Doctoral Studies

Advanced Materials - Field

Brief description of field

The field of "Advanced Materials" provides students with the knowledge and skills focused around advanced (functionally and structurally graded, nanostructured, intelligent) ceramic materials, polymers, metals and composites. The focus area encompasses advanced methods for the preparation of advanced materials and multifunctional composites with polymeric, ceramic, and metal matrices, and the characterization of their structure on different dimensional levels, as well as the quantification of the relationship between the structural parameters and properties of these materials. The applications of advanced materials in medicine, engineering, electronics, energy and chemistry are also part of this field of study.

Profile of a typical graduate

The graduate will acquire professional knowledge and skills necessary for solving various scientific problems that may be present in research and development institutions as well as in the practical industry. Students will be able to apply and use their acquired knowledge and skills for further developing this field in their future workplaces (academic and research institutions, and institutions of implemented science) and will contribute to the institutional competitiveness. This study program allows students to gain sufficient competence for cooperating in development, design, and research teams. The graduates will gain skills and abilities that will allow them to carry out scientific research on an international level.

Requirements for applicants

(A) Technical requirements:

  • Interest in scientific work in physics and ability of physical reasoning.
  • General knowledge of physics at the extent of standard master degree in physics or related area.

(B) Language requirements:

  • Ability to study physical literature in English. Ability to conduct written and spoken communication on technical themes in English and possibly in other world laguuages.

(C) Other requirements:

  • Discourse on the visions of the applicant about the topic of the PhD project.

Classification of the entrance exam and the necessary scores:

  • Part  (A) … 40 points out of the maximum of 60.
  • Part  (B) …  20 points out of the maximum of 40.
  • Part  (C) … not classified.

Study requirements and completion of studies

Students are required to publish the results of their dissertation in the foreign impact journal, and to undertake at least one short-term internship abroad.

Individual study plan

The rules for creating an individual study plan in Advanced Materials and Nanoscience doctoral programme.

The minimum number of credits to be earned is 240 (30 credits x 8 semesters). The number of credits for each of the required (i.e. compulsory) courses is listed in the following table:

Course Course Code Semester Credits/Sem
Seminar of Institute of Condensed Matter Physics F6720 1-8 2
Lecture in the foreign language XD106 1x per study 2-10
Ph.D. Thesis XD100 1-8 15-30
Literature study XD101 1-6 5
Teaching assistance XD102 1-4 5-10
Scientific publication writing XD105 1-8 10

The standard length of study is four years. Studies are conducted according to an individual study plan, which is to be prepared by the student in consultation with his/her supervisor at the beginning of each academic year.
Emphasis is put on leading the student to become independent in carrying out scientific research and also on intensive work performance in preparing one’s Ph.D. thesis.
From the beginning of the study, emphasis is also placed on professional (technical) English, and assistance in teaching some courses. Gradually these obligations and duties decline and work on preparing scientific papers and the doctoral dissertation prevail. Attending the special seminars, including active participation, is highly recommended throughout the whole study period. The optimum length of an internship abroad is considered to be one year, or even longer.
Competence in technical English must be demonstrated by the student by obtaining credits for an English-language publication in an international journal and by giving a talk in front of an academic audience at an international conference or similar event.
During the study, the student should also obtain at least 20 credits in courses enhancing the student’s professional skills and knowledge in the given field. These courses may be from Masaryk University (MU) as well as from Brno University of Technology (VUT).

The list of optional subjects:
  • Advanced Topics in Polymer Physics
  • Biokeramické materiály a biokompozity
  • Degradace a stabilita polymerů
  • Fracture behaviour of polymers
  • Koloidy, povrchy a katalýza
  • Metody elektronové mikroskopie
  • Metody rentgenové strukturní analýzy
  • Mikromechanika deformace a lomu pokročilých materiálů
  • Neoxidová keramika
  • Piezoelectric materials and their applications
  • Pokročilé syntézy nanočásticových keramických materiálů
  • Polymer composites
  • Polymers in Medecine
  • Speciality Polymer Synthesis
  • Technologie pokročilé keramiky
  • Vysokoteplotní procesy v anorganických materiálech

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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