Credit Requirements in Philosophy (“FILOSOFIE”) for PhD students

General information

There are no compulsory courses in philosophy. Students are advised to either attend one of the courses offered by the ÚFaR (Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies) in the academic year 2014/2015, or to consult with members of the ÚFaR department.

Students are advised not to take the exam in their first year of study.

The exam has a written form only – students are asked to write an essay of approximately 10-20 pages (10 pages minimum excluding bibliography, the abstract, notes, etc.) In terms of formal features the text has to fulfil the requirements of a published scholarly article.

Students are responsible for choosing their essay topic but are strongly advised to consult it in advance with their supervisor. The topic has to be philosophical, i.e. specific phenomena within the history of philosophy, the philosophy of religion, of science, etc. Strictly psychological, historical, etc. essays with little or no connection to philosophy will not be accepted, regardless of their quality. Also, students should avoid topics that are clearly too broad (i.e. “the life and work of”). Instead, they should focus on narrower areas and on analysis. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in termination of studies.

The essay has the following components:

  • student´s name and title(s)
  • study subject
  • form of study (internal or external)supervisor´s name and title(s)
  • student´s email address
  • supervisor´s email address
  • bibliography and a standard citation and notes apparatus
  • brief résumé of the work (5 to 7 lines) in the language of the work
  • supervisor´s permission to submit the work

Submission, Submission Deadlines and Grading

The essay can be written in Czech, Slovak, English, German or French. For other language options please consult with the ÚFaR department. Proofreading by a native speaker is highly recommended if the essay is not written in the student´s mother tongue.

The essay is submitted both in a printed and in an electronic form. It need not be hard-bound. It may be double-sided.

The printed copy can be submitted in person to the ÚFaR department during consultation hours, to the ÚFaR secretary during office hours, or sent by post to the following address:

Univerzita Karlova v Praze
Filozofická fakulta
Ústav filosofie a religionistiky
Nám. J. Palacha 2
116 38, Praha 1

The electronic copy has to be emailed to The three accepted formats are DOC (MS Word), RTF, and PDF.

The essay will be read and assessed by two members of the ÚFaR department. The grade is usually finalised within four weeks from the date of submission, 8-10 weeks for essays submitted after 30th June 2015. The student will receive an email informing him/her of the result.

The work receives a Pass or a Fail. Should the work result in an F, the student will receive it back with the two lecturer´s comments and will be asked to rewrite. Should the first rewritten version also fail, the F grade will be entered into the IS. The student then has the right to one more rewrite.

Students who have passed a state exam in philosophy (at either BA or MA level) may request its recognition as an equivalent to the PhD exam in philosophy.

Deadline: 15th May if credits are to be obtained before 30th June 2015. 31st July if credits are to be obtained before 30th September 2015. Later submissions will result in the work being graded in the academic year 2015/2016.

For more information please contact:

Mgr. Dita Válová,, Ph.D.