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Slovakia:Second Cycle Programmes

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Overview Slovakia

Contents

Slovakia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Slovakia:Historical Development

Slovakia:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Slovakia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Slovakia:Political and Economic Situation

Slovakia:Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Slovakia:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Slovakia:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Slovakia:Organisation of Private Education

Slovakia:National Qualifications Framework

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Slovakia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Funding in Education

Slovakia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Slovakia:Higher Education Funding

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training Funding

Slovakia:Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Slovakia:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Higher Education

Slovakia:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Slovakia:First Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Bachelor

Slovakia:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Slovakia:Second Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Slovakia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Distribution of Responsibilities

Slovakia:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Slovakia:Main Providers

Slovakia:Main Types of Provision

Slovakia:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Slovakia:Teachers and Education Staff

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Management and Other Education Staff

Slovakia:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Slovakia:Management Staff for Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Quality Assurance

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Educational Support and Guidance

Slovakia:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Slovakia:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Slovakia:Mobility and Internationalisation

Slovakia:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Higher Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Slovakia:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Slovakia:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:National Reforms in School Education

Slovakia:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Slovakia:National Reforms in Higher Education

Slovakia:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Slovakia:European Perspective

Slovakia:Legislation

Slovakia:Institutions

Slovakia:Glossary

Branches of Study

The study programmes of the second cycle – Magister’s, Engineer’s or Doctor’s study programmes are oriented at acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge  based on the present state of science or art and at development of  ability of their creative application at pursuit of profession  or at continuing higher education according the doctoral study programme.

The organization of the study is the same as that of the Bachelor study programmes. The standard length of study is from one to three academic years, which represents 60 to 180 credits for regular completion of degree course. There is a condition that the study in the first and second cycles should take the standard five years for acquisition of higher education of the second level.


Admission Requirements

Basic condition for admission to the study in study programme of the second stage is a subject of completing the study programme of the first stage.

For more information see chapter Bachelor.


Curriculum

Second level study programmes focus on the development of creativity in the area of engineering work and processes including economic, human medicine, veterinary medicine and master study programmes. 

For more information see chapter Bachelor.


Teaching Methods 

Teaching methods are the same as in the study programme of the first level. Seminars and practical parts of teaching often use simulation methods, minimized operational facilities.   Medical, healthcare and pharmaceutical fields of study include practical training in special teaching facilities – healthcare facilities. Veterinary, agricultural and forestry fields of study also include practical training in specialised teaching facilities. Teacher training study fields require practice teaching in primary and secondary school during the study. The length of the practice teaching is determined by the respective higher education institutions or by the accreditation requirements. 

For more information see chapter Bachelor.


Progression of Students

The same rules are applied as in case of the Bachelor study programmes.

For more information see chapter Bachelor.


Employability

At present, there are no tools specially supported at the central market aimed at the transfer of the university graduates at the labour market. The individual higher education institutions cooperate to various degree with economic practice as indicated in case of the Bachelor study programmes. There are discussions ongoing on changes in the career guidance system, developed more or less in individual higher education institutions.  Besides, there are career days organized for graduates when the students may get familiar with current demands at labour market, eventually, to exchange contacts with potential employer.


Students Assessment

Details on evaluation of student performances during his study are set up in study rules of universities and faculties.

For more information see chapter Bachelor.


Certification

The graduates of Master’s study are issued diplomas indicating the study branches, study programmes, academic degree, identification of higher education institution and faculty and graduate (first name, surname, date of birth), a certificate on the state examination and Diploma Supplement. Diploma Supplement includes detailed information on the study completed and on higher education system in the SR.

The Magister’s study, Engineer’s study and Doctor's study are completed by state examination before an examination commission. The state examination includes the defence of a thesis if set up by the statute of the higher education institution or the faculty. The state examination consists of 3-4 subjects. In case of failure at the state examination the student has the right to re-sit. Each part of the state examination is assessed separately. The overall evaluation of study (in dependency upon results of the overall study and results of the state examination) is evaluated in two grades "he/she passed with honours" and "he/she passed".

The higher education institutions award the following academic degrees to their graduates:

  • in Magister’s study, the degree of "magister" (Mgr.); in  artistic study programmes, the degree of  "magister umenia" (Mgr. art.);
  • in Engineer's study, the degree of "inžinier" (Ing.); the degree of  "inžinier architekt" (Ing. arch.) in the study programmes of architecture and town planning;
  • in Doctor's study of the study programmes of humane medicine the degree of "doktor všeobecného lekárstva" (MUDr.), "doktor zubného lekárstva" (MDDr.) in the study programmes of dentistry;  and the degree of  "doktor veterinárskej medicíny" (MVDr.) in the study programmes of veterinary medicine.

The graduates of Magister’s study (Mgr.) who completed the examina rigorosa a part of which is the defence of a thesis, are awarded the diploma, showing the branch of study completed and the academic degree:

  • in the study programmes of natural sciences "doktor prírodných vied" (RNDr.)
  • in the study programmes of pharmacy "doktor farmácie" (PharmDr.)
  • in the study programmes of the humanities and art disciplines "doktor filozofie" (PhDr.)
  • in the study programmes of law and security with juridical concentration "doktor práv" (JUDr.)
  • in teacher training with study programmes of education and sports "doktor pedagogiky" (PaedDr.)
  • in theological study programmes except for Catholic theology "doktor teológie" (ThDr.).

Examina rigorosa and the thesis defence should prove applicant’s in-depth knowledge in the field and the capability to acquire new theoretical and practical knowledge independently and to apply the acquired knowledge practically in a creative way.