Information on the Admission Procedure

Doctoral studies at the Second Faculty of Medicine is intended not only for graduates of master's studies in medicine or related sciences, but also for graduates of master's degree programs of other universities, including engineering studies in the Czech Republic and abroad (nostrification is required in case of graduation) . The study is focused on scientific research and independent creative work in the field of research or development.

The standard length of the studies is four years. These study programmes are accredited without specializations. The studies are completed by the State doctoral examination and by the presentation and Defence of a Dissertation, by which the doctoral student demonstrates his/her skills and ability to carry through independent creative scientific work. Doctoral studies in Czech and English language are free of charge.

The admission procedure takes place in accordance with Code of  Admissions Procedure of CU, Rector’s Directive No. 9/2020 and Dean’s Provision No. 10/2020

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 have been paid, and fulfill the faculty’s requirements for the application procedures.


What you should know before you apply

  • Choose a preliminary theme of your dissertation thesis and contact the possible supervisor. Together, create a more detailed specification of your chosen topic. In case of any ambiguity, we recommend that you also contact the chairman of the subject area board (hereinafter referred to as "SAB") in the relevant study programme. Contacts are available in the section “Dates of entrance interviews”.
  • Also read the relevant regulations concerning the doctoral study programme and the conditions for admission to the relevant doctoral study programme.
  • Fill in the electronic application and other relevant forms. After filling in the application form must be printed, signed and sent or delivered to Department for PhD Study.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How to decide – is doctoral study suitable for me?

Yes – if you want to pursue research in your future career or continue working in academia and want to devote a reasonable part of your working time to the next few years of experimental work. This requires constant motivation for the area you are interested in and you will want to devote yourself deeply to it for four years and sacrifice a lot of your time. Furthermore, you cannot do without interest in learning new knowledge and skills (deep understanding of theories, advanced scientific methods, writing articles, etc.), self-discipline, strong will and motivation to complete projects, willingness to work with colleagues (on projects, grants and publications), desire to move knowledge further, patience in the study of literature and courage in the preparation of project applications and sending professional articles for review.

No – if you are just looking for an opportunity to get to one of the Prague clinics. You should focus on experimental (laboratory) work and not on treating patients. The time spent in scientific preparation will not be included in the specialized preparation for attestation. A certain exception to how to combine specialization and scientific training is the “M.D. Ph.D. programme” (see below).

Who is the doctoral study intended for?

The main objective is to raise educated clinical experts with knowledge of the basics of scientific work. Academic careers (in terms of working in the clinics of teaching hospitals) will in the future be the domain of people who have completed their doctoral studies. Thus, doctoral studies are in no way intended for those who want to pursue laboratory medicine or theoretical and preclinical disciplines in the future.

You can apply for a full-time form of study (you already have a job and you will devote yourself to scientific training at work) or part-time (you will devote yourself to full-time scientific training for a certain period of time).

The doctoral student enrolled in the full-time form of study is a full-time student of the faculty and fully participates in professional life at the training workplace, receives a scholarship, uses all social benefits and rights of a full-time student at Charles University.

The doctoral student enrolled in the combined (part-time) form of study is usually a full-time employee and is not entitled to the benefits provided by the university to full-time students (scholarship, dormitory accommodation, canteen, etc.).

The standard study period for all study programs is four years (according to accreditation). The maximum period of study is the standard period of this study increased by four years, i.e. eight years.

How to find out about study opportunities?

Detailed information on individual doctoral study programs implemented at the Second Faculty of Medicine CU can be found in the Doctoral study programmes section. After clicking on the items, the requirements of the relevant SABs and contacts to their chairmen will be displayed, which you can possibly contact with additional questions that you will not find the answer to on the website.

During your studies you will complete compulsory subjects by attending lectures, seminars, self-study or consultations. You will agree on the form of completion with the supervisor and the guarantor of the subject.

The information should also be available on the website of the Coordination board DSPB (unfortunately, however, they are often outdated or incomplete).

Which study program to choose?

