Admission Information - Doctoral Study

Since its establishment in 1994 the Faculty of Informatics has been offering a doctoral study programme to anyone interested in gaining the title PhD. Currently accredited is the Doctoral study programme Informatics with the study fields Informatics or Computer Systems and Technology. The studies can take either a full-time or combined form and can be studied in Czech and also in English language. Students can develop their specialization in almost all fields of informatics under the leadership of one of our 37 supervisors.

Actual stated dates

Application dates 12th September 2014 - 12th January 2015
Entrance examination 27th January 2015
Handling charge 400 CZK (16 EUR)
Contacts - admission(atsign)fi(dot)muni(dot)cz: admission(atsign)fi(dot)muni(dot)cz or Office for Research & Development & Doctoral Studies where you can get more information about:
- admission to doctoral study
- doctoral study in general
- days of open doors

Admission process to the Doctoral study programme:

Requirements for admission to a doctoral programmme approved by the Academic Senate of MU FI
Information about Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualifications
General information about admission

Selection of study specialization and supervisor

This part is very important and it is necessary to pay attention to it. The main orientation about possibilities of study specializations you can get from following sources:

Concrete view about fields and problems that supervisors pay interest to you can find out in actual thematic areas of doctoral study. These areas are not complete list of topics which you can study at FI. After deal with supervisor it is possible to select also different topic (for your information - List of PhD students with their supervisors, consultants and thesis topics).

Before submission of your application it is necessary to contact chosen supervisor and negotiate with him/her about content of study.

From application to enrolment


Application Submission

Applicants have to apply to the doctoral programme only through the electronic application. After creation and completing of an electronic application it is necessary to submit following documents to the Office for Research & Development & Doctoral Studies:

  • Structured professional curriculum vitae
  • Copy of a Master degree certificate and state final exam certificate
    - do not forget to apply for Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualification (must be submitted until your enrolment to studies)
  • Complete transcript of records or copy of Diploma Supplement
  • Copy of an English exam certificate when it is requested to be taken into account in the admission process
  • Two letters of recommendation on special forms up to 4 months old (due to the date of Entrance examination)
  • Written acceptance of your proposed supervisor
An electronic application will be confirmed after submitting an application, payment of a handling fee and delivery of all documents required for admission procedures to the Office for Research & Development & Doctoral Studies.

The handling charge is 400 CZK and is paid according to the rules in electronic application.

Applicant has to submit all documents before application deadline to the Office for Research & Development & Doctoral Studies, otherwise FI MU doesn't accept his/her application.

Foreign students are recommended to complete their application from February to May to start their studies from the Autumn semesters.


Entrance Examination

Entrance examinations are held in stated days. Applicants will be invited to the entrance examination by letter sent to an e-mail set in applicant´s application. More information will be also published at the webpage - News for PhD students.

The admission committee assesses skills for creative work in computer science as a scientific discipline and the ability to communicate in English. The chairman and the committee members are proposed by a Doctoral Board of FI MU and appointed by the dean.
On the basis of evaluation of written documents committee decide whether or not it is necessary to invite the applicant to an oral examination. The committee may waive an oral interview especially if the applicant has achieved excellent results during his/her previous master's study (excellent grade point average, outstanding master's thesis, etc.). During an interview, which lasts 15 - 30 minutes, the applicant has to demonstrate general knowledge of computer science and also depth knowledge in areas related to the planned focus of study. They must also demonstrate the good ability to communicate in English. An oral interview consists of questions asked by committee members. The interview can be at the discretion of the admission committee also performs through video conference, especially in the case of foreign applicants.
The admission committee will propose an applicant to be or not to be accepted to a doctoral programme according to a comprehensive assessment of written documents and an oral interview. If an oral interview is pardoned, the admission committee suggests an applicant´s admission.
About the admission procedures and proposal of admission committee is informed the Doctoral Board FI MU, which draw up to the proposal a written opinion. Then the proposal of admission committee and the statement of the Doctoral Board are forwarded to the Dean FI MU, who will decide on the acceptance or rejection of each applicant.

Decision and Enrolment

The Dean of the Faculty of Informatics decides on the recommendation of the admission committee and Doctoral Board of FI MU about applicant´s acceptance/rejection to the study. Applicants receive a written notification of the decision, including the date of enrollment in the case of admission. The acceptance to the doctoral study is conditioned on a successful completion of Master studies, according to the Higher Education Act No. 111/1998.

The applicant who at the time of admission procedures does not yet meet this requirement may be admitted under conditions which are stated by the Dean in his decision about admission. For enrollment to PhD studies is necessary to have properly completed Master studies. The graduates from the universities outside the Czech Republic must ask for a recognition of their previous education. Admitted students must submit the recognition certificate no later than for enrolment to the studies.

