Faculty of LawComenius University Bratislava

Administrative Law

Information on study programme

Name of the study programme:

Administrative Law

Field of study:

30. Law/ISCED-F 0421 Law

Cycle/level of qualification:

third/ISCED 8

Academic title:

doctor (philosophiae doctor) (PhD.)


Slovak, English

Form of study:




Code PraF UK AIS2


Standard length of study:

three years (full-time)/four years (part-time)

Method of study

attendance method

Graduate profile and educational goals

Graduates of doctoral studies in the administrative law study program master the scientific methods of basic and applied research in legal sciences, which serve as a basis for carrying out research and development and creating new scientific knowledge in the field of law, while the graduate is focused on the legal branch of administrative law or combination with related legal branches, primarily constitutional law and criminal law. In the given areas, he presents knowledge at the highest level, which is represented primarily by his publishing activity and lecturing activity.

The graduate can analyze, synthesize and compare the legal institutes of the legal branch of administrative law, as well as related legal branches, with the aim of creating de lege ferenda proposals for the sake of their more effective application in the legal order. He is able to use all basic scientific research methods in scientific work and in legal practice, while he is able to connect not only legal institutes of administrative law with each other, but also to think critically and interdisciplinary. At the same time, it can identify the growth of legal institutes implemented from the legal systems of the European Union states into the legal system of the Slovak Republic. The graduate also masters conceptual, analytical and synthesizing knowledge in the field of administrative law with wide application in legal science and practice. With his personal scientific contribution, he is able to shape the further development of administrative law on a national, partly also international and EU scale. He applies the acquired knowledge in practice with the knowledge of choosing alternative solutions.

The graduate applies his own findings of his theoretical analysis and his complex scientific research in solving problems in social relations at the national, EU and international level. Based on his outputs and findings, he can propose, verify and implement new scientific knowledge. Within the legal branch of administrative law, he is able to identify its shortcomings, propose their solution by methods of interpretation or law creation, and compare the current state of knowledge in the legal branch of administrative law with the legal systems of other states. In a given context, the graduate presents the most advanced and specialized skills and techniques, including the ability to synthesize and evaluate, that are required to solve fundamental problems in the field of research or innovation and to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practices.

The graduate has independent critical and analytical thinking, which he applies in changing social conditions and is able to independently present the results of research and development in the field of law in the legal branch of administrative law, as well as in related legal branches, before the scientific and professional community in the Slovak Republic and abroad.

The graduate acquires the ability to work scientifically and pedagogically at the required methodological level in the field of law, in the legal branch of administrative law, as well as in related legal branches, on the basis of which he is prepared to work qualifiedly within the pedagogical process at universities in the given fields.

The graduate acquires the ability to demonstrate considerable authority, the ability to propose innovations, independence, scientific and professional integrity, and undertakes a permanent commitment to develop new ideas or procedures. The components in question are primarily reflected in the graduate's ability to determine the focus of research and coordinate a team in the scientific field of administrative law, as well as in related legal branches, and in regular publication activity, the quality of which corresponds to the standards of the Internal system for ensuring the quality of higher education of the Comenius University in Bratislava (Internal regulation no. 23/2021), as well as the standard of Internal regulation no. 5/2021, which regulates the internal system of quality assurance of higher education under the conditions of the Comenius University in Bratislava, the Faculty of Law and the Standards for the Internal System of Quality Assurance of Higher Education of the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (hereinafter all three documents will be referred to as "Quality Standards") and which the graduate presented during his doctoral studies.

The goals of education are achieved in the study program of administrative law through the following measurable educational outputs in individual parts of the study program, which consists of a teaching part, a scientific part and a pedagogical part.


Teaching part - mainly teaching within profile subjects:

Methodology of science

Methodology of qualitative legal research

Within the above-mentioned subjects, it is ensured that the individual study programs of doctoral studies are strengthened in the study part in a common basis from the point of view of the methodology of science.

Within the Methodology of Science subject, student outputs are presented by the ability to formulate research hypotheses, by deepening skills in the application of methods of analysis and synthesis when writing scientific works, by complying with the requirements of the Quality Standards.

As part of the subject Methodology of qualitative legal research, the student will learn the method of qualitative research, which is in the context of determining the purpose and goals, the collection of data, the process of their analysis up to the writing of the final report, aimed at understanding and interpreting the meanings that the researching persons assigns to their experiences and perceptions . The goal is the search for causes and connections in the worlds of individuals and subsequent inductive prediction leading to answers to research questions.

Basics and application of legal education: methodology of the pedagogical process


By completing the subject, the student acquires core knowledge and relevant information, on the basis of which he is able to formulate the goals and content of their own pedagogical process. They control the organizational forms, didactic principles and teaching methods that are profiling for the pedagogical process, while they are capable of selecting them flexibly and correctly depending on the requirements of the pedagogical process, the taught subject and the target group. Based on their own knowledge, he identifies individual general and special requirements for the preparation of partial parts of the teaching process, emphasizing the specifics of teaching focused on legal education. 

Science of administrative law

The student will acquire theoretical and methodological knowledge from the field of administrative law. He will prepare for scientific outputs in the field of administrative law and administrative science.


Administrative science 1

The student acquires theoretical knowledge about the organization and functioning of public administration. In addition, he will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about the creation of public administration bodies and the methods and forms of their operation inside the public administration and outside in relation to natural persons and legal entities.


