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Doctoral degree study

FIIT has accredited the following courses in the 3-year full-time and 5-year part-time Doctoral's degree (in accordance to law no. 131/2002).

  • Applied Informatics (as an orientation in Applied Informatics)
  • Inteligent Information Systems (as an orientation in Information Systems)

Detailed information about the accreditation is on the website of the Ministry of Education in Slovak Republic.

 

Organization of PhD study

An essential part of the study is academic year in terms of the organization and compilation of a recommended study plans. Every year has two semesters. Full-time study is divided into three years and studying in external form (part-time) is divided into four years.

Study programs consist of the study part and the scientific part:

  • The Study part (40 credits) focuses on acquiring knowledge of the theoretical foundations of informatic science, the theoretical basis of the relevant field of study, acquiring methodological apparatus and the study subject specialization with regard to the content of dissertation thesis;
  • The scientific part includes a research of a current research problem in the study field. It is realized in subjects Dissertation project I-VI (100 credits) and research work (40 credits).

The study part of the PhD study takes into account the recent developments of informatic sciences, information and communication technologies. Under the supervision of the tutor, PhD student chooses obligatory courses, with regard to the topic of his dissertation thesis.

The objective of subjects Research work 1 and 2 is to demonstrate the ability of individual and team work to solve specific research task or a project, presenting the results in scientific journals and conferences.Subjects Research work 1 and 2 define the minimum requirements for the highest quality output. Research requires diverse research outputs, starting with participation in student scientific conference organized within the university, through local conferences and journals, nationally and internationally respected outputs and finally presentations at the highest international level. Recommended study plan expects the first results in the third semester. Overall, the student has to obtain 40 credits for courses Research work 1 and 2. Minimal requirements to meet the objectives of Research work 1 and 2 are shown in table 1. For the courses Research work 1 and 2 credits must be obtained before dissertation thesis delivery. The course evaluates chairman of the committee.

During the full-time PhD study, teaching activity is carried out by the student. The standard range is 2 units (4 hours per week) per academic year and usually 2 leadershis of Bachelor projects, in the second phase of study 1-2 diploma projects per academic year.

Tab. 1. The minimum output level of research work.

PUBLISHED RESEARCH RESULTS
Scientific work at the highest international level in Journal¹ [min. 1²]
Scientific work at the highest international level¹ [min. 2³]
PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS
Active Presentation at International Conference or
at the conferences with international participation
[min. 14]

In both forms, defense of a dissertation thesis is the end of the study and it belongs to state exams. Dissertation must contain an overview of scientific knowledge, the subject of dissertation and above all student’s own new research results which are beneficial for either theory or practice. Dissertation thesis generally contains an analytical section, in which PhD student summarizes the findings about the solved problem and synthetic section, in which the doctoral candidate proposes and verifies new solutions.

Dissertation thesis is realized by Dissertation project in the subjects Dissertation project I-VI (full-time) and Dissertation project Ie-VIIIe (external studies), or IE and Xe (external study running out). For students it represents a checkpoint at the end of each semester.

In the checkpoint a full-time student demonstrates the results in the following form:

  • Dissertation Project I: written information of min. 15 pages which evaluates (and allocates credits) tutor and it is delivered at the end of the semester;
  • Dissertation project II: written information of min. 20 pages which evaluates tutor and it is defended in front of the minimum three-member committee, it is delivered to the Study Department, the term is defined in the program; student obtains credits after defence;
  • Dissertation project III: an essay to dissertation exam in the range of min. 40 pages, assessed by one opponent. Defense is the content of the dissertation exam, which is a state exam, given to the Student department, the term is defined in the study programs; credits are received after defence;
  • Dissertation Project IV: written information of min. 20 pages which evaluates (and allocates credits) tutor, it is delivered to the tutor at the end of semester;
  • Dissertation project V: dissertation thesis in temporary binding is delivered to the Study department. Results must be presented to at least two members of doctoral study committee at scientific seminar;
  • Dissertation Project VI: dissertation thesis in fixation binding together with attachments must be submitted to the Study Department. The final work is conducted with respect to the response of opponents to the preliminary version, its defense is the state exam, credits are obtained after successful defence.