This depends, of course, on the professional interest of the candidate. Some disciplines are very broad (e.g. immunology, physiology or molecular biology) and can be practiced by a doctor focused on almost any clinical discipline. On the contrary, fields such as experimental surgery or gerontology are relatively narrowly defined.

It is important to choose the right supervisor, to choose a quality project with him and to know in advance all the conditions (as well as potential problems) of the study and its successful completion.

How to choose a suitable supervisor?

If you have attended a workplace at least during the last years, you have an advantage. If you have done so for a long time, you have a great advantage and you probably do not need advice on choosing a supervisor and a project.

Whether you choose a supervisor yourself or one approaches you, check his/her scientific competence. Choose a supervisor whose professional interests correspond to your interests, we recommend looking at his publishing activities and experience with scientific projects. You can do it easily: you enter the name of your potential supervisor in the PubMed programme and check whether he/she has published in foreign journals over the past three years. Basically, the more publications, the better. Your chosen one should be (at least in some publications for the period) either the first or the last author. This expresses his contribution to the published project. The quality of the journal (expressed by the size of the impact factor - again, the higher, the better) can be found in the library (approach PhDr. R. Kubeš from the Institute of Scientific Information, Second Faculty of Medicine) or you can find it yourself on the ISI WoK website (only via the Second Faculty of Medicine server).

The supervisor must be approved by the SAB – the criteria for admitting new tutors are determined by the individual SABs. During the study, the dissertation can be discussed with other experts who are not supervisors (there is always only one supervisor), but can act as advisors. The advisor may participate in specific areas of the student's research. Only the supervisor is really responsible for the student and is partner to the SAB.

As a selection tool, we prepared for you a list of supervisors acting in individual SABs. What can you find in it? Contacts, publications and possibly proposed topics of dissertations. In the SIS, each supervisor's details list names of current students, as well as those who have successfully completed or, on the contrary, left their studies.

Applicants who are unsure of which supervisor to select are advised to contact the chairman of the SAB in the relevant study programme, with whom they consult the chosen topic and a possible supervisor. Contacts are available in the section “Dates of entrance interviews”.

The choice of supervisor in the application form is preliminary and has no impact on the assessment during the entrance examination. The examining board may propose a different supervisor following a discussion with the applicant.

How to choose the topic of the dissertation?

Choose the topic you are most interested in, develop an initial idea of how you would like to grasp the topic and contact a potential supervisor. You then discuss the text directly with him/her. You can also design your own topic, but it is usually better to choose from the topics offered by individual tutors and specify them after agreement with him/her.

The project should be sufficiently ambitious (see the defence criteria below), but at the same time achievable at the time designated for the study.

How to successfully complete the admission procedure?

You must submit the application and by the deadline and come to the admission procedure. This is listed by each SAB separately (all information appears on our website in a timely manner).

The entrance examination consists of a professional discussion on the dissertation project. It is important to have a very good orientation in the issues you want to research (i.e. especially knowledge of relevant and current scientific articles in top international scientific journals). You must be able to defend the expected benefits of the work and convince the commission of the feasibility of the plan. Part of the discussion during the interview may be in English for some study programmes. This verifies the candidate's ability to study in English and subsequently lead a relevant professional discussion. English cannot be replaced by another language.

How can I get a scholarship?

Full-time students are entitled to a doctoral scholarship for the entire standard period of study, i.e. four years. The current amount in accordance with the regulations of the Charles University and the Second Faculty of Medicine can be found here. They also have the right to obtain dormitory accommodation and all student benefits. The scholarship is progressively increased in accordance with the fulfilment of study obligations; the student can also increase the income of the full-time form from the remuneration of the supervisor's grants, by obtaining his own grant from the CU Grant Agency or in another way.

What do I have to do to get a Ph.D.?

The basic criteria are determined by The Higher Educational Act and the Code of Study and Examination of CU. However, the individual SABs further modify the criteria. It is therefore good to check them in advance (the supervisor should of course know them). You can find the specific requirements of specific SABs here.

