Doctoral Studies

Geological sciences - Field

Brief description of field

The study programme, Geological Sciences, focuses on research and systematic creative work in the following fields: Geochemistry, Geology related to Hydrogeology, Economic geology, Quaternary interdisciplinary studies, Mineralogy and Crystallography, Paleobotany, Petrology, Regional and Stratigraphic Geology, Zoopaleontology, Geoarchaeology. The fields are closely related to research activities of teachers and research projects of the Institute of Geological Sciences. The study programme often has an interdisciplinary character, and thus involves cooperation with other scientific institutions.

Profile of a typical graduate

The graduate should be capable of independent creative scientific work and solving the complex problems. He/she should have mastered modern methods of geological research and interpretation of his/her results. The graduate must be able to publish in local and international journals and present the results of his/her research at national or international conferences.

The Ph.D.graduates will find positions mainly in basic or applied research, e.g. at universities, CGS Brno and Prague, GU AV CR in Prague, Archaeologic department AV CR in Brno and Prague and Moravian museum. Other fields of use are specialized labs, the environment protection and public administration authority.

Requirements for applicants

One of the requirements is the successful completion of a Master's programme. The candidate must also demonstrate sufficient language skills and professional skills needed for independent scientific work. Part of the oral entrance exam is presenting a thesis topic including the status of the problem, the objectives of the dissertation thesis, the methodology, and financial resources needed to carry out the research project.

