Information on the admission procedure

Doctoral study programmes at Second Faculty of Medicine, which follow on from master studies, offer a higher and more demanding form of education. For studies of this kind, an individual approach to each student is typical, aimed at developing his/her scientific activities. The aim of the studies is to prepare the student for his/her further scientific career, or for highly-qualified work in another profession. The whole study programme is organized in close collaboration with a Supervisor and under the supervision of a board of specialists.
The standard length of the studies is 3 or 4 years. The studies are completed by the State Doctoral Examination and by the presentation and Defence of a Doctoral Dissertation, by which the doctoral student demonstrates his/her skills and ability to carry through independent creative scientific work. A graduate of a doctoral study programme is awarded the academic title of "doctor" and a Ph.D. degree.
 
If you decide to take a doctoral study programme at our faculty, it is necessary to make an application within the faculty’s deadline, submit confirmation that you have graduated from an appropriate master study programme, submit documentary evidence that fees and charges have been paid, and fulfill the faculty’s requirements for the application procedures.
 
Things you should know before you applying to PhD programm
  • Choose a preliminary theme of your doctoral dissertation and contact the relevant Supervisor. Together, create a more detailed specification of your chosen topic.
  • Read the conditions for admission to the relevant doctoral study programme, complete instructions for the applicants (including the bank account number for payment of the admission fee) and fill in the relevant forms. The forms are available below.
  • Electronic form for an applicationAfter filling in the application form must be printed, signed and sent or delivered to the Department for PhD Study and Foreign Affairs.
  • Also read the relevant regulations concerning the doctoral study program.
  • All important dates regarding the doctoral study are listed in the overview of the doctoral study programme.
Applicants are accepted for a study in doctoral study programmes based on an admissions process, which takes place separately for the individual study programmes at the relevant faculties at a time announced by the Rector, usually in June. The beginning of admissions process is announced by the faculties publicly at least 4 months before application deadline using their official board. At the same time, the faculties also inform the Rectorate of the Charles University. More information about this can be found in Code of Admission Procedure for Applicants.

The admission procedure is initiated by a completely and correctly filled application and by a payment of the admission fee. Both things must be done by April 30, 2020. If the application does not meet all the requirements or the admission has not been paid, the faculty will ask the candidate to correct these issues and provide him/her with an adequate time to do so. If the applicant fails to correct the issues, the application will not be processed. The fee is non-refundable at any stage of the admission procedure.

Admission examinations take the form of an interview with Examination Boards. These Boards are appointed by the Dean of the faculty at the suggestion of the Chair of the relevant Subject Area Board. They usually include members of the relevant Subject Area Board. Examination Boards are usually headed by the Chair of the relevant Subject Area Board. Admission interview may include a discussion about the proposed dissertation project and conditions needed for its implementation. It is also required that the proposed thesis Supervisor be present at the interview (see A List of Supervisors at the Second Faculty of Medicine).

 

The applicant is supposed to check the requirement for applicants specified for particular fields of study. The entrance exam is one round and it consists of one or more parts (as specified for individual study programmes). Your presentation during the exam is evaluated by an Admission Board, however, the final decision has to be done by the Dean of faculty. Admission Board then votes on the result of the admissions examination. In case the votes are split evenly, the Chairs vote is decisive. Admission examination is classified as either "accepted" or "not accepted". In case the number of applicants is higher than the number of positions, the Board compiles a ranking.

The Chair of the Admission Board submits a record about the outcome of the admission examination to the Dean within three days of the interview. If the result is "accepted", the Department for PhD Study and Foreign Affairs prepares acceptation documents and let them sign by the Dean. The Dean’s Office then notifies the applicant within 30 days of the admission examination about the outcome of the interview. In the case of a visa application, acceptation documents are required for the procedure. Applicant may appeal against this decision within 30 days of its delivery to the Rector of the Charles University via the Dean of the Second Faculty of Medicine.

Below, you will find information regarding how to apply, which documents should be included when you are applying for a doctoral’s degree programme and other important issues regarding your application.