The basic criteria of the study part are:

  • completion of the prescribed number of courses (or passing examinations) according to the individual study plan
  • passing the language examination (English)
  • passing the state doctoral examination

The basic (minimum) criteria for admission to the defence are:

  •  two publications in a journal with an impact factor, one of which must relate to the topic of the work 
  • on at least one of them the student is the first author
  • the sum of the impact factor of publications is higher than 1

Keep in mind, however, that the requirements of individual SABs may differ in dates of tightening (i.e. more publications, more first authorship, higher impact factor), and therefore it is necessary to follow the instructions of the relevant SAB dates.

What exactly does "M.D. Ph.D. programme" mean?

The University Hospital in Motol (on the initiative of the Deputy Minister for Science and the Director) established the first programme in the country, “M.D. Ph.D.” studies. This is not a real "M.D. Ph.D. a study programme" known from American universities, but a combination of doctoral (Ph.D.) and specialization ("M.D."). Students who are interested in combining preparation for attestation with doctoral study programme must pass an entrance examination in the full-time form of doctoral study programme (so they will secure the scientific part of the preparation and also a scholarship). Then they can register for special entrance examinations, which are organized by the Second Faculty of Medicine CU together with the Motol University Hospital. In them, a certain number of applicants is selected (so far it was ten students a year), who will receive part-time work from Motol University Hospital for a period of five years. Thus, they are practically allowed to devote approximately half of each year to specialization education (i.e. preparation for attestation). At the same time, this regulation allows the student, together with his/her supervisor and a representative of the relevant clinic (usually the primary care provider) to determine the work programme himself/herself. The hospital workload is not taken from the job limit of the relevant clinic and the student is thus not tied only to the given clinic - he/she can fulfil his/her obligations arising from the pre-certification preparation. The new legislation allows only the actual time spent in clinical work to be included in this preparation. It is therefore not possible to assume that within five years the student will achieve the defence of a Ph.D. and pass the attestation examination. However, it is also a significant step forward in this direction and it can be reasonably assumed that clinics will be very interested in offering regular work to doctors with a Ph.D. and completed a significant part of the specialization training.

At present, however, Motol hospital only lists a limited number of positions for specific fields, which it considers a priority.

The programme is intended for top students, from whom we expect that they will continuously fulfil their study and scientific duties. A mandatory prerequisite is obtaining a GA UK grant (also because the scholarship will be paid only for the first five years) and publishing your own results during the first two years of study (e.g. in a domestic journal). The course of study is evaluated once a year by a joint commission of the Second Faculty of Medicine CU and the University Hospital Motol, and students who do not fulfil the programme may have their hospital job taken away.

Applications for the M.D. Ph.D. programme are delivered to Mrs. Martina Pavlíková at the Secretariat of the Deputy Minister for Science and Research, which is located in the hostel E (1st floor, room no.140).


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 four 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.

How to apply and complete the admission procedure

Applications for the study can be submitted from January 1, 2021 to  April 30, 2021. 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, 2021.

Below, you will find information regarding dates of entrance interviews, how to apply, which documents should be included when you are applying and other important issues regarding your application. The electronic application is available in the Study Information System (SIS).

Admission procedure in the academic year 2021/2022 

The Dean of the Second Faculty of Medicine announces for academic year 2021/2022 admissions procedures for the following doctoral study programmes. Both full-time and part-time study (combined form), the standard length of study is four years. The languages of instruction are Czech and English. All programmes of study are offered without specializations.

1. Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry

2. Cell Biology and Pathology

3. Biomedical Informatics

4. Experimental Surgery

5. Pharmacology and Toxicology

6. Human Physiology and Pathophysiology

7. Immunology

8. Cardiovascular Science

9. Kinesiology and Rehabilitation

10. Medical Biophysics

11. Microbiology

12. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics and Virology

13. Neurosciences

14. Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology

15. Imaging Methods in Medicine

If an applicant is interested in multiple study programmes, separate applications must be submitted for each programme.
Applicants may use one PhD dissertation proposal to apply for one programme only. If applications are submitted by an applicant to more than one programme of study and the same dissertation proposal is attached, the proposal will be deemed to apply to the earliest submitted application. The applicant will be asked to supply a separate proposal for each of the other applications submitted. If the applicant fails to do this by the set deadline, the admissions procedures related to such applications will be terminated.
Applicants intending to apply simultaneously for the full-time and combined forms of the same programme of study are advised to supply the identical dissertation project and the identical number of compulsory enclosures with both applications. Such applicants will take one entrance examination only and the result will apply for both admissions procedures.
For programmes of study accredited at more that one faculty of CU, an application may be submitted at only one of the faculties; if an applicant submits their application to more than one faculty, the procedure for the application submitted later will be terminated.
Recommended procedure for applicants for doctoral studies

