A person responsible for the delivery, development, and quality of the study programme:

prof. Ján Pečeňák, MD, PhD.

Department of Psychiatry FM CU, Mickiewiczova 13, Bratislava



Teachers of the profile subject:

Assoc. prof. Ľubomíra Izáková, MD, PhD.

Assoc. prof. Jana Trebatická, MD, PhD.


Study advisor of the study programme:

doc. MUDr. Ľubomíra Izáková, PhD., e-mail: (personal contact after agreement via e-mail)


List of the supervisors:

prof. MUDr. Ján Pečeňák, CSc., doc. MUDr. Ľubomíra Izáková, PhD., doc. MUDr. Jana Trebatická, PhD.


Place/s of realisation of the study programme:

The Medical Faculty, Comenius University in Bratislava and its parts seat, including clinical workplaces, which are part of university hospitals providing an education of students at Faculty of Medicine, CU in Bratislava, with which the university has concluded ‘Contracts on practical training’ (University Hospital Bratislava, National Institute for Children's Diseases, Merciful Brothers University Hospital, St. Elizabeth Cancer Institute, National Oncological Institute, National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease)


Awarded academic degree: doctor ("philosophiae doctor", in short, "PhD. ")


The language in which the programme is organised: Slovak, English


The standard length of study in academic years: four years (internal form) / five years (external form)


Graduate profile and learning objectives:  

The content of the doctoral study program is focused on the study of psychiatry in the context of the bio-psycho-social model of mental disorders. During the study, the student acquires and expands knowledge in the field of epidemiology, aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in this study program. Within epidemiology, the focus is on the prevalence of mental disorders and their impact on the health status of the population with emphasis on at-risk populations and socio-economic consequences. Part of this issue are theoretical and practical issues of classification - the principles of classification, problems of validity and reliability of classification systems and diagnostic tools. The study of aetiology includes the genetic, physical, psycho-reactive and social causes of disorders. The students will get acquainted with diagnostic tools such as scales, auxiliary examination and experimental examination procedures such as electrophysiological and imaging technologies. Students will study the treatment of mental disorders (biological treatment, including psychopharmacology, stimulation methods and possibilities of psychosurgical procedures, psychotherapeutic, rehabilitation and resocialization methods). During the study, the student will learn to independently formulate a scientific problem, formulate a scientific hypothesis, methodically properly prepare and exactly implement a scientific experiment using the acquired knowledge. Will be able to analyse results obtained using appropriate statistical procedures. The main goal of these activities will be theoretical and practical mastery of procedures focusing on original findings in the field of psychiatry with the possibility of their introduction in the system of evidence-based medicine and the implementation of these findings in interdisciplinary cooperation. Part of the theoretical and practical preparation within the study program will be the training and development of the ability to share their own research results in the form of presentation and publication of articles in professional journals. The training is also focused on the transfer of knowledge within the pedagogical process.



Graduates of the presented doctoral study program are currently in demand mainly in the healthcare workplaces as in psychiatric clinics and departments as counseling specialists in all types of facilities that provide health care. Their qualifications predispose them to the introduction of exact methods in health care in conjunction with evidence-based medicine, to the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment procedures and the introduction of new methods. A very important part is the training of doctors in different medical specializations. They have a wide range of opportunities to engage in the pedagogical process of the training of nurses, psychologists, special pedagogues in various types of educational institutions. They can be involved in biomedical research in the whole spectrum of neurosciences at university workplaces and at the Slovak Academy of Sciences.


Evaluation of the study programme quality by employers:

A request to assess the quality of the submitted study programme was sent to selected employers to express their opinion on the need for a new doctoral study programme focused on medical biology and clinical genetics. Delivered letters are available at the Department of scientific-research activities, doctoral studies and international relationships of the Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava