Essential Information about Doctoral Studies in English

Study in the Doctoral Study Programme in English

Doctoral studies at CTU in Prague are pursuant to Doctoral Study Code, in accordance with the Act No.111/1998 Coll., Study and Examination Code for Students of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Rules of Doctoral Study at the CTU in Prague, Admission Procedures - Statute of the CTU (Article 6) and Study Conditions for Foreigners - CTU Statute (Article 9).

Here is a list of doctoral study programmes at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

To be eligible for admission to doctoral studies, applicants must hold a master's degree (not a bachelor's 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 graduating. Citizens of the Czech Republic, foreigners and people without citizenship, who are legal residents in the Czech Republic, may study in the doctoral programme. Applicants who are admitted into a doctoral study programme become FEE doctoral students.

The goal of doctoral studies 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 FEE is carried out through full-time and combined (part-time) forms of study. Full-time study at FEE CTU generally takes 4 years, while the 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 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 locations (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 a presentation of the student's research work to the scientific community.

After successful completion of the study block, having passed the language preparation, 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 zkoušku) .

Successful completion of the final comprehensive doctoral examination is a pre-requisite for the presentation and defence of the doctoral thesis. This thesis is a result of the solution to 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, the 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 English

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 the Rector's directive; the current fee for one academic year (two semesters) is CZK 138 000,-. 

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

  1. by submitting a document proving a 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 studies

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

A scholarship for full-time students in the English Doctoral Study Programme of up to CZK 15 000 per month (approx. 580 EUR) is awarded to selected outstanding applicants. The one year scholarship may by extended up to the standard study length, i.e. four years, depending on the progress of the recipients’ PhD study. The scholarship is intended for students with an average monthly net income (scholarship plus other net income) of less than CZK 22 500 (approx. 880 EUR) and is reduced should this level be reached. Attachments to be submitted:

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

Other special-purpose scholarships may be awarded

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

They 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 CTU and living outside of Prague may be provided accommodation 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. There are usually two application periods per year (in April and in October); the admission exams take place in June and in January. Applicants must specify, their intended study programme, the intended doctoral thesis topic and the intended supervisor, which has to be chosen from the offer presented on the Faculty web page.

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 a foreigner in any other 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 CTU, Department of Education, phone: 22435 3469).
  • A summary of published works, other professional work results, and - if applicable - an appraisal of these publications
  • Application for a scholaship to assist in covering tuition fees and living expenses (if relevant) (signed only by the student)
  • A confirmation of the payment of CZK 650,- as a fee for the admission procedure. This fee is to be paid to the following bank and account:

Bank address:
Komerční banka, a.s.
Praha, Czech Republic

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 Office of Science and Research (Mrs. Renata Kroutilíková, phone: 22435 2030 or Mrs. Marie Duchoslavová, phone: 22435 2791) or from the relevant academic department.

For further information please write to:

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

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