Medical Biophysics

Accreditation valid until: 27. 11. 2029

Chairman of the Subject Area Board:
prof. MUDr. et RNDr. Jiří Beneš, CSc.
Institute of Biophysics and Informatics
First Faculty of Medicine
Charles University
Salmovská 1
120 00  Prague 2
phone: +420 224 965 810
e-mail: @email

Contact person:
Mgr. Bc. Ludmila Maffei Svobodová
Institute of Biophysics and Informatics
First Faculty of Medicine
Charles University
Salmovská 1
120 00  Prague 2
phone: +420 224 965 858
e-mail: @email

Members of the Subject Area Board


Characteristics of the study programme

The study programme Medical Biophysics is an interdisciplinary branch of science which employs virtually all biological fields and is focused on scientific study and independent research activities in interdisciplinary settings, from natural science up to clinical medical work. This branch of science originated from the need to separate medical applications observing interactions of physical fields and radiation with a living organism from the bulk of technological and biological disciplines.

The goal of the study of Medical Biophysics is understanding of basic biological processes for development in innovative methods and/or devices for clinical application in diagnosis and therapy. Doctorands, further to their masters education, are recruited for scientific and research projects at the training institutions and motivated by their supervisors to solve scientific and research problems of their own. In keeping with the recent developments, the programme Medical Biophysics is also focused on interconnection of the studies with the needs of clinical practice.

Requirements during the study

1) The ISP of the student designed by the supervisor and the guarantor of the study program.
2) Part of the ISP is the completion of 3-4 semestral courses (4 courses are recommended) and the language preparation proven by the language examination or language certificate.

The semestral courses are chosen from the list of optional doctoral courses for the program Medical Biophysics taking into account the topic of the thesis and the previous education of the student. If allowed by the supervisor and the SAB, the student can also choose courses from other study programmes. Maximum of two subjects can be chosen from the pre-graduate study course list, if the doctorand can apply them and did not complete them during his/her master study programme.

Part of the ISP is a regular publication activity and the presentation of the output of the research project at both national and international scientific conferences. Active participation as tutors in the pre-graduate tuition (seminars, clinical rotations) is recommended.

Requirements for internships

A stay abroad at a relevant professional institution, not shorter than one month, or participation on an international research project. In special and clearly justifiable cases, such as exceptional scientific results or a single excellent first-author publication, the SAB can decide the student can omit the placement.

Listed courses

B90087 Biophysical methods in medicine
B90215 Practical Medical Physics and Technology for the Leksell Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
B90249 Imaging methods and systems in medicine

Requirements for the SDE

Requirements for the admission to the SDE: succesful completion of the study obligations and the English language examination (examination at the Department of Languages of Second Faculty of Medicine CU, state language examination or an internationally recognized exam, e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge certificate).

The objective of the SDE is to check the student’s way of scientific thought, i.e. his/her ability of comprehension of the nature of the problem, including the ability of conceiving own ways of solution of the given problems. At the SDE, the students are supposed to prove their knowledge of their chosen field to the full extent of the undergraduate level but also the knowledge of trends in research and modern methodology of recent biomedicine as applied to the topic area of their dissertation theses.

Examination topics for the SDE
Publication activity requirements

At least two original publications on the topic of the thesis in journals with IF. At least in one publication, the doctorand must be the first author.

Defence requirements​

Requisites for admission to the defence

1) Fulfillment of all the above mentioned study obligations including the completion of the SDE.
2) Publication of at least two publications connected to the topic of the thesis and published in internationally recognized journal with IF (Web of Science). At least in one of them the applicant should be shown as the first author.

The thesis defence

The objective is a comprehensive scientific treatise with precise definition of the own original results of the doctorand as well as the citation of all the sources. The prerequisite for handing in the thesis is the publication of at least two publications connected to the topic of the thesis and published in internationally recognized journal with IF. The thesis is submitted to the chair of the SAB either in the usual format or in the form of monothematic compilation of five sientific publications with one introduction, discussion and summary. Theses in English are handed in together with the dissertation. The SAB requires a Summary of the Dissertation.

Course of the thesis defence

The applicant presents the topic of his research, discussion regarding the research and the dissertation thesis follows. The SAB askes the student four questions from the subject matters listed on the website of the Doctoral Study Programmes in Biomedicine

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