Doctoral Study

FI MU PhD programme provides students with deeper knowledge and experience in selected fields of computer science and helps them to develop skills needed for a successful career in academia or in industry. The candidates who successfully defend their PhD thesis and pass the state examination are awarded with the PhD title. Consistently with the Czech legal regulations, PhD candidates can also receive the title RNDr. if they successfully pass all of the required procedures.

The crucial part of PhD study is devoted to research whose outcomes are published in conference proceedings and journals.

Many of the activities of the doctorate program are available (and recommended) also to undergraduate students. Participation in special lectures, research seminars, and working in research laboratories is a good way for master and bachelor students to sharpen their skills and prepare themselves for PhD studies.

PhD candidates FI MU can enjoy good working conditions comparable with major universities abroad (including travelling funds).

PhD study concentrates on developing research and development skills. However, steps are also done to prepare students for positions in industry and for developing basic knowledge and experiences in management, service and leadership positions, offering also basics in law and economics.

Nowadays, two main PhD study fields are offered at FI, Informatics and Computer Systems and Technologies.

  • Study in Informatics (Fundamental Informatics) is aimed primarily on basic (investigative) research - theoretical and experimental - to acquire new knowledge and experience of fundamental nature in all areas of informatics. Typical outputs are publications in books, journals, proceedings and conference presentations as well as software systems aimed for verification and application of the results of theoretical investigations. Success in the study is evaluated mainly by quality and quantity of the publication outputs.Current concentration is on the verification of concurrent systems, design and analysis of algorithms, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, database-, search-, internet- and web- systems and engines, cryptography, image processing, bio-informatics, medicine-informatics and quantum-informatics.
  • Study in Computer Systems and Technology is aimed primary on theoretical and experimental investigation and innovative design of computer systems and related protocols and technology. Typical outputs are quality publications describing new or innovative software and hardware systems based on original ideas. The systems themselves, widely demonstrated and usually available under open licenses are additional expected results of study in this field. Current focus, reflecting the supervisors own research work, is on distributed systems and networks, large scale distributed computing and storage system, virtualization, grid and cloud system, computer graphics and visualization, image processing, natural language processing, applied security and privacy, collaborative systems and e-learning, embedded systems and processor designs.

Length of doctoral study
4 years - standard time,
7 years - the maximum period for students who began their studies by the end of 2011,
8 years - the maximum period for students who began their studies since 2012.

Doctoral stipend

Doctoral students enrolled in one of the doctoral study programs in the Czech language are (automatically) entitled to a stipend, which is not fixed but instead consists of the following parts:
  • The basic fixed stipend of 7300 CZK monthly.
  • A supplementary stipend assigned by the advisor from central funds, which strongly depends on student's scientific performance and averages to 3000 CZK monthly.
  • Remuneration for teaching duties, paid by teaching hours.
  • Additional "project money". Ask your perspective supervisor or consult the Special PhD calls below.

In 2014, the average net income of doctoral students in the Czech study programs exceeded 20000CZK, which is well enough for comfortable living in Brno.

Special calls for PhD Students

Apart of standard PhD positions, there is a limited number of positions with additional external funding by projects, industrial partners, or Faculty departments. A more detailed information and the list of currently available positions can be found at Call for PhD Students web page.

Admission to doctoral study

More information and instructions about admission procedure to doctoral studies are available at page: Admission Information. The application may be submitted only electronically.

Responsible contact: Ing. Dana Komárková