Terms of entrance interviews 

Code

The name of the doctoral study programme

The Chair of Subject Area Board

Expected terms

Regular term

Alternative term

 

P1412

Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry

9. 6. 2020

24. 6. 2020

P1516

Cell biology and Pathology

11. 6. 2020

18. 6. 2020

P1804

Biomedical Informatics

3. 6. 2020

18. 6. 2020

P5105

Experimental Surgery

2. 6. 2020

16. 6. 2020

P5208

Pharmacology and Toxicology

3. 6. 2020

17. 6. 2020

P5106

Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

8. 6. 2020

22. 6. 2020

P1517

Immunology

19. 6. 2020

7. 7. 2020

P091D350021

Cardiovascular Science

3. 6. 2020

10. 6. 2020

P915D360001

Kinesiology and Rehabilitation

3. 6. 2020

24. 6. 2020

P5110

Medical Biophysics

9. 6. 2020

23. 6. 2020

P1510

Microbiology

25. 6. 2020

7. 7. 2020

P1519

Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics and Virology

24. 6. 2020

7. 7. 2020

P5108

Neurosciences

1. 6. 2020

15. 6. 2020

P5109

Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology

2. 6. 2020

17. 6. 2020

P5150

Imaging Methods in Medicine

19. 6. 2020

26. 6. 2020

Admission procedures for the new academic year 2020/2021

Applications have to be submitted from January 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020

The regular term of entrance interviews is set in the period between 1. 6. – 30. 6. 2020. If not limited by the terms of the specific study programme, the entrance examinations are organised in June. The student is required to pass the entrance examination in the appropriate degree program at Second Faculty of Medicine in person.
The alternative terms of the interviews will be held at least 5 days after the regular term and latest 40 days after the regular term. The candidate can only apply for this alternative term for really serious reasons.

Overview of doctoral study programmes in the academic year 2020/2021 
(both full-time and part-time study, the standard length of study is 4 years, the languages of instruction are Czech and English)
 
Conditions for admission:
 
  • Submitting a properly completed application for study electronically with all enclosures – by April 30, 2020.

  • Paying the fee for expenses of admission procedures at 660 CZK by April 30, 2020 at the latest
  • Passing the entrance examination before the board of the respective Subject Area Board.
  • The applicants must finish their master studies and provide a confirmation of such no later than on September 30, 2020. The applicants who take the final state exam in the autumn term and the applicants who are still waiting for recognition of their foreigner diploma on 30 September 2020 will provide the confirmation by October 22, 2020. The applicants with a diploma from Czech universities will provide anauthenticated copy of their diploma or an original confirmation of completion of a master study programme. This is not required from applicants who have completed their studies  at Charles University.
Application requirements for all doctoral study programmes
The deadline for submitting an electronic application is on April 30, 2020.
 

The admission fee is 660 CZK for the electronic application (710 CZK for the paper application) and it is paid for each submitted application. It must be paid no later than on April 30, 2020. If a student is interested in multiple study programmes, separate applications must be submitted for each programme.

Annual tuition fee is 0,- CZK for study programmes in English language.

The invitation to the entrance examination will be delivered to the applicants through SIS (Student Information System). The applicant will obtain the password for SIS when making the application. The e-mail address and password provided are used to access the system throughout the whole admission procedure. 

Inseparable part of the application are the following enclosures:

1. Annex to the application form.
2. Doctoral project – a short annotation of the applicant’s research project, that should be signed by the prospective Supervisor. The applicant chooses the topic of his doctoral project from the offer of the PhD Supervisors of the respective field of study. A list of active Supervisors can be found hereThe topic of the dissertation should be consulted with the Supervisor who offers the given topic before submitting the application for study. 
3. Photocopies of all diplomas and transcripts from all universities attended (the doctoral degree program requirement is a Master's degree in the corresponding field of study).
4. List of applicant’s published and unpublished work (or expert assessments of this work) and other documentation worth consideration (e.g. documentation of specialized courses completed, language examinations).
5. Curriculum Vitae (i.e., a one-page outline of the student’s professional background, experience and skills)
6. Recognition of foreign certificates and degrees (if obtained outside the Czech Republic). This requirement is in compliance with the Articles 89 and 90 of Act No. 111/98 Coll. - The Higher Education Act of the Czech Republic and it is required to complete the process of the recognition before applying to study.  An acknowledgement of the previous education is an essential condition for the PhD admission process. Further particulars are regulated by the Recognition of Foreign Diplomas and Degrees.
 

