Study on a Doctoral study programme begins with enrolment.
Registration for Study
Participation in registration is obligatory for every new DSP student. Registration is usually held in the first week of September (1st round of admission procedure), October (2nd round) and April (3rd round); the exact date and place are given in the information on admission to study.
If a student is unable to be present at registration due to some serious problem, it is necessary to inform the Office of Academic Studies as soon as possible, apologize in writing and give the relevant reasons for absence.
Registration consists mainly of implementing administrative procedures associated with the commencement of studies and obtaining information on the organization of Doctoral studies at FAS.
Immediately after enrolment, applicants are obliged to contact their supervisor and the management of the training workplace to which they are, for organization purposes, assigned, and to agree on the course of study, attendance at the workplace and other (e.g. teaching) duties. Within the space available at the workplace, a full-time student will be assigned an individual working place.
Applicants are obliged to contact their supervisor immediately after enrolment and agree on the course of study and other obligations.
Individual Study Plan
Study obligations and activites that the student has to complete during the doctoral study are defined in his/her ISP. The fullfillment of ISP is checked by the annual evaluation every year. The number and composition of component examinations for PhD students is suggested by their supervisor. The final examination in the study is the state doctoral examination (usually at the end of the second or beginning of the third year of study), then only the defence of the PhD thesis follows (at the end of the study, usualy at the end of the fourth or during fifth year).
The credit system is not used for Doctoral studies at FAS. In compiling ISPs, the following structure of prescribed course is generally followed.
The block of compulsory general study units includes mainly subjects that DSP students must learn regardless of the formal classification of these subjects in study courses. They include the basics of scientific work and principles of scientific ethics, familiarization with the methodology of dissertation writing and presentations at seminars. They also include the State Doctoral Examination and the preparation of the dissertation and its defence. Another compulsory course is a foreign world-wide language (most often English), which is not the student’s native language, the output level of the course being C1. For full-time students, this also includes adequate participation in the teaching activities of the department if this is the student's training workplace.
Students have to register at least three specialized courses in the block of compulsory professional study; their specific number is appropriate to the focus and scope of the dissertation topic. Courses can either be selected from the list of DSP courses offered (see Chapter 7), or they are created ad hoc according to the focus of the Doctoral thesis. Other compulsory professional study units may include, but are not limited to, creative activities and internships (see below).
After approval by the supervisor, students also have the right to enrol on any course taught at UWB, which then becomes part of their individual study plan.
When drawing up the plan, it is necessary to take into account that all the prescribed examinations must be completed before submitting the application for the State Doctoral Examination and the schedule must be drawn up accordingly.
As the credit system is not used for Doctoral studies at FAS, the courses are not listed in the IS/STAG information system. Abstracts of courses can be found on the Faculty website in the section list of courses.
Requirements for Creative Activity
In addition to specialized courses, the ISP also includes the general topic of scientific research and independent creative activities. This topic is the basis for the development of the Doctoral thesis.
In addition, the ISP establishes ongoing responsibilities related to creative activities, in particular publishing activities (in conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, IF journals), participation in professional seminars, domestic and international conferences, and presentations of their own results in domestic and international forums. These obligations reflect the practices of individual scientific disciplines in the given field and the specific study programme.
The prescribed outputs are monitored continuously and during the Doctoral student's annual evaluation by the Field Board. The maintenance of set standards is verified during the dissertation defence; the documentation is a mandatory prescribed supplement of the dissertation itself.
Requirements for Attending Internships
Completion of short-term/medium-term study internships at a foreign workplace, other forms of student mobility (summer schools, workshops, etc.), foreign language teaching lectures, or participation in an international project are also other possible parts of Doctoral studies. If these activities are prescribed in the ISP, they become a mandatory component which is also taken into account in the dissertation defence.
Supervisors and teachers of individual Doctoral programmes/fields are key members of research teams in NTIS departments and research programmes. They cooperate intensively and long term with many universities and research institutions around the world. Students of Doctoral study programmes at FAS are thus automatically and naturally involved in this international cooperation, including short-term and long-term stays at partner workplaces abroad.
For full-time students, an additional study obligation is adequate involvement in the teaching process (or other teaching activities) of the department in which the student is based. Full-time students participate in teaching activities on the basis of an agreement between the supervisor and the department management. The form and extent of a student's involvement in teaching (i.e. their teaching obligation) reflects both the annually updated needs of the training workplace and the student's other activities which are prescribed in their individual study plan for the given year. Students are involved exclusively in courses where the core part consists of professionally led lectures, and ensure the part of exercises. Changes in the extent (i.e. increase or decrease) of a student's teaching duties are agreed upon with the management of the department by the supervisor, who determines the working mode of the Doctoral student.
