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 production of antimicrobial compounds and mechanisms of resistance pathogenesis of infection diseases interaction of microorganisms with their environment. The research is also targeted at biodegradation abilities of microbial communities in biogeochemical cycles including bioremediations.

Admission procedure requirement specific to the study programme

The conditions and course of the admission procedure for the part-time of study are the same as the conditions for the full-time form. 

We recommend to contact your potential supervisor in advance and consult the suitable form of preparation for the interview. Each study programme has its own specifics, so the supervisor can help you to prepare for the specialized entrance examination (the interview).

Topics of dissertation thesis

The SAB did not list any topics. The candidate chooses the preliminary topic individually and contacts a potential supervisor. He/she consults with him on the chosen topic and agrees on its more precise specification. In case of any ambiguity, we recommend that you also contact the chairman of the SAB. If necessary, he/she can recommend that he/she consult the topic with another specialist according to the focus of the intended project.

If the candidate does not know which topic/supervisor to choose, he/she will contact the chairman of the SAB, with whom he/she will consult on a suitable topic and a potential supervisor.

This choice is preliminary, the admissions board may, after consultation with the candidate, nominate another supervisor.

Supervisors of the study programme

Each supervisor must be approved by the SAB. The criteria for admitting new supervisors are determined by the SAB. If the proposed supervisor has not yet been approved by the SAB, this must be done no later than the enrollment of the applicant in the study (provided that the applicant is accepted). You can find a list of supervisors approved by the SAB here. After clicking, the supervisor's workplace and contact information will be displayed.

Requirements during the study

Study obligations for full-time and part-time form of study are the same.

During the 1st and 2nd year of study, the student completes two compulsory subjects:
  • Advances in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • 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 SDE. 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 SDE.

Requirements for internships

In accordance with the standards of study programmes at Charles University, the doctoral student completes an internship abroad at a workplace with related topic of investigation (total length of at least one 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 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 to 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 his/her dissertation thesis.

Examination topics for the SDE

SDE is oral and consists of two topics:

Obligatory topics

  •  Physiology of Microorganisms
  •  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 SDE is aimed at:

  • testing the level of theoretical knowledge, the ability of orientation in the field of study
  • 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
  • testing of the detailed knowledge of the problemacy of the dissertation topic

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

Publication activity requirements

  • Independent original experimental work with publication output, in which the student has a decisive share.
  • Two presentations at the annual conference of doctoral students in Microbiology during the first four years of study.
  • 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.
Profile of a graduate of the study programme

The graduate shows deep understanding in microbiology with a broad fundamental knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry. At the same time, he/she is an expert in a specific area of microbiology that was the topic of his/her thesis. The graduate is experienced in experimental methods of microbiology, molecular genetics, bioinformatics and biochemistry together with analytical and biophysical methods. Also, the graduate is able to suggest an optimum solution of a given scientific problem, to correctly evaluate, interpret and present the obtained data. He/she can be employed in both fundamental and applied research with focus on biology and biomedicine at universities, in scientific institutes and technological centres as well as in the industrial sector.

Information about graduate employment 

Graduates are mainly employed in scientific and teaching positions at domestic and foreign universities and scientific institutes engaged in basic and applied microbiological research or related fields, as well as in similarly focused research and technology centres. In the non-academic sphere, it is applied in applied research at development workplaces and corporate laboratories, for example in the following areas: biotechnological and pharmaceutical production, clinical microbiology-molecular and biochemical diagnostics of infectious diseases, food microbiology, bioremediation, water management.

Created: 19. 5. 2021 / Modified: 16. 3. 2022 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.