Doctoral Studies

The Second Faculty of Medicine provides doctoral studies in biomedicine together with the First Faculty of Medicine, the Third Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, some Institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences oriented to biomedicine, and the departmental research institutes of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

The aim of this doctoral provision is the preparation of graduates of the faculty for individual work throughout the range of basic and specialized research work in medicine. The design of studies and the requirements in each field are set by the Subject Area Board (hereinafter referred to as "SAB"), composed of specialists from all participating institutes. The programme is open to both Czech and international graduates of the universities.

Doctoral studies are individual, provided under the direction of the supervisor and as a rule an advisor as well, and are constituted by courses of lectures, seminars, self-study, and in particular solution of the assigned research project (the dissertation). It is completed by the SDE and the Defence of the Dissertation.

Graduates of a doctoral study programmes are given a diploma to certify the completion of studies, stating the particular study programme. Graduates are granted the degree of “Doctor” (Ph.D. affixed to the name). 

Doctoral study programmes

I. Organization structure of doctoral studies

Subject Area Boards

The content matter and organization of studies in particular study programmes are provided by SBA which are guarantors for quality of particular study programmes. Their members are appointed by the rector at the dean’s proposal and at the proposal from particular training institutions involved, following discussion in the Scientific Board. The SBA elects its chairman and vice-chairman from among its members. The chairman summons and directs sessions of the SBA and acts on its behalf when negotiating with the respective faculty’s authorities and in sessions of  the Coordination Board of Doctoral Study Programmes in Biology and Medicine (the Coordination Board of DSPB). The Vice-chairman substitutes for the chairman in his/her absence in the full scope of authority. The scope of authority of the SAB ensues from the valid wording of The Higher Educational Act No. 111/1998 Coll.

In particular, the SAB:

  • suggest the programme of lectures, courses and other forms of study in the given study programme
  • suggest that the dean of the respective faculty appoints the supervisors
  • suggest the composition of the entrance procedure boards to be approved by the dean
  • judge and approve the framework individual study plans (hereinafter referred to as "ISP") for students in doctoral study programmes
  • provide the requirements for SDE
  • suggest that the dean appoints the members of boards for SDE
  • suggest that the dean appoints the members of boards for Defences of the Dissertation
  • suggest that thedean appoints the examiners of dissertation
  • observe and evaluate the progress of studies in particular students and give suggestions concerning changes in the amount of bursaries
  • settle any possible disputes between the student and the supervisor

II. The student of doctoral studies

Students in doctoral study programmes are students of the respective faculties where the study programme is taken. Students in doctoral study programmes are members of the academic community; their rights and duties are regulated by the respective provisions of the The Higher Educational Act, the Statute of Charles University, statutes of the faculties and other internal regulations.

The specific study programme is organized in a full-time (internal) or a part-time (external also known as “combined” study as it offers a combination of face-to-face interaction and distance learning) mode of study. Forms of study is full-time and part-time. Distance study is not accredited at Second Faculty of Medicine. Standard length of a full-time and part-time form is four years. The maximum period of study is eight years. All study programmes are not divided into specializations.


III. Supervisor


The student is guided by the supervisor, who is appointed by the dean of the faculty from among prominent specialists in the given field at the proposal by the SAB; the appointment is subject to the supervisor’s written consent to perform this function and the consent of the principal of the training institution where the supervisor’s workplace is.

The Supervisor bears the crucial responsibility for the student’s scientific education.

The supervisor may suggest an advisor to be appointed from among specialists in the given field, who thanks to his/her special expert knowledge or methodological and technical capacities is able to direct the Student within a particular factual or time section of the doctoral studies. The advisor is appointed by the dean of the faculty at the suggestion by the SAB.

IV. Principles of admission procedure


For doctoral studies, applicants are admitted following the admission procedure, which is performed for particular study programmes at particular faculties within the period set by the rector for the admission procedures, usually in June.

The opening of the admission procedure is announced to public by the faculties on their official notice boards not later than four months prior to the deadline for placing the applications, and at the same time the Rector Office of Charles University is notified.


V. Individual study plan


The ISP is, following agreement with the student, designed by the supervisor, who submits it to the SAB for approval. The ISP provides what courses of lectures are compulsory for the student, specifies the details and schedule of the studies, and possibly study stays at other institutions (including those abroad) and their programme, as well as the topic and direction of the dissertation. The student’s individual programme includes, as a rule, two parts: the studying part and the part focused on work on the dissertation.

Duties of the student in a doctoral programme

One of the student’s duties in a doctoral programme is mastering methodology of scientific work so that after completing the doctoral studies they will be capable of autonomous scientific research and publication of its results in internationally acknowledged periodicals.

During the studies, the student has to pass at least two courses of lectures and examination in English. The SAB may impose some other study obligations upon them too.

According to the supervisor’s instructions, the student must take an active part in scientific conferences, congresses and assemblies of scientific societies, and inform about his/her results in seminars. It is recommended that these assignments are incorporated in the ISP.


VI. State Doctoral Examination and Defence of the Dissertation


Successful completion requires the passing of an examination in English and the State Doctoral Examination (hereinafter referred to as "SDE") of the selected scientific field, and the Defence of the Dissertation written on the basis of published papers.


VII. Termination of the studies


The studies are regularly finished by completion of the respective study programme. The date of completion of the studies is the day when the dissertation is successfully defended. Further, the studies may be terminated (see the Article 56 of The Higher Educational Act No. 111/1998 Coll) by:

  • leaving the study
  • failure to meet the requirements resulting from the study programme
  • withdrawal of the accreditation for the study programme
  • expiration of the accreditation for the study programme
  • expulsion from the studies

A graduate of a doctoral study programme who has passed all the required examinations and defended the dissertation shall be given a diploma issued by Charles University, stating the study programme, the training institution and the academic degree granted.


VIII. Studies of foreign nationals


The student of a doctoral study programme can be a national of any country, if he/she meets the conditions prescribed for the chosen form of study. Study taught in the Czech and English language are free. The applicant’s state of health must meet the requirements concerning foreign nationals permitted long-term residence in the Czech Republic.

Created: 6. 2. 2014 / Modified: 27. 5. 2021 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.