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Essential Information about Doctoral Studies

A Doctoral Study Programme (DSP) is the highest education available, aimed at further education of excellent holders of a Master Degree. 

Study in the Doctoral Study Programme

Doctoral study at CTU in Prague is pursuant to Act No.111/1998 Coll., in accordance with Study and Examination Code for Students of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Rules of Doctoral Study at the CTU in Prague, Admission Procedures and Conditions of Study for Foreigners and the guidelines of individual faculties and institutes.

A doctoral study programme at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering is divided into 16 branches of study.

To be eligible for admission to doctoral study, applicants must hold a master degree (not a bachelor degree) in the same discipline or a related field. Admission to the programme is at the discretion of the Dean of the Faculty 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, their admission is conditional on graduation. Citizens of the Czech Republic, foreigners and persons without nationality, who are legally resident in the Czech Republic, may study in the doctoral programme. Applicants who are admitted to doctoral study become doctoral students of the FEE.

The goal of doctoral study is to prepare graduates for scientific work. By attaining higher qualifications, including knowledge of foreign languages, Ph.D. graduates will significantly increase their career opportunities.

A Ph.D. programme at the FEE is carried out through full-time and combined (part-time) forms of study. Full-time study at the FEE CTU generally takes 3 years for students enrolled before 1. 3. 2007 and 4 years for students enrolled after 1.3.2007, while combined form of study generally takes 5 years, with the option of interrupting the studies. Transfer between combined 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 doctoral student to the Dean of the Faculty. The Supervisor is appointed by the Dean. 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 programme in a shorter time. Doctoral students studying at CTU are, for the duration of their studies, classified as regular tertiary students, with all associated rights and responsibilities. In both full-time and combined forms of study, doctoral students must submit their doctoral thesis within 7 years of the commencement of their studies.

The studies take place according to an individual study plan, which designates the time allocated to study, specialised 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 doctoral student has expressed his/her agreement with it.

Fulfilment of the coursework component (a study block) of the individual plan is completed by passing the prescribed examinations and by presenting and defending a specialised study (written report) on the current state of the subject in the world. It also comprises presentation of student's research work to scientific community.

After successful termination of the study block, having passed the exam in English, it is possible to apply for the final comprehensive doctoral examination, in which the student should demonstrate his/her specialised theoretical knowledge, methods of scientific work, and the ability to acquire new scientific knowledge and to apply it creatively. This examination is conducted by the Board of Examiners for Comprehensive Doctoral Examination (Komise pro státní doktorskou zkouąku) .

Successful completion of this examination is a pre-requisite for the presentation and defence of the doctoral thesis. This thesis is a result of the solution of a specific scientific task; it proves the capability of a doctoral student to independently create his/her own work and must include original achievements of scientific work published by the author of the dissertation or results accepted for publication. The doctoral thesis must contain original new findings. The presentation and defence of the work is conducted by the Board for the Defence 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 defence of the doctoral thesis. Based on the regular completion of study in a Ph.D. Programme, degree of "Doctor" (abbreviated to "Ph.D.") is obtained from The Czech Technical University in Prague.

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.

Tuition fees for foreign students studying in the English language

Tuition fees are paid by foreign Ph.D. students studying in English both in full-time and part-time forms.

The tuition fee for a foreign Ph.D. student studying in English is determined by Rector's directive; the actual height of the fee for one academic year (two semesters) is CZK 138 000,-. The exact height of the fee specifies the Dean in the contract (agreement) with the student. The Dean is empowered to reduce this fee up to excuse under special circumstances and with released written arguments. Accommodation, board and health insurance are arranged and covered by these doctoral students themselves. On the other hand, excellent applicants may be awarded by scholarships to help cover their tuition fee and living expenses.

Ph.D. students studying in Czech do not pay any fee. The foreigner applying for admission to an accredited study program in the Czech language must prove his/her sufficient knowledge of the language to be able to study:

  1. by submitting a document proving the secondary school-leaving or state examination in the Czech language, or
  2. by proving during the CTU admission procedure that he/she can speak Czech.

Financial support for a study

A special-purpose scholarship subsidizing international doctoral students at FEE whose financial situation does not allow them to cover the doctoral study fees in a foreign language.

A scholarship for students in the English Doctoral Study Programme in the amount of CZK 15 000 / month (approx. 550 EUR) might be awarded to selected outstanding students. The scholarship, initially awarded for one year, may by extended up to the length of the standard study period (four years) depending on the scientific progress of the student. Attachments to be submitted:

  • filled-in application,
  • a motivation letter,
  • CV including a link to the Master’s thesis (.pdf) and a list of publications.

Other special-purpose scholarships according to the Bursary Code of Czech Technical Univerisity in Prague (Art. 4) may be awarded

  • to excellent applicants,
  • for outstanding study results,
  • for active involvement in research and teaching activities.

It may also be awarded to doctoral students participating in research projects.

Apply by email to the Office for Science and Research, Mrs. Renata Kroutilíková or Mrs. Marie Duchoslavová.

Accommodation

Full-time doctoral students studying at the CTU and living outside of Prague may be accommodated in a university dormitory and are entitled to dine in student cafeterias.

Application for enrolment

Application for study should be submitted to the Dean's office of the faculty. There are usually two rounds of applications per year (in April and in October); the admission exams take place in June and in January. Applicants must specify, amongst other things, their intended branch of study, the intended doctoral thesis topic and the intended supervisor, which has to be chosen from the offer presented at web pages of the Faculty.

The application should also have attached:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Documentation of attained education and any professional experience to date (recognition of the previous level of education achieved by the foreigner in another country than the Czech Republic is subject to the law - for more information contact please Mrs. Ing. Dana Dubnová from the Rector's Office of the CTU, Department of Education, phone: 22435 3469).
  • A summary of published works, other results of professional work, and - if applicable - an appraisal of these publications
  • Application  for a scholaship to help cover their tuition fee and living expenses  (if relevant)
  • A confirmation on payment of CZK 600,- as a fee for the admission procedure. This fee is to be paid to the following bank and account:

address of the bank:
Komerční banka, a.s.
OC Praha 5, Českomoravská 2408/1a
CZ-190 00 Praha 9

bank account No.: 19-5504540257
bank sorting code: 0100
payment identification: 902 - Name of Applicant
S.W.I.F.T. code: KOMBCZPPXXX
IBAN CZ9401000000195504540257

account holder:
České vysoké učení technické
Fakulta elektrotechnická
Technická 2
166 27 Praha 6

Further information

Further information concerning doctoral studies can be obtained from the Department of Science and Research of the Dean's office of the Faculty (Mrs. Renata Kroutilíková, phone: 224352030 or Mrs. Marie Duchoslavová, phone: 22435 2791) or from the relevant academic department.

For further information please write to:

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CTU in Prague
Department for Science and Research
Technická 2
166 27 Prague 6
Czech Republic

Responsible person: RNDr. Patrik Mottl, Ph.D.