Charles University First Faculty of Medicine


Charles University in Prague, First Faculty of Medicine: Academic Research is all about to change

First Faculty of Medicine with almost 1 200 staff members and 3 400 students represents the largest medical faculty in the Czech Republic. It is an integral part of Charles University in Prague from its foundation by the King of Bohemia and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Charles the Fourth in 1348. As such, it is also the oldest medical faculty in Central Europe.

However, it is not just the majestic history and impressive quantitative measures that would be enough to make the institution successful and competitive. It must be ideas, people, capacities and management, which finally will be responsible for the future, profit and serviceability of any institution. To accomplish our mission, and to reflect not only the strength and vitality of the Faculty's research programmes, but also our national position and international aspirations, we affirm the following objectives:

  • To be a dynamic component of the European medical educational system
  • To run the leading-edge biomedical research within the broader frame of the European Research Area
  • To be recognized as a valuable member of the local community.

In this context:

We are here to teach medical professionals of the future: We provide undergraduate, graduate and professional programmes of the highest academic quality, taught either in Czech or English languages, pursuing internationally significant scholarship. Academic excellence, stimulation of creativity and intellectual curiosity are the highly ranking values in periodic internal evaluation of our teaching staff. The Faculty encourages and supports outstanding research trainees and research training programmes.

We seek for talents: Our students are recruited from across Europe , America, Asia and Africa and our study programmes are regularly accredited in Europe and USA.

Science is future of all of us: Faculty is heavily investing in research infrastructure. Our laboratories take advantage of virtually all state-of-the-art technologies that are in hands of enthusiastic staff with an international experience and reputation. Funding generated by scientific activities recently represents the majority of the Faculty budget.

Changing picture of our common Europe: The Faculty itself benefits from “on-the-spot” dialogue of researchers and doctors. Our research teams are involved in multiple national research projects emphasizing collaboration between basic and clinical sciences, together with researchers in other disciplines from extramural institutions. Importantly, our engagement in international teams and EU projects sharply increases.

Turning scientists into entrepreneurs: Our results demonstrate outstanding commitment to basic, clinical and applied research. The Faculty leadership together with the University management builds standard procedures of the technology transfer and win-win academia-industry liaison in compliance with the existing European rules.

Beyond the R&D community borders: Faculty experts are regularly involved in popularization of science among the community and from their side they promote public health awareness. In collaboration with journalists and media, our doctors and researchers focus on the major public medicine problems, but also help to spread fundamental scientific facts, explain how science works and develops. Our vision is to help building the knowledge based society in broader terms.

The Faculty

The First Faculty of Medicine is one of the founding four faculties of the Charles University in Prague. The First Faculty of Medicine founded in 1348 ranks among the fifteen oldest medical schools in the world.

Teaching and research at our faculty cover almost the entire spectrum of medicine and health professions from the full range of basic sciences through clinical specialties. Some disciplines are unique to our school at the national level. We prepare future medical doctors, scientists and health professionals in a modern and friendly fashion. Since we are not only a teaching, but also a research institution, we bring to education the most modern findings and technology.

University education at the First Faculty of Medicine provides several different degree programs. The greatest number of students pursues a six-year programme of General Medicine (leading to a MD degree), or a five-year programme of Dental Medicine (leading to DMD degree).

These two clinical programmes are offered both in English and Czech languages. There are other three to four year Bachelor's programmes in health professions (e.g. nursing and other specialties), some with a Master's option, offered to date only in the Czech language. There is also a vibrant PhD programme with most specialties offered in English. We also prepare doctors for their board exams. It is also important to note that there are various fee-based programmes for post-graduate students. Our teaching facilities are modern and comfortable, from auditoriums and seminar rooms through laboratories, study rooms and computer rooms. Most teaching facilities are located in historical buildings in the center of Prague, near Karlovo náměstí, I. P. Pavlova and Albertov. Clinical (practical) teaching occurs mostly in the General University Hospital, with some clinical rotations in the Motol Hospital, Thomayer Hospital, Hospital Na Bulovce, and General Military Hospital.

