About organisation of studies
University studies shall be carried out in accordance with study programmes. Since 1 September 2009 the volume of studies is measured in European credits (hereinafter ECTS credits). One ECTS credit corresponds to 26 hours of study by a student.
A study programme is a document which sets out the objectives of the studies conducted, including the expected learning outcomes, the nominal duration and volume of studies, the language of instruction, the list, volume and short descriptions of the courses, the options and conditions for selecting subjects, main specialities and the conditions for the completion of studies. When drawing up study programmes, it has been assumed that a student acquires 60 ECTS credits, which corresponds to 1560 hours of study by a student.
Academic studies take place at three levels:
- bachelor's studies, workload 180 ECTS credits, nominal duration of studies 3 years
- master's studies, workload 120 ECTS credits, nominal duration of studies 2 years
- doctoral studies, workload 240 ECTS credits, nominal duration of studies 4 year.
Completion of bachelor's studies, master's studies or doctoral studies provides education corresponding to the bachelor's, master's or doctoral level.
Civil engineering and architectural studies are an exception; the nominal duration of these studies is 5 years and the workload is 300 ECTS credits. Engineering studies are the first level of academic studies. An engineering study programme provides an education, which corresponds to master's level and a graduate can continue his or her studies in doctoral studies.
Structure of study programmes
The bachelor's, master's, engineering and professional higher education study programmes consist of modules. The modules are divided into general, basic, core and speciality modules, optional and graduation thesis modules.
General study module(s) shall improve the student's general level of education and satisfy the general education needs. The learning outcomes acquired in this module are foreign language, basic knowledge in law and economics, philosophy, sustainable development/environmental protection, etc.
Basic study module(s) shall provide basic education specialised in a certain broad group of studies (e.g. engineering, manufacturing and construction) and/or field of study (e.g. engineering and engineering trades) in order to establish a sufficiently profound and diverse scientific, engineering and economic basis for further studies.
Core study module(s) shall provide basic education forming the general theoretical core of the speciality for continuing studies in the selected speciality.
Main speciality module(s) shall provide knowledge and skills directly related to the speciality (main speciality), which shall be acquired starting from the first academic year of the bachelor's studies. A major speciality module shall include practical training in the work environment (hereinafter work placement), aimed at the acquisition of practical work experience.
Minor speciality module(s) (in the study programmes with a minor speciality) shall provide knowledge and skills in addition to the major speciality for taking up a job in the minor speciality and for continuing studies in the next study cycle.
Optional study module(s) shall provide the student an opportunity to study subjects not included in the study programme in accordance with his or her wishes and abilities.
The total workload of bachelor's studies followed by master's studies and of engineering studies is 300 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (ECTS credits), which includes:
- General and basic study modules 80–110 ECTS credits
incl. the minimum of 70 ECTS credits at the bachelor's level
- Core study module(s) 60–90 ECTS credits
incl. the minimum of 60 ECTS credits at the bachelor's level
- Main speciality module(s) 55–100 ECTS credits
incl. the minimum of 15 ECTS credits at the bachelor's level
incl. work placement the minimum of 5 ECTS credits
- Optional study module(s) 12–18 ECTS credits
- Graduation thesis or final examination:
- bachelor's studies shall be completed by a graduation thesis or a final examination in the amount of 6–10 ECTS credits;
- master's studies with the nominal duration of 2 years and engineering studies shall be completed by a graduation thesis in the amount of 30 ECTS credits;
- master's studies with the nominal duration of one and a half a year shall be completed by a graduation thesis in the amount of 20 ECTS credits;
- in the broad groups of studies of social sciences, business and law by a graduation thesis in the amount of 20-30 ECTS credits.
In case of study programmes of the same faculty and the same field of study, joint studies in consecutive bachelor’s and master’s studies shall make up at least 105 ECTS credits. Joint studies are conducted mainly in the general and basic study modules of a study programme.