Essential Information about Study
An applicant becomes a student on the day of enrolment in the university.
A standard period of study is at least 3 years and at most 4 years.
The maximum duration of a doctoral study programme is 8 years. For students admitted to study no later than the academic year 2016/2017, the maximum lenght of study is the standard length of study of this study program prolonged by 5 years.
Doctoral study programmes are realised in the full-time or combined form.
The student is entitled to a doctoral bursary, if studying in full-time studies for a standard period of study.
The study is organised according to an individual study plan under the supervision of a Supervisor and possibly also with the participation of an Advisor.
The individual study plan in particular includes a list of study obligations, scientific, research or other creative obligations and planned or recommended foreign stays or other research internships or pedagogical activities.
The study in the doctoral study programme is monitored and evaluated by the Subject Area Board established as per Section 47 (6) of the Higher Education Act and according to Article 22 (13) and (14) of the Constitution.
A doctoral student may take an exam in a registered subject no more than twice, i.e. they are entitled to one substitute date. The results of exams are classified as pass - fail.
Study may be interrupted more than once upon request from a student or by virtue of office. With the exception of cases where the reasons for termination of study apply, the Dean interrupts the study of a student upon his request. The longest total length of study interruption (Article 54 (1) of the Higher Education Act) is the longest period, which, together with the actual time of study, does not exceed the maximum period of study
The English language exam (code D0400003) is mandatory for all doctoral students at the Second Faculty of Medicine. For more information visit the website of the Department of Languages.
To complete his/her study, student must meet the following requirements:
Pass the State Doctoral Examination
In order to be admitted to State Doctoral Examination, student must complete his/her individual study plan, which must include, inter alia, the following:
- Certificate of attendance of at least two courses (one of which is usually taken abroad)
- Passing an examination in English language proficiency
- Co-authorship (or first authorship) of at least one impacted publication
- If required by the Subject Area Board, student must also present an overview of literature, i.e. a text which describes and critically evaluates current situation in the relevant field of research. Knowledge of relevant literature helps doctoral student formulate scientific hypotheses and questions relevant to his/her endorsement or rejection. This literature overview must include a proposal of such a hypothesis and research goals. It should be 15 to 20 pages long.
Complete the Dissertation
Dissertation is usually written in Czech, but depending on regulations of the individual faculties, the use of other languages may also be permitted. Language of the disseration must be specified in the individual study plan. Student may work on his/her dissertation in a "cotutelle" regime, i.e. under double Supervisors. This approach is especially well-suited for collaboration with international universities: it enables student to complete part of his/her dissertation at a university abroad and under Supervisors experts from both the foreign institution and the Charles University. For more detail, see Methodical Directives Pertaining to the Administration of Agreement on Joint Supervision of Dissertation, So-Called "Cotutelle", Between the Charles University and a Foreign University.
Study in a doctoral programme of study follows an individual study plan under the guidance of a Supervisor and usually with the participation of an Advisor. The Supervisor and the Advisor of a particular student are appointed and recalled by the Dean upon a proposal of the Subject Area Board. The Supervisor with his student are to compile the student´s individual study plan containing primarily the topic of a dissertation and a list of all study duties, scientific, research and other obligations, an outline of planned or recommended stays abroad and other visits or internships and pedagogical activities. The student is then obliged to submit the drawn-up ISP through the electronic Study Information System to his Supervisor. Should the student fail to submit it by the deadline determined in a respective Dean´s directive he has failed to comply with a requirement set in this Code and his study is to be terminated. The Supervisor must submit the individual study plan to the Subject Area Board no later than two months after the beginning of the academic year in which the applicant is enrolled. The Subject Area Board may request that the head of a unit providing to the student technical and organizational background ("head of the doctoral student training unit") should submit his opinion. The individual study plan is binding on the student upon its approval by the Subject Area Board.
Fulfilment of the ISP is subject to regular (at least annual) evaluation, which is submitted along with substantiation by the Supervisor and discussed and approved by the Subject Area Board. The evaluation conclusion consists of a statement that the student
- fulfils the individual study plan;
- has not fulfilled some duties set in his individual study plan;
- has failed to fulfil the ISP obligations; in this case the student did not meet the requirement established by the ISP and the study will be terminated. The day of termination of study is the date of legal force of the decision on the termination of study
If the regular assessment leads to the conclusion that the student failed to fulfil the requirements of his ISP, the Dean will adopt a decision about the withdrawal of the bursary.
Participation at the Conference is mandatory for all PhD students from the 3rd year and it is part of their study plans. Only substantial reason for the absence will be accepted. Needless to say, applications from students of all years of study are welcome.
Study may be interrupted more than once upon request from a student or by virtue of office. With the exception of cases where the reasons for termination of study apply, the Dean interrupts the study of a student upon his request. The longest total length of study interruption (Article 54 (1) of the Higher Education Act) is the longest period, which, together with the actual time of study, does not exceed the maximum period of study. The periods of interruption of study due to recognized parental leave or to serious health problems do not count towards the longest total period of interruption of study.
The student will enclose documents supporting the reasons for interruption of study with the application for the interruption of study. The study is interrupted as of the date of coming into legal force of the decision on interruption or on a later date stipulated in the statement part of the decision. On the day the interruption of study begins, the person loses his student status. The time for the fulfilment of study obligations neither starts to run nor continues.
A person who has been granted an interruption of study must report the facts relevant to the interruption of study and its duration to the faculty.
The Dean terminates the interruption of study upon a written application filed by the student whose study was interrupted usually in such manner that the person may, after re-registration, continue to study without further adjustment of the course of study.
The interruption of study is terminated as of the date of coming into legal force of the decision on the termination of interruption or on a later date stipulated in the statement part of the decision.
Upon termination of the interruption of study, the person acquires the right to re-register for study within the period determined by the faculty in the decision on the termination of interruption of study or in the decision on the interruption of study.
If the maximum period of study elapsed during the interruption of study, the interruption may not be terminated and the person whose study had been interrupted is considered to have withdrawn from study on the day of the maximum period of study.
A doctoral scholarship is awarded to all students enrolled in a full-time doctoral programme during the standard length of study (usually 4 years). The scholarship ranges from CZK 10,500 to CZK 25,000 per month. The specific amount within this range is determined by the Dean of the Faculty, in accordance with the Faculty Internal Regulation.
Further information about Scholarships and Fees for Studies in English is available on the Charles University website.
Charles University holds either separate graduation ceremonies for doctoral graduates of a single faculty, or joint ceremonies for several faculties, depending on the number of graduates. Joint graduation ceremonies are organized by the Curriculum and Student Affairs Department of the Rectorate and take place twice a year, in May and November. Faculty graduation ceremonies are held by the relevant faculty once or twice a year, depending on the number of graduates.
Doctoral graduates receive all information on the graduation ceremony by e-mail from the PhD study and foreign affairs.
For more information about graduation ceremonies, university diplomas and diploma supplement, click here.