Doctoral Studies (PhD)
Doctoral programmes offered by the Faculty of Finance and Accounting assume the form of either full-time or part-time study. Apart for the PhD programme “Theory of Teaching Economic Subjects” which is held only in Czech, the rest of the doctoral programmes may be studied both in Czech and English. Doctoral programmes are focused on research activities (student research, including participation on grants, publication activities, foreign study trips) and advanced analytical methods. The study is tailored individually and focuses on a partnership between the student and his or her supervisor. Students of the full-time form of study also participate on teaching and draw a doctoral scholarship.
The standard length of study is 4 years for the full-time and 5 years for the combined form of study (for students who had started their studies prior to the academic year 2019/2020, the length of study is only 3 years for the full-time and 5 years for the combined form of study, respectively). The study may be interrupted for the maximum period of two years. Up-to-date study plans are available from PhD programmes in English. General administrative support for all student-related matters is provided by the faculty study assistant for research and doctoral studies.
Upon successfully passing the entrance exam and following a decision by the Dean on the admission to study, students enrol with the study assistant and they are matriculated by the Dean. Simultaneously with the start of their studies, under assistance of their supervisors students prepare their Individual Study Plan (ISP); the Plan is binding for the entire period of study and its meeting is subjected to periodical checks.
During October, the doctoral student begins his or her studies. In line with the submitted ISP, he or she studies in individual semesters the chosen subjects. During the first two to four semesters in the full-time form of study, the student passes all the exams, publishes his or her first paper in a peer-reviewed journal and participates in a conference with a contribution published in proceedings. In turn, he or she may apply for the state doctoral exam, which comprehensively tests his or her knowledge and skills, including the research progress. At the same time, he or she works on the proposition (“theses”) [1, 2] of his or her dissertation, which he or she usually submits for the departmental approval by the end of the second year at the latest. Full-time doctoral students participate on teaching at lower levels of study. Students of the full-time form of study receive a doctoral scholarship, set according to the Dean’s decree.
Following the state doctor exam, the student usually leaves for a foreign study stay, agreed with his or her supervisor (alternatively, the student may get involved during his or her studies in an international project). Upon publishing yet another paper, the student may apply to defend the dissertation. Prior to this step, however, he or she must proceed with the so-called small defence in front of the departmental staff. All students who had started their studies in the academic year 2018/2019 and later are by their ISPs obliged to publish at least one paper in a journal with IF/SJR, registered with the WoS or Scopus databases.
At the end of each academic year, the ISP is evaluated by the supervisor, by the programme guarantor, and by the Dean. In the case the student does not meet the ISP or other study requirements, he or she may be enrolled into the following year conditionally, or expelled.
After passing all the component exams, publishing at least one professional paper in a journal and issuing one conference contribution in the conference proceedings, the student may register for the state doctoral exam. The exam is oral, held in front of a commission and aimed to comprehensively examine the student’s knowledge of the field of study within the doctoral study programme. Within this exam, the student demonstrates his or her mastery of broader theoretical knowledge, methods of independent scientific work, and ways of applying the new knowledge in the chosen field of study, including the course of his or her previous research.
Students are required to carry out research and publish its results at conferences and in professional publications. At the same time, they are obliged to follow the rules of research and publication ethics. The dissertation that completes their study may take the form of a monograph or a set of papers. Students are also involved in internal or external research projects.
Doctoral students are required to complete a part of their study abroad by staying at a foreign institution for the period of at least one month. Alternatively, they may participate on an international creative project with the results published or presented abroad.
Upon processing the dissertation project, the student submits his or her dissertation thesis for a small defence to the department along with the check of its originality. Following the incorporation of any comments pointed out within the small defence and meeting all his or her publishing obligations, the student applies to defend the dissertation. Information on the defence process is published here. The doctoral study concludes with a successful defence, following which the student may apply for graduation.
Doctoral studies – Start
Start of the study
- Upon successfully passing the entrance exam and following a decision by the Dean on the admission to study, students enrol with the study assistant and they are matriculated by the Dean. On the day of matriculation, there is organised an information workshop which provides general information on the system of studies.
- Simultaneously with the start of their studies, students prepare, under assistance of their supervisors, the Individual Study Plan (ISP – see Article 18 of Study and Examination Regulations of VŠE); the Plan is binding for the entire period of the studies. For the ISP drafting is available a recommended sample study plan.
