Accreditation valid until: 23. 10. 2029

Chairman of the Subject Area Board:
doc. RNDr. Ivo Konopásek, CSc.
Department of Genetics and Microbiology
Faculty of Science
Charles University
Viničná 5
128 44  Prague 2
phone: +420 221 951 711
e-mail: @email

Members of the Subject Area Board


Characteristics of the study programme

The study program provides students with advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in microbiology. The students employ current microbiological, molecular biology, bioinformatic, biochemical, analytical and biophysical methods for the study of microorganisms. The key area of research includes the regulation of physiology of microbial cell with respect to 1) production of antimicrobial compounds and mechanisms of resistance 2) pathogenesis of infection diseases 3) interaction of microorganisms with their environment. The research is also targeted at biodegradation abilities of microbial communities in biogeochemical cycles including bioremediations.

Requirements during the study
During the 1st and 2nd year of study, the student completes two compulsory subjects:

1. Advances in Molecular Biology and Genetics

2. Advances in microbiology

The other two subjects are added to the plan depending on the previous education and with regard to the topic of the dissertation. These are courses offered by Department of Languages, Second Faculty of Medicine CU.

Subjects are a condition for submitting an application for the state doctoral examination. Another condition is either a certified English examination (FCE, CAE, TOEFL) or an examination at ÚJOP CU.

By the end of the 3rd year of study at the latest: successful completion of the state doctoral examination.
Requirements for internships

In accordance with the standards of study programs at Charles University, the doctoral student completes an internship abroad at a workplace with related topic of investigation (total length of at least 1 month). Further, the student actively participates in foreign scientific conferences and congresses, reporting on his/her results in the form of oral or poster presentations. If the internship cannot be arranged, students participate in international cooperation in a different way.

Listed courses
Requirements for the SDE

The objective of the state doctoral examination 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 to the given problems. At the examination, 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 his/her dissertation thesis.

Examination topics for the SDE

State doctoral examination is oral and consists of two topics:
Obligatory topics:
1) Physiology of microorganisms
2) Genetics of microorganisms

Optional topics (the student chooses one of the topics, according to the topic of his/her dissertation):
Molecular biology
Medical microbiology

The examination is aimed at:
1) testing the level of theoretical knowledge , the ability of orientation in the field of study
2) testing the knowledge of the principles and the methodes and techniques currently used in microbiology, both generally and in relation to the topic of the dissertation
3) testing of the detailed knowledge of the problemacy of the dissertation topic

During the examination the student shall present his/her reasearch in a short speech to the members of the board.

Publication activity requirements
A) Independent original experimental work with publication output, in which the student has a decisive share

B) Two presentations at the annual conference of doctoral students in Microbiology during the first 4 years of study

C) The minimum publication requirement is the two original scientific papers in impacted journals (WOS). Doctoral student must be the first author of at least one of these papers.
Created: 19. 5. 2021 / Modified: 9. 6. 2021 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.