Organization of studies in doctoral degree programmes

 

 

Enrolment

Enrolment in studies and enrolment in the first semester

In accordance with section 10, subsection 1 of the MU Study and Examination Regulations, an applicant admitted to studies in a doctoral degree programme implemented at an MU faculty gains the right to enrolment in studies and enrolment in the first semester. Enrolment in studies must be carried out in person at the faculty responsible for implementing a given programme (or field of study) on a designated date and time.

An applicant becomes a student only following enrolment in studies. In case an applicant fails to enrol during the period specified by the academic year chart and timetable or by an alternate date, he/she must provide evidence of circumstances preventing him/her from enrolment within five days. Failure to do so shall result in the loss of the right to enrolment.

Re-enrolment in studies

A person whose studies have been interrupted in accordance with section 13 of the Study and Examination Regulations is entitled to re-enrolment in these studies and may (section 10, subsection 2) enrol in a semester (following the provisions of section 12) once the interruption period has expired. Re-enrolment in studies is to be communicated to the relevant faculty by e-mail via the designated IS MU application.

Should an applicant fail to enrol in studies in the prescribed period or at an alternate date and subsequently fail to provide compelling reasons which prevented them from doing so in a period of five workdays, their right to enrolment in studies shall expire and their studies shall be terminated in accordance with section 56, subsection 1, letter b) of Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and on the Modification and Amendment of Other Acts (hereinafter “Higher Education Act”) and section 15, subsection 1, letter b, of the Study and Examination Regulations.

Enrolment in an upcoming semester

In accordance with section 12 of the Study and Examination Regulations, a student has the right to enrol in the following semester of his/her studies if he/she has successfully completed all repeated courses enrolled in the immediately preceding semester and met the conditions of enrolment in the following semester as specified in section 2, subsection 2 of the Regulations. The conditions of enrolment in the following semester are considered met in case a student meets the following conditions:

  • Gaining a minimum of 20 credits aggregated in all of his/her studies in courses enrolled in the immediately preceding semester (valid from enrolment into the spring 2013 semester, all prior semesters adhere to the former 15 credit minimum), or gaining a minimum of 45 credits aggregated in all of his/her studies in courses enrolled in two immediately preceding semesters;
  • Achieving the minimum credit value of one of his/her studies while not exceeding the standard length of studies in any of his/her studies;
  • Gaining a number of credits in one of his/her studies which is at least thirty times the number of semesters completed in these studies while not exceeding the standard length of studies in any of his/her studies.

Enrolment in the following semester is carried out via the appropriate IS MU application. In case a student fails to earn the right to enrolment in the following semester by the last day of the period designated for enrolment in a semester, his/her studies are terminated in accordance with section 56, subsection 1, letter b) of the Higher Education Act and section 15, subsection 1, letter b) of the Study and Examination Regulations. In accordance with section 68, subsection 4 of the Higher Education Act, an applicant may lodge an appeal with the issuing authority within 30 days of receiving a decision on the termination of studies.

 

 

 

Course of studies

Total duration of studies

In accordance with section 13, subsection 3 of the Study and Examination Regulations, the sum of the total duration of studies in a Doctoral degree programme and the duration of interrupted studies must not exceed double the standard length of studies specified for a given programme (valid for studies commenced in the spring 2012 semester; the provisions of the Study and Examination Regulations in effect until 31 January 2012 – which set the maximum duration of studies at seven years – remain valid for previously commenced studies). This excludes periods for which study was interrupted for parental leave or serious health reasons or periods of interrupted studies due to an unsuccessful doctoral state examination or doctoral thesis defence.

Minimum credit value of studies

In accordance with section 6, semester 4 of the Study and Examination Regulations, minimum credit value of studies is set at thirty times the standard length of studies in a programme as expressed in the number of semesters. This value thus constitutes 240 (180) credits in the case of four-year (three-year) doctoral degree programmes.

Course enrolment and course repetition

In accordance with section 11 of the Study and Examination Regulations, a student shall select courses for each of his/her studies during the enrolment period. Course enrolment requests are submitted via the IS MU during the course registration period. Conditions restricting course enrolment apply, especially prerequisites stipulating the completion of certain course(s) prior to enrolment; in addition, the dean may limit the number of students scheduled for enrolment in a given programme as well as defining conditions for the enrolment of elective courses.

