Doctoral (PhD) Studies

Students are expected to have a good background in the field as well as sufficient language skills to understand fully the study materials. Applicants are required to hold a corresponding degree from an officially accredited university. The faculty encourages applications from all students and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, gender or religion.

The applicant is supposed to check the requirement for applicants specified for particular fields of study. Currently there is an admission to concrete doctoral study programmes with the beginning of the study in Spring 2021. The period for online applications is 1. 9. 2020 – 31. 10. 2020.

Information on study programmes

Admission Information

Choose from offered PhD thesis topics

Biomedical Sciences

Generally, the applicant has to submit following documents (if not required otherwise all materials must be in Czech or English or must be original documents accompanied by Czech or English translations).

Once the call is open, the applicant can submit an electronical application form. It is necessary to write a name of a future supervisor with the PhD thesis topic at the Faculty of Medicine.

Necessary parts of the application are:

  • CURRICULUM VITAE (i.e., a one-page outline of the student’s professional background, experience and skills)
  • AN ESSAY (up to two pages of format-free text in length) explaining the reasons why the student should be accepted for study at the faculty and what study program he or she wishes to apply for.
  • PHOTOCOPIES OF ALL DIPLOMAS AND TRANSCRIPTS from all universities attended (the doctoral degree program requirement is a Master's degree in the corresponding field of study).
  • TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION from persons familiar with the student's academic background.
    As stated in the Czech Higher Education Act, Section 48, admission to a Doctoral degree programme is conditional on the completion of studies in a Master’s degree programme.

    The applicant who holds a certificate and a degree from a foreign higher education institution demonstrates the proper completion of studies in the Master's degree by:

    • a foreign document on foreign higher education from countries with which the Czech Republic has concluded a so-called equivalence agreement;
      • This applies to higher education obtained in the Master's degree programme in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
      • No other documents need to be submitted, and no other verification has to be administered


    • a foreign document on foreign higher education for the verification by the faculty;
    • This applies to higher education obtained in the Master's degree programme in the countries of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland.
    • The Faculty of Medicine may require the submission of additional information on the content and scope of the previous foreign higher education, and a confirmation from the relevant foreign authority that the given foreign university is authorized to provide higher education in the said foreign country.
    • In case of doubts about the sufficient level, scope or content of the previous foreign education proven in this way, the Faculty of Medicine will ask the applicant to complete the documentation with a certificate of recognition of foreign higher education.
    • The verification administrated by the Faculty of Medicine is charged. In order to pay the fee, please go to Shopping Center of Masaryk University.


    • a certificate of recognition of foreign higher education submitted together with a foreign document on foreign higher education.
      • This applies to higher education obtained in the Master’s degree programme in other countries than mentioned above, and to the one that will not be verified by the faculty (see the article above).
      • Find more information on the recognition (or so-called “nostrification”) at
      • At MU, the recognition of previous Master’s degree programmes is administrated by the Office for Studies at the Rector’s Office.


    A foreign document on foreign higher education is usually a diploma or a certificate with unlimited validity.


    The exact procedure on verification of previous higher education is set out in the Directive of the Faculty of Medicine no. 4/2019.


How to apply

Submit an electronical application.

Application submission date

The application will be open from 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020.

Admission procedure fees

Every applicant has to submit the electronical application.

Entrance examinations and dates

If not limited by the terms of the specific study programme, the entrance examinations are organised in December. The student is required to pass the entrance examination in the appropriate degree program at Masaryk University in person; if this is not possible, the evaluation will be made on the base of skype call held in English.

What happens after you apply

Once the applicant has submitted the application form and paid the application fee, the administrator of Office for Quality will download the application together with all enclosed documents and send it to the right study program's admission committee. It is necessary to complete the recognition of previous education, as mentioned on this webpage in the part "Admission Information". This procedure can take some time (months) to be completed.

In the admission process, the applicant can obtain a maximum of 100 points. To be accepted it is necessary to receive at least 80 points. A presentation of an applicant during the exam is evaluated by an admission committee, however, the final decision has to be done by the dean of faculty. If the result is "accepted", the administrator of Office for Quality prepares admission documents. These admisison documents are sent directly to the applicant. In the case of a visa application, admission documents are required for the procedure.

Open Day

Faculty of Medicine does not organize special Open Days for prospective doctoral students but these applicants are welcome to visit our faculty during Open Days for prospective Bachelor or Master students (see here) or it is possible to come to the Office for Quality after prior arrangement. For further information please contact Mr. Petr Bures from Office for Quality (

Conditions during the study

The basis of the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the MU is the procedural pursuit of preparation of the doctoral thesis in close and regular interaction with the tutor and supplemented by the faculty-wide applicable terms for completing the postgraduate studies.

Before the defence of the doctoral thesis is performed, the following conditions need to be met:

  • fulfil the requirements of the given individual study plan
  • complete at least 5 fields of study courses of a common basis

The common courses encompass the stated fields of scientific knowledge and capabilities. They can be completed as a part of the organised courses at the MU (with cooperation with CEITEC, Faculty of Science, etc.) or through the analogical external courses (e.g. The Course in the Fundamentals of Research Work Administered by the CAS).


  1. Scientific Information, medicine based on evidence (e.g. the Medicine Based on Scientific Proof course)
  2. Ethical and legal aspects of research (e.g. the Bio-medicinal Research Ethics, Law, Ethics and Philosophy in Science courses)
  3. Organisation of research projects and clinical trials (e.g. the Planning, Organisation and Evaluation of Clinical Studies courses)
  4. Data analysis (e.g. the Analysis of Clinical Data courses)
  5. Publication, presentation and grant-related skills (e.g. the Art of Research and Scientific Writing courses)
  6. Computer Network User
  • complete at least 4 subject-area courses (within the competence of the doctoral board)
  • meet the publication activity requirements at least in the specified range (see below)
  • undergo an internship abroad (with the duration of at least one month), alternatively participate in an international project (attendance at the regular project team meetings is mandatory)
  • present original data at an international conference
  • submit the doctoral thesis
  • pass the final state doctoral examination
  • acquire the total amount of 240 credits over the course of studies (in case the MU study and examination regulations change, the credit system may be bypassed at the discretion of the doctoral board).

The participation in teaching can then only reach the maximum of 150 hours/4 years

The Process of Constructing an Individual Study Plan can be described by the following:

25 ECTS - The shared courses of the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University

20 ECTS – Curriculum – Specific Courses

195 ECTS - the doctoral (defence of the doctoral thesis + the final state doctoral examination), publication activities, internship abroad, attendance at an international conference, assistance in pedagogical activities and teaching

Life in Czech Republic

We do recommend to all applicants to read the amendment to the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals' in the Territory of the Czech Republic and follow its regulations.

Life expenses

It is necessary to come to Czech Republic with at least 20 000 CZK (€ 800) for life expenses per month.


Applicant that needs visa to get to Czech Republic has to provide a health insurance at minimum for the first year of study by one of Czech insurance companies mentioned bellow. Without the insurance he/she cannot apply for visa. The other applicants, that do not need visa, are recommended to get the insurance as well.
Students from European Union have to visit VZP (the first company mentioned in the list of insurance companies in the Czech Republic bellow) and show them her/his insurance card from her/his country. The company will provide a czech insurance card for foreigners.

Possible insurance companies:

  1. VZP
  2. Maxima
  3. Slavia
  4. Uniqa
  5. Inter Partner Assistance (AXA)

The Czech health insurance costs around 15 000 CZK (€ 600) per year.


Mgr. Petr Bureš

International Postgraduate Studies, Admission procedure, Exchange programmes

Phone: +420 549 49 3278