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Ph.D. study program in Addictology

The main goal of the Ph.D. study program in Addictology is to prepare students to become independent investigators in academic as well as in non-academic research environments. During the study course the contribution to theory, public health science and translational science is emphasized. 

Ph.D. in Addictology
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: April 30

Language: Czech or English. English speaking students are not required to master the Czech language. Czech speaking students will be strongly encouraged to use English language during their study course.

The program is offered on a full-time basis or in a combined form. The combined form of study provides an effective combination of full-time and distance learning, besides self-study also brings students into a direct contact with teachers.

The academic year is divided into two semesters, each followed by exam period. The winter semester starts at the end of September and lasts 15 weeks. It is interrupted by 2-week Christmas vacation and followed by a 4-week examination period. The summer semester lasts 15 weeks and is followed by an examination period and summer vacation.

1. Basic Information

The web pages of the 1st Faculty of Medicine include general information on the application procedures for academic study programs. The following links present information about entrance exams, terms, conditions for Czech (and Slovak) applicants and for applicants from abroad (e.g., VISA conditions).

If you are a Czech or Slovak applicant, please, go to:

https://www.lf1.cuni.cz/doktorske-studijni-programy-phd?f=pro-doktorandy

If you are an international applicant, please, go to:

https://www.lf1.cuni.cz/en/doctoral-studies-3554?f=for-students

2. Characteristics of Ph.D. Study Program in Addictology

The main goal of the Ph.D. study program in Addictology is to prepare students to become independent investigators in academic as well as in non-academic research environments. During the study course the contribution to theory, public health science and translational science is emphasized.

The Ph.D. program in addictology presents a trans-disciplinary scientific perspective on addictology and prepares students to independently design and conduct studies and interventions of various aspects of the risk environment of substance use and addictive behaviours—from the individual to the policy level. Aimed at furthering evidence-based decision-making in drug policy and practice, the core of the program is in clinical work and public health research with a participatory community focus. Central to the program are methodological guidance and support towards the development of trans-disciplinary theory and empirical studies in addictology, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods from various disciplines into a common epistemological framework.

3. Graduate’s Profile

Graduates of the doctoral program in addictology receive a comprehensive education aimed at (i) transdisciplinary research excellence in addictology, (ii) advanced knowledge and skills in the clinical practice in addictology, and (iii) a comprehensive theoretical and empirical understanding of the public health perspective in addictology. Through the trans-disciplinary study of addictive behaviors within their risk environment, students of the doctoral program will have gained an in-depth understanding of the ramifications of addictology for theory, policy and interventions.

Aimed at furthering evidence-based decision-making in drug policy and practice (?), the core of the program is in clinical and public health translational research with a participatory community focus. Central to the program is improvement of knowledge, skills and competencies in methodological guidance and support towards the development of trans-disciplinary theory and empirical studies in addictology, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods from various disciplines into a common epistemological framework.

Within their scientific work, graduates of addictology Ph.D. program are well prepared for:

  • conducting a systematic literature review and process its results towards educational and research purposes
  • conducting independent research; designing basic or applied studies in the field of addictology
  • publish study results in domestic and international (English language) scientific journals and other types of scientific writing
  • teaching students on pre-gradual levels
  • presenting the results of their scientific work at conferences, in workshops and scientific meetings
  • assessing new paradigm contributions to substance use and addictive behavior
  • addressing complicated ethical dilemmas
  • planning and implementation educational activities and strategies in addictology
  • Acquisition of funding and grant writing

4. Requirements

Interested Ph.D. applicants must have a masters degree (or equivalent M.D., Ing. etc.) in additology or a related field prior to their application. Also those who are awaiting their masters degree (or equivalent) within two months may apply.

It is strongly suggested that the interested Ph.D. applicants contact their potential Ph.D. supervisor and his/her research groups working within applicant’s field of interest in the process of their application.

Available Ph.D. positions may also be announced at the department’s website.

5. Entrance Exams

The applicant has to follow the Entrance Exams Procedure as stated by the 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University in Prague (see links https://en.lf1.cuni.cz/admission-proceduress)

The Entrance Exam for the Ph.D. program in Addictology is in English and has two phases:

1) The following documents are to be sent with the Application Forms (as required by the institution for all Ph.D. programs)

a. Up to date Professional CV

b. A list of publications

  1. Proofs of education completed at the Master degree program level (or affidavit on being a student in the last year of studies at the faculty)

d. Extended synopsis of the proposed Ph.D. research project (maximum 10,000 characters with spaces)

e. Other relevant documents (e.g. certificates of State Examinations in Czech or English language [note: if other than Czech or English, should these be translated into English and notarized], proof of practical experience, references from supervisors, etc.)

  1. Extended Synopsis of the Ph.D. Project (max. 1,000 words)
  2. Letter of Acceptance from the Advisor (intended Ph.D. supervisor)

2) Oral Exam

a. Presentation of the Ph.D. Project (max. 7 minutes)

b. Colloquium (approx. 10 minutes)

  1. i. Discussion about applicant’s Ph.D. Project
  2. ii. Demonstration of adequate knowledge of contemporary theories and methodology of the subject, and skills in the chosen study program
  3. May be performed also as a conference call (e.g., Skype, FaceTime) in legitimate and previously agreed cases (e.g., student from abroad).

d. Present is also student’s anticipated supervisor.

6. Supervisors, Teachers, and Trainers

Supervisors are resident faculty members:

Prof. PhDr. Michal Miovský, Ph.D. 
http://www.adiktologie.cz/en/users/detail/11/Michal-Miovsky

Doc. MUDr. PhDr. Kamil Kalina, CSc.
http://www.adiktologie.cz/en/users/detail/10/Kamil-Kalina

Jean-Paul Grund, Ph.D.

Mgr. Roman Gabrhelík, Ph.D.
http://www.adiktologie.cz/en/users/detail/4/Roman-Gabrhelik

PharmDr. Magdalena Šustková, Ph.D.

PhDr. Lenka Vavrinčíková, Ph.D.
http://www.adiktologie.cz/cz/users/detail/1551/Lenka-Vavrincikova

PhDr. RNDr. Hana Voňková, Ph.D. et Ph.D.

Courses are taught by resident faculty members along with internationally known visiting scholars – experts in their specialty areas.

7. English language

There are no strict requirements for the command of the English language. However, most conceptual documents (e.g. individual study plans), courses, literature and communication with the supervisor are in English. Ph.D. students should prove they have a fairly good command of English (reading, writing and speaking).

8. State Exam

Is taken at the end of the Ph.D. study program. Successful students receive their Ph.D.

Student has to defend a written doctoral thesis. Theory may be examined during doctoral thesis defense.

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