Faculty of EducationComenius University Bratislava

Doctoral Studies


Comenius University in Bratislava

Faculty of Education

Račianska 59, 813 34 Bratislava, Slovakia


       Information for foreign PhD candidates enrolling in academic year 2021/2022

                                              (STUDY IS NOT ONLINE)


General Information

PhD studies are the third level of university education. The applicants need to be MA graduates (or equivalent). The studies are aimed to prepare candidates for individual creative scientific work. The students will receive the knowledge based on the current scientific trends and, the candidates themselves will contribute by their own research to developing scientific knowledge in a particular field. Given these aims, PhD studies are quite demanding concerning time, candidates´ individual work and their time management. PhD graduates will obtain the academic degree philosophiae doctor (PhD.). The Faculty of Education has received accreditation for several study programmes.

Accredited study programmes taught in foreign language:

Study programme                Language                 Full time study        External study

Speech therapy                     English                       4 years                        5 years

Social work                             English                       3 years                        4 years


Following the accreditation, the faculty is allowed to open these study programmes. The faculty reserves the right not to open all programmes in each academic year. The faculty reserves the right not to accept the candidates who have not successfully passed the entry examinations, or, if at least 3 applicants will not apply for doctoral studies.


Basic information

For foreign students residing and studying in the Slovak Republic the tuition is fully covered by the students themselves.  A full-time student becomes the member of the department, he/she is employed by the faculty and is awarded scholarship. Distant learning students are not employed by the faculty. They only attend the lectures and seminars at the Faculty of Education of Comenius University. The full-time studies take 5 years and the distant learning studies 4 – 5 years (see above).


PhD studies in the academic year 2021/2022 are charged 1000€ per academic year (not per semester).

In PhD studies, the faculty applies the credit system. In each school year the PhD candidate needs to obtain a required number of credits. Candidates are awarded credits for their research work, attending lectures, their publications and other activities. The studies are governed by the Study rules valid for the given period at the Faculty of Education at Comenius University concerning the specifics of the third level university education.

For further details about PhD studies, click here:


Studies are supervised by candidate´s supervisor – an associate professor or a professor working in a given field who is approved by the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Education of Comenius University.

To complete their PhD studies, the successful candidates need to:

-       to receive an assigned number of credits (following required structure)   

-       to Pass the dissertation exam (in subjects assigned according to the individual study programmes),

-       to be active in publication of papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings,

-       to write and defend the dissertation.

For more details about courses in each study programme, the subjects of the dissertation exam and other candidates´ duties, click here:


Following the legislation, the faculty publishes the topics of dissertations and the names of supervisors on the faculty website. On the website, candidates may also find further information about enrolment and entry examination. An applicant chooses one of the topics which he/she states in the application form. The candidate will write his/her thesis with the supervisor who proposes the topic. The dissertation project (the part How to submit the application form) needs to focus on the topic of dissertation which the applicant will opt for.

For brief information about individual study programmes (guarantors, co-guarantors, required field of MA degree, preliminary information) click here:


How to submit the application form

Application forms are submitted in electronic and in printed form (see below)

An electronic application will be available from April 6, 2021 at


Instructions for electronic submission of applications to the third level of university education

scroll down on the third level of university studies

Remark: when the electronic application is printed, applicants need to enclose all the documents mentioned below and send them to the address of the Faculty of Education. Only those applicants will be successfully shortlisted who sent:

1.     Electronic application (through AIS 2), and simultaneously

2.     Printed application with all the attachments (see below)


Printed application:

With the printed application, candidates need to enclose:

1.     Curriculum Vitae signed

2.     Certified copy of the birth certificate

3.     Certified copy of MA diploma

4.     Certified copy of the state exam certificate in the given field

5.     Certified copy of the state exam language certificate (if any)

6.     Certified copy of PaedDr., PhDr. Certificates

7.     Certified copy of marriage certificate if students are married (females only)

8.     Confirmation of applicant´s practice

9.     Confirmation of payment

10.  List of publications or a list of professional activities

11.  The dissertation proposal, 8 – 10 pages (two copies). The content: theoretical background, research objectives, research questions, research methods, etc).

Please, attach the list of related publications you have studied, foreign resources are strongly preferred.


Foreign applicants need to have their university diploma verified. For more details, click here: http://www.fedu.uniba.sk/studium/pre-uchadzacov-o-studium/uznavanie-dokladov-o-vzdelani/

The deadline for submitting electronic application form is June 19, 2021

The deadline for submitting printed application is June 23, 2021.

Remark: the electronic application form needs to be printed immediately after its submission, otherwise the system will close down and the application will not be available for later printing.

The entry examination fee: 80 €

Payment details:


Name: Pedagogická fakulta UK v Bratislave

Address: Šafárikovo nám. 6, P.O.BOX 440, 814 99 Bratislava, Slovakia
Payment details:

Bank of receiver:

Name: Štátna pokladnica


Radlinského 32, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
Current bank account : SK92 8180 0000 0070 0008 3741
Variable symbol: 109 930
Confirmation of payment needs to be enclosed with the printed application form.

Only those applicants will be accepted for the entry examination who sent all documents listed above.

Each applicant can only sign up for one of the topics listed below.

The topic and the form of studies need to be stated in the application form.

Basic information about the entry examinations

The entry examinations are mandatory for all applicants. Only those applicants will be accepted for the entry examination who sent all documents.

The entry examinations are scheduled for August 24 – August 25, 2021 and will be conducted in English/German language. Exact date and venue of the examination will be announced to the applicants in written form at the beginning of July 2021. The entry examinations cannot be postponed.

The entry examinations consist of

-       An interview in which all the related topics of the candidate´s research and the selected study programme are discussed

-       Questions related to the dissertation proposal that the applicant submitted with the application form

-       Testing the level of foreign language proficiency (the applicant holding a state exam diploma shall be exempted from taking the language test).



The details regarding the individual study programmes are listed in the table:

Study programme:                           Language:


Speech therapy                                 English

Social work                                         English


Further information will be provided at sufliarskafedu.uniba.sk

Please, submit the application form to the following address:


Pedagogická fakulta UK

Račianska 59
813 34 Bratislava