Applied Ethics

Form of study: full-time or combined

Standard study period: 4 years

Description of the Field of Study

Study of Applied Ethics is about systematic training in critical reflection on own and others attitudes, in recognition of hidden assumptions and prejudices and overlooked ethical issues. We can say in other words that it is about deepening understanding approach – and in this case it is the area of humanities in a broad sense. The aim of these studies is therefore an effort to create a space for systematic scientific work that focuses on the ethical dimension of various disciplines or professions. During the studies the adepts have to manage also the methods of scientific work and its professional presentation. Study plan for PhD. students includes: - so called comparative examination: one-term course completed by an examination in the fields, which the candidate has not studied, but which are necessary for doctoral studies; - compulsory part: two two-term courses completed by an examination; - optional part: a choice of six one-term courses completed by an examination; - PhD seminar; - other duties: an article in peer-reviewed publications, 2 reviews, 2 lectures, seminar for students, participation in two conferences.

Admission Exam

The entrance examination includes: The candidate has to defend the research project, which must reflect the theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of Applied Ethics (max. 10 points).

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed application must be submitted by April 30, 2021, at latest, including the following attachments:

    • theme of thesis, i.e. annotation of research project. The project must contain the proposal of a tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council; 

    • the documents confirming a successful state or international exam in a foreign language, minimum level B2.

    • brief professional biography; 

    • list of the relevant literature, that the candidates studied with regard to their individual interests and the chosen topic for thesis (dissertation project).

    • other documents worthy of attention (e.g. overview of applicant’s publications to date, proof of scientific practice at home or abroad, etc.)

  2. Graduation from a master’s degree program;

  3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application);

  4. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean.

Profile of a Graduate

During the postgradual studies, the students will use their experiences, the knowledge gained in the previous study, and all this they deepen especially in the field of philosophy, cultural anthropology, hermeneutical ethics and other social sciences. In the field of applied ethics it will be primarily about dilemmas, connected with the development of technical and social opportunities, e.g. in science, medicine, economy, government or the media. Growing scientific, technical and administrative possibilities come naturally into conflict with the requirements of the protection of the human person and his/her privacy and dignity. The graduates of the doctoral study program find employment in a number of areas, including: - the creation, application and interpretation of minimum binding standards of conduct, so called “code of ethics”; - solving ethical issues in scientific and professional workplace (e.g. ethics committees); - the teaching of applied ethics such as social, health and medical in various fields of study in vocational schools or universities; - in research.


Tuition fee for the program is 700 € per year.

Links and Contacts

Vice-dean of PhD Study Programmes:

Guarantor of the Study Programme:

Application available for full-time and combined study here.

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