Doctoral studies are individual with a standard length of four years. Study programmes take place in full-time or combined form of study. After the successful completion of the studies, the Ph.D. degree is awarded. There are two Ph.D. study programmes accredited at our faculty:
- Technical Cybernetics, and
- Applied Sciences in Engineering.
Technical Cybernetics involves mainly Computer Science disciplines, Mechatronics, and Electrical Engineering, Informatics, etc.
Applied Sciences in Engineering involves mainly mathematical modeling of physical, chemical and technological processes, application of numerical (finite element) methods, optical measurement technology, experimental research, nanotechnologies, etc.
Applicants can apply to the Ph.D. course throughout the year. The admission procedure is described below. Before applying, the most important step is to find a person that is willing to supervise the applicant during his/her doctoral studies. It is highly recommended not to avoid this step, as it is essential for the doctoral studies. The chance for passing the admission procedure is very small without having the name of the potential supervisor from the faculty and, also, an appropriate scientific topic.
To accomplish this, the applicants are encouraged to contact our faculty members who work on topics related to their expertise or research interests. It is up to the applicant to give a relevant offer to the potential supervisor and to show his/her motivation for the topic. Once the faculty member agrees to supervise the applicant, the chance to pass the admission procedure is very good.
The applicants can also see the Research & Science page which provides an overview of the research activities of the faculty and related contacts. We are currently preparing a web page with updated offers, topics, and contacts.
- For the formal process of acceptance at the Faculty, the applicant needs to apply online: here.
When the application form is completed, you will receive an automatic email message on how to deal with the payment of the application fee. The message is in Czech and in English.
- It takes a couple of days for the accountants to match your application form with
the payment. Then, the student affairs office at the Faculty will contact you with more information about the next steps. Typically, the dean sets the date of the admission interview with a committee. The interview can be conducted online (a conference/skype talk and the like).
- In the case of successful admission, the applicant will be issued a letter of acceptance.
- The next step is to get accommodation since the address of residence and the confirmation of accommodation is important to get a visa. The applicant can proceed on his/her own or ask the dean office to book the accommodation in our university dormitories; the document proving that he/she has a place to stay during the study course will be sent afterwards.
- The very next step requested by the Czech law is the process of recognition of previous education (so-called nostrification). On our part, it usually takes 30 days to be completed after we get all the requested documents. You need to fill in the application form and attach the requested documents together with the proof of payment of the fee. All information is available here.
- Then, the applicant has to start preparing the documents for the visa application. Our visa process can be lengthy: it can easily take between 2-3 months. That is why the applicant needs to start preparing things well in advance (so that the Ph.D. course can start at the scheduled time). For the visa application, there are the two documents (as mentioned above) from the TUL, but the applicant will also need to deal with buying a comprehensive health insurance for the time of his/her stay in the Czech Republic. It is necessary to prove that the applicant has sufficient financial resources, and, in some cases, the applicant might be expected to provide Transcript from Register of Criminal Records/Penal Register.
For further assistance, you can contact the International Office of TUL, here. See also general information about the admission processes at TUL.