The doctoral student proceeds with studies in accordance with his or her Individual Study Plan, which he or she prepares together with a supervisor at the beginning of the study and which remains for him or her binding. Information on the system of studies may be found here. Standardised requirements of the Individual Study Plan are listed here.
Instruction videos on how to work with WoS and Scopus databases, prepared by FIS VŠE, are available here.
The course of doctoral studies
- Academic year starts for doctoral studies on October 1 and ends on September 30. The winter semester concludes together with other degrees of study (see the timetable).
- Study timetable for doctoral students is published in advance. Doctoral students in the full-time form of study are informed on their involvement in teaching at lower levels of study in advance by the relevant head of the department.
- Doctoral students study according to their ISP. Fulfilment of the plan is annually checked at the end of September (Article 19 of the Study and Examination Regulations, SER). In the case a student does not meet the ISP or the SER, he or she is not enrolled in the next year (expelled) or enrolled conditionally (Article 20 of the SER).
- Within the 2nd to 4th semester, the student ordinarily prepares a proposition (“theses”) of the dissertation and submits it to the department for a discussion.
- Upon taking all the ISP-registered exams and meeting other study obligations listed in the ISP or resulting from the Dean’s decrees (notably the publishing activities), the student may register for the final state exam (Article 21 of the SER).
- Upon passing the final state exam, the student usually leaves abroad for a foreign study stay, agreed with his or her supervisor (alternatively, he or she gets involved in an international project during the studies).
- For the entire period of study, the doctoral student prepares his or her presentations at appropriate conferences and drafts professional papers for the publication in quality journals.
- General request
Doctoral studies – State Doctoral Exam
For all study programmes, the state doctoral exam (SDE) is held within the summer semester at the end of September and in the winter semester during January and February. The student must take the SDE sufficiently in advance of his or her dissertation’s defence so that the result of the SDE can be attached to the application for defence of the dissertation. The student must apply for the SDE no later than one month prior to the expected date of the SDE.
Examination areas for the SDE are listed here.
Accounting and Corporate Financial Management: end of January / beginning of February 2021
Finance: end of January / beginning of February 2021
Students submit an application signed by their supervisor and the guarantor of the field (including all additional documents, i.e. an overview of publishing activities confirmed by the supervisor and the supervisor’s report on the scientific activity of the applicant) to the research and doctoral study officer no later than 1 month before the date of SDE.
Doctoral studies – publishing activity
Publishing obligations of Ph.D. students
Primary obligations are set by the Decree of the Dean 1/2014 and the ISP:
- Students are obliged to regularly publish in professional periodicals in which contributions are subject to a review procedure (hereinafter referred to as “professional peer-reviewedpapers”). The minimum number of professional peer-reviewedpapers for students is as follows:
- a) onepaperby the date of submission of the application for the state doctoral exam,
- b) in total twopapersfrom the beginning of the doctoral study to the date of submission of the application for the defence of the dissertation. The student must publish at least one paper in a journal registered with the Web of Science or Scopus database.
In the case a student publishes the Jimp / Scopus type of paper without co-authors (while the supervisor does not get counted as a co-author), the Dean may, upon request, waive the requirement of the second paper according to this point. All newly admitted students must publish at least one article with IF / SJR in a journal registered with the WoS or Scopus database.
- The student is obliged to present the results ofhis or herresearch activities at conferences, and as of the date of submission of the application for the state doctoral exam, the student is obliged to have at least one active presentation at a professional conference, thematically corresponding to the assigned dissertation or the field of study.
- The student is obliged to regularly recordhis or herpublishing activity that results from his or her doctoral study research activity at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting using only the database of publishing activities of the information system of the Prague University of Economics and Business.
Entering publishing activities in the VŠE database
Each student must enter his or her published piece of work into the Database of publishing activities of VŠE. The publication gets inserted into the database by filling in the form and submitting the form together with the publication itself to the assistant of Dean, Ms. D. Kubová.
Doctoral study – trips abroad
Departures of doctoral students abroad
- The doctoral student always consults the study trip with his or her supervisor, who is together with the head of the department responsible for the professional quality of each type of a study trip. Internships and other activities abroad are not centrally provided by the dean’s office or the rectorate, it is primarily the activity of the supervisor and his or her doctoral student.
- If possible, long-term foreign stays should be completed (undertaken) within the full-time study and not postponed to the subsequent combined form of study. The recommended time is the period immediately after the SDE, respectively following the end of the second year of study.
