Doctoral study guide
Enrolment in Studies
Pursuant to Article 10(1) of the MU Study and Examination Regulations, a candidate admitted to a doctoral study programme becomes entitled to enrol in the study and to enrol in the first semester upon notification of the decision on admission to study. Enrolment must be made in person at the faculty implementing the programme within the time limit set by the faculty. An applicant becomes a student only when he/she is enrolled in studies. Therefore, if he/she fails to enrol within the time limit set in the timetable, or within the alternative time limit set, and fails to show compelling reasons for failure to enrol within five working days, his/her right to enrol shall cease.
Verification of the condition for admission to study of graduates from foreign education
Students planning to enrol in a degree program at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, whose prior education was acquired in another country, will need to prove their education. Prior to enrolment, it is necessary to obtain the formal recognition of prior education in the Czech Republic. There are different ways to obtain verification of prior education/degrees:
- General Nostrification - valid everywhere in the Czech Republic. PhD students can apply at the Rectors Office at Masaryk University - visit the website for instructions.
- Verification at the Faculty of Law - valid only for studies at the Faculty Law at Masaryk University. The verification is free of charge. For questions regarding this process please contact Mrs. Věra Redrupová at email@example.com
- Submit a foreign certificate of foreign higher education, which is equivalent in the Czech Republic according to its international obligations without further official procedure, in the form of an officially certified copy with an official translation into Czech or English.
Degree Recognition is only needed by students wishing to register at the Czech University for the entire degree programme, but not by visiting or exchange students. We strongly recommend that all degree applicants start to complete the verification (apostille/superlegalization) of their certificates/diplomas well in advance because it can be a lengthy process.
Information on the enrolment
At the enrolment, you must present:
- a valid ID
- documents to verify the prior education (see above; graduates of Czech universities other than the MU Faculty of Law must bring a certified copy of their diploma and diploma supplement).
You will be informed about the date of the enrolment one month prior to the date by email.
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law
- Legal Theory and Public Affairs
- Intellectual Property Law
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Course of Studies
The PhD Committee is an informal body for communication between the faculty management and doctoral students. Its members include the Dean, the Vice-Dean for Doctoral Studies, and five representatives of the doctoral students - the doctoral senator, two representatives of new programmes, and two representatives of the original programme.
The PhD Committee is both a platform for sharing information - both from the management to the PhD students (e.g. about some upcoming or contemplated changes) and from the PhD students to the management (more general and more specific suggestions concerning various aspects of the study can be discussed), and a consultative and advisory platform. If students are interested, it can also be used to informally discuss specific cases shall the standard processes prove to be dysfunctional (i.e. mainly dealing directly through the supervisor or subsequently through the chair of the departmental board/programme guarantor). In case of sensitive cases not suitable for collective discussion, the Vice-Dean for Doctoral Studies may be contacted directly.
Assoc. prof. JUDr. Mgr. Martin Škop, Ph.D. (Dean)
Assoc. prof. JUDr. Ing. Josef Šilhán, Ph.D. (Vice-Dean for Doctoral Studies)
Mgr. Jakub Vostoupal (Senator)
Library and electronic sources
Borrowing books from the faculty library is only possible with a student card (combined mode of study) or an ISIC card (full-time mode of study).
How to get a student card/ an ISIC card
- Pay for the card via MUNI Shopping Centre
- Inform your study advisor, who will order the card for you.
- Pick up the card from you study advisor when informed to do so.
Moreover, an agreement must be given in the INET system:
- Internal information sources (Interní informační zdroje) – Licenced electronic information sources at MU (Licencované elektronické zdroje na MU)
- Agreements on MU Library Services (Uzavření smlouvy o poskytování knihovních služeb MU)
No card is need for on-site services of the library.
Remote access to databases, e-loans
Logging in with the university ID number (UČO) + primary password
Instructions how to set the remote access (on a computer, a laptop, a mobile phone)
Databases focused exclusively on law:
From the library web page:
Databases focused not only on law:
• Resource by title : https://ezdroje.muni.cz/prehled/?lang=en
• Resources in alphabetical order: https://ezdroje.muni.cz/prehled/
Scanned books – textbooks and books recommended by the academic staff or students.
The E-loan Filter may be used.
For more information on electronic information sources, contact Mgr. Petra Georgala firstname.lastname@example.org
Study stays and internships abroad
An important part of doctoral studies, which significantly develops both students and the university and the faculty, is the acquisition of international experience, especially in the form of foreign stays and internships. Foreign stays are therefore a strongly encouraged activity. For students from the academic year 2020/2021 onwards, a foreign internship is compulsory according to the conditions of accreditation for at least 1 month (within the International Internship or Visiting Study/Internship/Research course). In the case of full-time students in a continuous length, in the case of the combined form it may exceptionally be allowed to be divided into two parts.
As both the PhD students (and their employability) and the faculty find gaining international experience mutually beneficial, they actively participate in the preparation and implementation of the placement. The faculty also offers funding opportunities - primarily through projects, including specific research, but also in the form of scholarships. It is always advisable to apply for a scholarship at the destination as well (it is usually more generous there).
The student tries to make the most of his/her stay abroad for the benefit of the work on his/her dissertation and prepares for his/her trip in good time - he/she searches well in advance (even several years in advance) for possibilities, where to go, which person to approach as a consultant and how to finance the stay. In doing so, he/she is assisted by the supervisor, the supervisor of the study programme and, where appropriate, other persons with international experience who are approached by the student and the supervisor for this purpose. It is advisable to actively seek foreign contacts; it is possible to take advantage of those that already exist at the faculty, as well as to create and strengthen new ones, for example at foreign conferences, by participating in international projects, etc. It is also possible to take advantage of offers sent during the semesters by various institutions and published on the faculties' websites, on the MU IS Bulletin Board and on the MU Centre for International Cooperation website.
As far as the content of the placement is concerned, foreign (research) internships are particularly suitable. Purely "study" stays (as defined by ERASMUS+) are less common in PhD studies.
Before your departure you can contact Mgr. Ivana Hovořáková, Ph.D. from the Office for International Relations with any questions.
It is also important that all stays, internships, and conferences must be recorded by the student using the application Recording of study stays in the IS (Personal Data -> Internships and stays). This is a prerequisite for credit. The above contact person will help with the registration if necessary.
A foreign placement, the content of which is work on the dissertation, is treated as a study placement and must be carried out on the basis of a Learning Agreement.
Instructions for foreign (research/work) placements
Instructions for study stays abroad
Instructions for conferences / short-period stays
Directive of the Rector, No. 8/2011, Rules for the Recognition of Credit from Foreign Study and Occupational Stays by Students of Masaryk University (valid from 1 September 2011)
Methodological Directive of the Director of the Centre for International Cooperation 1/2014: Records of Study and Traineeships Abroad and annexes (valid from 26 June 2014)
Calls for papers, conferences, summer and winter schools, fellowships/working positions
Information on the partner universities of the Faculty of Law, MU (Czech only)
Mgr. Ivana Hovořáková, Ph.D.
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