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16.9. – 15.12.2019 Teaching
16.9. – 29.9.2019 Course enrolment changes
1.8. – 30.11.2019 Applications for the doctoral programme (enrolment Spring 2020)
until  21.11.2019 Application for doctoral thesis defence and doctoral state examination
until 30.11.2019 Topic registration for master thesis through the IS, expected defence in June 2020
until 13.12.2019 Selection of committee members for the state examination
until 13.12.2019 Publication of examination dates for the Autumn Semester
2.1. – 12.2.2020 Exam period
6.2.2020 Entrance examination for the doctoral programme
26.3. – 27.3.2020 Graduation ceremony
1/11/2019 – 5/12/2019 Registration for the masters’ state examination through the IS (the thesis defence and oral examination – January 2020) ; an electronic version of the thesis uploaded into the Archive of Theses/Dissertations in the IS; printed version in two copies is presented on the day of the exam
29/11/2019/ (inclusive) Deadline for uploading the thesis into the Homework Vaults of the Diploma Seminar course
11/12/2019/ Evaluation of the Diploma Seminar available
02/01/2020 until 3 p.m. Deadline for submitting the electronic version of the master’s thesis for CDS
16/01/2020 Supervisor’s and reader’s reports available for CDS (uploaded into the Archive of Theses/Dissertations)
28/1/2020 from 2 p.m. in the room U43 Master’s theses defences and written exam for CDS  (schedule will be available only in the IS – application STUDIES)

The Department of Political Science invites its students to spend a part of their studies abroad. The bulk of the exchange programme is organized under the Erasmus + framework, and the instruction at our partner universities is in most cases in English (though occasionally in German or French). Further information about the options regarding study abroad can be found on the website of the Centre for International Cooperation. Also, an interactive map of partner universities and programs is available here; alternatively, an Excel sheet can be downloaded here.


Inquiries should be directed at the Centre for International Cooperation, or at the Erasmus Coordinator at the Department of Political Science, doc. Michal Pink.

Topic registration: at least one semester in advance (for the exact deadline please see “Semester Schedule” tab).

Thesis topic: Propose your own topic or choose from the topics offered in the Information System. Your proposed topic must be accepted by your supervisor. The supervisor will then enter the topic into the IS, where you can register formally it. The topic can be amended during writing, however any changes have to be approved by the supervisor.

Thesis supervisors: Thesis supervisors can be department members with a Ph.D. or a higher title. Supervisors who are not members of the department have to be approved by the Head of the Department.

Writing the thesis: You should regularly consult with your supervisor during the progress of your work.

Length of the thesis: The length of a Master’s thesis is 144.000 – 180.000 characters including spaces (80 – 100 standard pages) including footnotes, but excluding the title page, declaration, acknowledgements, table of contents, list of abbreviations, appendices, and bibliography.

A Master’s Thesis must include:

  • Title page with the name of the university, faculty and programme, title of the thesis, type of the thesis (Master’s), name of the author, their UČO, place and year of completing the work.
  • Declaration of originality (authorship).
  • The cover of the printed version has to include the name of the university and faculty, type of the thesis (Master’s), name of the author, and place and year of completing the work.
  • Table of contents including the exact lengths of the thesis (the parts specified above) in characters including spaces.
  • Text of the thesis
  • Bibliography
  • Annotation and keywords (must be submitted into the IS as well).

A thesis can include acknowledgements with thanks to the supervisors and/or other persons.


  • Format: A4, duplexing is allowed
  • Font size: 12 in the text, 11 in notes
  • Spacing: 1,5 in the text, 1 in notes
  • Notes: in footnotes or as endnotes at the end of each chapter or the whole text; notes are numbered in Arabic numerals
  • Figures, tables and pictures: all have to be numbered and referenced. Can be included directly in the text or in an appendix.
  • All pages have to be numbered.
  • Students are required to uphold academic honesty rules. For the expected citation style see the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date Quick Guide. Plagiarism and other breaches of academic integrity will have serious repercussions.
  • The bibliography is at the end of the text and is sorted by alphabet. Sources without an author are sorted according to the first letter of their title. Titles in foreign languages are not translated. Titles written in a non-Latin script are transliterated into Latin script.

Submitting the thesis:

Students are obliged to enrol in the course Diploma seminar in the semester when they plan to defend their thesis. The Diploma seminar has to be successfully completed before the defence (requirements for completing the course are set by the supervisor, typically it means submitting a rough draft of the text). The final text is submitted in two identical versions:

  • An electronic version uploaded into the Archive of Theses/Dissertations in the IS
  • A printed version submitted at the department in two copies

A Master’s thesis must be submitted in hardback (hardcover) format.

