Understanding through art is the highest form of human understanding. T. G. Masaryk

Doctoral degree programme, full-time study mode, Czech, 4 years 
Doctoral degree programme, combined form, Czech, 4 years 
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The doctoral degree study programme in aesthetics is an advanced study and research programme.

The study programme in aesthetics is a modern university education that is unique for its transdisciplinary character and wide-ranging research in the humanities as well as for its value for general education and personal growth. It deals with works of art and human creativity from the perspective of their historical and cultural contexts and by analysing their inner structure and message. The programme deepens the students’ ability to read, understand, and appreciate works of art, as well as to interpret many adjunct social phenomena such as taste, beauty, value, form, and meaning. The programme improves various soft skills and communicative abilities. It contains and combines many areas of humanities and sciences from philosophy and literature, art and cultural history, up to cognitive science and the theory of mind.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • to understand, analyse, and explain the main theories of art and culture from historical and contemporary points of view, and to know the leading paradigms in cultural theory
  • produce dignified written and oral communication in the fields of arts, literature, and culture
  • demonstrating detailed knowledge of cultural identities and art history up to the present, including knowledge of aesthetic values, norms, and functions in the modern world
  • conducting advanced research in the chosen field of study

The graduates of this study programme have the knowledge and skills to perform independent work in education (grammar schools and universities), in media, in public relations, on world-web propagation, and in cultural institutions in general, such as theatres, newspapers, broadcasting, etc.


The standard duration of the doctoral study of aesthetics is eight semesters. Every doctoral student must earn a total of 240 ECTS credits by creating a personalized study plan, combining selected courses from the doctoral curriculum (courses ESDS01-ESDS20) in close collaboration with the responsible supervisor, and earning at least 30 ECTS credits every semester.

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In the course of the post-graduate study, students are obliged to complete practical training in archives and/or cultural institutions in accordance with their research and personal inclinations. Practical training is an obligatory part of the study plan. In addition, any doctoral degree student has to study for at least one semester at a foreign university or institute according to the specialization.


At the final state examination, the following competencies are required:

history of aesthetics, Czech aesthetics and structuralism, principles of scientific methodology in humanities, semiotics, European cultural history and literature, philosophy of art and beauty; soft skills, typing, editing, and dignified academic writing in Czech and English and other two languages.


Doctoral study is the highest form of the university education.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Aesthetics
Abbreviation: ES
Code: 8109V005
Type: doctoral degree programme
Degree: Ph.D.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: P8111 D-OT4 General Theory and History of Arts and Culture (4-years)
Faculty of Arts
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Arts
Field guarantor:
prof. PhDr. Petr Osolsobě, Ph.D.