Study rules and duties
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Administrative duties

Individual Study Plan

Each first-year student, jointly with his or her supervisor, is required to prepare an Individual Study Plan that must be submitted at the latest two months after his or her enrolment date.

The Individual Study Plan must contain specifically:

  • Doctoral dissertation synopsis and selective list of references

  • Timetable of progress on the dissertation

  • Scheduled date of the state doctoral examination

  • Scheduled date of the defence of the dissertation

  • Planned publications

  • Planned exams and courses

  • Planned internships and stays abroad

  • Planned grant activities

  • Planned conferences


Assessment of Student of the Doctoral study programme

The deadline for submission for the given academic year is specified by each institute. The form must be approved by the student’s supervisor.

The form contains specification of the Individual Study Plan for the following academic year. Optionally it can contain changes in the approved Individual Study Plan.


All forms are available here.


How to proceed

State Doctoral Examination

Students have to pass the State Doctoral Examination (SDE) before the end of the fourth year. However, all students have to enroll for the State Doctoral Exam by the end of the 6th semester of their studies (semesters of interrupted studies are not counted, e.g. if a student interrupted studies for 1 year, he has to enroll for the SDE by the end of the 8th semester after the start of his doctoral studies). At the time of enrollment for the State Doctoral Examination, all conditions given in the Individual Study Plan have to be fulfilled. The Individual Study Plan is always designed in a way that a student enrols in the SDE at the end of the 6th semester at the latest and passes the SDE bythe end of the 8th semester.


Six weeks before the date of the SDE, inform the responsible person in your institute about your intention to enroll for the SDE.


One month before the date of the SDE submit the following forms to the FSV UK Student Services Office:

  • Application for the State Doctoral Examination

  • Supervisor’s Assessment of the Course of Studies for the State Doctoral Examination


Defence of the dissertation

The dissertation defence follows after the successful State Doctoral Examination and dissertation pre-defence. The dissertation defence is classified pass/fail and can only be retaken once. The defence may be retaken only once and no sooner than 6 months from the date of the failed defence.


Normaly, two referees are chosen by the Committee for the Defence of the dissertation. All the referees have to have at least a PhD. At least one of the referees must be external (cannot be affiliated with the FSV UK). Neither the supervisor nor any of the coauthors of any part of the proposed dissertation is allowed to be the referee. At least three members of the committee have to be present during the dissertation defence.


The dissertation for the defence must be submitted in three bound copies and must contain an English abstract. The doctoral student submits an application for the defence along with the dissertation. The student also submits the summary of the thesis. The summary of 15-20 pages contains the main findings and the relevant literature.


The dissertation has to be submitted no later than eight months prior to the end of studies, i.e. by the end of January for students whose studies terminate at the end of September. The reason is that a student can repeat the failed defense once, but only after six months, and the process has to finish by the end of the 9th year.


Three months before the defence inform the responsible person in your institute about your intention to enrol for the defence.


Two months before the defence submit to the FSV study department (Ms. M. Navrátilová ):

  • 3 hard copies (hardback) of your dissertation

  • Application for the Defence of the Dissertation

  • Supervisor's Assessment of the Course of Studies for the Defence of the Dissertation

  • 5 hard-copies of the Dissertation summary

  • CD with the electronic version of the Dissertation and Summary

  • Submit your Dissertation electronically through SIS






Study rules and duties

Administrative duties

Individual Study Plan

Each first-year student, jointly with his or her supervisor, is required to prepare an Individual Study Plan that must be submitted at the latest two months after his or her enrolment date.

The Individual Study Plan must contain specifically:

  • Doctoral dissertation synopsis and selective list of references

  • Timetable of progress on the dissertation

  • Scheduled date of the state doctoral examination

  • Scheduled date of the defence of the dissertation

  • Planned publications

  • Planned exams and courses

  • Planned internships and stays abroad

  • Planned grant activities

  • Planned conferences


Assessment of Student of the Doctoral study programme

The deadline for submission for the given academic year is specified by each institute. The form must be approved by the student’s supervisor.

The form contains specification of the Individual Study Plan for the following academic year. Optionally it can contain changes in the approved Individual Study Plan.


All forms are available here.


How to proceed

State Doctoral Examination

Students have to pass the State Doctoral Examination (SDE) before the end of the fourth year. However, all students have to enroll for the State Doctoral Exam by the end of the 6th semester of their studies (semesters of interrupted studies are not counted, e.g. if a student interrupted studies for 1 year, he has to enroll for the SDE by the end of the 8th semester after the start of his doctoral studies). At the time of enrollment for the State Doctoral Examination, all conditions given in the Individual Study Plan have to be fulfilled. The Individual Study Plan is always designed in a way that a student enrols in the SDE at the end of the 6th semester at the latest and passes the SDE bythe end of the 8th semester.


Six weeks before the date of the SDE, inform the responsible person in your institute about your intention to enroll for the SDE.


One month before the date of the SDE submit the following forms to the FSV UK Student Services Office:

  • Application for the State Doctoral Examination

  • Supervisor’s Assessment of the Course of Studies for the State Doctoral Examination


Defence of the dissertation

The dissertation defence follows after the successful State Doctoral Examination and dissertation pre-defence. The dissertation defence is classified pass/fail and can only be retaken once. The defence may be retaken only once and no sooner than 6 months from the date of the failed defence.


Normaly, two referees are chosen by the Committee for the Defence of the dissertation. All the referees have to have at least a PhD. At least one of the referees must be external (cannot be affiliated with the FSV UK). Neither the supervisor nor any of the coauthors of any part of the proposed dissertation is allowed to be the referee. At least three members of the committee have to be present during the dissertation defence.


The dissertation for the defence must be submitted in three bound copies and must contain an English abstract. The doctoral student submits an application for the defence along with the dissertation. The student also submits the summary of the thesis. The summary of 15-20 pages contains the main findings and the relevant literature.


The dissertation has to be submitted no later than eight months prior to the end of studies, i.e. by the end of January for students whose studies terminate at the end of September. The reason is that a student can repeat the failed defense once, but only after six months, and the process has to finish by the end of the 9th year.


Three months before the defence inform the responsible person in your institute about your intention to enrol for the defence.


Two months before the defence submit to the FSV study department (Ms. M. Navrátilová ):

  • 3 hard copies (hardback) of your dissertation

  • Application for the Defence of the Dissertation

  • Supervisor's Assessment of the Course of Studies for the Defence of the Dissertation

  • 5 hard-copies of the Dissertation summary

  • CD with the electronic version of the Dissertation and Summary

  • Submit your Dissertation electronically through SIS