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 prove his knowledge in geology (at the level of master's degree exams), language skills (present oral presentation of the doctoral thesis project in English) and prerequisites for independent scientific work (presentation of the project, including state of the problem solved, goals of doctor's thesis, financial resources needed to ensure the project). The admission committee evaluates the knowledges (up to 100 points), the language skills (up to 100 points) and the quality of the project (up to 100 points), for the admission, the candidate has to accumulate at least 180 of the possible 300 points.

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 course GD621 Professional article to Ph.D. dissertation (*) for more credits. These credits can be used to substitute credits from other courses in this block referred to in points 4 and 5. 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 Lecture in a foreign language at an international konference (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 to Ph.D. dissertation (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). The completed research must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment to the final Ph.D. thesis archive.

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, the credits are awarded by a pedagogical representative on the basis of documented assistance in teaching and materials in the IS).

4. Specialized professional seminars, for which the student must obtain at least 4x credit from subject GB001 Geological seminar (4 x 1 kr). Further, after a standard study period, the state examination must include the subject GD101 Ph.D. Seminar every semester. The state exam may take if he / she has a minimum of 4x credit for this subject (at least 4 x 1 kr.).

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 the student must earn as many credits so that the total for the above-mentioned block A group is at least 80 credits.

(*) The " Professional article to Ph.D. dissertation ", recognized by the Doctoral board of DSP "Geology", is a publication in an impacted journal. The PhD student must be the 1st author of the publication or to the third place in the order of authors and at the same time the corresponding author.

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 to Ph.D. dissertation (10 Cr)

C. Block of courses that a student can repeatedly enrolled in:

After completing the four-year standard period of study, students can repeatedly the subject GD591 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)
  • GD301 New findings in paleoecology (self study)
  • GD311 Current issues in sedimentary geology (self study)

Specialized seminars (repeated enrollment allowed):

  • GB911 Advanced tectonic seminary
  • GB921 Advanced seminary in Petrology

Other courses:

  • G9551 Paleobathymetry
  • 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
  • GB541 Technolithology II
  • GB351 Geochemistry of water-rock-atmosphere interactions
  • GB361 Advances in silicate-water interaction modeling

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 to Ph.D. dissertation.

2. In each subsequent semester, the student must enroll in the subject GD101 PhD Seminar, in the period above the standard period of study, the seminar is written only once in the given academic year.

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. At the latest in the third semester of study, the student must submit a research for the dissertation – course GD001 Background Research.

6. At the latest in the fourth semester the student must complete the subject GA031 Publication in peer-reviewed journal, (or GD621 Professional article to Ph.D. dissertation). and later in the 6th semester it must be successfully completed.

7. Student must fulfill the course GD611 Giving a speech in a foreign language at an international conference at the latest in the sixth semester of study.

8. By the end of the eighth semester at the latest, the student must pass a state doctoral exam.

9. At the latest by the end of the tenth semester, the student must fulfill the obligation of a published dissertation result (subject GD621 Professional article to Ph.D. dissertation.

Individual Study Plan and Annual Study Report

The student is required to create a semestral Individual Study Plan (ISP) in the IS before the beginning of each semester (after consulting the supervisor). This is commended and approved by the supervisor, and then making it obligatory for the student. At the end of each semester, the student completes and evaluates how he / she has managed to complete the plan, the supervisor checks and approves.

The annual progress of each student is then discussed by the Sector Board, the Chairman of the Sector Board or a member appointed by him / her shall register the result of the discussion with the ISP in the IS.

Before assessing the students admission into the next academic year by the Doctoral Board the student is required to prepare a written Annual study 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 exam

The student will take a state doctoral exam from two subjects, one of which is chosen by the student after agreement with his supervisor, the other is elective.

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

Defense of Doctoral Thesis

Dissertation work (Ph.D. thesis) for the study program of Geological Sciences can be presented in two forms:

1. monographic work,

2. a set of published professional articles, supplemented by a summarizing text, in which case at least three articles of the file must meet the requirements of the GD261 Professional article to Ph.D. dissertation. Appearance of the initial part of a dissertation (recommended for students): range of 10-30 pages, instructions with goals; short research and methodologic  input; summarizing of the main results of the dissertation as a whole; the list of literature used in the introductory part of the dissertation.

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 contains:

  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 Ph.D. 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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