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Slovakia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

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Slovakia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

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Slovakia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

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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

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Slovakia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Funding in Education

Slovakia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

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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

Organisation of Doctoral Studies

Higher education of the third cycle is achieved by completing the doctoral study programme. Doctoral study programme is aimed at acquisition of knowledge based on the present state of scientific and artistic knowledge and, particularly, on the student’s contribution to it, which is a result of scientific research and independent creative activity in the field of science or technology or independent theoretical and creative activity in the field of art.

The division of the study branches is similar to that in case of the first two levels of higher education. The number of study branches of the third level is higher compared to that at the first and second levels.

In the full-time form of study the standard length of study is three or four academic years. In the part-time form it is five academic years at most. The doctoral study consists of two parts – the study and research.


Admission Requirements

The admission to PhD. study is conditional on successful completion of higher education of the second level.

Before the admission procedure the higher education institution or faculty defines the themes of dissertation theses, to be applied for by the applicant. The supervisor is appointed for each theme. The applicant for PhD study will choose one of the announced themes. The external educational institution may publicise the themes either independently or in cooperation with the higher education institution or faculty.

The admission interview is carried out in the training institute before the admission commission which is represented by members of higher education institution and members determined by the head of the external educational institution if it is their topics. The members of the admission commission from the higher education institution are determined by the dean and/or rector. The admission examination may be taken after agreement with the higher education institution or the faculty with an external educational institution on the territory of the external educational institution. The decision on the result of the admission procedure must be made within 30 days from verification of fulfilling the conditions for admission to the study. The PhD study has both full-time and part-time forms of study.


Status of Doctoral Students/Candidates

The training institution provides to full-time Ph.D. student a scholarship for the period of his study.  The claim for scholarship expires, if the student has already received higher education of the third level or if his studies exceed the standard length of the study programme. Minimum length of the PhD scholarship is set by law. The scholarship is tax free.

The PhD students in full-time form of study under 30 years are persons insured by the State for health insurance purposes. Social insurance may be arranged on voluntary basis. The PhD students in part-time form of study are not insured on the basis of their study and have no right to receive scholarship.


Supervision Arrangements

The applicant for doctoral study is admitted to a concrete theme of thesis and tutor assigned. The course of the PhD study is continuously monitored by a special commission that approves the proposal of the study part of the PhD student study submitted by tutor. The higher education institution creates conditions for implementation of the research part of the student studies, either through individual research or involvement in a research theme.  If an external educational institution takes part in the study, the research takes place in the institution.


Employability

In case of the doctoral study programmes there are no special tools applied for monitoring employability. The requirements within the framework of accreditation procedure are based on the same principles as those at the first and second levels.


Assessment

For assessment of the PhD study programmes a credit system of study is appropriately applied.  The study of the PhD student is a subject of annual assessment which is interlinked to cumulation of credits for individual activities of the PhD student. A part of the PhD study is a completion of the dissertation examination, to be concluded by the defence of a dissertation thesis.

The annual evaluation of PhD student rests in evaluation of the state and level of the PhD study, inspection of fulfilling the set up tasks of the study and scientific parts of the PhD study. The annual evaluation of the PhD student is carried out by the instructor in cooperation with the PhD student in a written form. He/she submits it to the head of the training institute along with the proposal of continuation, expulsion or prolongation.

The dissertation examination and the defence of dissertation thesis belong to the State examination. The examination commission has 4 members at least. If the PhD student has applied for the dissertation theme proposed by the external educational institution, both the dissertation examination and the defence of the dissertation thesis take place before the commission in which there is a parity representation of the members of the higher education institution and the members determined by the external educational institution.


Certification

The Ph.D. study is finished by the defence of a dissertation thesis after completing dissertation examination.

The graduates of the Ph.D. study are issued diplomas showing the name of the higher education institution, faculty, study field and study programme; in case the PhD study took place in the external educational institution, also the name of the latter.  The graduates of Ph.D. study are awarded the academic degree of  "doktor" ("philosophiae doctor") abbr. Ph.D. and  in artistic  PhD study programmes the academic degree of  "doktor umenia" ("artis doctor") abbr. ArtD. After the initial comprehensive part of PhD study the PhD graduates in the field of Catholic Theology are awarded the academic degree of "licenciát teológie" (abbr. ThLic.). The graduates of PhD study in these areas are also awarded the academic degree of "doctor teológie" (abbr. ThDr.).


Organisational Variation

Non-standard forms of doctoral study are not provided. In case of part-time form of study the students usually carry out the research outside the higher education institution/faculty, but the requirements for regular completion of the study are the same as in full-time form of study.