1. Get acquainted with the conditions for admission to study in individual study programmes, and possibly also with the information on supervisors. 

2. Fill in an appendix to the study application (with the possible promise of the proposed supervisor to perform this function) and elaborate annotation of the dissertation / research project (range is not prescribed, maximum is five print pages). The annotation must be in the English language and is part of the appendix to the application. The form is available here.

The project of the dissertation thesis must contain the following:
  • title (and possibly subtitle)
  • hypothesis and goals of the work – specification of the applicant’s work
  • principal points (briefly in five sentences)
  • methodology of the research – manner of collecting the data, duration of the project, methodology of solution (markers observed, technique, intervals of sampling, etc.), statistical evaluation, presumed results of the research
  • specific financial coverage of the project
  • literature used (bibliography relevant to the field of study or its project) – briefly

3. Fill in electronic form of the study application.

You will be asked to log in before submitting your application:

  • If you are a current student of Charles University, please use your assigned student username to log in. Equivalent to this username is your personal number that can be found on your student identification card under your photograph. Should you experience any issues with your password, please visit the CAS website, where you can request a new password and get more information about Central Authentication Service (CAS).
  • If you are a new applicant who has not previously studied at CU and have never submitted an application for study in the past (regardless of success), you will be asked to register prior to submitting your application. In order to do so, you will be asked to provide a registration email address to which an email will be sent containing a link to a page where you will be able to set up your new password. You will need to use this email address and password in the course of the whole application process, as only under these credentials all of your current applications will be displayed. However, these credentials cannot be used for logging into other modules of the Student Information System (SIS).

Whenever you log in again after having submitted your application, you will see a list of all applications you have submitted under your name displayed in the upper right-hand corner, in the “My applications” section. If you use a different email address than the one provided during registration, only the “New applicant” option will be displayed in the upper right-hand corner and the “My applications” button will not be available.

Please do not create a new application under a different e-mail address, as this complicates the identification not only for the system but also for the employees of the faculty. If you are unable to log in to your existing account again, please contact the SIS administrator, who will help you to renew your login process.

In the application, applicants must indicate the form of study (full-time, part-time) and the name of the programme of study. Applications (including the required attachments) must be submitted online – and the fee must be paid no later than April 30, 2021 by 11:59:59 p.m. It is also necessaryto print and sign the application,  in order to be valid. Then you will receive an information e-mail with the application number, which serves as a variable symbol for the payment of the administrative fee. You can also pay for the application by card directly from the information system.

Information in the application may be altered by sending a request via e-mail to Department for PhD Study. The form and/or programme of study may be changed no later than the application deadline for the respective form and programme of study, i.e until April 30, 2021. Personal data may be altered at any time.

4. Pay the fee for transactions connected with the admission procedure; documents for payment are generated from the electronic application. If you submit more than one application, each must be paid separately.

5. Insert all prescribed attachments in legible form via the information system. Each attachment to the application must be uploaded as a separate file, and only in the recommended formats.

Images taken with a mobile phone cannot be accepted, only files in a searchable electronic format (e.g. pdf, docx; jpg format can be used for documents on education, study certificates and fees paid).

The information in the application must be true and complete. False or incomplete information is a reason to exclude the application from the admission procedure and possible exclusion from the study.

Conditions for admission in the academic year 2021/2022

1) Sending the application with all required attachments in electronic form (via the CU application, cannot be sent by e-mail) no later than April 30, 2021.

