Doctoral Studies

Microbiology - Field

Brief description of field

The field of Microbiology focuses on the study of morphological, physiological, and genetic properties of microorganisms, especially bacteria and yeast organisms. It also focuses on the impact of these organisms on the external environment, as well as their use in biodegradation of organic pollutants. This field integrates modern methods of microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemical and analytical chemistry. These approaches allow a quicker and more accurate identification of clinically, environmentally, and technologically important microorganisms.

Profile of a typical graduate

The graduate should master the principles of microbiology as well as microbiology application possibilities on both a theoretical and practical level. During the course of this study the student will obtain new knowledge and skills, including a wide range of information in the selected area that is the subject of his PhD thesis. The level of acquired knowledge and experience guarantees the student will be suitable for working in various fields of microbiology. Graduates of the MU doctoral degree programme in Microbiology have found jobs mainly in ASCR institutes, laboratories in medicine, food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in laboratories of agricultural and veterinary companies, and companies focused on the environment, including the Ministry of Environment offices at different levels.

Requirements for applicants

  • Very good knowledge of general microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
  • Good knowledge of the English language, which will allow the student to not only read scientific literature, but also to talk and write about their scientific research.
  • Convincing that the proposed topic of their PhD thesis is scientifically well-founded and experimentally manageable.

Study requirements and completion of studies

Individual Study Plan

  • Completion of courses aimed at broadening knowledge in the chosen scientific field (1st-2nd year of study)
  • Completion of courses aimed at deepening deepening knowledge related to the dissertation work (2nd to 4th year of study)
  • Participation in seminars (1st to 4th year of study)
  • Giving a talk in English at a professional seminar or international conference
  • Regular participation in professional seminars and conferences
  • Publishing the results of their dissertation

Contents and scope of the state doctoral examination, required knowledge

The Doctoral board of the Biology Departmental has set the minimum requirements that need to be met in order to submit ones PhD thesis: The results of the students work must be summarized in at least one scientific paper accepted for publication in a journal with an impact factor (IF ) value according to the ISI Journal Citation Reports , in which the doctoral student is first author . If the article/s and manuscript/s included in the thesis are written with co-authors, the student must clearly state their own contribution to the paper/s.

The Doctoral Committee of Microbiology has stated the minimum amount of papers required for admission to a doctoral dissertation (PhD thesis) defense to:

  • three impacted papers with a sum of IF at least 2 (this sum may be a sum of three papers maximum)
  • the student must be first author on at least two of the papers and all the articles must be thematically related to the PhD thesis presented

During the “Doctoral State Exam” the questions asked are from the fields of microbiology , molecular biology , virology, microbial ecology , biochemistry, including questions from the topic chosen for the PhD thesis. The exam is usually in a form of debate rather than a typical exam, where the applicant need not demonstrate knowledge of all the details, but should prove to have a good grasp of the issues and literature.

Requirements for the Ph.D. thesis

The thesis must be prepared in the prescribed text and graphics editor and must be submitted in printed as well as electronic form. The work is written in Czech or English (if part of the work was carried out abroad and the supervisor agrees). The preferred form of the dissertation is a collection of published papers or manuscripts accepted for publication, but the traditional form is also acceptable. A Doctoral thesis submitted in the form of a set of papers and manuscripts must contain at least three papers or manuscripts of papers, supplemented by an Introduction in the extent of at least 20 pages that logically connects the individual papers and puts them into context of current knowledge. In this part of the thesis the student must demonstrate their professional perspective and broader orientation in the field than as discussed in the individual papers. The PhD thesis submitted in the tradition form (singe body of text) must contain the published papers in the appendix.

Individual study plan

Individual Study Plan

  • Completion of courses aimed at broadening knowledge in the chosen scientific field (1st-2nd year of study)
  • Completion of courses aimed at deepening deepening knowledge related to the dissertation work (2nd to 4th year of study)
  • Participation in seminars (1st to 4th year of study)
  • Giving a talk in English at a professional seminar or international conference
  • Regular participation in professional seminars and conferences
  • Publishing the results of their dissertation

List of members of doctoral committee

List of supervisors

Commission for state doctoral exams and defenses

List of current doctoral topics

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