In case a student did not successfully fulfil the conditions of a credit or graded credit (section 18 of the Regulations) or colloquium or examination (section 19), he/she is entitled to a maximum of two repetitions in the case of a course enrolled for the first time and a maximum of one repetition in the event of a repeated course (valid for courses first enrolled in the spring 2013 semester; the Study and Examination Regulations in effect until 31 January 2012 remain valid for previously enrolled courses).

In case a student did not complete an enrolled course successfully, he/she is obliged to re-enrol in the first semester when the course is offered again (see section 21 of the Regulations). A student who failed to complete a repeated course, exhausting all possibilities specified in section 18 and/or section 19 of the Regulations, thus loses the right to enrolment in the following semester (section 12, subsection 1, letter a) of the Regulations); his/her studies are thereby terminated in accordance with section 56, subsection 1, letter b) of the Higher Education Act. In accordance with section 68, subsection 4 of the Higher Education Act, an applicant may lodge an appeal with the issuing authority within 30 days of receiving a decision on the termination of studies. A student may decide not to fulfil the obligation to repeat a course if such a course is elective for the studies in question; the amount of courses thus not repeated must not exceed one tenth of the minimum credit value of such studies.

Interruption of Studies

In accordance with section 13 of the Study and Examination Regulations, a student’s studies may be interrupted on his/her request; the dean shall comply with the request in case the student meets the conditions of enrolment in the following semester in accordance with section 12 of the Regulations. If this is not the case, the dean will make a ruling based on the substantiation provided by the student. Should the dean decide to comply with the request, he/she will simultaneously set the beginning and end dates of the interruption period as well as additional conditions of enrolment in the semester immediately following re-enrolment in studies.

With respect to applying for a doctoral state examination or a doctoral thesis defence, the end of the interruption of studies period may be set to a designated period at the end of the last semester prior to the doctoral state examination or doctoral thesis defence (i.e. analogically to when the end of an interruption of studies period in the case of a Bachelor’s or Master’s final state examination is set to the beginning of the examination period). In all other cases, studies are interrupted for a period of several semesters including the remainder of the semester when the request seeking interruption of studies was filed. In accordance with section 10 of the Study and Examination Regulations, a person ceases to be a student of MU on the day of interruption of studies; the status of student may only be restored following re-enrolment in studies.

Should an applicant fail to enrol in studies in the prescribed period or at an alternate date and subsequently fail to provide compelling reasons which prevented them from doing so in a period of five workdays, their right to enrolment in studies shall expire and their studies shall be terminated in accordance with section 56, subsection 1, letter b) of the Higher Education Act and section 15, subsection 1, letter b), of the Study and Examination Regulations. In accordance with section 68, subsection 4 of the Higher Education Act, an applicant may lodge an appeal with the issuing authority within 30 days of receiving a decision on the termination of studies.

International placements

Students of doctoral studies may participate in international placements and take advantage of additional opportunities offered throughout the semester by various institutions and announced on faculty websites or on the official MU notice board. Further information on international placements may be provided by designated faculty offices or by the link to a new windowOffice for International Studies.

Scholarships

In accordance with section 6 of the MU Scholarship and Bursary Regulations, students enrolled in full-time doctoral studies are eligible for a grant in support of studies in a doctoral degree programme – provided that their duration of studies has not exceeded the standard length of studies for that programme. Faculties may also offer additional scholarship and bursary programmes suitable specifically for doctoral students.

 

 

Closure of studies

Closure of studies

In accordance with section 15 of the Study and Examination Regulations, closure of studies in a doctoral degree programme may take place in the following ways:

  • successful completion of a doctoral state examination and doctoral thesis defence in accordance with section 47, subsection 4 of the Higher Education Act,
  • loss of the right to enrolment in studies in accordance with section 10 or 12, or due to failure to meet conditions specified in sections 31 or 32 of the Study and Examination Regulations (section 56, subsection 1, letter b) of the Higher Education Act),
  • abandoning studies (section 56, subsection 1, letter a) of the Higher Education Act),
  • expulsion in accordance with section 65, subsection 1, letter c), or section 67 of the Higher Education Act (section 56, subsection 1, letter e) of the Higher Education Act),
  • revocation of accreditation or expiry of programme accreditation in accordance with section 80, subsection 4 of the Higher Education Act (section 56, subsection 1, letters c) or d) of the Higher Education Act).