All the enclosures of the electronic application have to be also printed, signed and delivered no later than April 30, 2020 to the following address: 

Charles University – Second Faculty of Medicine
Department for PhD Study and Foreign Affairs
V Úvalu 84
150 06 Prague 5
Czech Republic

Information about the fee for admission procedures:
 

Account number in IBAN format: CZ34001000000000037530021
SWIFT code of the bank (BIC): KOMB CZ PP
Account number:  CZK 37530021/0100
Variable symbol: ID of the electronic application
Specific symbol: 558

The applicant for studies is obliged to cover any costs of mailing and banking. The fee can be paid by online payment by card or bank transfer. In case of international banking transfer, use the option of "OUR" banking fees. 
 
Unless the Faculty’s account is credited with the sum of the fee by April 30, 2020 at the latest, the Faculty will invite the applicant to pay the fee, allowing an adequate time for the payment. If the fee is not paid before the set deadline, the procedure will be suspended. At any stage of the procedure, the fee for expenses connected with admission procedures is unreturnable. If the application is delivered to the faculty after April 30, 2020, the application procedure will be suspended.

 

Description of the entrance examination and criteria of evaluation:

The applicant shall take the entrance examination before the board of the respective Subject Area Board. The entrance examination is in the form of an interview, which is above all to test the professional knowledge and language skills as well as the applicant’s capacity of independent scientific work in the chosen field. Part of the interview is discussion of the presented project of the dissertation (presentation of the project of the doctoral thesis together with the chosen Supervisor). Foreign students seeking admission to the programmes taught in the Czech language are required to prove their competence in the Czech language by passing the admission exam in Czech (Slovak applicants may answer in Slovak).

The invitation for the entrance exam is only sent in electronically through the university’s electronic information system no later than 30 days before the date of the exam. If the faculty sends an invitation for an alternative date of the entrance exam, this deadline may be shortened accordingly.

Entrance examination on an alternative date may be permitted by the Dean to candidates who submit a written request within three days after the regular exam date. Only serious reasons are grounds for granting an alternative date, particularly health reasons. The request must be sufficiently justified in writing and the circumstances stated in the request must be documented. A second alternative date is not permitted. The request for an alternative day is submitted and approved via the electronic information system.

A candidate may, for reasons of a physical handicap, including specific learning disorders, request adaptation of the entrance exam. The request must state specific adaptation requirements for the entrance exam and it must be accompanied by a medical report or a statement from a competent professional facility. Decisions on requests are made by the Dean. The request must be submitted electronically by April 30, 2020. Medical handicap requests made later (e.g. during appeal) cannot be taken into account.

Access to own file After receiving the Dean’s decision on the result of the admissions proceeding, the candidate is entitled to access his file. The organizational and administrative conditions for perusal are established by a Dean’s measure.

Information about the recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees

Nostrification for applicants for doctoral programmes of study

Assessment of compliance with the requirement of successful completion of study in a master’s programme of study under section 48 (5) of the Higher Education Act in case of applicants who obtained foreign higher education by completing a higher education programme at a foreign higher education institution

The following documents may be used to prove compliance with the requirement of successful completion of study in a master’s programme of study at a foreign higher education institution:

  • a) a document proving general recognition of foreign higher education in the Czech Republic (so- called general “nostrification”)

Please fill in the information about your previous foreign education in the module Admission in the section "Proof of education" - see the guidelines for filling in the form.