- Completion of a part of the study at a foreign institution for at least one month or participation in an international creative project with results published or presented abroad, or another form of direct student participation in international cooperation:
- The student must, with the application for a contribution to finance the trip to the internship, relevantly prove the arrangement of the internship (e.g. e-mail from the foreign institution that the student is to be accepted). The relevant institution for a foreign internship is a foreign university, research institution, supranational institutions such as the EC, OECD, ECB, IMF, etc. If a student implements part of his or her study duties at a foreign company or foreign non-profit entity (e.g. collection / preparation / analysis of company data, etc.), he or she must discuss the study trip’s work plan with his or her supervisor prior to his or her leaving for the stay. In all cases, after returning from an internship abroad, the student must provide a signed confirmation from the foreign institution on the student’s stay.
- Participation in an international creative project with results published or presented abroad means the involvement of a doctoral student in a project which is at least partially scientific and which has international partners or is internationally funded or organised, respectively. As part of the involvement in the project, the student (jointly) creates a published result with the appropriate dedication to the project and affiliation at FFÚ, which he or she publishes abroad (in a journal or in the proceedings of a foreign conference).
- As internships are not considered e.g. participations on trainings abroad. The internship cannot be split into shorter time periods.
Details on the trip financing are available here.
Once completed, the travel forms are submitted to the research and doctoral research officer.
Doctoral study – conclusion of the study
Following the write up of the dissertation thesis (monograph, or a set of papers – see Article 24 of the SER), the student submits the thesis to the department for a small defence (Article 25 of the SER). After incorporating any comments resulting from the small defence, the student submits an application for the defence of the dissertation thesis (Article 27 of the SER). The doctoral study concludes with a successful defence and the student may apply for graduation.
Information on the defence of dissertation theses:
- The student submits a written application for the defence of the dissertation thesis (DisT) to the Dean through the assistant for study in the doctoral study programme. Applying for the defence is possible only following a successful completion of the SDE and a small defence, but no later than 4 weeks prior to the expected date of the defence. The presumptive date is set by the head of the department to which the doctoral student belongs.
- Together with the written application for the defence, the student submits:
- brief professional CV,
- at least 3 bound DisT specimens,
- at least 10 copies of the DisT abstract; the abstract represents a brief summary of the entire dissertation of up to 20 standard pages in lengths with an indication of the aim, content, results, literature used, and concluded with English and possibly another foreign language summary,
- list of all professional published and unpublished works of the student, especially peer-reviewed papers, and his or her appearances at seminars and professional conferences; the list must be confirmed by the guarantor of the field and the relevant supervisor. Papers published during the study must be marked separately.
The student’s application will be accompanied by a doctoral study assistant’s certificate of the completed SDE, the proof of internship abroad or involvement in the international project, structured extract of publications from the VŠE database of publishing activities and proofs on acceptance of publications for printing (for publications not yet listed in the VŠE database of publishing activities), the record from a small defence, and a protocol on the check of originality of the DisT.
- The Dean appoints an Examination Board and assigns its Chairman, in co–operation with the guarantor of the field, the requisites referred to in Paragraph 2. The Chairman of the Examination Board assesses whether the dissertation has a reasonable scope, whether its topic corresponds to the studied field, and whether all the formal requirements are met. In the case of an interdisciplinary topic, the Chairman recommends that the Dean extends the Examination Board with additional experts.
- In the case the dissertation thesis has serious shortcomings of a formal nature, the Chairman of the Examination Board will ask the student to correct these and set a reasonable deadline. Following the elimination of any such shortcomings, the defence administration proceeds. If the student insists on a defence of the originally submitted thesis, the administration proceeds without interruption.
- The Chairman of the Examination Board shall propose to the Dean at least two opponents of the dissertation thesis; at least one of them must be a professor or an associate professor and at least one of them must not be a member of the academic community of the faculty within which the defence takes place. The Dean shall, without undue delay, appoint the opponents or ask the Chairman of the Examination Board for a proposal of other persons.
- Opponents will prepare a written report on the submitted dissertation thesis and submit it both in the paper and electronic form to the Chairman of the Examination Board, who will make sure of its publishing in the information system and putting its paper form in the student file. The conclusion of each report always consists of the sentence: “I recommend the thesis for a defence in front of the relevant Examination Board for the defence of dissertations.” or “I do not recommend the thesis for a defence in front of the relevant Examination Board for the defence of dissertations.”
- Opponent reports must be available to the student no later than by the deadline set by the SER.
- The student is notified of the date and place of his or her defence in writing at least three weeks in advance.