Theatre and Film Studies

Doctoral degree in full-time or combined form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject.

Application deadline depending on the admission procedure chosen (midnight )

What will you learn?

The aim of the study programme is a systematic preparation for academic and scientific work in academic and research institutions and universities or in the broader field of humanities, and also expert praxis in cultural institutions, creative industries, media etc.

“Theatre Studies: All the world’s a stage. Film Studies: We see film from within.”

The study programme has two orientations 1) Drama and Performativity - focuses on the theory and history of theatre and drama (including production modes), and 2) Audiovisual Culture and Society - focuses on theory and history of film and audiovisual culture, including production modes and institutions, cultural effects, and reception.

The study programme is highly specialized and individualized, focused on scientific work and tailored to the needs of individual dissertation projects. The study plan consists of a set of dissertation seminars, leading to the completion of the thesis. The system of dissertation seminars is supported by a series of type A/required as well as type B/selective and type C/selective courses (including lectures in English, practical training, or an internship abroad).

Practical training

Practical experience is important part of doctoral programme. Students - according their specialisation - can join research project at the departments, take part in teaching (first as assistents and later provide courses on their own), and co-operate on other academic or organisational tasks.

Study programme also includes abroad intership (minimal length of stay 1 month) and internship in practical field in research institution or cultural industries (minimal lenght of stay 30days).

Further information

More info about the programme, research focus of the departments and individual teachers is provided on web pages of

Department of Theatre Studies

and Department of Film and Audio-visual Culture

Career opportunities

Graduates of the doctoral degree study programme can work as top experts in scientific research and educational institutions, both nationally and internationally.

Doctoral graduates are trained for specialized positions requiring high qualifications in scientific research institutions, academia, museums, archives, theatres, and the film industry (production, distribution, festivals, cinemas, television, etc.), as well as in other cultural and creative industries, such as cultural management and policies, dramaturgy, press, editorial and publishing practices, etc.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Aug – 30 Nov 2022)

Deadline for submitting applications: 1 August - 30 November

Deadline for submitting documents for the admission procedure: until 15 December

The application must explicitly state either the theatrical focus, which belongs to the Department of Theatre Studies, or the filmological focus, which belongs to the Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture. Enter this information in the e-application in the field “Additional text of the applicant”.

Documents for the admission procedure:

  • signed CV;
  • list of publishing activities and other professional (possibly also artistic) activities;
  • doctoral thesis project: topic and goal of the thesis, work procedure including time schedule, elementary literature and sources (approx. 4 standard pages = 7,200 characters). The Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture prefers projects that promise to bring completely original results based on primary research, i.e. especially projects focused on Czech and Slovak cinematography and audiovisual culture. The Department of Theatre Studies does not specify the preferred areas of research.
  • Documents for the admission procedure must be inserted into the e-application (rubric “Documents”) by 15 December. At the same time, the documents must be sent electronically in the format of one .pdf file (surname_name_focus_project_cv) to for theatre science or for film science.

    The entrance examination takes the form of an oral discussion over the doctoral thesis project.

Notice: A poof of completion of a Master’s degree programme (officially certified copy of the diploma, in the case of education obtained abroad also the so-called recognition) shall be submitted by the accepted applicants upon enrolment in the studies. For the entrance examination, a proof of completion of a Master’s degree programme is not required.

Criteria for evaluation

  • Pass/fail line: 60 points (out of 100).

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction Czech
Doctoral board and doctoral committees

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

PhDr. Jaromír Blažejovský, Ph.D.



doc. Mgr. Pavel Skopal, Ph.D.



doc. MgA. David Drozd, Ph.D.



doc. Mgr. Šárka Havlíčková Kysová, Ph.D.



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