Transferable Skills

What are the essential transferable skills of a PhD student? You can find the answer in various articles and websites such as academicpositions, findaphd, or cheekyscientist.

The European Research Framework definition of the R1 Researcher highlights (besides the research domain skills): critical thinking, ability to explain the outcome of the research, integrated language, communication and environment skills, especially in an international context.

To gain such skills, there are many educational opportunities offered to PhD students at our University. Below, we provide an overview of courses, events, and dedicated departments.

Not to miss a good event, you can also regularly check our news and events calendar where we post for you tips for courses or workshops offered by the University, research institutions or external subjects to doctoral students.


Department Skills Course/Training Details Language
Research & Development Office MU Cross-sectional Freshers: Skills for Research Careers IS MU English
     Summer School for PhD Students OV MU Czech
    Scientists' Talks Seminar Series & Mendel Lectures MUNI English
Language Centre MU Writing & Self-Presentation Communication Academic Writing in English Language Skills for Employability Critical Thinking for Critical Times CJV MU English
     Masaryk Writing Lab (CJV MU) Video English
Technology Transfer MU Intellectual Property, Authorship Courses in technology transfer, intellectual property, project management CTT MU Czech
    Newsletter Interface CTT news English
CERPEK MU Pedagogical Pedagogical laboratory CERPEK MU Czech

Save the Date! - PhD Day 2023

We would like to inform you about an upcoming event, PhD Day, which will take place on October 6, 2023 (9:00 – 12:00) at the Library of the University Campus Bohunice.
Motto and focus of PhD Day 2023 will be PhD is just beginning – start your career!“

The Faculty of Science MU is organising PhD Day repeatedly, and this year, it will bring to the attendees new perspectives, guests and a lot of information.
Further information about the event will be emailed and posted on the PhD website sufficiently in advance.

Now note the date October 6, 2023, in your diaries. We look forward to seeing you!

The event will be held in English.

If you have any questions about the PhD studies, please send them to the following e-mail address:, current PhD students will be happy to answer them during the PhD Day.

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Current Offer of Courses for PhD Students and Postdocs

Life Science Seminar Series 

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Mat., Physic & Comp. Science Seminar Series

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Research Conduct and Integrity: Challenges for the Doctoral Journey – PRIDE Network conference

(Foto/text: Kamil Sobek)

In academic pursuits, the doctoral journey is a pinnacle of scholarly achievements for young scientists. It is a demanding path that includes relentless dedication and unwavering commitment. However, the research conduct and integrity challenges could overshadow this scholarly voyage. The foundation of the PhD journey revolves around adherence to ethical and moral standards in research that encompasses the ethical principles that guide us in our quest for knowledge, demanding honesty, transparency, and accountability. Upholding these fundamental values, unfortunately, faces many challenges due to the complexity of research and the demands placed on doctoral students.

I want to share with you my experience from the conference, which was intensively devoted to this problem and which I was able to attend, thanks to MMD. The meeting was divided into several sections, each devoted to a specific issue, which I will discuss below.

We can all agree that one of the main challenges in our PhD journey is the pressure to publish and produce ground-breaking results. In the competitive academic environment, the demand for novel findings can fuel a culture of "publish or perish," pushing researchers to prioritise quantity over quality. The relentless pursuit of publications may lead our supervisors or us to compromise the integrity of our work by engaging in dubious research methods like data manipulation or selective reporting. So, if you want your manuscript in Nature at all costs, isn't it better to submit it to the forest?:o)

And here we come to another problem, which is that we should start prioritising our well-being. A crucial but frequently disregarded aspect of the academic landscape is mental health in research. Long hours, intense pressure, and high expectations contribute to research's demanding nature. The constant drive and the inherent uncertainties and setbacks in the research process can contribute to stress, anxiety, and even burnout. The need for the research community to prioritise mental health by creating encouraging environments, encouraging work-life balance, and providing mental health resources cannot be overstated. My advice is to start taking better care of our health and well-being!

The area of collaboration and intellectual property presents another challenge. PhD students frequently collaborate with senior researchers or work in research teams. While collaboration can improve research results, it can also muddy the lines between authorship and attribution. Conflicts could emerge from problems with credit sharing and intellectual property ownership. Combined with the rapidly evolving artificial intelligence, we face challenging times. Developing digital tools and platforms creates new research opportunities and novel ethical conundrums. Responsible use of emerging technologies demands increased vigilance and ethical scrutiny from us and must be used cautiously. Universities and academic institutions must provide comprehensive training and mentorship programs emphasising research ethics, integrity, and responsible conduct; thanks to Masaryk University being part of the PRIDE Network, we, fortunately, provide such mentorship and training, which I 100% recommend visiting!

However, the blame cannot be placed on either side; we are all part of the problem. You and I are often afraid to talk about these things out loud and address them, thinking we can damage our reputation and the research team. Supervisors and mentors should understand that they are crucial in providing direction and serving as role models for ethical behaviour. They can create the conditions for research conduct throughout the doctoral journey by fostering an inclusive and supportive environment and outlining transparent and fair rules. Encouraging ethical research practices should also be a top priority for academic journals and publishers. They can help maintain the integrity of scholarly work by implementing effective peer-review procedures, fair publication standards, and transparent reviews. What I took away as a highly positive outcome is that a large group of experts at the international level are interested in improving the quality of doctoral and postgraduate studies, and trust me, they care about us.

The PhD journey is a challenging but transformative experience shaping tomorrow's leaders and scholars, and you should be proud to be part of this community. Be proactive! Take advantage of Masaryk University’s courses, and don't be afraid to speak up if you're down and struggling.

A little tip from me at the end, I also recommend becoming a member of MMD, where you can gain experience and skills that are a huge competitive advantage in the labour market after you finish your studies.

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Online Seminars for PhD Students and Postdocs

Based on feedback from PhD students, the MU Central Library has created a seminar series that reflects their training and career development needs. For example, lectures about Open Science - Current status and emerging trends, Data Management Planning, or planning a scientific career after PhD studies - PhD grant landscape and beyond are offered. One of the seminars is also dedicated to a very popular topic for students - stays abroad, which you can find on the library's website under the title "How to: STAYS ABROAD for PhD students! Should I stay or should I go?"

All of these topics are written by subject matter experts and in English. All recordings of the training sessions can be found on the library's website under the link titled Seminars for PhD students – 2022.

On-line Seminars

Take the opportunity to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2024/2025 academic year are now open for all Fulbright scholarship programmes.
If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, we highly recommend attending the online webinars for your chosen program.
Click here for an overview of webinars.

Fulbright Scholarship Flyer

Conferences for PhD and Postdocs

  • SETAC Europe 34th Annual Meeting(5 - 9 May 2024) More Info
  • EMBO (courses and Conferences 2023)
  • International Conference on Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (ICCBE) (21- 22 November, 2023, Prague) More Info
  • International Conference on Applied Physics and Mathematics (ICAPM)
    (21 - 22 September 2023, Prague) More Info
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Tip for webinars by Charlesworth Group - topics such as research communication, writing skills, publication process, career growth and others...

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