Plant Anatomy and Physiology

Plant physiology is everywhere around you

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International applicants for doctoral study (Czech and Slovak Republics applicants not included)
Submission deadline until midnight 30 Nov 2020

What will you learn?

The aim of the program is to prepare top scientists in the fields of contemporary physiology and experimental biology of plants developed within the Institute of Experimental Biology of the Faculty of Science. Graduates of this study should be prepared primarily for further scientific careers in research and academic institutions, but also for potential applications in the commercial sector with a research or application potential in the field of plant science.

The program is focused on the detailed study of plants, their structure and their functions with regard to physiological processes and their regulation. Topics within this program are focused on different levels, ranging from the internal structure and function of plant cells and their organelles, tissues and organs to individuals and their populations. In terms of functional processes, the topics focus on the transformation of external sources of matter and energy in metabolic processes (especially photosynthesis and transpiration), the intake and management of nutrients, growth and development processes, stress and ecological physiology of plants, including interactions with mycorrhizal plants and the reaction of plants to extreme or toxic environment. The aim of the program and the topics studied is to elucidate the physiological mechanisms of plant behavior as a whole and interdisciplinary analysis using the knowledge and procedures of related disciplines, especially biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and genetics and 'omics disciplines including modern biotechnologies. The research results obtained during the DSP program are mainly used for causal analysis and quantification of physiological processes occurring in both natural and man-affected systems from cell level to ecosystem.

Practical training

A compulsory part of the study program is the professional practice carried out during the course of study, at least 300 hours per year. The practice has the character of preparation and implementation of experiments focused on the topic of doctoral work and practical laboratory work carried out by the DSP student under supervisor supervision. Part of the study may also be another type of practice, namely on the practice of an external workplace in the Czech Republic or abroad. This type of practice is conditioned by an agreement between the student and his/her supervisor.

Career opportunities

Employment of a graduate is highest in the following areas: (1) The graduate can work in the fields of experimental plant biology and plant science in general, (2) the graduate can continue in specialized studies in similarly focused postdoctoral programs, also (3) work in education as a teacher or a specialist in biological and environmental fields. The graduate may also apply (4) to the state administration in relevant areas. Last but not least, she may be (5) a member of a research team in the field of experimental plant biology.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Jan – 30 Apr 2020)

In order to be admitted, the applicant must obtain min. 200/300 points: 1) Expert knowledge 70 points/100 Expert knowledge is evaluated within the scope of the university curriculum of Experimental Plant Biology (and related fields) with a focus on the supposed topic of the doctoral thesis. 2) language skills 70 points/100 Language competence is assessed in the form of a dialogue conducted in English on a previously unknown topic (plant biology) 3) other (motivation) 60 points/100 The motivation of the applicant to study the expected topic is evaluated in the form of a professional debate) Total minimum number of points needed for the admission recommendation: 200 (out of 300 possible)

Application guide


1 Aug – 30 Nov 2020

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Study information

Provided by Faculty of Science
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction Czech
Doctoral board and doctoral committees

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