Our graduates readily find employment in the Czech Republic and the rest of the world. 99,7 % of the 640 graduates (between 1997 and 2015) found placement within 6 months of graduation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Czech

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PhD in Medical Psychology and Psychopathology

Campus 4 years October 2016 Czech Republic Prague

Doctoral study PROGRAMME "Medical Psychology and Psychopathology" is engaged in basic and applied research in biopsychosocial relationships. The proposed study opens up possibilities for interdisciplinary doctoral education not only for medical schools graduates, as well as graduates of psychology and some other related fields. [+]

Doctoral study PROGRAMME "Medical Psychology and Psychopathology" is engaged in basic and applied research in biopsychosocial relationships. The proposed study opens up possibilities for interdisciplinary doctoral education not only for medical schools graduates, as well as graduates of psychology and some other related fields. This field of study CONTINUES the rich tradition of teaching psychological and psychiatric sciences at the 1st Medical Faculty. The teaching of psychiatry was started in German in 1841 followed by English in 1886. The very first habilitation in psychiatry in Austria-Hungary took place at our clinic (doc. Riedel). As the first in the Czech lands was here, in 1911, set up an experimental psychological laboratory and in the same year the teaching of medical psychology (Professor Mihajlo Rostohar) started here also. Specialized department of addictology ("Apollinaire"), was institutionalized in 1947 and this area was richly covered by prof. Vladimír Vondráček's publications. Focus on the biopsychosocial paradigm of the modern medicine (enriched by ecological, environmental dimension) in terms of its theoretical basis reflects the current state of knowledge achieved in modern science in existing developed societies. The theoretical basis of cognitive systems theory of psychological disciplines (developmental psychology, personality psychology, etc.), but even applied fields, in particular, clinical and medical psychology. Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences then represent a body of scientific disciplines concerned with understanding the human psyche and behavior. This approach not only psychological but also genetical, biochemical or physiological and their mutual interaction. What is important is the possibility of using these latest findings in the care of mentally and physically ill. Graduate Profile Graduates will be able to work with a professional foreign literature, prepare and implement a research project (including financial security), ie, acquire, evaluate and statistically process data obtained mainly with regard to the interdisciplinary focus and yet combine both quantitative and qualitative approach. Specifically, such applied research in the interplay of influences within the biopsychosocial (and ecological - environmental) medicine paradigm in research on the relationship between the patient and the healthcare professional when examining the progress and outcome of the psychotherapeutic process in the evaluation of treatment and rehabilitation programs in the examination of psychosomatic and soma-psychical context in research, care for the chronically and TERMINALLY ill. In the field of medical psychology research projects are mainly based on the empirical data obtained through specific psychological and psycho-mental processes (eg, scaling, testing or clinical methods) and the work of the other laboratory procedures. In addition, graduates can handle some methods of the social sciences (eg. methods used in sociology and cultural anthropology), including scientific reasoning and critical discursive process. In the field of behavioral sciences especially the research context of psychosocial and environmental factors, biological dispositions, including the use of modern instrumental methods of diagnosis. Great emphasis is placed on the ability to prepare and publish high-quality scientific work both at home and in prestigious international journals and prepare students for their scientific career in general. Entry requirements The condition of acceptance is finished master or doctoral degree especially in psychology or master degree from medical schools or any other specialization high schools. The party of entry exam is an examination of knowledge in a differentiated way. Graduates in natural sciences must demonstrate a deeper understanding of the fundamental psychological disciplines and clinical psychology. Conversely, graduates in humanities must demonstrate a deeper knowledge of the field of psychopathology, neuroanatomy, biochemistry and physiology, focusing on CNS. The applicant must present a proposition of a research project that will lead to a dissertation. Language skills of the applicant may be checked during entry exam (English or another foreign language). Study subjects / thematic areas The content of lessons in each year will be focused especially on the following topics: Basics of research on psychological behavioral sciences Medical Psychology and Psychopathology Biopsychosocial approaches to health and disease The content of the course is realized through these learning tasks: Passing coursework exam consisting of defense of their own written review thesis showing the interest of applicant in a chosen specialization followed by interpretation of the basic methods used in scientific work. Passing two courses in the 2nd and 3rd year of study. Language Examination in English Other teaching content is specific due to the specialization of the candidate and is specified in the individual study plan. Criteria for Thesis Defense Passing coursework exam consisting of defense of their own written review thesis showing the interest of applicant in a chosen specialization followed by interpretation of the basic methods used in scientific work. Passing two courses in the 2nd and 3rd year of study. Passing the state exam Presentation of the results of a research project at least at two postgraduate conferences organized in a class or at two other national or international conferences. At least two publications on the topic of dissertation in journals with impact factor (at least once as the first author). Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance exam is conducted orally – professional and language knowledge and preparedness of the applicant to the independent to the scientific work in the particular branch are tested. Discussion about the project of dissertation thesis is a part of the interview. Conditions for admission - Submission of the application for, including all relevant enclosures by 30th April 2016. - Successful completion of the entrance exam before the commission of field board - Duly completed masters' study program [-]


First Faculty of Medicine - Charles University in Prague

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Charles University in Prague, First Faculty of Medicine
Kateřinská 32
121 08 Prague 2
Czech Republic

Prague, CZ