Special Biology

Through specialisation into understanding and praxis in biology

Programme specification

General information

The Master's study programme of Special Biology extends the knowledge and skills acquired during the Bachelor's study programme of the same field. Similarly, as in Bachelor's Special Biology, the Master's is divided into five specific branches determined by individual study plans, themes of Master's theses and subjects of the final state examinations. These four branches include: Experimental Biology of Plants, Experimental Biology of Animals and Immunology, Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Anthropobiology and Anthropogenetics. Graduates from the Master's Special Biology study programme are well educated in one of the areas of experimental biology of their choice both in theoretical and practical levels. Within this area, a Master's thesis has to be submitted. This allows students to use the theoretical background and practical skills they obtained in real research work.

In addition to this biological education in the fields mentioned above, graduates obtain solid education in basic chemistry, environment analyses and statistical data processing. A wide theoretical knowledge of graduating students is extended with a practical experience because the most of the subjects are complemented with laboratory courses, fieldwork and field trips. Therefore, students learn many of the methods used in ecotoxicology and environment analysis in practice.

A successful graduate is able to

  • perform creative independent research work in various fields of experimental biology and lead the research project teams
  • explain in detail the structure and physiological functioning of organisms on which they specialise
  • employ advanced research methods and techniques used in scientific practice of the chosen specialization
  • work routinely and independently in both biological and chemical laboratories
  • plan advanced experiments, collect large data sets and treat them statistically
  • communicate in English with emphasis on scientific communication, e.g. writing of scientific reports or oral presentation of results

Graduate destination

Graduates can find jobs in laboratories of health care, food, chemical or pharmaceutical industry, at the Institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in the laboratories of agricultural or environmental companies. They can apply for jobs also in state administration (e.g. nature and environment protection organs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture) or commercial spheres (e.g. breeding stations). Graduates of the Master's degree programme are qualified to perform independent research work.

The aim of the Master's Special Biology study programme is to provide graduates with such information and experience that will guarantee their high adaptability and competitiveness in various fields of biological research. Experimental Biology of Plants graduates are well educated in functional processes in plants and plant populations that can be useful in both theoretically and practically oriented research work performed in various research institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, resort institutions of Ministry of Agriculture, breeding institutes and other institutions dealing with environment protection. Students graduating in Experimental Biology of Animals and Immunology can get a job in basic or applied research institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences and in various resort institutes oriented both to veterinary and human systems. Graduates can also get a job in private biomedical and pharmaceutical companies. Students graduating in Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology are well educated to get a job in laboratories of health care, food industry, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, agricultural companies and organizations oriented towards the environment, including Ministry of Environment. Graduates in Ecotoxicology can find a job in both private and state sphere in positions ranging from expert (biological, ecotoxicological, biochemical and analytical laboratories) to managerial positions (for example, researchers involved in a risk evaluation, environment monitoring, environment management, organization ecology, etc.). They are well educated to work in institutions of protection and control of the environment (research institutes, river basins, health care institutions, hygiene stations, waste industry and private enterprise or industrial facilities.

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Special Biology

This field of study is only offered in single-subject study mode

Frequently enrolled courses

Recommended study plans and other information can be found in the faculty study catalouge.

Study field data

Faculty Faculty of Science
Type of study Advanced state examination
Mode full-time No
combined No
Standard length of studies 0 years
Language of instruction