Basic Information

To be able to take part in the final state exam consisting of the thesis defense and written final exam, students are required to have completed 120 credits (out of which 92 credits should be earned in compulsory courses and 28 credits in optional courses) and have submitted the Master’s thesis by the date set in the departmental calendar. Please note that all of your required course credits and grades must be entered by the teachers into the information system at least 7 days prior to final state exams.

Thesis Discussion

One week before the Final State Examinations, the Department publishes the Master’s theses defense schedules, which shows you exact time and place of your thesis defense. Students do not have to be present at the opening, but they should come about 20 minutes before their scheduled time, in case there is a shift.

The thesis defense follows a standard procedure. At the beginning, the student introduces his/her work, then the supervisor and opponent reviews are read, student has a given time to respond to the reviews, and then a general discussion follows. The thesis defense is open to public.

Final State Exam

The final exam is written. The general topics are published on the departmental website; the exam then includes 4 open questions. The exam lasts for 60 minutes. See the list of topics below.


The thesis defense and the written exam constitute two parts of the final state examination. In case of failure in one of these parts, the student resits only the part in which s/he failed. The defense and the written test are evaluated on the following scale:

A- Excellent, B – Very Good, C – Good, D – Satisfactory, E – Sufficient, F – Failed.

Final Exam Topics and Required Reading

  • Causes of Civil Wars (Collier and Hoeffler 2004, Fearon and Laitin 2003)
  • Economics, inequality, and terrorism (Krueger 2007)
  • Colonialism and Development (Acemoglu et al. 2001)
  • Modernization and Democratization (Boix and Stokes 2003)
  • Security Systems and Actors (Waltz 2001, Buzan 2008)
  • Liberty, Authority, and Legitimacy (Beetham 2013, Talisse 2016)
  • Democracy, Disagreement, and Political Representation(Talisse 2009, Mair 2013)
  • Cybersecurity (Singer and Friedman 2014)
  • Types of Modern Non-Democratic Regimes (Brooker 2000, Chehabi 1998, Linz 2000)
  • Paradigms of Democratization: historical sociology, modernization paradigm, transition theory, democracy promotion (Haerpfer et al. 2009)
  • Theories and types of conflict (Ramsbotham et al. 2011)
  • Dynamics of conflict – causes, actors, intensity and resolution (Bartos and Wehr 2002; Ramsbotham et al. 2011)



  • Acemoglu, D., Johnson, S. and Robinson, J. A. (2001): Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation. American Economic Review, 91(5), pp. 1369-1401.
  • Bartos, Otomar J. and Paul Wehr (2002): Using Conflict Theory.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 12-49 and 98-118.
  • Beetham, D. (2013): The Legitimation of Power. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 3–41.
  • Boix, C. and Stokes, S. (2003): Endogenous Democratization, World Politics, 55(4), pp. 517-549.
  • Brooker, P. (2000): Non-Democratic Regimes. Theory, Government and Politics.Houndmills, Basingstoke Hampshire: Macmillan Press, pp. 7-99 and 226-255.
  • Buzan, B. (2008): People, States & Fear: An agenda for international security studies in the post-cold war era. Colchester: ECPR Press, pp. 18-30 (chapter 1).
  • Collier, P. and Hoeffler, A. (2004): Greed and Grievance in Civil War, Oxford EconomicPapers56(4), pp. 563-595.
  • Fearon, J. and Laitin, D. (2003): Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War, American PoliticalScience Review97(1), pp. 75-90.
  • Haerpfer, Ch. W., Bernhagen, P., Inglehart, R. F. and Welzel, Ch. (eds., 2009): Democratization, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 74-106, 249-265 and 377-385.
  • Chehabi, H. E. and Linz, J. J. (eds., 1998): Sultanistic Regimes.London – Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, pp. 3-48.
  • Krueger, A. B. (2007): What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 23-104.
  • Linz, J. J. (2000): Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes. London: Boulder 2000, pp. 1-40.
  • Mair, P. (2013): Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy. London: Verso, pp. 1–16.
  • Ramsbotham, O., Woodhouse, T. and Miall, H. (2011): Contemporary Conflict Resolution.Malden: Polity Press, pp. 78 – 245.
  • Singer, P. W. and Friedman, A. (2014): Cybersecurity and cyberwar: what everyone needs to know. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 12-165.
  • Talisse, R. (2009): Democracy and Moral Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 11–41 (chapter 1, “The Problem of Deep Politics”).
  • Talisse, R. (2016): Engaging Political Philosophy. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 41–65 (chapter 3, „Liberty“), pp. 66–92 (chapter 4, „Authority“).
  • Waltz, K. N. (2001): Man, the state, and war: A theoretical analysis. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 1-42 (chapter 1).

If you happen to deal with difficulties during your studies or are not clear on the relevant rules and requirements, you can contact the study advisor (Dr. Otto Eibl) by email or in person during his office hours.

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