Doctoral study

PhD study programme at Faculty of  Economics and Management, SUA

Research and doctoral studies are core activities of Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM), SUA in  Nitra, Slovakia. FEM SUA in Nitra has provided doctoral training for more than 60 years. The objective of the PhD study is to prepare students for individual and creative scientific work. The student contributes to the development of scientific knowledge within his field of study by his own research. FEM is able to offer a stimulating research environment where you can work in close cooperation with experienced researchers, other doctoral students, representatives from trade and industry and the international academic community.

PhD structure at FEM SUA

The FEM PhD Programme corresponds to three years on present form or four years on external form of doctoral studies. PhD study programme consists of 180 credits: of study part (60 credits) and scientific part (120 credits). The main focus during a PhD is doing your own research, which you will start from first year. In parallel, you will undertake compulsory coursework and take part in courses, seminars, and conferences. These will provide credits which are required to progress, as well as the skills to become a researcher and an expert in your own field. As a PhD student, your main activity will be to do research, mostly on your own project. However, it is compulsory to be involved in teaching, either by teaching directly, marking papers or supervising students. Other activities will include attending conferences, giving presentations and publishing scientific papers. As a PhD student at FEM, you have access to a broad range of courses, conferences and workshops both in Slovakia and abroad. During your studies you have good opportunities to follow and contribute to the knowledge development within your research field. At the end of your study, you have your final examination as a public defence. After successful defence you will be given the title "philosophiae doctor" (PhD.). The main criteria for the award of PhD are that you have conducted independent and original scientific research and that you are capable to present this  research orally and in writing.

PhD study programmes at FEM SUA

- Economics and Management of Agriculture and Food Processing,
- Business Economics and Management,
Agrarian Trade and Marketing

A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for PhD at FEM SUA in Nitra

Step  1     Find a study programme and topic of PhD thesis
If you decide to apply for PhD study programme at FEM, you should select study programme and topic of your PhD thesis.
Step  2     Admission procedures
Once you have selected study programme and topic, you should apply for formal admissions. As a general rule, qualification of master degree is obtained for admissions to PhD studies. 
        PhD Admission Requirements  
Step 3     Filled in Application Form for doctoral study with all supplements.
      Curriculum vitae (original signed by doctoral candidate) in English
      Proof of completed Master degree officially recognised at the Slovak Republic, see Recognition of higher education
      Certified copy of the Master diploma/degree certificate - a certified copy (by notary) in a foreign language and an official translation in the Slovak language is required.
      Diploma supplement - a certified copy (by notary) in a foreign language and an official translation in the Slovak language is required.
      Outline of proposed PhD project - for the selected dissertation topic the candidate writes a brief and well-structured outline of the dissertation proposal within the maximum of 5 pages, A4 format
      Motivation letter
      Certified copy of Language Qualifications
      Proof of payment of the fee for admission procedure (Handling fee)

Department of PhD. Studies and Science must confirm your eligibility as a doctoral candidate. This involves completing an application form with all supplements. Afterwards you as doctoral candidate are officially invited for entrance exam, where you will present outlines of PhD project.

The deadline for sending application forms is 31 May, 2023

Entrance exam: 14 June, 2023

Select a dissertation topic

Step  4     Enrollment
Once you are admitted, your next step is to enroll. You will be officially informed and invited for enrollment which is usually organized on September. The academic year runs from September to July with holidays which broadly follow a Christian festival calendar, although as a PhD student you will be expected to work throughout the year. 

Tuition fees

University education in Slovakia, including the FEM PhD Programme, is free of charge for PhD. students studying in Slovak language at a present form.

Part time students studying in English language pay € 2400 for academic year.

Full time students studying in English language pay € 1500 for academic year.

Part-time students studying in Slovak language pay € 1500 for academic year.

 Other costs which you may have to take into account:

  • Application fee, if applicable: € 40
  • Medical insurance (if from outside the EU): € 100-150
  • Third-Party Liability insurance: around € 15
  • Extracurricular activities (e.g. sports, library): € 20-40


Contacts on Admission Office

Rules of Study of SUA in Nitra