The applicant must submit an authenticated copy of a document obtained in accordance with sections 89 and 90 of the Higher Education Act or in accordance with prior legal regulations proving general recognition of a foreign higher education in the Czech Republic. It is issued by the public higher education institutions, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of the Interior, or the Ministry of Defence.

For more information on the procedure for recognising foreign higher education at Charles University see: https://www.cuni.cz/UKEN-16.html

  • b) a document concerning a foreign higher education which is automatically equivalent in the Czech Republic without any further administrative procedures

Please fill in the information about your previous foreign education in the module Admission in the section "Proof of education" - see the guidelines for filling in the form.

A foreign document concerning a foreign higher education which is automatically equivalent in the Czech Republic in accordance with its international agreements without any further administration procedures – these include documents certifying completion of a programme of study in Slovakia (with the exception of diplomas issued by foreign branches of Slovak higher education institutions after 28 March 2015 to which the procedure under letter (c) is applicable), in Poland, Hungary, or Slovenia (only master’s diplomas, the procedure under letter (c) is applicable to bachelor’s diplomas from Slovenia).

  • c) a foreign document concerning a foreign higher education

Please fill in the information about your previous foreign education and obtain the form of the request in the module Admission in the section "Proof of education" - see the guidelines for filling in the form and obtaining the form of the request.

In the admissions procedure the faculty will assess compliance with the requirement of successful completion of study in a master’s programme of study under section 48 (5) of the Higher Education Act in the case of applicants who obtained foreign higher education by completing a higher education programme at a foreign higher education institution.

The assessment is valid only for the admissions procedure at one fakulty and the Faculty will not issue any document about the result of this assessment.

The applicant must submit:

  • Filled and printed form of the the request „Recognition of foreign education“, which was submitted through the information system;
  • An authenticated copy of the diploma, certificate, or similar document (for example a certificate of completion of study) issued by a foreign higher education institution;
  • An original or an authenticated copy of the Diploma Supplement of the transcript of examinations passed.

If needed the faculty will request the applicant to submit also the following documents:

  • Additional information on the content and scope of foreign higher education;
  • A statement issued by the relevant foreign body confirming that the given higher education institution is authorised to offer higher education in the given foreign state (a statement on accreditation).

The hard copies of the documents listed below shall be sent by post (they cannot be sent via e-mail) to the following address of the faculty no later than on 30th September.

Address of the faculty:
 
Charles University, Second Faculty of Medicine
Department for PhD Study and Foreign Affairs
V Úvalu 84
150 06 Prague 5
Czech Republic 
 
It is also possible to deliver the documents in person to PhDr. Marta Hrušková in her office (address V Úvalu 84, Prague 5) during the office hours.
 
A fee of CZK 810 applies, it can be paid:

1) by card online via the Study information system (after submission of the request „Recognition of foreign education“ electronically)
We highly recommend you to pay the fee with this method as it is the fastest way.

2) via bank transfer to the Second Faculty of Medicine

Payment details:
Bank Account No.: 37530021
Bank Code: 0100
Bank: Komerční banka, a.s., Na Příkopě 33, 114 07, Prague 1
Variable symbol: electronic application number
Constant symbol: 558
IBAN: CZ3401000000000037530021
SWIFT: KOMB CZ PP
 

Translations     

Documents which are not originally issued in the Czech, English, or Slovak languages must be officially translated into the Czech or English languages.

Forms of Authentication

For fast identification of the form of authentication – see Guidance document on methodology 1_Forms of authentication – an alphabetical list of states.

All documents submitted by the applicant to the faculty must be duly authenticated in accordance with the relevant international agreements (a list valid as of 1 May 2018):

a. States which have entered into a legal aid agreement with the Czech Republic – original documents are valid in the contracting states without any further authentication. If the applicant submits copies of such documents they must be authenticated copies made by a Czech or foreign notary, at a Czech embassy abroad or made by means of Czech Point service.

