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Programmes outside the bachelor and master structure


7.Higher education

7.4Programmes outside the bachelor and master structure

Last update: 11 April 2024

As regards the study programmes in some study fields the study is not divided into the first and second cycle, they may be combined into a single whole. Such a combination of both levels requires the approval by the Ministry of Education, Research, Development and Youth of the SR

The conditions of admission are the same as those for the Bachelor study programmes. For more information see chapter 7.2.1 Bachelor. 

Study programmes that combine the first and the second-cycle programmes correspond to the 7th level of the National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework. The combined study programmes take place in the following study fields:  

  • pharmacy
  • speech therapy and therapeutic pedagogy
  • theology
  • teacher training and pedagogical sciences
  • veterinary medicine
  • general medicine
  • dental medicine

The standard period of a study programme combining the first and second cycle full-time study is 5 to 6 years. The standard length of part-time study programmes is seven or eight years.

The number of credits required for regular completion of the study is

in full-time study

  • 300 credits in 5-year study programmes,
  • 360 credits in 6-year study programmes,

in part-time study

  • 300 credits in 7-year study programmes,
  • 360 credits in 8-year study programmes.

Graduates of such study programmes acquire the second level of higher education. The study is completed by the state examination before the examination commission. The examination includes the thesis defence. Higher education institutions award the following academic titles to the graduates:

  • Master 'magister' (Mgr.), 
  • In human medicine programmes Doctor of General Medicine 'doktor všeobecného lekárstva' (MUDr.), Doctor of Dental Medicine 'doktor zubného lekárstva' (MDDr.), and in veterinary medicine programmes Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 'doktor veterinárskej medicíny' (MVDr.).

For more information see chapter 7.3 Second-cycle programmes.