2) Sending the application with all required attachments in paper form, i.e. printed and signed forms with original signatures (not scans) by post by April 30, 2021 – the date of the stamp on the envelope decides – to the address:

Charles University – Second Faculty of Medicine
Department for PhD Study

V Úvalu 84
150 06  Prague 5 
Czech Republic


Applications that are sent only in electronic form will not be accepted.


3) Payment of a fee for transactions related to the admission procedure in the amount of 720 CZK by April 30, 2021 at the latest.

4) Successful completion of the entrance examination before the commission of the relevant SAB.

5) Due completion of studies in a master's degree program, evidenced by an officially certified copy of a university diploma and a supplement to the diploma or a certificate of recognition of foreign higher education by September 30, 2021.

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 September 30, 2021 will provide the confirmation by October 22, 2021.

Inseparable part of the application are the following enclosures
  • Short structured professional CV, i.e., a one-page outline of the student’s professional background, experience and skills (with the date and signature of the applicant) in the English language.*
  • Certified copies of documents demonstrating completion of the required education (Master Diploma and Diploma supplement, if available).

Applicants who have completed a previous master’s degree in a country other than the Czech Republic or the Slovak Republic must enclose certified copies of the Diploma and Diploma Supplement. Documents in other languages must be accompanied by a certified translation into Czech or English. Furthermore, the applicants shall submit proof of recognition (nostrification) of their diploma.This is not required from applicants who have completed their studies at CU.

For the purposes of the admissions procedure at CU, applicants who have completed their previous education outside the Czech Republic may apply with the Faculty for recognition of their previous education (“nostrification”). For more detailed information, please refer below in the section "Information about the recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees". A fee is charged for the recognition application; the fee is non-refundable, including cases of non-admission. The education recognition only applies to the admissions procedure at the faculties of CU in the relevant academic year.

  • Annex to the application form – with a possible promise of the proposed supervisor to perform this function and 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 supervisors of the respective field of study. A list of active supervisors can be found here. The topic of the dissertation should be consulted with the supervisor before submitting the application for study. The annotation is part of the Annex to the application.
  • 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).
  • 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 admission process. Further particulars are regulated by the Recognition of Foreign Diplomas and Degrees.
  • proof of payment of the fee (account statement); after confirming the electronic application, the system will also offer the option of payment by online credit card
* Note: If the applicant is applying to study in the English study program, these appendices must be exclusively in the English language.
Any documents supplied by the applicant at the examination to be considered in the admissions procedure will be stored in a file and will not be returned to the applicant. Materials submitted for reference only will be returned to the applicant.
Information about the fee for admission procedures

Once the application has been completed online, a six-digit code is generated for each application, which must be used as the variable symbol during the payment of the application fee. The admission fee is 720 CZK for the electronic application (770 CZK for the paper application) and it is paid for each submitted application. Each application is assigned its own six-digit code, and the application fee must be paid separately for each application using the relevant variable and specific symbols.

Account number in IBAN format: CZ34001000000000037530021
SWIFT code of the bank (BIC): KOMB CZ PP
Account number:  CZK 37530021/0100
Variable symbol: the number generated by the Information System – a six-digit code (not applicable when payment is made by card) 
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.

If the application does not meet all the requirements or the admission has not been paid by April 30, 2021 at the latest, the faculty will ask the candidate to correct these issues and provide him/her with an adequate time to do so. If the fee is not paid before the set deadline, the procedure will be suspended. The fee is non-refundable at any stage of the admission procedure. If the applicant fails to correct the issues, the application will not be processed. 

Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria
  1. The entrace examination is one-round and consists of one or more parts. More detailed specifications are given for the individual programmes.
  2. The entrance examination takes the form of an interview with examination boards. These boards are appointed by the dean of the faculty at the suggestion of the chairman of the relevant SAB. They usually include members of the relevant SAB. Examination boards are usually headed by the chairman of the relevant SAB. The entrance examination is held in English in accordance with the accreditation of the programme of study or in language in accordance with professional requirements (the entrance examination board may require that part of the interview be conducted in the respective language). International students applying to the program in Czech must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Czech language by passing an entrance examination held in the Czech language (candidates of Slovak nationality may answer in Slovak). The admissions board evaluates the applicant's readiness for independent scientific work in the chosen field and his / her ability to work with professional foreign literature.
  3. Admission interview include a discussion about the proposed dissertation project and conditions needed for its implementation. For admission to the doctoral study program, a supplement to the doctoral study program is also considered to be a more specific idea of the content of the study in the appendix to the application, including the intended training workplace or the proposed supervisor.
  4. Your presentation during the examination is evaluated by an admission board, which then votes on the result of the admissions examination. 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 final decision has to be done by the dean of faculty. The chairman 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 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.