List of states which have entered into a legal aid agreement with the Czech Republic: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, France, Georgia, Yemen, Croatia, People’s Republic of Korea, Cuba, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Macedonia/FYROM, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Syria, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

b. States which are signatories of a multilateral convention to simplify the authentication of foreign official documents – Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (The Hague, 5 October 1961, published under no. 45/1999 Sb.m.s. (the Collection of International Agreements)), “The Hague Convention”.

For these states a uniform authentication of documents is stipulated, the so-called Apostille, issued by a competent authority of the state in which the diploma was issued (the so-called Apostille authorities). The list of Apostille authorities is available from the website of the Hague Conference  at http://hcch.e-vision.nl (Authorities, per Convention, Convention No. 12 - direct link).

Documents from the following states must be authenticated in the form of Apostille: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burundi, Cook Islands, China – only Hong Kong and Macao (legalisation is required in the case of other territories of China), Denmark, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe (from 15 July 2008), Dominica, Dominican Republic (authentication by Apostille clause from 30 August 2009), Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, French territories (i.e., French Polynesia, the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Komodo Islands, Martinique, New Caledonia, Réunion, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna), Grenada  (from 7 April 2002 – up to this date it was covered under Great Britain), Guatemala, Honduras, India, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Republic of South Africa, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Kosovo, Costa Rica, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Morocco, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Germany, Niue, the Netherlands and its territories (i.e., the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba), Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Salvador, Samoa, San Marino, the Seychelles, Suriname, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, the United States of America and its territories (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands of the United States), Great Britain and its territories (i.e., Jersey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Anguilla, Bermudas, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgins Islands, British Solomon Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Saint Helena, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands), Vanuatu, and Venezuela.

In the case of documents from the member states of the European Union, Norway, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand it is possible to replace the Apostille (in the case of Canada with superlegalisation) with an authenticated copy of the documents (similarly to option (a)), providing that at the same time at least one of the following conditions is met:

  • The foreign secondary school or higher education institution, based on a request sent by the applicant, confirms by e-mail to the faculty that the applicant is a graduate of this foreign secondary school or higher education institution;
  • The foreign higher education institution sends the faculty a transcript or diploma supplement of the applicant in a sealed envelope, or the applicant submits a transcript in a sealed envelope as part of the documents; or
  • The official website of the foreign secondary school or higher education institution enables verification as to whether the applicant is one of its graduates (e.g., the possibility to download, after entering a password, the transcript of the applicant from the official website of the foreign higher education institution).

c. Other states – documents on the completion of study must be superlegalised. In the case of superlegalisation, the authenticity of signatures and stamps on the original documents is verified:

  • By the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state where the secondary school or higher education institution which issued the document has a registered address, or by the relevant foreign body;
  • And also by the relevant embassy of the Czech Republic.

The requirements for the submission of duly authenticated documents are also considered fulfilled if the applicant submits authenticated copies of documents that were previously authenticated by the method listed above that applies to the documents submitted by him (e.g., in the case of a diploma from Kenya, the applicant submits an authenticated copy of the superlegalised documents).

Additional Information on Translations

Documents which are not originally issued in the Czech, English, or Slovak languages must be officially translated into the Czech or English languages.

If the official translation is made by other than a Czech certified translator, the sheets with translations must be attached to the authenticated copies of the documents they relate to in such a way that makes it impossible to subsequently change or replace the sheets containing the translation. Translations attached unauthenticated copies of documents shall not be accepted.

Other documents

If the situation of the applicant calls for it, the applicant also submits the following documents:

a) A power of attorney, if the applicant is represented by an attorney for the purposes of proving compliance with the requirement for admission under section 48 (4) and (5) of the Higher Education Act;

b) If the applicant’s name changes,  an authenticated copy of a document proving such change (e.g., a marriage certificate);

c) An authenticated copy of the decision to award international protection, if the assessment is requested by a person listed in section 90 (4) of the Higher Education Act and if this person wishes to use the possibility of substituting a document with an affirmation. 

Published: 1. 2. 2017 / Last update: 11. 6. 2019 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.