Physical Chemistry

General information

The role of the two-year Master's degree programme in Physical Chemistry is to prepare university qualified experts for a wide range of activities in the chemical and related fields, in which physicochemical methods and procedures, such as biophysics, molecular biology, medicine, toxicology or hygiene are used. The aim of the study is to fully master theoretical and practical knowledge and skills, on the basis of which the graduate will be able to independently carry out physicochemical measurements, analyse obtained data and make qualified conclusions.

The programme focuses on deepening basic knowledge of physical chemistry in the field of molecular structure through physicochemical and quantum chemical methods, molecular symmetry, electrochemical processes, kinetics of chemical processes and statistical and nonequilibrium thermodynamics.

Emphasis is placed on gaining the ability to correctly assess a given situation and to choose appropriate methods of study adequately to a given physicochemical problem and a studied system. The study of the programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive view of the physicochemical approaches to the study and description of the structure of substances and processes that run through them.

Within two years, students can specialize and specifically focus through compulsory courses and appropriate selection of recommended optional courses e.g. on quantum chemical calculations of the electronic structure of molecules and solids, thermodynamic processes in complex systems and materials, kinetic aspects of chemical reactions, methods of studying the structure of molecules and substances on the macro to nano-scale, the study of biomolecules and other topics.

The programme is designed for students who want to gain basic knowledge in modern physicochemical methods and their application, and in doing physicochemical calculations.

The goal is to prepare professionals able to independently solve theoretical and practical problems, who at the same time will be experts possessing the ability to think analytically, based on mastering modern methods of research and acquisition of physicochemical information. This training not only creates the theoretical basis for the further study of graduates in practice, but also equips graduates with practical skills in the area of computer technology, data processing and data retrieval from databases.

Students have the opportunity to participate in research programmes within the framework of grant projects, which are oriented to research of nanomaterials with specific utility properties (catalysts, thermoelectric materials, sensors, etc.), to quantum chemical calculations, chemical processes, structure and others. For these purposes, there is a modern instrumentation for characterization of the size and morphology of nanoparticles, measurement of mass spectra, spectral measurements in various wavelength regions, thermal analysis and effusion measurement and others. There are also computational clusters for quantum chemical and thermodynamic calculations.

Students can also use a study stay abroad in the frame of ERASMUS+ activity.

A successful graduate is able to

  • demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and methods appropriate to the contemporary state of knowledge in the field of physical chemistry
  • show a comprehensive approach to solving chemical problems
  • understand current instrumentation of entire chemical field
  • use and process data from physicochemical databases
  • work with computational programmes and programmes for statistical evaluation of data
  • work with chemical information sources, be oriented in the chemical literature and in searching required data
  • use their expertise to independently identify and creatively solve a theoretical and practical problem in the field
  • apply the specialization in the chosen field
  • act within their expertise, skills and proficiency in at least one foreign language

Graduate employment

Graduates of the Master's degree in Physical Chemistry at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University will find employment in all fields of activity where physicochemical methods of research and production are used and/or which require education focused on the physicochemical basics of analytical and synthetic chemical processes. These are particularly chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, control laboratories in industry, laboratories in environment, health and agriculture, chemical processes design and various commercial institutions. Due to the wide area of expertise, graduates are not only ready for professional career in their specialization, but also for an easy adaptation to possible career in another field. They can prove successful in basic and applied research, in managerial occupations and wherever it is necessary to combine theoretical knowledge of chemistry with specific practical procedures.

Faculty Faculty of Science
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Physical Chemistry


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

Admission Requirements

The information displayed in this block refers to a previous admission procedure.

Written exam on the bachelor exam level (only in Czech).

Recommended literature

As seen on bachelor exam.

Evaluation criteria

Result of entrance test.

Frequently enrolled courses

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

Additional information

Additional information about the Master's degree programme in Physical Chemistry can be found at the following addresses:

http://www.sci.muni.cz/~labifel/?q=fyz_chem

http://www.sci.muni.cz/~sopousek/

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