In accordance with the Code of Admissions Procedure for applicants, the faculty may also deliver notifications of the result of the admission procedure via the electronic information system of the university.

Recommended literature

Literature is recommended by individual SABs. It is based on the focus of the expected dissertation and the field in which the work will be carried out.

Information on the employment of graduates

Graduates of doctoral study programs are employed mainly in the field of science and research and in education.

Dates of entrance interviews

The regular date of entrance interviews is set in the period from June 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021. If not limited by the dates 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 programme at Second Faculty of Medicine in person. It is also recommended that the proposed thesis supervisor be present at the interview.

Based on a written request submitted in the electronic infomation system (SIS) together with the application, but no later than by May 14, 2021, the dean may permit that the entrance examination will take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.

The alternative dates of the interviews will be held at least five days after the regular date and latest 40 days after the regular date. 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 examination date. The request for an alternative date is submitted and approved via the electronic information system (SIS). 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 date should not be attached to the application; instead, it should only be submitted after the applicant receives an invitation to the regular date of the examination. The applicant will be notified of the status of the request via the Student Information System; if the alternative date for the entrance exam is granted, it will be stipulated in the Student Information System. Applicants who are not granted an alternative date will receive a written decision by post; in such cases, the regular date of examination is applicable.

A candidate may, for reasons of a physical handicap, including specific learning disorders, request adaptation of the entrance examination. The request must state specific adaptation requirements for the entrance examination 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 via electronic information system (SIS) by April 30, 2021. Medical handicap requests made later (e.g. during appeal) cannot be taken into account.


Doctoral study programme

The chairman of SAB (e-mail)

Expected dates

Regular date

Alternative date


Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry
prof. MUDr. Libor Vítek, Ph.D., MBA

8. 6. 2021

22. 6. 2021


Cell biology and Pathology
doc. MUDr. Tomáš Kučera, Ph.D.

17. 6. 2021

1. 7. 2021


Biomedical Informatics
prof. MUDr. Štěpán Svačina, DrSc., MBA

3. 6. 2021

23. 6. 2021


Experimental Surgery
prof. MUDr. Zdeněk Krška, DrSc.

1. –2. 6.  2021

14. 6. 2021


Pharmacology and Toxicology
prof. MUDr. Ondřej Slanař, Ph.D.

9. 6. 2021

16. 6. 2021


Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
prof. MUDr. Otomar Kittnar, CSc., MBA

7. 6. 2021

21. 6. 2021



doc. RNDr. Magdaléna Krulová, Ph.D.

24. 6.  2021

7. 7.  2021


Cardiovascular Science

prof. MUDr. Petr Widimský, DrSc.

10. 6. 2021

21. 6. 2021


Kinesiology and Rehabilitation
doc. MUDr. Alena Kobesová, Ph.D.

2. 6. 2021

22. 6. 2021


Medical Biophysics
prof. MUDr. RNDr. Jiří Beneš, CSc.

22. 6. 2021

29. 6. 2021


doc. RNDr. Ivo Konopásek, CSc.

 22. 6. 2021

7. 7.  2021


Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics and Virology
doc. RNDr. Dana Holá, Ph.D.

23. 6. 2021

9. 7.  2021


prof. MUDr. Jan Laczó, Ph.D.

7. 6. 2021

28. 6. 2021


Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
doc. MUDr. Jan Polák, Ph.D.

14. 6. 2021

12. 7. 2021


Imaging Methods in Medicine
doc. MUDr. Andrea Burgetová, Ph.D., MBA

 10. 6. 2021

 24. 6. 2021

Information about the recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees

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”) - free of charge

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– no later than by August 31, 2021.

