Doctoral Studies

Plant Physiology and Anatomy - Field

Brief description of field

This field of study focuses on the internal structure and function of plant cells, tissue, and organs. This includes the problem of use of external sources of matter and energy in the processes of metabolism, as well as the growth and development processes and their internal regulation. Plant physiology focuses on explaining the behavior of plants as a whole (as biological systems). To these ends it makes use of its own experimental data, as well as deeper knowledge from the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and genetics. Research results find practical use in causal analysis and quantification of ecological processes taking place under natural and agricultural ecosystems.

Profile of a typical graduate

Graduates in the field leave with deep knowledge in the specialized sub-field in which they carry out their dissertation work. They also have a good overview of the latest observations in the field of plant anatomy and physiology, as well as in such related fields as biochemistry, biophysics, and plant molecular biology. They find employment especially in applied research on plants, environmental protection, and applied ecology, and in general research biology.

Requirements for applicants

  1. excellent or very good general knowledge of plant anatomy and physiology at the level of basic university lectures in the general field of biology,  
  2. specialized knowledge acquired through preparation of previous diploma work, and knowledge of the intended topic of dissertation work,
  3. enough knowledge of the English language to read specialized literature and take part in simple conversation. 

Study requirements and completion of studies

Individual study plan

  1. courses aimed at broadening knowledge in the scientific field, and designed to complement previous master’s studies (at least two partial and one comprehensive test during the first half of studies),
  2. courses broadening knowledge of specialized part of the field related to the topic of the student’s dissertation work
  3. special seminars
  4. assistance in providing practical instruction at the undergraduate level.

The minimum number of hours for individual groups (a to d) are determined by the common rules of the faculty (see study catalog).

Content and extent of state doctoral examination, required knowledge

The examination tests level of knowledge of plant anatomy and physiology on a general level, while becoming more detailed in the sub-area in which the dissertation work falls (for example, ecophysiology, growth physiology, etc.). According to the character of the work, knowledge from associated fields may also be tested (biochemistry, molecular biology, pedobiology. The applicant will be notified of the range of questions on the test well in advance.  

Requirements for doctoral dissertation work

Doctoral thesis must consist of a comprehensive presentation on the given theme, introduced by a description of the current state of the scientific problem, a detailed description of methods used and results, discussion, conclusion, and a list of cited literature. Work can be submitted also in the form of a published monograph, or as a collection of separate publications containing the main result of the investigation on the given theme. The thesis may be submitted in the Czech, Slovak, or English languages. Doctoral thesis presented as a convolute of published papers or manuscripts must consist of at least three articles supplemented with an extensive Introduction (minimum 20 pages), in which the separately published results of the research must be logically put together and confronted with the most recent results of other leading researchers in the pertinent branch of science. The importance of the presented work for general understanding of plant functions at more complex levels should be given. The doctoral thesis presented in a conventional monographic manuscript (and articulated as given above) must be accompanied with copies of published papers in an Appendix.

The most important results of the thesis should be published or accepted for publication in scientific journals, which are included in the database ISI Journal Citation Reports and have a known impact factor. The candidate must be the first author of at least one of such indexed publication. In the case of all multi-author papers or manuscripts, which are included into the thesis, contribution of the candidate must be clearly stated.

The list of current disertation topics is available below and at the department web pages.

Individual study plan

  1. courses aimed at broadening knowledge in the scientific field, and designed to complement previous master’s studies (at least two partial and one comprehensive test during the first half of studies),  
  2. courses broadening knowledge of specialized part of the field in relation to the topic of the student’s dissertation work  
  3. special seminars  
  4. assistance in providing practical instruction at the undergraduate level.  

The minimum number of hours for individual groups (a to d) are determined by the common program of the faculty (see study catalog).

List of members of doctoral committee

List of supervisors

Commission for state doctoral exams and defenses

List of current doctoral topics

Department pages


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