Full-time students may also be involved in a Faculty project up to a maximum of half-time. Work on the project is subject to the approval of the supervisor and the head of the guaranteeing department. For part-time students, the workload time is not limited.
Generally, no duties outside those on the ISP may be delegated to students at the expense of completing their study plan and preparing the dissertation for defence.
At the beginning of each academic year (usually during September), the Field Board meets to discuss annual student evaluations. Evaluations include the completion of ISP by the student, i.e. study, publication and all other prescribed duties and activities for the student in the previous academic year.
The conclusion from the Field Board meeting is a proposal to the Dean to allow either continuation of study according to the ISP without any change, or specification of some required change in the ISP, or even a suggestion to terminate the study due to failure to meet the requirements.
State Doctoral Examination (SDE)
SDE is the last examination taken by a Doctoral student. Students can apply to take the SDE only after they have successfully fulfilled all the study obligations set out in the individual study plan. Usually, this is at the end of the second or the beginning of the third year of study. The updated application form is available in the Doctoral study section at http://www.fav.zcu.cz/.
The SDE serves to verify a student's knowledge in the given field of study with regard to the defined topic of the dissertation. The student should demonstrate deep professional and theoretical knowledge, mastering the methods of independent scientific work and the ability to apply new knowledge where appropriate. This examination completes the initial phase of the Doctoral study in which the student passes the prescribed component examinations and elaborates the assigned dissertation topic. A necessary condition for filing an application to take the SDE is, in addition to fulfilling all the stipulated study obligations, also submitting a written thesis (the so-called dissertation proposal), whose defence is part of the SDE. The dissertation proposal contains, in principle, a summary and evaluation of knowledge in the studied area, a list of related publications and an outline of the goals of the prepared dissertation. The level of this work is assessed by an opponent whose main task is not only to evaluate the student's work to date, but also to comment on the work in progress and further direction of the topic.
The application for the State Doctoral Examination must be accompanied by a statement from the supervisor. The State Doctoral Examination is held in front of an examination committee consisting of a chairperson, a vice-chairperson and minimally three members; at least one member of the examination committee must be from outside the academic community of UWB.
After passing the SDE, the student, in the next period of his/her Doctoral study, is mainly engaged in research activities focused on the objectives of his/her dissertation; then, he/she processes the results obtained into the form of a dissertation.
Dissertation/Doctoral Thesis (DT) and Its Defence
The dissertation is the final thesis for Doctoral students. After a successful defence, which is public, the student is awarded the academic title Doctor (abbreviated to Ph.D. after the name).
The list of basic Ph.D. dissertations topics is approved by the FAS Scientific Board and made public in the public part of the website every year.
In addition to the main text of the dissertation, there are other parts which must be included in the dissertation, in particular: the summary in Czech and English, possibly also in another world language, and the list of the author's publications with any possible feedback given. The list of compulsory sections of the dissertation and form of the summary are given in the Study and Examination Regulations of UWB, Articles 98 and 105.
When writing a dissertation, it is necessary to observe the content of the introductory pages as prescribed at FAS. DT information is stored in IS/STAG, the DT text must be uploaded in electronic form. It is also necessary to provide one printed copy of the dissertation, intended for the UWB Library, with a bookmark, on the back cover, for inserting copies of opponent opinions.
List of Compulsory DT Pages with Prescribed Content
- DT cover,
- the first page,
- the second page, which is a translation of the first page into English,
- affidavit confirming compliance with usual procedures in scientific work,
- summary (résumé) in Czech and English, and possibly also in another world language,
- list of published works.
Current sample templates are available in the PhD study section at: http://www.fav.zcu.cz/
Upload of DT into IS/STAG – Before submitting the application for defence, it is necessary, based on the Rector's Directive 33R/2017 and its subsequent amendments, to upload a file with the complete dissertation text to IS/STAG at http://www.portal.zcu.cz/ in the section My study – End-of-study theses. In the case of any problems, contact the Office of Academic Studies.
Submission of the Application for Defence of the Dissertation
You can find the current application form for the dissertation defence in the Doctoral study section at:
http://www.fav.zcu.cz/ (only in Czech)
This form must be completed and delivered to the Office of Academic Studies together with all required annexes.
Dissertation Defence (DD) - The defence of the dissertation is usually held two to three months after submission of the application. This period is variable and cannot be considered as fixed. Immediately after successful completion, students are awarded the Ph.D. title. The Ph.D. Diploma is handed to graduates at the graduation ceremony.
If necessary (annex to the application for POST-DOC project or as requested by the employer, etc.), it is possible, upon agreement with the Office of Academic Studies, to receive the Diploma earlier.