• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Doctoral studies of archaeology follow up on the master’s degree level of studies. The foundation of doctoral studies consists in writing a dissertation and completing the compulsory and selected elective courses, which correspond to the basic specialisation of the studies of archaeology at the FA USB, i.e., 1) Archaeology of Prehistory and Early Middle Ages, 2) Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeology, 3) Environmental Archaeology, and 4) Archaeological Theory and Method. In a joint “School of Doctoral Studies in Archaeology” with the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, under the OPVVV project, the student also has the option of other courses offered by the respective institutes. Great emphasis is placed on independent scientific work, which each student has to complete individually based on intensive contact with the teacher.

Graduates of Doctoral studies at FA USB will have gained thorough education in archaeology at a level comparable to Doctoral programmes of similar orientation at other domestic and foreign universities. The aim of the Doctoral degree programme is to provide a complete education in the field of archaeology so that graduates are capable of independent scientific work in the Czech Republic and abroad. Upon completion of all the obligatory and elective courses and elaboration and defence of their Dissertation, graduates become mature and professional researchers able to work in the academic sphere and other professional institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad. They will be able to perform independent scientific work both methodologically and theoretically, lead scientific projects independently and lecture at universities. They will also be equipped with sufficient language skills to work at foreign institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • archaeology of prehistory and early Middle Ages
  • archaeology of the Medieval and Post-Medieval period
  • environmental archaeology
  • archaeological theory and methodology

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The principal requirement for entering a Bachelor´s degree programme or a full Master´s degree programme is the completion of a full secondary general education or vocational education with a school-leaving examination. Admission to a follow-up Master´s degree programme depends on the completion of the relevant Bachelor´s degree programme or its equivalent. Admission to Doctoral studies depends on the successful completion of a Master´s degree programme.

The required knowledge of English is B2 according to the Common European Framework.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Every student automatically gets also contract of employment. Average cellary of Ph.D. student is round 15 - 16.000 CZK/month (650 euro/month).

Living costs for Ceské Budejovice

  • 11440 - 18500 CZK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The USB students can be awarded the following scholarships:

  • a merit-based scholarship
  • a premium scholarship
  • an extraordinary scholarship
  • a mobility-supporting scholarship
  • a compensatory scholarship, in order to compensate the student’s costs of completing the compulsory practice, effectuated away from the seat of the USB’s part the student is enrolled in or to compensate the student’s costs arisen from activities carried out away from the seat of the USB when dealing with projects funded by the USB Science Foundation and Science Foundations of the USB’s parts
  • an accommodation scholarship
  • a need-based scholarship
More information on https://www.jcu.cz/study-at-usb/degree-students/study-info/scholarships-and-bursaries 

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