Application for Study

The entrance exam is being scheduled on 20th June 2019. The alternative exam term is available for applicants only upon submission of well-justified request. The alternative exam term is planned on 10th September 2019.

The applicant must submit the electronic application for study at http://prihlasky.vse.cz.

After submitting an electronic application, the applicant will receive the account number and variable symbol to be used for the payment of the admission fee, which can only be paid by postal order or by bank transfer; no other form of payment is permissible.

The admission fee amounts to 650 CZK; for study programmes in a foreign language, it is 50 EUR.

The admission fee is not refunded in the case of absence from the entrance exams.

By May 15, 2019 it is necessary to submit an electronic application for study at the University of Economics, Prague and pay an administrative fee for the procedures connected with the admission procedure.

Conditions for sitting entrance exams

Only those applicants who have duly submitted the application for study and other compulsory documents can sit the entrance exam:

  • Addendum to the application form and Statement of preliminary and concurrent studies (available at https://science.vse.cz/doctoral-studies/for-applicants/).
  • A structured CV, including a list of any published professional papers with a brief annotation and references to these papers.
  • Proof of university education achieved (a certified copy of the diploma and final certificate, and in the case of foreign students a nostrification diploma).
  • A research project proposal (4-6 A4 pages) in a form of an academic essay briefly introducing the area of research and identifying the research gap (including a short literature review) should be submitted with the application. The applicant must indicate the supervisor’s name (with whom he has discussed his/her research proposal) in the application form. The list of supervisors is available to the applicants on the faculty website.

Content of entrance exams

The entrance examination consists of two parts:

  • Professional examination – takes the form of a discourse on the submitted research proposal (academic essay). The assessment of the applicant’s performance also takes account of the applicant’s interest in the field of study, their acquaintance with the issues in that study programme, as well as their general level of knowledge. The discourse presupposes knowledge on the level required for the master’s comprehensive final examination in the major specialization at the University of Economics, Prague.
  • Foreign language exam – the duration of the exam is about 30 minutes and consists of
    • areading of an academic text (i.e. journal article), a summary of the content or translation into the Czech language,
    • a debate on the topic of the specialization of the applicant and their research focus.
  • All students are required to take an English language exam.
  • Government scholarship holders must also take the Czech language exam.
  • The same admission requirements apply to foreign students studying the Czech programme as for government scholarship holders; the exception only applies to students from the Slovak Republic, who are expected to take the exam as students from the Czech Republic.
  • Prospective exceptions to the choice of language with regards to the entrance examination are under the authority of the Dean of the Faculty, who will decide upon a written request.

Evaluation of the entrance exam

The professional part of the exam is evaluated by a grade and verbal assessment. The language part of the entrance exam is evaluated by a grade.

The grades are as follows:

  • 1 – excellent
  • 2 – very good
  • 3 – good
  • 4 – failed

If the applicant receives from any part of the exam a grade 4 – failed, this means that he/she did not succeed in the entrance examination. The commission will give a brief justification of the result.

After verifying the terms for admission to study and depending on the results of the entrance exam, the professional orientation of the applicant and the capacity of the supervisors in the given study programme, the Dean will decide whether or not the applicant will be accepted for study.

A written decision on admission/non-admission to doctoral study will be sent to each applicant in accordance with the Act on Higher Education.

The admitted applicant will receive a decision on admission to the doctoral study programme, respectively the field of study, including the decision on the form of study and admission to the department, as well as instructions regarding enrolment and commencement of the studies.

If the applicant was not admitted solely due to the lack of capacity of supervisors, the results of their entrance exam will remain valid for one year from the date the examination took place; the applicant may apply in the prescribed manner in the next regular term of the admission procedure with a request for recognition of the previous successful entrance examination.

The Dean reserves the right to change the form of study in the decision on admission in regard to the needs of the faculty and subject to consultation with the guarantor of the field of study.

The applicant may request a review of the decision. The request is to be submitted to the Rector, through the Dean of the Faculty who issued the decision, within 30 days from the date of receipt.

An applicant who has been admitted to the doctoral study programme becomes a Ph.D. student from the date of enrolment.

The conditions of study in the doctoral study programme are regulated by the Study and Examination Rules of the University of Economics in Prague.

Specific duties of Ph.D. students at the Faculty of Management are regulated by the Doctoral Standard.

More information can be obtained from Ph.D. studies officer Mgr. Irena Míková (mikovair@fm.vse.cz, 384 417 235).