Doctoral Studies

Standard Doctoral study programmes last four years. Students are required to take courses and examinations, present seminars, annual progress reports, pursue research and publish their data in scientific journals according to their individual study plans governed by respective supervisors. Results of the research are compiled in Ph.D. thesis. Students prepare for the State Doctoral Examination, which tests the range and quality of the student’s abilities in respective field of study and the potential to acquire and creatively implement the knowledge. After successful defense of the doctoral thesis and passing the State Doctoral Examination, the student will be awarded the degree Ph.D.

Study programmes

For the academic year 2022/2023 the following study programmes are available:

Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Chemistry

Earth Sciences

Mathematics

Physics

Ph.D. study application guide

  1. Choose your study programme from above or in our catalogue.
  2. Contact the relevant department.
    (see the link in the title of the respective study field)
  3. Consult with them your possible topic (check the list of topics) and potential supervisor.
    (After mutual agreement, you can proceed with your application.)
  4. Prepare the necessary documents for your application (in pdf).
    The documents and admission requirements may vary according to the chosen study programme. Always follow the instructions from your department.
    • Certified copy of your diploma
    • Transcript of Records
      These should be requested from the colleges and universities attended. For applicants from non-member states of the Hague Conference on International Law (see the list), the documents must be accompanied by an apostille issued by the local Czech Embassy.
    • Two recommendation letters
      These provide an additional source of information about professional and academic level and should be completed by employer or university professor.
    • Curriculum vitae
      Information concerning your education, work, study and research experience. Namely a description of your graduate programme, diploma thesis, published papers, honours awarded, membership in scientific societies and personal professional goals. Statement of academic goal indicating why you wish to study in a particular program.
    • English language proficiency certificate
      Certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE) at least at B2 CEFR level, or a document certifying applicant's previous English language courses or studies in English.
    • Health status certificate (not older than one month).
      All international students are required to arrange a health insurance for the entire time of their stay in the Czech Republic.
    • Diploma recognition
    • Request for Fischer scholarship (optional).
      Upload the request together with any other document in your electronic application.
  5. Fill out your electronic application:
    • new user ► "Register"
    • already registered ► "Log in"
  6. Choose only study programmes with English titles (use a filter).
    Select the thesis topic which you have agreed on.
  7. In order to submit the e-application, you have to pay the processing fee 690 CZK (approximately 27 EUR) by credit card per instructions in the application. Without the payment, the application will not be considered.
  8. Entrance examinations are usually oral (e.g. via Skype) and take place in June (date should be specified by your supervisor).
  9. Be aware that tuition fee per academic year is required.

Contacts

Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc
Student Affairs Office
17. listopadu 1192/12
779 00 Olomouc
+420 585 634 010-14
+420 585 225 737
studijni.prf@upol.cz

 

Contact person for foreign students:

Dana Gronychová
dana.gronychova@upol.cz
+420 585 634 058
Room no. 1.005, ground floor next to the reception. Please, respect the office hours!

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