Doctoral Degree Programs
The scientific research conducted by our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in Slovakia. This makes our faculty one of the best places for doctoral studies. Teaching our students how to produce scientific results at the highest, internationally recognized level, is one of our most important goals.
We offer degrees in five programs in mathematical sciences, 11 programs in physical sciences, one program in computer science, as well as programs in mathematics, physics and informatics education. The current enrollment is about 150 doctoral students.
Enrollment opens at the beginning of March and closes by the end of April. Minimal requirements for the application include a completed Master level degree. Successful applicants begin their studies in September, and standard duration of our programs is four years (five years in external form). All doctoral students are expected to produce new and significant scientific results. These constitute a fundamental part of the student’s dissertation. The successful defense of the dissertation is a final requirement for graduation. Dissertation topics for the current academic year are to be found under the program descriptions.
Full-time students receive a monthly scholarship of approximately 807,50 EUR (there are no taxes on scholarships). This amount is further increased by approximately 140 EUR after passing qualification exams by the end of the second year. Additional funds are often available to the most successful and productive students.
The Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of Comenius University seeks applications from all qualified applicants and firmly believes in equal opportunity for everyone interested. Well prepared, motivated, and curious students are always welcome.
Prospective applicants in need of further information should contact the associate dean for doctoral studies at robert.jajcayfmph.uniba.sk or at the phone number +421 (2) 65427642.
Available Doctoral Study Programs
- Applied Mathematics
- Geometry and Topology
- Discrete Mathematics (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
- Mathematical Analysis (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
- Numerical Analysis and Scientific Calculations (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Environmental Physics and Meteorology
- Physics of Condensed Matter and Acoustics
- Plasma Physics
- Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics
- Quantum Electronics, Optics and Optical Spectroscopy
- Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
- Environmental Physics (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
- Geophysics (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
- Chemical Physics (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
- Meteorology and Climatology (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
- Physics Education
- Informatics Education
- Mathematics Education (The program will not be opened in the academic year 2022/23)
General Admission Requirements
Doctoral studies are open to all master degree graduates as well as all students currently enrolled in the last year of a master degree program in any area.
Applicants from abroad must satisfy requirements equivalent to those of Slovak students. The accepted applicants must submit a proof of a completed master level education prior to starting their studies in September. Holders of degrees granted by institutions must also submit a Certificate of Equivalency.
In their application, applicants are to indicate the study program they are applying for, the selected dissertation topic (of those offered for the corresponding academic year), the prospective supervisor and the form of studies (full-time or external) they are applying for.
Further details concerning the application process as well as the entry exams are to be found at the link Admissions Process.
Study programs in the English language, if they are also available in the Slovak language at any university in Slovakia, are subject to tuition fees. Study programs in English language are always subject to tuition fees for students, who are neither EU citizens nor have a permanent residence in EU. (See also Fee Schedule.)
We work with external partners to help our international students to cover their tuition fees and living expenses. Currently, available programs include:
Study programs in the Slovak language are not a subject to tuition fees for the period of their standard duration, regardless of citizenship or residency status of the student. Students studying multiple study programs at the same time or studying longer than the standard duration of the program are subject to tuition fees.
External studies are also subject to tuition determined by the tuition fee schedule for external studies. In special circumstances, students can apply for lowering or waiving the tuition fees.
Full-time doctoral students who have permanent residency in the European Union are entitled to receive a scholarship for the entire standard duration of their studies. The scholarships are paid starting on the date of enrollment. The scholarship is determined in accordance with the tables included in the Law no. 553/2003 Z.z. as follows:
- prior to completion of the qualification exam: 807,50 EUR (6th class, 1st level)
- after successful completion of the qualification exam: 940,50 EUR (7th class, 1st level)
Scholarships are not subject to taxes or other fees.
Doctoral studies are considered an equivalent to full time employment and in the majority of cases cannot be combined with another employment. Job holding applicants who intend to keep their job are advised to apply for the external (distance) form of doctoral studies. Doctoral students enrolled in the regular form are expected to participate in teaching activities such as conducting recitations or exam grading, in accordance with the needs of their corresponding departments.