Dissertation project Ie to Xe - the checkpoints are adequately spread for part-time student who began his study in Academic Year 2015/16 and earlier:

  • Dissertation project IVe: written information of min. 20 pages which evaluates tutor and it is defended in front of the minimum three-member committee, it is delivered to the Study Department, the term is defined in the program; student obtains credits after defence;
  • Dissertation project Ve: It is finished by state exam (essay is the result of the dissertation exam in the range of min. 40 pages, assessed by an opponent, the defense is the content of the dissertation exam, which is a state exam). It is delivered to the Study Department, the term is defined in the program; student obtains credits after defence;
  • Dissertation Project VIIIe: dissertation thesis in temporary binding is delivered to the Study department. Results must be presented to at least two members of doctoral study committee at scientific seminar;
  • Dissertation project Xe: dissertation thesis in fixation binding together with attachments must be submitted to the Study Department. The final work is conducted with respect to the response of opponents to the preliminary version, its defense is the state exam, credits are obtained after successful defence.

Dissertation project Ie to VIIIe - the checkpoints are adequately spread for part-time student who began his study after Academic Year 2015/16:

  • Dissertation project IIIe: written information of min. 20 pages which evaluates tutor and it is defended in front of the minimum three-member committee, it is delivered to the Study Department, the term is defined in the program; student obtains credits after defence;
  • Dissertation project IVe: It is finished by state exam (essay is the result of the dissertation exam in the range of min. 40 pages, assessed by an opponent, the defense is the content of the dissertation exam, which is a state exam). It is delivered to the Study Department, the term is defined in the program; student obtains credits after defence;
  • Dissertation Project VIIe: dissertation thesis in temporary binding is delivered to the Study department. Results must be presented to at least two members of doctoral study committee at scientific seminar;
  • Dissertation project VIIIe: dissertation thesis in fixation binding together with attachments must be submitted to the Study Department. The final work is conducted with respect to the response of opponents to the preliminary version, its defense is the state exam, credits are obtained after successful defence.

Dissertation thesis is defended before the state exam in front of the committee. Rules for the creation and composition of examining committees for the state examinations are determined by STU Study regulations and internal regulations of the university.

Evaluation of state exam includes:

  • Submission of the dissertation , with emphasis on scientific contribution , creativity and inclusion to the contemporary knowledge (according to the oponents‘ reports),
  • research outputs,
  • work on the project during its solution (based on the assessment of the tutor),
  • presentation and defense of a dissertation thesis,
  • statements and opinions in scientific discussions about the thesis.

Evaluation is expressed as follows:
"Passed " if a student fulfills conditions for completing the course.
"Failed " if a student does not fulfill conditions for completing the course.

Assessment of state exams in doctoral study is conducted as follows:

  • Examination of the dissertation - passed, failed
  • Defence of dissertation thesis
      A - excellent (outstanding results)
      B - very good (above average)
      C - good (average results)
      D - satisfactory (acceptable results, still meets the standard)
      E - sufficient (results meet the minimum criteria)
      FX - fail (further work is required)

State examination can be repeated once. Date is determined by examination committee in accordance with the internal regulations of the university. Defence of dissertation thesis is considered as an overall evaluation of doctoral study.

At least one received publication (paper) at the highest international level is a condition for A grade.


¹ See detailed valuation rules within the complex acreditation;
² Doctoral student is at least the first author in one such scientific work. Results of research for publication are accepted.
3 Calculated number of publications is greater than 1. Calculated number of publications will be determined according to the proportion of PhD student and co-authors. Max. 1 co-author is excluded in the position of tutor or consultant. This proportion is obtained from the evidence in the Library Information System.
4 Scientific work at top international level or international level may be replaced by an active presentation at the conference.