PhD students carry out their studies at the IESA SAS, while being enrolled at the doctoral study desks of the respective faculties. Doctoral studies are conducted based on individual study plans under the leadership of a tutor from the IESA SAS, and consist of scientific, educational, and pedagogical activities. The scientific activities have the form of individual or team research work of the PhD student and are tied to the topic of the dissertation thesis. The educational part consists of attending lectures and seminars, and individual study of expert literature. PhD students complete mandatory and optional courses offered by the respective faculties, and the IESA SAS provides doctoral seminars for the 1st and 2nd year of the studies. The studies include pedagogical activities or other pedagogy-related specialised activities. The studies run based on a credit system of the given faculty, and PhD students must obtain credits from all (scientific, educational, and pedagogical) parts of their studies.