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Programmes outside the bachelor and master structure


7.Higher education

7.4Programmes outside the bachelor and master structure

Last update: 5 February 2024
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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 a consent of 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. 

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.

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 higher education of the second cycle. The study is completed by the state examination before the examination commission. The examination includes the thesis defense. 

The study fields include e.g. Catholic Theology, Logopedy, General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.


Legislative references


National Council of the Slovak Republic, 2002. Act No. 131/2002 on higher education and on the change and supplement to some acts as amended by subsequent provision (Zákon č. 131/2002 Z.z. o vysokých školách a zmene a doplnení niektorých zákonov) (last accessed 21/12/2022).