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The Ph.D. program in musicology conducted in English and German is
offered to satisfy the increasing interest among foreign students and
researchers in the work of Czech composers such as Smetana, Dvořák,
Janáček and Martinů, as well as in the broader cultural and historical
context of Czech musical culture. The program gives the Ph.D.
candidates the opportunity to study their subject of interest in situ,
and to conduct research in the local archives. Writing the dissertation
in English or German enables the candidates to contribute directly to
the international musicological debate.
Ph.D. program in musicology is opened to graduates of Master’s programs
in the musical disciplines. Candidates are required to provide the
selection committee with information about their education and
employment history and, if applicable, an up-to-date list of
publications. Candidates are also required to submit a written proposal
of their dissertation project. The submitted proposal will serve as the
starting point for an interview that will aim at asserting both the
candidate’s familiarity with the basic theoretical and methodological
foundations of the discipline of musicology and his or her knowledge of
the crucial issues concerning the proposed dissertation project.
Candidates should also prove an elementary passive knowledge of the
Czech language. The selected candidates are expected to improve their
proficiency in the Czech language in the course of their studies, in
order to be able to read academic literature and study Czech-language
Organization of the Ph.D. program in musicology
candidate is provided with an individual study plan that is aimed at
developing the specialized knowledge necessary for a successful
completion of the Ph.D. dissertation.
In the course of the program, the Ph.D. candidates are required to pass three examinations:
1) in the history of Czech music
2) in the general methodological and theoretical foundations of musicology
3) in an elective subject depending on the student’s specialization and dissertation topic
Ph.D. classes are taught in the following subjects:
A. Selected topics in the history of Czech music (English or German)
Analysis and interpretation of selected works of Czech music (English or German)
case the number of Ph.D. candidates is lower than three,
the program is realized in the form of individual
B. In accordance with
their dissertation topic and individual
study plan the
candidates may choose to attend
Ph.D. and Master’s courses offered in Czech.
All required exams including the final exam and dissertation defense are conducted in English or German.
The examinations in the
history of Czech music and the general methodological and theoretical
foundations of musicology are oral only. The examination in the
elective subject consists in writing an academic essay of 15 to 20
pages (in either English or German) and a discussion of the essay with
Ph.D. candidates are
required to have consultations prior to all exams, including the final
exam, and to regularly consult the progress of their Ph.D. dissertation.
The dissertation must be
at least 120 pages long, written in either English or German, and must
meet the high standards of academic writing.
about the admission process, study fees and other administration issues
contact the Research department of the Faculty of Arts, Charles
University in Prague.
Prof. PhDr. Ivan Šedivý, CSc. – vice-dean for research, e-mail: email@example.com, tel. +420 221 619 396
Ms. Martina Baslová – Ph.D. programs administrator, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +420 221 619 320