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pursuant to Article 56 and 57 of Act No. 131/2002 Coll. on universities and on changing and amending certain laws, as amended (hereinafter referred to as „Act“).


Possibilities of Doctoral Study

At the Faculty of Health Care and Social Work it is possible to complete doctoral study in the following fields of study:

  • Laboratory Testing Methods in Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

Postgraduate studies are carried out in both full-time and part-time form in all fields. These forms of doctoral studies are equivalent. The full-time form of study is characterized mainly by the regular presence of the doctoral student at the faculty and by scientific and educational activities, consultations with supervisor and systematic publications of results of scientific and professional activities. The part-time form of study is characterized mostly by the self-study, consultations with supervisor and systematic publications of results of scientific and professional activities. The standard length of doctoral study in the full-time form is three years and in the part-time form four years.

In the academic year 2019/2020, the faculty plans to admit one doctoral student for full-time study to all of the study fields and a maximum of three students within all study fields for part-time doctoral study.

More detailed information on individual study programmes is available on the University Portal (Portál VŠ) in the section called doctoral study.


Characteristics of doctoral study

The doctoral study focuses on the acquisition of knowledge based on the current state of scientific knowledge in the field of behavioural and medical sciences and especially on the doctoral student´s contribution to it, which is the result of scientific research and individual creative activities. The postgraduate study includes also systematic scientific research and publishing of professional and scientific works, especially in scientific and professional periodicals, anthologies, monographs and teaching texts at home and abroad. The graduate of the doctoral study is capable of writing own scientific work, knows the methods and methodology of scientific work and creative activities in the field, knows the Slovak and foreign scientific literature that documents the development and presents the state of this field. A fundamental part of  the doctoral student´s profile and PhD graduate is the capability to apply the methods and methodology of scientific work in solving any scientific and professional problem in the relevant field of study in the sphere of social work and health care, with regard to the current state of research and knowledge in our own country and in the world. The doctoral graduates are prepared to analyse complex situations in the health and social sphere and promote their solutions to the scientific, theoretical and practical models of the social environment. After successful completion of the doctoral procedure, graduates receive the academic degree philosophiae doctor (PhD.).

Requirements on an applicant for doctoral study

Applicants for doctoral studies have to be graduates of the second degree of higher education of these fields of study: Public Health, Social Work or Laboratory Testing Methods in Health Care, or graduates of related fields of study. Before the admissions for doctoral studies, the faculty will announce the list of topics of the dissertation theses. The applicants for doctoral study have to choose one of these topics and sign in. For each of these announced topics is given a supervisor, who is employed for full-time at the faculty and approved by the Academic Council. In agreement with the relevant department guarantors, the faculty may also accept a topic proposed by the applicant.

The applicant encloses to the application form also:

  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • a certified copy of documents on completion of the second degree study programme in the relevant field of study (“Mgr”),
  • a certified copy of the document granting an academic degree “Doctor” in the related fields of study (MUDr., PhDr., PaedDr., ThDr.) if he/she has been given such a degree,
  • a list of the results of previous professional activity,
  • a list of the published and unpublished works, including expert opinions on these works, if there are any,
  • project on the dissertation thesis topic,
  • in case of part-time studies, consent to bear the financial expenses of the study,
  • evidence of  the administrative fee payment for the admissions (40 €)
  • a statement in which language will the applicant perform the linguistic examination.


In the case of applicant´s absence, the administration fee for the admission procedure will not be refunded.

For admission may apply also graduates from foreign universities with an adequate scope and content of the study and recognized diplomas. If the applicant has completed his/her university studies abroad, then we act according to the Act. No. 422/2015Coll.on recognition of documents on education and recognition of professional qualifications and on changing and amending certain laws and following the procedures for study and documents recognition of Trnava University in Trnava.



Mgr. Dušana Horváthová
officer for doctoral study
E-Mail: dusana.horvathova [at]
tel. +421 33 5939 449

Doc. PhDr. Silvia Puteková, PhD.
Vice Dean for Study Issues and Rigorous Procedures
E-mail: silvia.putekova [at]



Doctoral study
Principles for doctoral studies

MAIS Instructions

Rector´s Regulation No. 2/2013 on doctoral study

Doctoral Study Principles


External doctoral students pay the tuition fees according to the valid Rector´s Regulation for the corresponding academic year to this account number:

Name and Address of the bank: Štátna pokladnica (State Treasury), Radlinského 32 , 810 05 Bratislava 

IBAN: SK33 8180 0000 0070 0006 5500


Specific symbol:

39014 (external study)

39011 (study longer than the standard length of the study programme)

 Sum: according to the valid Rector´s Regulation on tuition fees


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Monday:     09.00 - 11.00  13.00 - 15.00
Tuesday:    09.00 - 11.00  13.00 - 15.00
Thursday:   09.00 - 11.00  13.00 - 15.00