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 can be found here.

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

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– no later than by August 31, 2021.

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 March 28, 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 – charged (870 CZK)

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) - no later than by August 31, 2021.

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 faculty 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 no later than by August 31, 2021.
  • 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).

Send the documents listed above in hard copy form by post (the documents cannot be sent by e-mail) to the address of the faculty no later than on August 31, 2021.

If your situation allows it, do not wait for August and submit the required documents as soon as possible. Thus, you will have enough time to produce additional documents if required. Kindly read the conditions for the administrative procedure that apply to you carefully; some of the procedures may take more time.
Charles University – Second Faculty of Medicine
Department for PhD Study 
V Úvalu 84
150 06 Prague 5 
Czech Republic 
It is also possible to deliver the documents in person during the office hours.
A fee payment of 870 CZK is made together with the payment of the fee for the admission procedure or when the applicant asks for assessment of his foreign education in the admissions procedure.
A fee 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 Charles University – Second Faculty of Medicine

Payment details
Bank Account No.: 37530021
Bank Code: 0100
Bank: Komerční banka, a.s.
Na Příkopě 33/969
114 07  Prague 1
Variable symbol: the number generated by the Information System (a six-digit code)
Constant symbol: 558
IBAN: CZ3401000000000037530021
The fee cannot be refunded at any stage of the admission procedure.
Contact person
PhDr. Marta Hrušková
Charles University – Second Faculty of Medicine
Department for PhD Study
V Úvalu 84
150 06  Prague 5
e-mail: @email,
phone: +420 224 435 845
Forms of Authentication

For fast identification of the form of authentication – see Guidance document on methodology (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 May 1, 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 October 5, 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (The Hague, October 5, 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 (Authorities, per Convention, Convention No. 12).

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.

Invitations for applicants

Please note that invitations to entrance interviews for individual study programmes will be sent to applicants electronically via the Study Information System (SIS) well in advance of the interviews, no later than 14 days before the published date. If the faculty sends an invitation for an alternative date of the entrance examination, this deadline may be shortened accordingly. The applicant may monitor the application and the dates of the entrance examinations under My applications. The password for entering the electronic system will be received by the applicant after submitting the application for study.

Deciding on admission to study

The dean of the faculty decides on the result of the admission procedure. The applicant will receive a decision on admission or non-admission to the study within 30 days of the entrance examination. The decision is delivered via the electronic information system of the university, if the applicant has given his / her consent in advance on the application. Applicants who have failed the entrance examination will be sent a decision on non-admission by post (delivery to the addressee only). The applicant may monitor the final results of the admissions procedure (admission/non-admission) under My applications, using the e-mail address and password which they used when submitting the online application.

Access to the files

After announcing the dean's decision on the result of the admission procedure, the applicant has the right to inspect their entrance examination materials (see Section 38 of the Administrative Code).Organizational and administrative conditions for inspection are determined by the dean by his / her provisions.


This decision may be appealed against within 30 days of its receipt. The appeal is submitted to the dean. The appellate body is the rector.

Enrolment in the first years

Applicants who have passed the entrance examination will be asked to enrol on a specified date. During enrolment, they will first be asked to present documents proving their previous education. Upon presenting these documents, the applicant will obtain the decision on admission and will then be enrolled. No applicant can be admitted for studies without submitting these documents. In justified cases an alternative date of enrolment may be permitted by the dean of the faculty. If an applicant gives their explicit approval in the application form, the decision on admission may be sent to them via the online information system, provided they have presented the faculty with documents proving their previous education.

Applicants who receive any of the above-mentioned documents after the regular enrolment date will be given an alternative enrolment date, no later than September 30, 2021. Applicants who have completed their master’s degree abroad and need to have their diploma recognized and validated will be given an alternative enrolment date, no later than October 22, 2021.

Applicants are reminded that they will receive the registration information by e-mail well in advance; and it will be also published here.

Created: 1. 2. 2017 / Modified: 6. 8. 2021 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.