Doctoral studies at MU
Masaryk University offers a total of over 60 doctoral degree programmes subdivided into fields of study, the three to four-year-long programmes are implemented at all nine faculties and are designed to provide young scientists with excellent educational opportunities in a high-quality scholarly or research environment and under the guidance of a qualified supervisor. Doctoral studies are intended for Master’s degree programme graduates; students who successfully complete their studies receive a doctoral degree (Ph.D.).
Doctoral studies at each faculty are implemented according to individual study plans under the guidance of a supervisor. The Supervisor search at MU application provides a comprehensive list of past as well as current and potential supervisors, searchable by field of study, name or unit.
Research activity forms an inseparable part of doctoral studies at MU; students are thus frequently included in research projects and may even go on to become regular research team members with opportunities to work in cutting-edge laboratories and take part in international team projects, participate in placements abroad and attend international conferences and seminars.
Over 3,500 doctoral students are currently enrolled at MU.
In accordance with Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on Higher Education Institutions and on the Modification and Amendment of Other Acts (hereinafter “Higher Education Act”), successfully completed Master’s degree studies constitute a prerequisite for admission to a doctoral degree programme. In case such studies have been previously completed abroad, an applicant is required to provide proof of recognition. Graduates of Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree programmes wishing to obtain recognition of foreign higher education qualifications at Masaryk University must consult the Office for Studies at the Rector’s Office.
In accordance with section 49 of the Higher Education Act, each faculty may also implement its own admission requirements, generally tested by means of an entrance examination. All information relevant to the admission procedure must be announced a minimum of four months prior to the examination (one month in advance in the case of newly accredited fields of study).
An applicant who has met all admission procedure requirements (e.g. successfully completed the entrance examination, achieved a certain ranking among applicants) will subsequently be admitted to studies in a doctoral degree programme. In accordance with section 50, subsection 7 of the Higher Education Act, an applicant may file an appeal within 30 days of receiving a negative admission decision.
Admission procedure fees
Admission procedure fees are set at 400 CZK per entrance application (per application fees at FSS are set at 500 CZK).
Applicants are required to pay the fee for each entrance application submitted. A unique set of identification data is generated by the system following the completion of each entrance application. Payments are to be made via the Shopping Centre; a common payment may be made in the case of multiple applications. No proof of payment document will be sent to the faculty, each applicant must save it individually. The fee will not be refunded to applicants who fail to attend the entrance examination.
Application submission date
Entrance applications may be submitted electronically at http://is.muni.cz/prihlaska/. Deadlines for the submission of electronic applications are set by the individual faculties and may differ – up-to-date information is to be found on faculty websites.
An application is considered submitted in case it has been electronically submitted by 24:00 on the last day. In order to be accepted, an application must be completed and the relevant fee payment made.
Entrance examinations and dates
Each faculty may implement its own admission requirements, generally tested by means of an entrance examination. All information relevant to the admission procedure must be announced a minimum of four months prior to the examination (one month in advance in the case of newly accredited fields of study). Entrance examination dates are to be found on faculty websites.
Every year, individual faculties organize open days for the benefit of prospective students. In case no open day is organized specifically for applicants for doctoral studies, it is naturally possible to visit a given faculty during on open day targeting applicants for Bachelor’s and Master’s studies (however, such events will necessarily be geared towards secondary school students and recent graduates).