PhD Programmes at the Second Faculty of Medicine
All applicants are expected to meet our basic requirements – certification of completed undergraduate degree (master degree). We welcome graduates from all the relevant fields, not only medicine.
In case the applicant is not a graduate of EU university or there is not an existing agreement between relevant country and the Czech Republic about mutual recognition of university diploma, it is necessary for the applicant to present a confirmation of equivalency of his/her university degree or a certificate. Read more details below in the section "Recognition of Master's degree from universities outside the Czech Republic".
Accredited doctoral study programmes
There are 16 accredited doctoral study programmes taught in Czech and English organised in the doctoral study (PhD) at the Second Faculty of Medicine:
Doctoral programmes in biomedicine take place based on a Framework Agreement between the Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Programmes operated independently by the Second Faculty of Medicine.
Every doctoral study programme is accredited with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Doctoral studies are provided under the direction of the Supervisor and an Advisor. Conditions for doctoral study are announced according to the number of available Supervisors and their number of research projects (grants). That means that not all Subject Area Boards announce admission procedures in both or one form of study for a given academic year. Conditions for admission, content of entrance exams, etc., are different for individual study program and are being adapted every year according to the requirements of the Subject Area Board of PhD programme.
Preliminary questions concerning study opportunities can be answered on condition that the applicant will submit professional Curriculum Vitae, i.e. basic information about his/her practice, qualifications, scientific interest and activities including a publication activity summary. It is recommended to contact the head of the Subject Area Board of PhD programme or appropriate Supervisor first.
Admission proceedings - dissertation topics for PhD study for the following academic year are announced at the beginning of January, together with the deadline for submitting applications at the latest 30 April. Specific information about conditions of admission in particular study program, including a list of required documents, are presented on the official board of the Faculty (in this section of "Admissions").
There is no tuition for doctoral study both in the English and Czech language. There is a scholarship for a present mode of study for all students. Students are encouraged to learn basic Czech necessary for communication with patients at clinical departments.
Doctoral study programmes in Biomedicine (DSPB)
The aim is creation of a consistent concept of the system of doctoral studies and scientific training of graduates of doctoral studies in biology and medicine/biomedicine as well as providing of adequate conditions for common implementation of doctoral study programmes on a legally acceptable basis.
Particular doctoral study programmes in biomedical sciences at Charles University are accredited together for the First Faculty of Medicine, the Second Faculty of Medicine, the Third Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Physical Culture, and the Faculty of Humanitarian Studies.
Information on the studies in a particular doctoral study programme/field in biomedicine may be obtained at the Department for PhD Study and Foreign Affairs at the Second Faculty of Medicine. The doctoral study in biomedicine is coordinated by the Coordination Board of Doctoral study programmes in biomedicine (the Coordination Board of DSPB).
List of accredited study programms
|Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry *|
|Biomedical Informatics *|
|Cell Biology and Pathology *|
|Experimental Surgery *|
|Human Physiology and Pathophysiology *|
|Imaging Methods in Medicine *|
|Kinesiology and Rehabilitation|
|Medical Biophysics *|
|Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and Virology *|
|Pharmacology and Toxicology *|
|Preventive Medicine *|
Coordination Board of DSPB
Doctoral studies in biology and medicine are co-ordinated by the Coordination Board of DSPB (thereinafter “Coornination Board”); its members, appointed by the Rector of Charles University and President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, are Chairs of all Subject Area Boards as well as some other persons suggested by the participating faculties, institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences and possibly other authorities. Members of the Coordination Board elect a Presidium of 7-9 members, which in turn elects its Chair and Vice-chair. The Chair summons and directs sessions of the Coordination Board and acts as its representative in negotiations with the Rector Office of Charles University, authorities of the Czech Academy of Sciences, or possibly other authorities. The Vice-chair fully deputizes for the Chair during his/her absence. The term in office of the Coordinaton Board is 5 years.
The Coordinaton Board, in particular:
- co-ordinates the activities of particular Subject Area Boards
- informs of the terms and conditions of admission procedures in particular programmes of doctoral studies
- co-ordinates conditions of the involved Subject Area Boards for admission procedures
- initiates and co-ordinates organization of interdisciplinary lectures, courses and other joint forms of tuition
- co-ordinates and provides edition of learning texts for doctoral studies in biomedical sciences
- organizes the annual scientific conference of the students in doctoral studies in biomedical sciences
- monitors and evaluates quality and standard of defences of dissertation theses, organized by particular Subject Area Boards
- suggests to the Rector of Charles University and President of the Czech Academy of Sciences organizational measures to provide for the activities in doctoral studies in biomedical sciences and to boost its quality and efficiency
- co-operates with the relevant faculty in graduation of students who have passed the doctoral study programme
- provides for edition of an information brochure of programmes of doctoral studies in biomedical sciences, which includes the lists of the Boards and Supervisors
- co-operates with grant agencies and actively strives for grant support and other funding of study programmes in biomedical sciences
- co-operates with the Centre of Doctoral Studies at the department of studies and student affairs of the Rector Office of Charles University
- in co-operation with the training institutions and particular Subject Area Boards, initiates and organizes international contacts
- co-operates with Deans of particular faculties in evaluation of scientific standard and activities of the Subject Area Boards involved
- directs the activities of the Secretariat and the Secretary for DSPB