Study requirements and completion of studies

Different subject categories
A. Compulsory courses
Before submitting an application for doctoral examination, the student must obtain a total of at least 80 credits in courses from this block. Students may repeatedly register the coarse: GD621 GD621 Professional Publications (*) for more credits. These credits can be used to substitute credits from other courses in this block except for the course GD611 Lecture in a Foreign Language at an international conference. This category of subjects includes:
1. Demonstration of language proficiency (English) in one of two ways:
a) ) successful completion of two semesters of courses focused on language teaching, or
b) obtaining credits (awarded by the supervisor) for:
· giving a talk in a foreign language with subsequent discussions at an international conference - – subject GD611 giving a speech in a foreign language at an international conference (10 Cr),
· publishing a paper in a foreign language in a journal or proceedings – course GD631 Publication in a foreign language (5 Cr) or course GD621 Professional article (10 cr).
2. Studying literature on the topic of the dissertation, the student will obtain credits for successful completion of the subject GD001 Background research (10 Cr, credits awarded by the supervisor).
3. Assistance in teaching in the Bachelor's and Master's programs, student should obtain a minimum of 6 credits from the course GV001 Assistance in education (5 x 6 Cr, credits awarded by the supervisor).
4. Specialized seminars, the student must take the course GB001 Geological Seminar (1 Cr) at least five times during his study and must take the course GD101 PhD Seminar (1 Cr) once every academic year.
5. Specialized courses (subjects expanding and deepening the student’s knowledge in the field beyond the Master's degree level, and subjects deepening specialized knowledge), for which a student must obtain a minimum of 20 credits.
B. Block of other compulsory courses:
Before applying for the PhD thesis defense, the student must obtain a minimum of 180 credits and successfully complete the following compulsory courses:
1. Basic work on the dissertation topic (colloquium awarded by the supervisor)
GD511 PhD Thesis 1 (15 Cr)
GD521 PhD Thesis 2 (15 Cr)
GD531 PhD Thesis 3 (15 Cr)
GD541 PhD Thesis 4 (15 Cr)
GD551 PhD Thesis 5 (20 Cr)
GD561 PhD Thesis 6 (20 Cr)
GD571 PhD Thesis 7 (20 Cr)
GD581 PhD Thesis 8 (20 Cr)
The PhD thesis demonstrates the student's ability to solve scientific problems at an internationally recognized level with the use of modern methodologies.
2. Scientific presentation and publication
GD611 Giving a speech in a foreign language at an international conference (10 Cr)
GD621 Professional article (10 Cr)
C. Block of courses that a student can repeatedly enrolled in:
After completing all courses in block B.1. and obtaining at least 225 credits in total from courses from block A. and B.1. (i.e. usually after four years of study), students can repeatedly enroll in the course GD571 PhD thesis - continued (29 Cr, credits are awarded by the supervisor).
D. Block of specialized subjects:
Courses designed exclusively for doctoral studies and can be taken repeatedly:
GD211 Microscopy for Ph.D. theses
GD221 Current issues of mineralogy (self study)
GD231 Current status and prospects of paleontology (self study)
GD241 New findings in crystallochemistry (self study)
GD251 Advances in economic geology (self study)
GD261 Advanced tectonics (self study)
GD271 Formation of minerals - current issues (self study)
GD281 News in regional geology (self study)
Specialized seminars (repeated enrollment allowed):
GB901 Advanced seminary GCH-HG
GB911 Advanced tectonic seminary
GB921 Advanced seminary in Petrology
Other courses:
GB431 Gold - natural resources and social importance
GB451 Applications of cathodoluminiscence in petrology
GB471 Stability and dynamics of natural systems
GB481 Geochemistry of mineral surfaces
Study schedule
1. In the first semester, the student must enroll in the course GD511 PhD Thesis 1and also in other courses recommended by the individual study plan or replace them with (repeated) enrollment in course GD621 Professional article.
2. In each subsequent semester, the student must enroll in the subject GD101 PhD Seminar.
3. In each autumn semester, the student must enroll in courses G0101 Occupational health and safety and C7777 Handling chemical substances.
4. In each of the spring semesters, the student must enroll in the subject GD201 Annual report.
5.In the second semester, it is recommended enroll in course GD001 Background Research, the course most be successfully completed by the 4th semester.
6. In the second semester, it is recommended to enroll in at least one of the publication courses (G6031 Publication of the results from the bachelor thesis,G9031 Publication of the results from the master thesis, GA031 Publications in peer-reviewed journal, GD631 Publication in a foreign language, GD621 Professional article) and later in the 6th semester it must be successfully completed.
7. By the 7th semester the student must have enrolled in the course GD611 Giving a speech in a foreign language at an international conference .
8. By the 8th semester the student must have enrolled in the course GD631 Publication in a foreign language or course GD621 Professional article.
Annual report of the study
Before assessing the students admission into the next academic year by the Doctoral Board the student is required to prepare a written annual report and send it to the Chairman of the Doctoral Board by August 15th of the current academic year. The chairman confirms receiving the annual report by giving credits to the student for course (GD201). The annual report must contain:
1. The name of the student, job title, name of supervisor, year of study and form of study
2. Information about the implementation of research activities:
a. Work achieved in a given academic year according to the plan
b. List of published articles in professional journals, international and domestic, other publications and reports
c. Active participation in international and domestic conferences
d. Speech at a seminar
e. Successful grants
3. Information on fulfilling the study requirements for the given academic year in regards to the individual study plan
4. Reports on teaching assistance
5. Carried out or planned internships
6. Planned activities for the next year
7. Signature of the student and the supervisor
The annual report should be accompanied by copies of publications (or manuscripts accepted for publication), or additional supporting evidence if applicable.
State doctoral examination
The State doctoral exam will be from two subjects which the student chooses (one, however, must be discussed and approved by the supervisor).
Subjects of the state doctoral examination:
Environmental geology
Geochemistry
Historical and stratigraphic geology
Hydrogeology
Economic geology
Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Mineralogy
Paleontology
Regional Geology
Sedimentology and sedimentary petrology
Structural geology and geotectonics

Individual study plan

The recommended study plan for the current academic year is available in the Geology catalog page: http://www.sci.muni.cz/katalog/

Individual Study Plan

  1. courses expanding and deepening knowledge in the field beyond the master's degree level,
  2. courses deepening specialized knowledge according to the topic of the PhD thesis,
  3. specialized seminars,
  4. assistance in teaching bachelor and master students,
  5. the development of a literature review, summarizing the latest findings and methodological approaches,
  6. the student must at least once present his/her results at an international conference in a foreign language
  7. publish the results of the doctoral thesis (or at least part of the results) in English (exceptionally another international) in an international journal, which is registered in “international abstracts” of the given field.

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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