An opponent is an independent expert on the project topic. A master thesis opponent should not come from the same department as the thesis supervisor. A bachelor thesis opponent should not be a member of the same research group as the thesis supervisor. If he/she is in the same research group, then
- the opponent must not be a member of the same project team inside the department, and
- the opponent must not be in a supervisor-student (or similar) relationship with the thesis supervisor.
The independence of an opponent is judged by the department head based on the suggestion of the study branch guarantor. If the principle of independence is not fulfilled, the opponent will be chosen by the head of the department.
Discussed at the council of department on October 1, 2012, approved by the department gremium on October 8, 2012.
See also the general rules for the final state exams (in Czech), where the choice of the opponent is discussed as well.