Department of Languages

Ph.D. studies

Information for doctoral students

The doctoral students prepare for their examination (in given languages) individually – please see the examination requirements. Submit the completed material by email to your examiner – presentation, your research project, terminological dictionary (50 items) based on 50 pages of specialised text you have studied. The remaining instructions according to individual examiners’ requirements – communicate with them via email.

Lenka Kučírková
Head of the Department of Languages

Ph.D. studies – Specialist Foreign Language Examination

At the Department of Languages, Ph.D. students sit a specialist foreign language examination, included in their individual doctoral study programme.

The department provides exams in English, German, Russian, Spanish, French and Czech for foreign students. On special request, exams can also be taken in Italian, Chinese and Arabic.

At the exam, Ph.D. students demonstrate their skills in a particular language at minimum B2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages, with regard to their both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in the specialist language.

Exam structure and requirements

For the exam, students submit 1-2 A4 page long summary of their dissertation. They also select and prepare specialist materials related to their area of research (50 pages minimum from a monograph or scientific papers, written by native speakers).

Exam is oral. Students present their dissertation, discuss their research aims, methodology and expected results. They summarize and discuss their prepared specialist materials. They prepare a short explanatory dictionary (50 items) from a chosen specialist text.

Contact your examiner well ahead of time before taking the exam.

Classes and exam preparation

The preparation for the exam is conceived as a self-study. Students are expected to consult their preparation with the examiner.


Classes/seminars are held for full-time students preparing for exams in English and German.

90-minute seminars are held once a week in the winter semester of each academic year. Schedule for individual faculties is available at the beginning of the winter semester at the Department of Languages.

For other languages, please contact the examiner by email or in his or her office hours.


 English (FAFNR I and FE): PhDr. Mgr. Lenka Kučírková, Ph.D.
 English (FEM, FTA and FAFNR II): PhDr. Martina Jarkovská, Ph.D.

 German: PhDr. Mgr. Milena Dvořáková, MBA
 Russian: PhDr. Dagmar Kšandová, Ph.D., PhDr. Jitka Prachařová
 Czech: PhDr. Dagmar Kšandová, Ph.D., PhDr. Martina Jarkovská, Ph.D.
 Spanish: Mgr. Alena Drebitková Malá,
 French: PhDr. Mgr. Milena Dvořáková
 Italian: Mgr. Jan Mrva, Ph.D.
 Arabic: Ing. Ivan Hrbek in cooperation with prof. Ing. Mansoor Maitah, Ph.D. et Ph.D.


Classes take place in the winter term and are optional. In the summer term PhD candidates can use individual consultations.

Contact your teacher (Dr. Kučírková at kucirkova@pef.czu.cz for FAFNR I ,FFWS and FE and Dr. Jarkovská at jarkovska@pef.czu.cz for FAFNR II, FTA and FEM) for more information.

Examination of doctoral students takes place in a contact form in compliance with all hygienic regulations, after an individual agreement with the examiner.

Exam requirements:

· Project / outline of the dissertation in English - structure of the scientific article (IMRAD structure - introduction to the issue including a brief theoretical overview and objectives of the research and research questions, methodology, expected results and conclusions, list of references), range of 3-4 A4 pages. (It can also be an article that students have already published as part of their research, or which they are preparing for publication).

· English thesaurus (words and definitions) dictionary of professional terminology from the study field (minimum 50 items) from about 50 studied pages of the professional text (original in English and not older than 5 years, can be scientific articles or chapters from the monograph).

Students submit both in electronic form to the examiner no later than 7 days before the date of the exam.