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Are you considering a postgraduate course? Perhaps you’ve just finished your degree and are now looking for that something extra to go on your CV. Or maybe you’re thinking about taking a postgraduate course because you’ve got a personal interest in the subject and want to learn about it in more depth.
In the EU and the Czech Republic, the hierarchy of post-graduate degrees is as follows:

  • Master’s degree – is an academic degree granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. Within the area studied, graduates are posited to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics; high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation or professional application; and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently. They are awarded after graduation from university. These are sometimes placed in a further hierarchy, starting with degrees such as: a) Master of Arts, b) Master of Science, c) Master of Philosophy, d) Master of Letters. These degrees may be taught or by research, which last 1-2 years. Professional degrees such as the MArch (Master of Architecture) can last to three and a half years to satisfy professional requirement to be an architect.
  • Doctoral Degree Programs – are often further divided into academic and professional doctorate. An academic doctorate can be awarded as a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), or as a DSc (Doctor of Science). The Doctor of Science degree can also be awarded in specific fields, such as a (Doctor of Mathematics), (Doctor of Agricultural science), DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration), etc. In some parts of Europe, doctorate is divided into the PhD or 'junior doctorate', and the 'higher doctorate' such as the DSc, which is generally awarded to highly distinguished professors. A doctorate is the terminal degree in most fields. In the EU countries, including the Czech Republic, there is little distinction between a PhD and DSc. In the UK, PhD degrees are often equivalent to 540 CATS credits (credits Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) or 270 ECTS European credits (European Credit Transfer an Accumulation Scheme), but this is not always the case as the credit structure of doctoral degrees is not officially defined.

Essential Information about our Doctorate Degree Program
Doctorate study in the Czech Republic is in accordance with the Rules of Doctoral Study, Study and Examination Code for Students of the Czech Universities, and the guidelines of individual faculties and institutes.

To be eligible for admission to doctoral study, applicants must hold a master’s degree (not a bachelor degree) in the same discipline or a related field. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean of the respective faculty, or the Director of the institute, on the basis of the results of the selection procedure. Experience in the chosen field is not a condition of admission, and there are no age restrictions. Students in their final year of studies may also apply; admission is conditional on graduation. Applicants who are admitted to doctoral study become doctorands of the Czech Universities.
For your admission application, the following documents are required:

  • Filled-in application form for the selected study program or course. This form can be usually downloaded from MDACI website or even fill-in electronically;
  • For Master’s Degree Program: an attested copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate;
  • For Doctoral Degree program: an attested copy of your Master’s program certificate
  • Medical Certificate – complete medical checkup (HIV-AIDS, others, etc..);
  • Recommendation Letter;
  • Police Criminal Report Sheet.


The goal of Doctorate study is to prepare graduates for scientifically or artistically creative work. By attaining higher qualifications, including knowledge of foreign languages, Doctorands will significantly increase their career opportunities.

Program and Duration
Our Doctorate study program in the Czech Republic is carried out through full-time and part-time forms of study. Full-time study at the Czech Universities generally takes 3 years, while part-time study generally takes 5 years, with the option of interrupting the studies. Transfer between part-time study and full-time study, or vice-versa, is possible on the basis of a recommendation by the Supervisor and a written statement from the doctorand to the Dean of the appropriate faculty or the Director of the institute. The Supervisor is appointed by the Dean or the Director of the institute. Supervisors are professors, associate professors (docents), or distinguished scholars. It is possible, with the agreement of the Supervisor and the appropriate Branch Board, to complete the study program in a shorter time. Doctorands studying are, for the duration of their studies, classified as regular tertiary students, with all associated rights and responsibilities. In part-time or full-time study, doctorands must submit their doctoral thesis within 7 years maximum from the commencement of their studies.

The studies take place according to an individual study plan, which designates the time allocated to study, specialized and scientific activities with plans for the development of the doctoral thesis, study at other workplaces (which may be outside the Czech Republic), designated minimum teaching duties, dates of examinations for courses taken, and other responsibilities. The individual study plan is specified by the Supervisor, after the doctorand has expressed his/her agreement with it.

Fulfillment of the coursework component of the individual plan is completed by passing the prescribed examinations and by presenting and defending a specialized study on the current state of the subject in the world. It is then possible to take the final degree examination, in which the student should demonstrate his/her specialized theoretical knowledge, methods of scientific work, and the ability to acquire new scientific knowledge and to apply it creatively. The final doctoral examination is conducted by the Board of Examiners for Comprehensive Doctoral Examination (Komise pro státní doktorskou zkoušku). Successful completion of this examination is a pre-requisite for the presentation and defense of the doctoral thesis.

This thesis is the outcome of researching a specific scientific project, and can be submitted in the form of a work that has been published (or is being prepared for publication), or as a collection of publications. The doctoral thesis must contain original new findings. The presentation and defense of the work is conducted by the Board for the Defense of a Doctoral Thesis (Komise pro obhajobu dizertační práce), and is open to the public. A single re-submission is allowed in the case of an unsuccessful final examination or an unsuccessful presentation and defense of the doctoral thesis.

Doctoral studies can be prematurely ended by the student, on the basis of a written application. In the case of long-term neglect of responsibilities, the studies can be ended by a decision of the Dean or the Director of the institute.

The Doctorate course fee is EUR 23,525 per year. This fee includes the followings: Visa Fee, Air tickets, Medical test recertification, Health Insurance, Accommodation, MEALS (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

Full-time doctorands studying at the Czech universities will be accommodated in a university or MDACI dormitory and are entitled to have their meals in university restaurants or at the dormitories.

Application for enrolment
Applications for study should be submitted to the on-line or by post. There are normally two rounds of applications per year. Applicants must specify, amongst other things, their intended field of study, and the intended framework of their doctoral thesis.

The application should also have attached (see Application Form):

  • Application Form (to be downloaded from the our website)
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • Documentation of attained education and any professional experience to date;
  • A summary of published works, other results of professional work, and – if applicable – an appraisal of these publications

Further information
Further information concerning doctoral studies can be obtained online by sending your request to

NOTE: Payment for each academic year shall be provided two (2) months before the effective date of commencement of the courses. Foreign student that will attend regularly to their classes without any acceptable justification may be deported back to their own country without reimbursement. All deportation fees shall be covered by MDACI at your own cost.

List of Universities and Colleges in the Czech Republic
Where in the Czech Republic would you like to study? There are plenty of study opportunities throughout the country.

You can now chose your preferred University/College based on "University/College name" and "Location", using the table below.


Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague Location
Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague Prague
Architectural Institute in Prague Prague
Academy of Performing Arts Prague
Brno University of Technology Brno
College of Polytechnics Jihlava Jihlava
Czech Technical University Prague
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Charles University Prague
ICT - Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague Prague
Jan Evangelista Purkyně University Ústí nad Labem
Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno Brno
Masaryk University Brno
Mendel University in Brno Brno
Palacký University Olomouc
Silesian University in Opava Opava
Technical University of Liberec Liberec
Tomas Baťa University in Zlín Zlín
University of Hradec Králové Hradec Králové
University of Ostrava Ostrava
University of Pardubice Pardubice
Technical University of Ostrava Ostrava
University of West Bohemia Plzeň
University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno Brno
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice České Budějovice
University of Pardubice Pardubice