciplinary cooperation.

The studies proceed in three thematic directions integrating the character of geographic research: a) geographic thought; b) landscape development; c) education in geography. There is the assumption that one of them is a major focus of the research effort of a Ph.D. student. The remaining two will allow a student of the doctoral studies to be firmly anchored in the general, integrating the issue of geographic fields.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.

During the entrance examination, the candidate must demonstrate the technical and linguistic skills to study the given program, along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The examination is graded with a maximum of 100 points, of which 10 points are awarded as a bonus for giving a more specific idea of the study content and planned dissertation work in the voluntary application appendix, including the dissertation topic, a brief annotation, the anticipated supervising department and the consent of a specific supervisor to supervise such doctoral project.

Conditions for admission

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

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 17.06.2019 until: 28.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 08.07.2019 until: 19.07.2019

Rules governing exemption from entrance examination

The entrance exam may be waived based on a written request from the candidate, provided they have successfully applied for a STARS project in the given academic year. Such a request, along with documentation that the conditions have been met, must be submitted (but not electronically) by 19 May 2019.

Career Prospect

This graduate is well-prepared for work either independently or as a team member in scientific, research and pedagogical fields. He/she has a broad understanding of general geographical issues, both in terms of theory and issues which integrate geographical topics with other related fields (namely the development and utilization of landscape), as well as in the realm of teaching geography in both Czech and international contexts. The graduate is able to apply his/her knowledge of theories and concepts (e.g. the evolution of geographical thinking, geographical synthesis, forecasting of environmental changes). He/she is active in scientific research and training (conceptual, writing and reviewing, curriculum development, development of educational programs and materials, the promotion of geographical knowledge).

Last updated Jan 2020

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