State doctoral examination (MMEE)

According to the PhD Student Standard, the obligation of the second year is to successfully pass the doctoral state examination. To be admitted to the state doctoral examination, a doctoral student must have demonstrable publishing activity either in the form of an article in a peer-reviewed periodical or in the form of a paper in a conference indexed in the Scopus / WoS database or a paper (full article, abstract is not enough) at a prestigious world scientific conference.

The state doctoral examination examines the professional knowledge of the doctoral student with an emphasis on the areas on which the dissertation is focused. Part of the exam is the defense of the dissertation thesis. The student demonstrates the degree of mastery of broader theoretical knowledge, methods of independent scientific work and ways of applying new knowledge in this study program and presents the results of his/her research activities.

Application takes place by submitting all background materials to the study officer at least 4 weeks before the state exam. It is necessary to have completed the first part of the dissertation and to have at least one publication entered in the database of publishing activities of the Prague University of Economics and Business. Part of the application for the state doctoral examination is an overview of publishing activities and the supervisor’s report on the student’s scientific activities, which must then be approved by the guarantor of the relevant study program. The date of the SDZ and the submission of documents must be agreed in advance with the Ph.D. study officer and the supervisor; if a student does not do so, the date may be assigned to him/her.

Registration takes place at least 4 weeks prior to the state examination. The deadline is then determined on the basis of the availability of the members of the committee. It is necessary to have completed the first part of the dissertation, about 40 pages, and to have at least one scholarly publication in the database of publishing activities of the Prague University of Economics and Business. The application for the state doctoral examination includes an overview of publishing activities and supervisor’s report on the student’s scientific activities, which must subsequently be approved by the approver of the relevant study program.

Regarding the source materials, it is necessary to bring:

  • A completed application for the SDE (application form [doc]),
  • 3 copies of the dissertation in the extent of about 40 pages (signed by the student),
  • The supervisor’s report on the course of study and a list of publishing activities (signed by both supervisor and student) example [doc],
  • A list of topics and academic articles (papers), which the doctoral student received from his / her supervisor for study.

The state doctoral examination takes the form of an oral examination in front of a commission of at least three members and consists of two parts.

The first part consists of an oral exam of min. three areas, which are determined in advance by the supervisor of the doctoral student. You can find the topics here (Management 1-13, Economics of Firm and Industry 14-18). The supervisor delineates which areas should the student study for the examination before the SDE. Subsequently, the student is assigned one of these areas during the exam and presents his / her answers. The supervisor selects topics based on the topics contained in the 3MA901 and / or 3MI910 courses. The supervisor of the doctoral student will also define a set of at least ten academic articles that are key to the specific area in which the doctoral student prepares the dissertation and whose thorough mastery must be demonstrated by the student during the exam.

In addition, the student must demonstrate the ability to defend the purpose of his / her dissertation and thus demonstrate knowledge of the relevant theories, the state of scientific knowledge in the given field, as well as acquiring methods of independent scientific work and ways of applying new knowledge in the relevant study program. The second part has the character of a discussion on the dissertation thesis with a minimum length of 30 pages, submitted in writing at least one month before the expected date of the SDZ. The aim of the dissertation thesis is mainly:

  • on the basis of a literature search to present the theoretical grounding of the work and especially to argue research questions / hypotheses / assumptions,
  • to present and argue in detail the methodology of the work and anchor it within the research paradigms, to formulate possible research limitations,
  • argue the thesis of the dissertation with regard to the knowledge gained in the course 3CV901 – Methodology of Scientific Research.