doctoral degree

PhD students at FA focus on research in architecture, history, constructions, urbanism, landscape and design. The main results of their activities are dissertations and publications or other research outputs. In addition to developing their own research topic, students also establish contacts in the domestic and foreign academic sphere and, with the help of FA teachers, deepen their knowledge in the field and academic competence.

The Faculty of Architecture offers two doctoral study programs in English:

1. Program Architecture and Urbanism

        in five fields of study:
  • Architecture, Theory and Creation / ATT
  • Urban Design and Spatial Planning / UUP
  • History of Architecture and Monument Conservation / DAPP
  • Architecture, Construction and Technology / AST
  • Landscape Architecture / KA

2. Program Smart Cities


Students studying doctoral programs are expected to participate in FA research projects and FA publication activities, or in teaching activities. Students are offered a number of support activities, including the FA Academic Competition, the FA Mobility Fund or the CTU Student Grant Competition.


General description of doctoral study program in English

Accreditation and Study Branches The Faculty of Architecture in coherence with Act 111/1998 coll. on Higher Education, sec. 47, renders doctoral study programs (DS) in the accredited study program Architecture and Urbanism (fields of study: Architecture, Theory and Creation;
Urban Design and Spatial Planning; History of Architecture and Monument Conservation;
Architecture, Building and Technology, Landscape Architecture) and program Smart Cities for the admitted master study graduates.

Doctoral students studying at CTU are, for the duration of their studies, classified as regular tertiary students, with all associated rights and responsibilities. Doctoral study at CTU in Prague is pursuant to Act 111/1998 coll., in accordance with the Rules of Doctoral Study, Study and Examination Code for Students of the Czech Technical University in Prague, and the guidelines of individual faculties and institutes. Detailed information is included in the Study and Examination Regulations for Students of the CTU in Prague, Part 4 – “Studies in Doctoral Degree Programs“.

Annually, there are 20–40 new students accepted into both Czech and English Doctoral study program. The applicants have to hold a master´s degree in the same field or related field. The entrance procedure consists of assembly of required documents and interview with an entrance exam commission.

The Doctoral study program is carried out through full-time or combined (part-time) form of study. Both full-time and part-time studies at CTU generally take 4 years, scheduled into 8 semesters including the Doctoral Thesis submission. Each doctoral candidate is supervised by a tutor who prepares for him/her an Individual Study Plan with the courses to be accomplished in the first two years of the doctoral study program.

The Ph.D. candidate goes through regular evaluation and takes part in Student Scientific Conference FA in summer semestr first year of studies. Successful completion of the final State Doctoral Examination is pre-requisite for the presentation and defence of the Doctoral Thesis.

The goal of study

The goal of doctoral study is to prepare graduates for scientifically or artistically creative work. By attaining higher qualifications including the knowledge of foreign languages Ph.D. graduates will significantly increase their career opportunities.

Form of study and duration

A Ph.D. programme at FA CTU is carried out through full-time or combined forms of study. Students in both forms have the student status, while students in the full-time program participate in the educational activities at the particular department and during the standard period of studies which is a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 4 years full-time students receive a stipend. Transfer between combined study and full-time study, or vice-versa, is possible on the basis of a recommendation by the Supervisor and a written statement from the doctoral student to the Dean. Both full-time and combined study at CTU generally takes 4 years, the program is scheduled into 8 semesters.

In both study programs the doctoral students have to submit their doctoral thesis within a maximum of 6 years since enrolment into the study program. These periods can be extended for student-parents. Doctoral studies can be prematurely terminated by the student, on the basis of a written application. In the case of long-term neglect of responsibilities the studies will terminated by a decision of the Dean. It is possible, with the agreement of the Supervisor and the appropriate Branch Board, to complete the study program in a shorter period of time.



Application and admission criteria

Study applications shall be filled-in and submitted electronically at by the end of April. The applicants have to specify, amongst other things, their intended field of study, and the intended framework of their doctoral thesis. Other required documents have to be attached to the application. For further information on admission procedure see section Prospective Students.


Tuition fees for studies

The doctoral study in English language is a subject of the tuition fee, announced by the rector of the CTU for the corresponding academic year according to Art. 11, par. 2 of the Statut ČVUT. Tuition fee has to be paid before the beginning of every semester. For this following school year is the tuition fee 500 CZK per semester.

Supervisor / Tutor

Supervisor is appointed by Dean or Head of Department for the period of studies. Supervisors are professors, associate professors (docents), or distinguished scholars. Contacts:

Study block

A study block consists of a set of professional courses, linguistic preparation, written study on dissertation, discussion about the dissertation, participation on Student Scientific Conference FA and publishing of search and innovative characters. The study block is planned in the individual study plan and divided into a maximum of 4 semesters for full-time studies and a maximum of 6 semesters for combined studies. In case the requirements of the study block are not met by the end of 6th semester for full-time study students or by the end of 9th semester for the combined study students, the studies will be terminated. The courses consist of compulsory courses a part of which being common for all the branches, compulsory-elective courses, and a choice of elective courses the contents of which are orientated to the specialization and theme of the doctoral dissertation. Doctoral study duties, i.e. extent of compulsory and elective courses and number of examinations are stipulated by the individual study plan approved by the branch board. The individual study plan is elaborated by the doctoral student in collaboration with his/her tutor. The published outcomes of research are registered by the student into the scientific result register of the CTU (V3S system).

Final examination

The doctoral study is completed by the state doctoral examination and the submission of the doctoral dissertation. Graduates of the doctoral study programme are awarded the academic degree “doctor“, abbrev. “Ph.D.” The final doctoral examination is conducted by the Board of Examiners for the Comprehensive Doctoral Examination (Komise pro státní doktorskou zkoušku). Successful completion of this examination is a pre-requisite for the presentation and defence of the doctoral thesis. This thesis is the outcome of the research into a specific scientific project and can be submitted in the form of a work that has been published (or is being prepared for publication), or as a collection of publications. The doctoral thesis must contain new original findings. The presentation and defence of the work are conducted by the Board for the Defence of the Doctoral Thesis and is open to the public. A single resubmission is allowed in case of unsuccessful final examination or an unsuccessful presentation and defence of the doctoral thesis.

direct contact

mgr. gabriela thompson


Doctoral Study in English Coordinator


room 150


Faculty of Architecture Department of Science, Research and the Arts, Czech Technical University in Prague


Thákurova 9

166 34 Prague 6 – Dejvice

Czech Republic


prof. Ing. arch. Petr Vorlík, Ph.D.


Vice-dean for Science, Reaseach and the Arts


room 733

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