Included in the programme: PdF D-DCIJ_ENG Didactics of Foreign Language
Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis
State Doctoral Examination and Defence of the Dissertation
The condition for completion of the study is the completion of the state doctoral examination and successful defence of the dissertation (SZŘ MU, art. 32). The application for the state doctoral examination can be submitted after all the prescribed study requirements have been fulfilled (i.e. all subjects of the study plan, except the last registration of the courses of Dissertation Thesis and Expertise in Research Field, and the courses of Research Internship Abroad and Presentations at Conferences) and the theses of the dissertation have been submitted.
The first part of the state doctoral examination is a defence of the theses of the dissertation. The second part of the state doctoral examination is a discussion in which knowledge and orientation are tested (1) in pedagogy and pedagogical research methodology, (2) in linguistics, (3) in foreign language didactics and methodology of research into foreign language teaching and learning, and specialized knowledge relevant for the dissertation research.
Study in the doctoral study programme is completed by the defence of the dissertation, which demonstrates the ability to work independently in the field of research or development.
Original scientific theoretical, historical-comparative, methodological and empirical works, or works combining these concepts in an appropriate way, are accepted as dissertations.
- Theoretical works elaborate various theoretical approaches to problems in the given area, requiring a high degree of abstract and analytical thinking and insight of the author.
- Historical-comparative works elaborate different subject areas in their historical context in an interdisciplinary comparison.
- Methodological works analyse (new) research approaches, methods, tool and techniques, and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
- Empirical works bring concrete findings obtained by specific research methods, while the presented findings always follow from the realized empirical survey.
The Doctoral Board also recognizes a set of already published or accepted works on a given topic as a dissertation, which the student provides with a comprehensive introduction to the issue and a commentary (SZŘ MU, art. 30, par. 2).
If the student submits the results of collective scientific work in which he/she participated, the parts of the work that the student has prepared must be clearly marked in the thesis. This work must also include a statement of co-authors confirming the marked parts of the student's authorship and evaluating his/her share (SZŘ MU, art. 30, para. 4, § b and c).
The dissertation is written in Czech, Slovak, English, French, German or Russian.
The dissertation is accompanied by a self-report (written in Czech, Slovak, English, French, German or Russian), which contains the main ideas of the dissertation, brief information on the methodology used and a summary of the findings. According to SZŘ MU (Art. 32), the abstract of the dissertation, the list of published works of the candidate (typically generated from IS MU) and the works accepted for publication and the curriculum vitae are included in the self-report.
Requirements of the study
Study and research requirements are set in accordance with the Dean's Directive 5/2019 Standard Requirements for Study and Results of Students in Doctoral Degree Programmes at PdF MU.
- Preparation of the dissertation - it takes place throughout the study period.
- Defence of the theses - usually after the 7th semester.
- Publications - at least 4 publications, at least one of which should be in a WoS or Scopus journal and one in a reviewed journal.
Teaching activities (participation in teaching) – a PhD student can participate in supervising bachelor theses, teaching seminars, etc., for a maximum of 150 hours per study.
Internship abroad - must be completed in a minimum length of 3 months for the period of study.
Participation at conferences - active participation in at least 2 international and 2 national conferences.
- Foreign Language Didactics as a Scientific Discipline
- Second Language Acquisition
- Research Methods in Education 1 and 2
- Research Methods in Foreign Language Didactics 1 and 2
- Foreign language at B1 level
- One compulsory optional linguistic course (Pragmalinguistics, Sociolinguistics).
Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations
Opportunities for Development of Learner Autonomy in English Lessons at Upper-Elementary Schools and the Role of Teacher Beliefs about Learner Autonomy and its Development
Using Pedagogical Translation in English Language Teaching at Grammar Schools: Current State and the Possibilities of Using the Contemporary Concept of Pedagogical Translation
Language learning strategies among blind students of English as a foreign language
Reading in English as a foreign language in deaf university students
Discourse Competence Development in EFL Academic Writing as a Result of Participation in an E-learning Course
Motivation to learn German in the context of teaching foreign professional and academic language
Learning styles of adult English students and their learning outcomes
The teacher as the main source of motivation of pupils to learn German
Literary texts and the development of intercultural (communication) competence
Expertise in Research Field and Dissertation Thesis
Students are expected to enrol in the course of Dissertation Thesis 8 times, which means they will gain 120 credits in total. Students are expected to enrol in the course of Expertise in Research Field 8 times, which means they will gain 40 credits in total.
|Type of Completion
|Foreign Language Didactics as a Scientific Discipline
|Second Language Acquisition
|Research Methods in Education
|Research Methods in Foreign Language Didactics 1
|Research Methods in Foreign Language Didactics 2
|Research Internship Abroad
|Presentations at conferences
Foreign language at B1 level
Students are expected to enrol in 1 course of Foreign Language from the offer in order to gain 7 credits.
Students are expected to enrol in 1 course from the offer in order to gain 10 credits.