PhD in History of Medicine


Program Description

The doctoral (Ph.D. degree) program in History of Medicine represents interdisciplinary studies dealing with the history of medical science; history of particular fields of medicine and their prominent representatives; development of medical thought; history of health care professional training; history of public health service and health care facilities; history of transformations and incidence of diseases as well as of their treatment.

The program is conceived in such a way that it can be studied by graduates with a background of biomedical or natural sciences or even humanities. In either case, the knowledge of methodology of historical science and the ability to work with primary sources (archives, literature, iconography etc.) is required, considering the student’s original background at a time.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance procedure must be undergone by each applicant. The entrance examination is held in the form of an interview before a board and it checks the candidate’s capacity for scientific work in the given field. The board evaluates:

  1. Draft project in writing, the extent to 10 standard pages. The draft should include, above all:
    • summary of major areas of the planned research (categorized within Paleopathology or History of medicine);
    • brief grounds for the research concept;
    • a brief survey of literature concerning the topic;
    • presumed resources for the research concept;
    • draft schedule of studies (i.e. in which particular years the student will fulfill the prescribed study obligations).
    The maximum score for the whole item – 20 points.
  2. Previous publishing activity in the field of History of medicine. Publishing output for items recognized by RIV can be scored up to a total of 10 points.
  3. Relation of the topic to the intended Supervising Tutor’s orientation and his/her research projects – the accord of the proposed topic with the Supervising Tutor’s research orientation must be clear. The maximum score for the whole item – 10 points.
  4. The presentation of the project by the applicant:
    • oral presentation of the project;
    • response to board members’ questions.
    The maximum score for the whole item – 10 points.

The highest score achievable: 50 points. To be admitted to the studies, the applicant must achieve a score of at least 25 points.

Each member of the examining board will score the applicant according to the above key. From the scores given by particular board members, the arithmetic means will be calculated. This will be rounded to a whole number – for the decimal values between 0.0 and 0.49 downwards to the closest whole number, for the values between 0.50 and 0.99 upwards to the closest whole number. The standing of the applicants will be set according to the resulting number of points.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 04.06.2019 Until: 04.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 18.06.2019 Until: 18.06.2019

Career Prospect

Graduates in the discipline must be able to work with scientific literature in foreign languages, independently prepare and implement research projects and elaborate them considering their interdisciplinary nature above all. Further, they must be able to solve problems of topics allotted in the fields of paleopathology, paleomicrobiology, gender, and social history, history of medicine and health care, typology and development of medical literature written in Latin and concerning the medical faculty in Prague, etc.

Last updated Apr 2019

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