Plant Anatomy and Physiology

This doctoral study programme is organized by the Faculty of Science in English and the studies are subject to tuition. There is an alternative option for the international applicants to be accepted in the free programme administered in Czech with the possibility of receiving a scholarship. The study language of the programme is still English (Czech is the administrative language). Before officially applying, please contact us at to find all the necessary information related to the scholarship and see our FAQ’s.

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International applicants for doctoral study (Czech and Slovak Republics applicants not included)
Submission deadline until midnight 15 December 2022.

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.

“Plant physiology is everywhere around you”

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 an extreme or toxic environment. The aim of the program and the topics studied is to elucidate the physiological mechanisms of plant behaviour 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

Admission procedure
The admission interview is usually in an online form and consists of three parts:
1) Expert knowledge (max. 100 points) 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 competence is assessed in the form of a dialogue conducted in English on a previously unknown topic (plant biology),
3) The motivation of the applicant to study the expected topic is evaluated in the form of a professional debate.

More information about admission process for international applicants in general can be found here.

Date of the entrance exam
The applicants will receive information about the entrance exam via e-mail usually at least 10 days before the exam.
Please, always check your e-mails, including spam folders.

Conditions of admission
To be admitted, a candidate must obtain a total of at least 120 points out of 200, with at least 70 points each in the expert knowledge and language sections and at least 60 points in the motivation to study section.
Successful applicants are informed of their acceptance via e-mail and subsequently receive an invitation to the enrolment.

Programme capacity
The capacity of a given programme is not fixed; students are admitted based on a decision by the Doctoral Board after assessing their aptitude for study and motivation.


2 May – 15 Dec 2022

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Dissertation topics

Single-subject studies

Ecophysiology of photosynthesis and production in selected cryptogamic plants and tree species from Svalbard
Supervisor: prof. Ing. Miloš Barták, CSc.

Předmětem tématu doktorské disertační práce je sledování fotosyntetické aktivity vybraných druhů mechů, cévnatých rostlin (bylin) a dřevin pomocí biofyzikálních metod, zejména fluorescence chlorofylu in vivo a metod spektrální reflektance. Cílem doktorské disertační práce je kvantifikovat důležitost jednotlivých faktorů prostředí (chlad, mráz, nedostatek/přebytek vody, sluneční záření, teplota vzduchu, sněhová pokrývka) pro limitaci biofyzikálních a biochemických procesů fotosyntézy. V průběhu řešení bude uplatňován především přístup řízených laboratorních experimentů, součástí práce může být (v závislosti na úspěšnosti žádostí o granty) i terénní výzkum in situ.


prof. Ing. Miloš Barták, CSc.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Science
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
distance No
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 English
Doctoral board and doctoral committees
Tuition fees
The studies are subject to tuition, fees are paid per academic year
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