Doctoral degree

The Faculty of Business and Economics offers three accredited PhD study programmes:

  • Economics and Management *
  • System Engineering and Informatics *
  • Economic Policy and Administration *

* Re-accreditation in progress.

PhD study programmes are at the very top of university education programmes and students can reach this level only after achieving Bachelor's and Master's degree. PhD study programmes are open to holders of a Master's degree in corresponding subject areas who are interested in scientific work in a research-oriented environment. The standard duration of PhD study programmes at FBE MENDELU is three years.

The main objective of the PhD study is to prepare students for scientific work. This is achieved by providing students with specialized training in a relatively narrow field, focused on the student's creative and research activities. Study contents are based on an individual study plan which is developed by the student and his tutor at the very beginning of the study. In the first two years of PhD study students take exams, but must also work on their PhD theses and publish their first scientific papers. The third year of study is usually devoted only to work on the thesis. After a successful defence of the thesis the student is awarded the PhD degree.

The degree can be taken in a full-time or a part-time form. Students in full-time study form attend the University regularly. Apart from meeting the requirements stated by the study plan students also work as teachers. Students in the part-time form of study do not have to attend the University regularly but they have to attend consultations and take part in other events related to fulfilling their study plan according to the guidelines set by the tutor.

Study programme duration
Economics and Management Ph.D. 3 years
System Engineering and Informatics Ph.D. 3 years
Economic Policy and Public Administration Ph.D. 3 years


Economics and Management

Within this doctoral study programme, there is one accreditted specialization - Business Management and Economics. The specialization is open to all graduates of the master's programme "Economics and management" or related programmes. Due to the organisation of studies (based on an individual cooperation of the supervisor with the student) and capacity limits of possible supervisors - professors and assouciat professors - it is possible to accept about 20 students yearly to this programme.

Application form for the programme is open till May 31st. Candidates are also required to submit the intent of dissertation (template here), and their CV.

All candidates have to go through the entrance examination, objective of which is to discuss a proposal of the research topic, and to review the professional and research skills, and applicant's skills to work independently and creatively.

For the visa application you will receive from us the following documents:

Content of studies is represented by four disciplines. Three of them are compulsory:

Further on students select one specialization subject from the following offer:

Study in a doctoral programme is monitored and evaluated by the Specialist board. Proceeding into the higher years of studies is conditioned by fulfilment of the individual study plan and positive evaluation by the supervisor.


System Engineering and Informatics

Economic Informatics is accredited degree program within this doctoral program. It is open to all graduates of the master's degree program “System Engineering and Informatics”, or related programs. Due to the organization of studies (based on individual work of a supervisor and his/her student) and the capacity of the supervisors (from among professors and associate professors) it is possible to admit about 6 students per year to this program only.

Announcments about the admission procedure can be found here. The purpose of the entrance examination is to determine applicant’s achieved expertise, publication results and his/her skills for independent scientific, creative and research-oriented activities as well as – especially for candidates for full-time students - prerequisites for teaching.

Each of the first two years of study in a degree program System Engineering and Informatics has to be closed by a board exam, which always consists of at least three parts.

The 1st examination (passing grade is a prerequisite for entry into the second year of doctoral studies) consists of

  • Examination of thematic block Economic informatics (information and communication technology),
  • Examination in one out of the following three courses: Economics, Quantitative Methods, and Management,
  • Defense of a dissertation in working.

The 2nd examination (passing grade is a prerequisite for entry into the third year of doctoral studies) consists of:

  • Examination on thematic block Information Systems,
  • Examination on at least one course out of the following specialized courses - GIS analysis and data integration; ICT for modeling and optimization in the economy; Integrated information systems, quality, health and the environment management; Hypertext and multimedia systems; Modeling and simulation; Computer Networks and Communications; System engineering; Artificial intelligence and neural networks; KDD.
  • Defense of a dissertation in working. In addition relevant student’s publications are required.

Compulsory subject is also the English language.


Economic Policy and Public Administration

Finance is an accredited degree program within this doctoral program. It is open to all graduates of the master's degree program “Economic Policy and Public Administration”, or related programs. Due to the organization of studies (based on individual work of a supervisor and his/her student) and the capacity of the supervisors (from among professors and associate professors) it is possible to admit about 10 students per year to this program only.

Announcements about the admission procedure can be found here. The purpose of the entrance examination is to determine applicant’s achieved expertise, publication results and his/her skills for independent scientific, creative and research-oriented activities as well as – especially for candidates for full-time students – prerequisites for teaching.

In terms of professional and academic study content the student focuses on at least four professional disciplines and one language. First and foremost are the three mandatory courses:

  • Economy – supervised by Department of Economics,
  • Science methodology – supervised by Department of Statistics and Operation Analysis,
  • Theory of Finance – supervised by Department of Finance.

Furthermore doctoral student chooses at least one specialized course from the following options:

  • International Taxation and EU Tax systems – supervised by Department of Accounting and Taxes,
  • International Accounting Standards – supervised by Department of Accounting and Taxes,
  • Theory of Banking and Insurance – supervised by Department of Finance,
  • Mathematical and Statistical Methods – supervised by Department of Statistics and Operation Analysis,
  • Economic Policy and Public Administration – supervised by Department of Finance,
  • Administrative and Business Law – supervised by Department of Law and Social Sciences.

Study regulations

Important regulations of doctoral studies include the relevant parts of the following measures: