Cardiovascular Science

Accreditation valid until: 28. 11. 2028

Chairman of the Subject Area Board:
prof. MUDr. Petr Widimský, DrSc.
Department of Cardiology
Third Faculty of Medicine
Charles University and Královské Vinohrady University Hospital
Šrobárova 50
100 34  Prague 10
phone: + 420 267 16 2621
e-mail: @email

Contact person:
Tereza Jizbová, DiS.
Science and Research Administration Division
Third Faculty of Medicine
Charles University
Ruská 2411/87
100 00  Prague 10
phone:  +420 267 102 229
e-mail: @email

Members of the Subject Area Board


Characteristics of the study programme

The program focuses on the full breadth of cardiovascular research. From clinical disciplines, it includes cardiology, paediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, angiology, vascular surgery, vascular neurology – as well as related theoretical and preclinical disciplines, respectively. their parts dealing with cardiovascular research – anatomy, biology, embryology, histology, physiology and pathophysiology, medical chemistry and biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, medical immunology, preventive medicine and epidemiology).

A successful graduate of the study programme Cardiovascular Science has the ability of independent scientific work in the field of research – at the international level. At the same time, he has in-depth knowledge of the full range of cardiovascular issues. He/she will use this knowledge and skills in research and / or pedagogical activities and in clinical fields also in clinical practice.

Graduates will be employed in the labour market as academics at universities, researchers at other research institutions, managers of companies in the private sector (with a focus on cardiovascular diseases), senior physicians and primary care physicians.

Proposal of dissertation topics

The broader topics listed below will be specified by individual members of the SAB and subsequently by individual tutors.

  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • Heart and stroke
  • Thrombosis and cardiovascular system
  • Acquired and hereditary diseases of the myocardium and pericardium
  • Heart failure
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Diseases of the peripheral arteries
  • Thromboembolic disease
  • Valve defects
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Essential and secondary hypertension
  • Heart and kidneys
  • Genetic basis of cardiovascular diseases
  • Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
  • Vasa and nervi vasorum
  • Diabetes and cardiometabolic diseases
  • Cardiovascular aging
  • Cardiovascular imaging methods
  • Atherosclerosis, lipidology and vascular biology
  • Pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure
  • Heart failure and circulatory support
  • Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy
  • Desirable and adverse effects of drugs on the cardiovascular system
  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
  • Development of the cardiovascular system and its disorders
Requirements during the study

The student of the doctoral program is obliged to take an active approach to the solved tasks, to adhere to the schedule set by the supervisor. He/she regularly informs the supervisor in writing about the course of the study and consults with him on the achieved results. The student is interested in current knowledge related to the topic of study, he studies professional literature, he/she watches presentations at important international conferences. Concretization of framework duties:

1st year of study (full-time and part-time form): (a) successful passing of the English language exam (D0400003), (b) thorough study of professional literature and writing a clear article on the issues he/she deals with in his studies, sending this article to a peer-reviewed journal for publications (incl. peer-reviewed domestic journals). Failure to meet these two conditions can not advance the student to the next year and the study will be classified "C" and will be completed. Furthermore, during the first year, the student completes a course in presentation skills or another course focused on the presentation of scientific results.

2nd–3rd year (full-time form) resp. 2nd–4th year (combined form): intensive research work on a given problem, presentation of own results in English at least one international congress conference. At the end of this part of the study, passing the state exam (D0400001)

4th year (full-time form) or 5th year (combined form): analysis and publication of the obtained results in an international journal with an impact factor higher than 1.5 (the student is the first author of at least one article with his/her own results, published in extenso), writing and defending a doctoral dissertation (D0400002). In specifically justified cases, at the written request of the student, the study (combined form) may be extended up to a total duration of 8 years. In such a case, at the end of each academic year, the supervisor and the SAB assess whether the student has made specific progress in his/her studies. If the student does not prove any specific activity during any academic year, his/her studies will be terminated.

Requirements for internships

The student plans the following obligations A, B, C in agreement with the supervisor so that he / she fulfils at least one of them in each year of study, i.e. that he / she will have all fulfilled by the end of the 4th year at the latest.

A) At least 1 month internship at a foreign workplace dealing with cardiovascular research.

B) At least 1 month internship at a top domestic workplace engaged in cardiovascular research.

C) Completion of at least two compulsory elective courses (possibility to choose from these courses: Methodology of experimental and clinical research, Theoretical foundations of cardiovascular disease research, Biomedical statistics including databases and meta-analyzes, The best of clinical cardiovascular research).

Internship D is a voluntary option:

D) At least 1 month internship at an institute or clinic of the opposite focus than the student's home workplace: i.e. students primarily enrolled in theoretical or preclinical institutes complete at least 1 month internship at a clinical workplace with a cardiovascular focus (of their choice) and, conversely, students primarily enrolled in clinics complete at least 1 month internship at a theoretical or preclinical institute (of their choice).

Listed courses

CPGS014 Methodological bases of cardiovascular disease research

Requirements for the SDE

These will consist of a pair of questions, one of which will be from preclinical and theoretical disciplines and one from clinical disciplines.

A student can register for the state doctoral examination if he / she has fulfilled the above-mentioned obligations of the 1st–3rd year (full-time form) resp. 1s–4th year (combined form).

Publication activity requirements

1st year of study: writing a review article in a peer-reviewed journal and sending it for publication (the student is the first author). In this way, the student demonstrates the ability to study professional literature and synthesize the acquired knowledge and process it in a comprehensible way. In case of non-fulfilment, the study will be completed at the end of the 1st year.

2nd year: presentation (lecture or poster, does not necessarily contain its own results, it can be a clear message, case study, etc.) in English at a scientific conference or congress

3rd (4th) year: presentation of own results at an international congress or conference (first author), co-authorship of at least 1 article in extenso in a journal with an impact factor higher than 1.5.

4th (5th) year: second presentation of own results at an international congress (first author), in extenso publication of an article with the main results of his research in a journal with an impact factor higher than 1.5 (first author).

Defence requirements

Analysis and publication of the obtained results in an international journal with an impact factor higher than 1.5 (the student is the first author of at least one article with his own results, published in extenso), writing and defending a doctoral dissertation.

The SAB requires a Summary of the Dissertation.

Created: 19. 5. 2021 / Modified: 9. 6. 2021 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.