Historical Sociology

The aim of Historical Sociological research is the study of issues of long-term social processes and trends that have a significant impact on contemporary societies and phenomena. The Master's program in Historical Sociology cultivates research activities and the education of experts with an emphasis on the specialization in these processes.

Above all, historical sociology deals with problems of modernisation and social change, globalisation trends and influences, integration and disintegration processes, the relationship of continuity and discontinuity, religious and cultural pluralism, linking the global to the local, the identification of the chances and risks of social development, the analysis of conflict situations and the possibility of overcoming them. 

The need for understanding of all of these issues invokes the need for the development of adequate theoretical and methodological approaches, and also of the specific training of university students, which is possible through the study of Historical Sociology at our Faculty.

Application Deadline

July 31, 2020

Tuition Fee

2000€ / year

Lenght of Study

2 years (max. 5)

Form of Study


Application Form:

Available Here

Application Form and Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of July 31. Priority deadline is March 31. Application form is available here, on our Admissions portal.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a motivation letter, structured CV (curriculum vitae) and an academic paper in English before the application deadline.

    • The paper should be no less than 15 pages in length and prove your knowledge, skills and talent for study in the program for which you are applying. The paper can be your defended bachelor’s thesis or its summary, an article published in an academic journal or any new essay that you choose to represent you and your academic knowledge. In case you would need some topics to base your essay on you can find the list here:


    Theoretical conceptions of Historical Sociology and its main representatives. 


    Problems of social change and long-term developmental processes in various areas of social life. 


    Modernization, globalization and their role in contemporary society. 


    Changes in everyday life, religion, and culture. 


    Nations and nationalism then and today. 

    Please, note that all the required documents must be attached as files in your online application (My applications → Attachments/Progress → Upload an attachment to my application – Attachment type → Upload file).

  2. Submit a notarized copy of your Bachelor's diploma. If you graduated outside the Czech Republic, then you must submit an officially recognized/nostrified document validating your foreign education. More information on the process of recognition and nostrification can be found here.

An admission exam in not required.

Please note: The nostrification process can take a long time (1-3 months) and its successful completion is a necessary component of the departmental admission into the program. You will obtain an official acceptance letter from the university only after your foreign degree diploma is nostrified in the Czech Republic. If you need to apply for a student visa in order to study in Prague, please make all effort to complete all required steps of the admission process on time (i.e. before September 2020 when the semester starts). 

Profile of a Graduate

Throughout their study of the Master's program Historical Sociology, graduates will have covered both theoretical topics as well as practical and research-based topics. 

Regarding theory, graduates will have acquired historical-sociological knowledge from the social, cultural, religious, political, and economic spheres. Practical and research-based skills acquired throughout the study of this course include professional skills based on managing the basic approaches of quantitative and qualitative historical-sociological research methodology.

This combination of both theoretical and practical fields qualifies graduates for employment both in the academic sphere, i.e., at universities and research institutions, and in the non-academic sphere, i.e. in state administration, NGO’s, agencies, consultancy firms, educational institutions, cultural organisations, or the media.

Study Plan

Mandatory courses and amount of credits are available via the link provided.

The studies are taught in three general blocs which are made up of relevant courses taught by the department: Theoretical-Historical Bloc, where you gain knowledge of various theories and historical background of Historical Sociology; Methodological-Research Bloc, where you are taught the ins and outs of solid research together with relevant theories and methodologies; and Optional Thematic Bloc, where you are free to choose one from three optional areas depending on your interests and specialization. These areas are:

1. Theory of social change and modernization processes (Jiří Šubrt)

2. Historical sociology of culture and quotidian life (Bohuslav Šalanda)

3. The historical sociology of politics and international relations (Nicolas Maslowski)

You can find more information on the course structure and details regarding its organization on the webpages of the Historical Sociology department.

Further Information

For all information regarding the admission process, please, contact our Student Administration Office at .

For specific queries intended directly for the Department of Historical Sociology, please contact:


Department of Historical Sociology




+420 251 080 356


U Kříže 8, 158 00 Prague 5

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