A person ceases to be a student of MU on the day of closure of his/her studies. Students whose studies were successfully completed are issued a university diploma and diploma supplement as proof of completion of studies. Graduates of studies implemented in Czech are issued diplomas in Czech; graduates of studies implemented in a foreign language are issued diplomas in that language. On request, the faculty will provide a student with a translation of his/her diploma into English, including a faculty stamp and authorized person's signature. Doctoral studies graduates are granted the academic title of doctor, abbreviated as Ph.D.

Doctoral state examination

In accordance with section 31 of the Study and Examination Regulations, prerequisites for submitting a doctoral state examination application include the fulfilment of all requirements specified in section 28, subsections 3 and 4 of the Regulations. The doctoral thesis topic must be presented no later than at application submission, unless otherwise prescribed by the doctoral board. The application shall be submitted to the dean via the IS MU by a date specified by the academic year chart and timetable. The doctoral state examination date is set by the dean during the semester which the student applied for by the designated deadline following a recommendation by the doctoral board. The general requirements of a doctoral state examination are specified in programme content. Additional requirements stipulated by the doctoral board must be communicated to the student in written form no later than four weeks prior to the examination date.

Should a student fail the doctoral state examination, he/she is entitled to repeat the examination no more than once; an alternate date shall be set by the dean following a recommendation by the doctoral board. The date must take place by the end of the following semester. In case a student is absent on the designated date of the examination and subsequently fails to provide an acceptable reason for his/her absence within five workdays following that date, his/her performance is assessed as “unacceptable”. A student's studies may be interrupted by the dean until the alternate examination date (this period does not count towards the total duration of studies).

Doctoral thesis and thesis defence

Doctoral thesis requirements are specified by section 30 of the Study and Examination Regulations; additional requirements – e.g. extent, form or layout of a doctoral thesis – may be set out by the dean or by the doctoral board if so authorised by the dean. The requirements for submitting a doctoral thesis defence application, to be submitted to the dean via the IS MU in a period specified by the academic year chart and timetable (hereinafter referred to as “application”), comprise the following:

  • previously completed doctoral state examination, or
  • concurrently filed application for a doctoral state examination; in such a case, the doctoral defence takes place on the same date as the doctoral state examination; and
  • completed doctoral thesis reading.

The doctoral thesis defence date is set by the dean following a recommendation by the doctoral board; the defence takes place in the semester specified in the application. No less than two doctoral thesis readers are appointed by the dean following a recommendation by the doctoral board; a student has the right to be informed of their reports no less than seven days prior to the defence.

Should each of the thesis report conclusions prescribed by section 32, subsection 5 of the Study and Examination Regulations contain one or more negative statements, the student may choose not to participate in the thesis defence; this intention must be announced no later than five workdays prior to the defence date and may only be reverted to once). A doctoral thesis defence assessed with a grade of “unacceptable” may be repeated no more than once. An alternate date – which must take place within the next two semesters – is set by the dean following a recommendation by the doctoral board; likewise, the conditions for a repeated defence must be specified by the board no later than one month following the failed defence attempt. In case a student is absent on the designated date of the defence and subsequently fails to provide an acceptable reason for his/her absence within five workdays following that date, his/her performance is assessed as “unacceptable”. A student's studies may be interrupted by the dean until the alternate defence date (this period does not count towards the total duration of studies).

Graduation ceremony and diploma presentation

Graduation ceremonies for doctoral studies graduates are held approximately every six months and are common for all MU faculties. The Research & Development Office of the Rector’s Office is tasked with the coordination of the ceremonies.

Graduates scheduled to take part in a graduation ceremony receive an electronic invitation approximately three weeks in advance; the invitation includes a detailed description of the actual act of graduation. The invitation is sent out to emails listed by individual graduates in the Personal Administration section of the IS MU. Should a graduate wish to redirect the invitation to a personal email, he/she must indicate this in the IS MU Mail application. The graduation ceremony date will also be announced beforehand via the IS MU notice board and is known to those workers of the relevant faculty offices who are in charge of doctoral studies.

In case a graduate is unable to attend, he/she may collect the diploma and diploma supplement – if so previously arranged – at the Research & Development Office (a diploma may be collected either after or prior to the graduation ceremony). A diploma may only be collected in person or e.g. by a family member (written power of attorney required).