PhD in Kinanthropology


Program Description

The study program is realized within the framework of the kinanthropology field of science. Kinanthropology is a multidisciplinary field of science that deals with the complex effects of intentional and spontaneous physical activity on human personality development in the bio-psycho-social context and in conditions of physical education and sports, physiotherapy, health physical education including their effective management.

The aim of doctoral studies in kinanthropology is the scientific preparation of experts to ensure their ability in regards both to independent research, scientific and pedagogical activities and to practical applications of acquired knowledge and skills in accordance with the needs of the practice. It is an interdisciplinary study program that requires the variability of approach to task solving reflecting the entire thematic spread of this scientific discipline. A system approach is accentuated during the course of study with an emphasis on the specificity of kinanthropology, both in terms of methodology and content. Doctoral studies in the kinanthropology program are highly individualized, based on the type of the dissertation thesis project and also on the field of undergraduate studies. The preparation program is selected to develop the student’s theoretical and methodological readiness in relation to his/her dissertation specialization with the aim of systematic scientific activity in the chosen research problem.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The admission exam is conducted in front of the committee in the form of an oral interview and it examines the student's competence for scientific work in the field.

The committee assesses:

  1. The quality of the dissertation project - the project must have the following structure:
    introduction, literary research, aim/s of the work and based on the type and thematic focus of the project also hypothesis determination and methodology.
    The maximum number of points for the entire item – 20 points.
  2. Relation of the topic to the research focus of the workplace and especially to the expertise of the potential advisor and his/her research projects - there must be a clear consistency of the proposed topic and the research focus of the workplace and the advisor trainer (the candidate refers to a specific topic or even directly specific position of the current or forthcoming research project, contacts the potential advisor in advance and consult the planned dissertation project with him/her, the project specifically builds upon previous research activities of the workplace).
    Information about advisors can be found at
    The maximum number of points for the entire item – 20 points.
  3. Previous professional activities in the field of biomechanics - evaluated are previous activities related to the project, preferably publishing activities - impact journal - 10 points, SCOPUS - 8 points, ERIH - 6 points, peer-reviewed journal and active presentation at a student scientific conference or another scientific conference - 4 points.
    The full number of points will be received by the candidate if s/he is the first author; if s/he is the second co-author then s/he will receive 75% if s/he is a third co-author, s/he will receive 50% for the respective item and if s/he is the fourth or more co-author s/he will receive 25%.
    The maximum number of points for the entire item – 10 points.
  4. The quality of project presentation and response to questions from the committee members.
    The maximum number of points for the entire item – 10 points.

Each member of the committee evaluates Paragraph 1 by a point assessment in the range of 0-20, Paragraph 2 in the range of 0-20 points, Paragraph 3 in the range of 0-10 points, Paragraph 4 in the range of 0-10 points. Therefore, the maximum number of points from one assessor is 60. The arithmetic mean is calculated from the points assigned by the individual committee members. Rounding will be implemented to the nearest integer - for the values 0.0-0.49 down and for the values 0.50-0.99 up. The order of the candidates will be determined in accordance with the final score. The minimum acceptance threshold is 30 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: 12.06.2019 until: 13.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) 27.06.2019

Recommended literature, sample questions

Literature is recommended by individual potential advisors. This is based on the expected focus of the dissertation and on the field of kinanthropology in which the work will be carried out. Recommended literature is published on the profiles of individual advisors at

Graduate Profile

The graduate of doctoral studies possesses a deep and comprehensive knowledge and is well versed in a broad spectrum of scientific principles. He/she is familiar with the research methods, is capable of providing individual scientific work with academic and professional integrity, while observing the ethical conventions of research work. He/she is capable of critical analysis of the present-day scientific knowledge. The graduate is competent to communicate about issues concerning both his/her specialization and a broad spectrum of social links, especially in the area of applying research findings to practice. His/her doctoral thesis, based on original research, contributed greatly to increasing the scientific knowledge in Kinanthropology. Parts of the dissertation were also read or published on national or international levels.

Career Prospect

Graduates of doctoral studies of kinanthropology as an interdisciplinary field can find their application mainly in the sphere of science and research, in education and in the area of sports, in physiotherapeutic workplaces and in accredited laboratories. Another important area of application is the sphere of state administration and business sphere.

Last updated Apr 2019

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