Your position: HomeStudy in the Czech republic
Czech Higher Education System Added:31.12. 2012
Zveřejni článek na Facebooku Zveřejni článek na Delicious Zveřejni článek na Linkuj.cz Zveřejni článek na Twitteru

Czech Higher Education System

Tertiary education in the Czech Republic is represented by tertiary professional schools and the higher education institutions, eventually conservatories. The students have many options to choose from, while thinking about their higher study programmes.

After the grammar or secondary school completed with “maturita“ (A-level), the school leavers have a possibility to continue their studies on tertiary professional schools or any higher education institution, alternatively the can gain a higher education degree after the graduating the conservatory.

Modes of study

There are three modes of study:

  • full-time
  • part-time (distance)
  • combination of these (combined studies)

Only the full-time mode of study brings to the students up to 26 years all the advantages following on from student status (student´s dis­count, no need to pay Health and Social insurance, an opportunity to apply for a scholarship etc.)

Tertiary professional school

  • represents more professionally-oriented courses, hence it is more practical than most Bachelor´s degree programmes
  • the first tertiary professional schools in the Czech Republic were established in 1995
  • the duration of the studies is usually 3 years and they end with achieving the degree Diploma specialist (DiS.)
  • internationally approached it can be compared to english „College“
  • is less common choice of the secondary school leavers where to continue their studies than the higher education institutions

Studying at tertiary professional school (TPS)

  • unlike the universities, the TPS is not divided in faculties and mostly it offers one or two study programmes with possible partial specializations
  • among the most common fields of study belongs medicine, technical disciplines, tourist industry, hotel industry and gastronomy, economics and management, agriculture, veterinary medicine, law, journalism, informatics etc.
  • the studies at public TPS are usually paid, mostly the fee is between 2.500 and 5.000 CZK per year; private schools set the fee by themselves and is usually several times more expensive than at the public ones
  • contrary to most higher education institutions the attendance is compulsory at TPS, possible absence must be supported (e.g. by medical certificate)
  • successful graduates can continue in shortened bachelor´s study at the higher education institution (takes usualy one or two years); many TSPs co-operate with the public or secret higher education institutions, so that all the process of subjects recognition is easier

Bachelor´s degree programme

  • is designed to provide the qualifications for practicing a profession as well as for continuing to study in a Master’s degree programme.
  • the standard length of study is between 3 and 4 years
  • there is a wide offer of fields of study, from technical, scientific, artistic, humanistic to economical and many others
  • the degree programme is completed with a final state examination that includes the defence of a Bachelor´s thesis
  • after successful ending of the studies gains the student Bachelor´s degree (Bc., or BcA. in case of the academic degree in the area of the fine arts)
  • Bachelor´s degree programme comes under the concept of Bologna Declaration and the study is at most private and public schools evaluated by credits in accordance with the ECTS system

Master´s degree programme

  • according to the standards of Bologna Process offer most czech higher education institutions a follow-up Master´s degree programmes, which follow on from Bachelor’s degree programmes
  • the standard length of follow-up Master´s degree programme is between 1 and 3 years
  • there are still some Master’s degree programmes that do not follow on from a Bachelor’s degree programme (a long cycle Master’s degree programme) – these take from 4 to 6 years depending on the programme (it concerns mostly legal and medicine studies)
  • there is a wide offer of fields of study, from technical, scientific, artistic, humanistic to economical and so on
  • the degree programme is completed with a final state examination that includes the defence of a Master’s thesis (studies in the field of medicine, veterinary medicine and hygiene are completed with an advanced Master’s state examination)
  • after successful ending of the studies the student gets an appropriate Master´s degree:
  1. “Master”, abbreviated as “Mgr.”, in most areas of study;
  2. “Engineer”, abbreviated as “Ing.”, in fields of economics, technical sciences and technologies, agriculture and forestry and in military fields of study;
  3. “Engineer Architect”, abbreviated as “Ing. arch.”, in the field of architecture;
  4. “Doctor of Medicine”, abbreviated as “MUDr.”, in the field of medicine;
  5. “Doctor of Dental Medicine”, abbreviated as “MDDr.”, in the field of dental medicine;
  6. “Doctor of Veterinary Medicine”, abbreviated as “MVDr.”, in the field of veterinary medicine;
  7. “Master of Fine Arts”, abbreviated as “MgA.”, in the area of the fine arts.
  • Master´s degree programme comes under the concept of Bologna Declaration and the study is at most private and public schools evaluated by credits in accordance with the ECTS system
  • those students who pass the advanced Master’s state examination are awarded the following academic degrees:
  1. “Doctor of Law”, abbreviated as “JUDr.”, in the field of law;
  2. “Doctor of Philosophy”, abbreviated as “PhDr.”, in the area of the humanities, teacher education and the social sciences;
  3. “Doctor of Natural Sciences”, abbreviated as “RNDr.”, in the area of the natural sciences;
  4. “Doctor of Pharmacy”, abbreviated as “PharmDr.”, in the field of pharmacy;
  5. “Licentiate of Theology”, abbreviated as “ThLic.”, or “Doctor of Theology”, abbreviated as “ThDr.”, in the field of theology; for the field of Catholic theology “Licenciát teologie”.

(Note: these degrees are not well known, internationally recognized is rather a degree “Doctor”, abbreviated as “Ph.D.”, which can be gained within doctoral studies (see below)).

Doctoral degree programme

  • is more aimed at scientific research and independent creative activities in the area of research or development, or independent theoretical and creative activities in the area of the fine arts
  • the standard length of studies is no less than 3 and no more than 4 years, but usually takes longer
  • studies within the framework of Doctoral degree programme are subject to individual curricula under the guidance of a supervisor
  • is completed with a doctoral state examination and the defence of a doctoral thesis
  • graduates of Doctoral degree programmes are awarded the academic degree of “Doctor”, abbreviated as “Ph.D.”, used after the name, or “Doctor of Theology”, abbreviated as “Th.D.”, used after the name, in the field of theology.
  • evaluating of doctoral studies by ECTS credits is not so common yet, this system has implemented only a few universities until now (e.g. Masaryk University in Brno, Ostravska university in Ostrava)



Author: Černá, Lucie

Any use of content including receipt, distribution or other accessing articles and photos without the consent of the agent server Czech-universities.com prohibited.

Copyrights: Czech-universities.com
Design:divDesign.cz
2000 - 2017