Administrative science 2

The student acquires additional theoretical and practical knowledge that affects the legal action of the human substrate in public administration. The student will acquire specific knowledge about improving the functioning of public administration and evaluating its level.


Liability in public law

The student will get a deeper overview of the institution of responsibility in general, but also specifically in the conditions of constitutional law and criminal law. Emphasis is placed on the application of responsibility in administrative law, namely, on the one hand, responsibility for the performance of public administration, and on the other hand, administrative legal responsibility, that is, the responsibility of administered entities.


Preparation of a dissertation project on administrative law

By systematically preparing a dissertation project under the guidance of his supervisor, the student not only learns, but also acquires the ability to apply the basic methods of scientific work and their use in his own research and scientific activity. Under the influence of the trainer's regular mentoring, which appropriately influences the entire project preparation process, after completing the subject, the student is able to formulate basic scientific questions and scientific hypotheses, which are also the presumed result. The emphasis placed on the active component of research is determined by the student's own creative activity. The aforementioned process is finalized by the development of a dissertation project, in which, based on the previous scientific investigation of the issue and knowledge, he formulates and specifies the basic hypotheses, and at the same time creates a scientific platform for further research in the researched area. The project also includes elaborated sub-goals that condition the achievement of the main goal. The project does not lack discussion, as well as its results. The author's own attitudes and solutions arrived at are logically organized and sufficiently evaluated. At the same time, the student is able to comment on all the facts and knowledge in the confrontation with the results of research works of other authors or decisions of relevant authorities applying the law, mainly jurisprudence. After graduation, the student is able to present, argue the partial results of scientific research and lead a scientific and professional discussion regarding the issue in question.



Scientific part

The minimum scope of compulsory optional scientific activity results from the Directive of the Dean of Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law, which regulates the evaluation of selected scientific activities of university teachers, researchers and doctoral students at Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law (Internal Regulation No. 1/2018). Pursuant to Article 6(1) of Internal Regulation no. 1/2018 the faculty of law annually prepares an overall assessment of the scientific and professional activity of the persons listed in Art. 1, including doctoral students. During the evaluated period (1 calendar year), the doctoral student of the faculty of law is obliged to achieve an evaluation of at least 30 points for the publication activity in the case of a full-time doctoral student, and at least 20 points in the case of a part-time doctoral student. A full-time doctoral student must achieve at least 35 points in the overall evaluation for the evaluated period (1 calendar year). A doctoral student in an external form of study is obliged to achieve at least 25 points in the overall evaluation for the evaluated period (1 calendar year). The specific number of points for individual categories follows from Art. 2-5 of Internal Regulation no. 1/2018: https://www.flaw.uniba.sk/fileadmin/praf/O_fakulte/Dokumenty/VP_2018/VP_2018_01.pdf

The quality of the publication activity of doctoral students, especially in the context of the Quality Standards, is evaluated annually by the Council for the Quality of Science and Doctoral Studies of the Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law.


Pedagogical part

The doctoral student, at the beginning also under the supervision of their supervisor, applies and improves the skills in teaching that he previously acquired through their own observation in the mentioned subjects and within the profile subject Basics and application of legal education: methodology of the pedagogical process. 



Employment of graduates

- University teacher in the position of assistant professor in the field of Law with a focus on administrative law, subject to the fulfillment of the conditions established by the relevant regulations, also in the functional positions of docent and professor

-        Researcher,

- General State Counselor in the civil service, especially within state administration bodies

- Employee of the territorial self-government

- Employee for the needs of the administrative judiciary

- Employee in the structures of the European Union bodies for the needs of creating legislation with national and international scope

Admission requirements and procedure

Required skills and requirements for admission to study:

Conditions for admission to study at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law, according to § 57 of Act no. 131/2002 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendments to Certain Acts as amended and information pursuant to Art. 3 par. 5 of the rules of the admission procedure at the Comenius University in Bratislava (internal regulation No. 4/2021):


Procedures for admission to study:

Rules of the admission procedure at Comenius University (internal regulation 4/2021)


Recommended study plan and information sheets


Recommended study plan:





Information sheets:






Recommended study plan:





Information sheets:




Study Programme Council

 Members of the Study Programme Council:



prof. JUDr. Marián Vrabko, CSc.VUPCHVTČ
Co-guarantor:prof. JUDr. Juraj Vačok, PhD.VUPCHVTČ
doc. Mgr. Ján Škrobák, PhD.VUPCHVTČ
doc. JUDr. Matej Horvat, PhD.VUPCHVTČ
doc. JUDr. Zuzana Hamuľáková, PhD.VUPCHVTČ
Students:Mgr. Kristína Slámková 
External member:

 JUDr. Marek Samoš - Úrad priemyselného vlastníctva SR, podpredseda



Meetings of the Study Program Council:



Minutes (in Slovak:


discussion of the graduate profile proposal



evaluation of the study programme for the year 2022/2023 



discussing and approving updates to curriculum descriptions and the internal evaluation report 







Accreditation Council of the CU, FLAW



Accreditation Council of the CU 


Framework agreement on cooperation with an external educational institution: Agreement

Descriptions of study programs and internal evaluation reports: 

Study program code CRŠ/PraF UK AIS2: