PhD Programmes at the Second Faculty of Medicine

Doctoral studies at the Second Medical Faculty of Charles University are intended for graduates of all relevant fields, not only medicine. Applicants must meet the basic requirements, i.e. submit proof of completion of a master's degree and pass an entrance examination.

If the applicant is not a graduate of a university within the EU or there is no agreement between the relevant country and the Czech Republic on the mutual recognition of higher education diplomas, it is necessary to submit a certificate of equivalence of his diploma. Read more details below in the section “Recognition of Master’s degree from universities outside the Czech Republic”.

Accredited doctoral study programmes

At the Second Faculty of Medicine, there are 16 accredited doctoral study programmes taught in Czech and English, in both full-time and part-time form:

  • Doctoral study programmes in biomedicine implemented between the Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

  • Doctoral study programmes that are operated only at the Second Faculty of Medicine or in cooperation with individual faculties of Charles University

All doctoral study programs are accredited in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. The standard study period is four years. All study programmes are carried out without specializations.

The doctoral study takes place under the guidance of a supervisor or advisor. The conditions of the admission procedure, the content of entrance examinations, etc. are different for individual study programmes and are annually adjusted according to the requirements of the specific subject area board (hereinafter referred to as “SAB”) of the doctoral study programme. Within the conditions of the admission procedure, the applicant submits professional curriculum vitae, i.e. basic information about his/her practice, qualifications, scientific interest and activities, including an overview of publishing activities. It is recommended to contact a potential supervisor first, or the chairman of the SAB in the relevant study programme.

The admission procedure for the following academic year is announced at the beginning of January together with the deadline for submission of applications by the end of April at the latest. Entrance examinations take place only once a year, always in June. The information is published in the section of “Admissions”.

As part of their studies, students take courses that are prescribed by individual SABs. Students of study programmes in Czech and English do not pay any tuition fees. Foreign applicants are advised to learn the basics of Czech necessary for communication with patients in clinical settings.

The conditions for the organization of doctoral studies at the Second Faculty of Medicine CU are set in the Dean’s Provision No. 15/2019.
Doctoral study programmes in biomedicine (DSPB)

DSPB are based on cooperation between Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences in the field of doctoral studies in biomedicine, which is regulated by the Agreement on Cooperation within Doctoral Study Programs concluded between Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences. At the same time, these study programs enable the concentrated use of the professional capacity of both institutions and the effective use of material resources of individual supervisoring workplaces. DSPB is governed by applicable legislation for University education. The mutual cooperation of the contracting parties is coordinated by the relevant vice-Rector authorized by the Rector of Charles University and a member of the Academic Council authorized by the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The activities of the DSPB are provided by the so-called Coordinating Board.

Information on the studies in a particular doctoral study programme/field in biomedicine may be obtained at the Department for PhD Study at the Second Faculty of Medicine. 

List of accredited study programmes

Information on the requirements of the SABs, courses, state doctoral examination, dissertation, etc. can be found below by clicking on the link and also on DSPB website. Study obligations for full-time and part-time form of study are the same. The chairs of the individual SABs will provide, if necessary, all further explanations and clarifications to the requirements below. Therefore, if you have any further questions, please contact them exclusively.

* doctoral programmes associated to DSPB

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 chairmen of all SABs 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 chairman and vice-chairman. The chairman summons and directs sessions of the Coordination Board and acts as its representative in negotiations with the Rector Office of CU, authorities of the Czech Academy of Sciences, or possibly other authorities. The vice-chairman fully deputizes for the chairman 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 SABs
  • informs of the terms and conditions of admission procedures in particular programmes of doctoral studies
  • co-ordinates conditions of the involved SABs 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 SABs
  • suggests to the Rector of CU 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 CU
  • in co-operation with the training institutions and particular SABs, initiates and organizes international contacts
  • co-operates with deans of particular faculties in evaluation of scientific standard and activities of the SABs involved
  • directs the activities of the secretariat and the secretary for DSPB
Created: 15. 10. 2013 / Modified: 12. 1. 2022 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.