A basic idea about the success of applicants in the admission procedures you can create according to the Reports on the admission procedures from previous years.


Other information

Detail information about an admission procedure and also about doctoral studies you can ask at the Office for Research & Development & Doctoral Studies , or at the doctoral study webpage .

Tuition Fees

Tuition fee for the doctoral programme for the academic year 2013/2014 is 2000,- EUR per year. Students pay also for their individual living expenses (e.g. accommodation, food, travel costs, insurance, etc.).

Scholarship

The Faculty of Informatics does not offer any scholarships to cover all expenses, incl. tuition fee of doctoral study. Students have the chance to get some scholarships or salary during their studies, when they take part in teaching or research activities at the faculty (help with tuition, work on research projects,…). For more information about possibilities you can ask your supervisor.

Reports on Admission Procedures

  • In academic year 2013/2014 was held 1 admission process to doctoral study:
    • January 2014 - registered 6 applicants, all of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies - 3 accepted applicants (all for full-time study)
      - Informatics - 3 accepted applicants (all for full-time study).
  • In academic year 2012/2013 were held 2 admission processes to doctoral study:
    • January 2013 - registered 14 applicants, all of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies - 9 accepted applicants (8 for full-time study and 1 for combine study)
      - Informatics - 5 accepted applicants (all for full-time study).
    • June 2013 - registered 27 applicants, 21 of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies - 10 accepted applicants (9 for full-time study and 1 for combine study)
      - Informatics - 11 accepted applicants for full-time study.
  • In academic year 2011/2012 were held 2 admission processes to doctoral study:
    • January 2012 - registered 8 applicants, all of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies - 5 accepted applicants (4 for full-time study and 1 for combine study)
      - Informatics - 3 accepted applicants (all for full-time study).
    • June 2012 - registered 27 applicants, 23 of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies - 12 accepted applicants (11 for full-time study and 1 for combine study)
      - Informatics - 11 accepted applicants for full-time study.
  • In academic year 2010/2011 were held 2 admission processes to doctoral study:
    • January 2011 - registered 11 applicants, 10 of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies - 9 accepted applicants (8 for full-time study and 1 for combine study)
      - Informatics - 1 accepted applicant (for full-time study).
    • June 2011 - registered 20 applicants, all of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies - 12 accepted applicants (for full-time study)
      - Informatics - 8 accepted applicants for full-time study.
  • In academic year 2009/2010 were held 2 admission processes to doctoral study:
    • January 2010 - registered 17 applicants, 15 of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies 13 accepted applicants (11 for full-time study and 2 for combine study)
      - Informatics 2 accepted applicants (both for full-time study).
    • June 2010 - registered 32 applicants, 29 of them were accepted
      - Computer Systems and Technologies 15 accepted applicants (14 for full-time study and 1 for combine study)
      - Informatics 14 accepted applicants for full-time study.
  • In academic year 2008/2009 were held 2 admission processes to doctoral study:
    • January 2009 - registered 13 applicants, 13 of them were accepted (11 to the full-time form, 2 to the combine form).
    • June 2009 - registered 24 applicants, accepted 22 applicants
      - for field of study Computer Systems and Technologies 12 accepted applicants (10 for full-time study and 2 for combine study)
      - for field of study Informatics 10 accepted applicants.
  • In academic year 2007/2008 were held 2 admission processes to doctoral study:
    • January 2008 - registered 7 applicants, 6 of them were accepted (5 to the full-time form, 1 to the combine form).
    • June 2008 - registered 24 applicants, accepted 23 applicants (21 for full-time study and 2 for combine study).
  • In academic year 2006/2007 were held at FI MU 2 admission processes:
    • January 2007 - registered 11 applicants, accepted 10 applicants for full-time study.
    • June 2007 - registered 17 applicants, accepted 12 applicants (10 for full-time study and 2 for combine study).
  • In academic year 2005/2006 were held at FI MU 2 admission processes:
    • January 2006 - registered 8 applicants, accepted all 8 applicants (5 for full-time study, 3 for distant study).
    • June 2006 - registered 16 applicants, accepted all 16 applicants (14 for full-time study and 2 for distant study).
  • 11 applicants registered for the doctoral study application process in January 2005 (10 for full-time study and 1 for distant study), 8 applicants were accepted (7 for full-time study and 1 for distant study)and 3 applicants were not accepted.

  • Two admission processes were held in 2004:
    • February 2004 - registered 7 applicants, accepted 4 and not accepted 3 applicants
    • June 2004 - registered 31 applicants, 2 foreign and 2 for distant study. 20 applicants were accepted, 2 for distant study. Two applicants withdrew from the application process (1 foreign), one applicant failed to attend the exam and 8 applicants were not accepted (1 foreign).