Mgr. Petr Bureš
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Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, are among the most prestigious at Masaryk University and in the Czech Republic. The range of accredited study programmes covers practically the entire spectrum of biomedical research and clinical medicine.
The Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, offers the best practices in PhD Training of its PhD students. The quality of doctoral studies has been confirmed by the evaluation of the Orpheus organisation that has awarded the Faculty with a quality certificate.
The Faculty of Medicine is a proud member of ORPHEUS (Organization for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Science in the European System). This organization aims to safeguard the PhD as a research degree by supporting graduate schools, faculties and departments, research students, and their supervisors, through quality assurance mechanisms, and advocating best practices, professional development, and training.
Masaryk University is a member of the PRIDE Network (Professionals In Doctoral Education). This network aims to be the leading professional resource for the advancement of professionals in doctoral education.
Students are expected to have a good background in the field as well as sufficient language skills to understand fully the study materials. Applicants are required to hold a corresponding degree from an officially accredited university. The Faculty of Medicine encourages applications from all students and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, gender or religion.
Studies in the English language programmes are free of charge, there is no tuition fee. Applicants only pay an application fee and also a fee for an assessment of previous foreign education (see more details in the part Admission Information below).
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The applicant is supposed to check the requirement for applicants specified for a particular study programme. Call for applicants to specific doctoral study programmes with the beginning of the study in the Academic Year 2024/2025 (Autumn 2024) will be open in the period from 1. 12. 2023 to 29. 2. 2024.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a potential supervisor before applying, particularly to consult on the research focus and its possible guidance.
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The admissions process consists of several parts:
Generally, the applicant has to submit the following documents (if not required otherwise all materials must be in Czech or English or must be original documents accompanied by Czech or English translations).
Once the call is open, the applicant may submit an electronic application form.
Necessary parts of the application are:
A one-page outline of the student's professional background, experience, and skills.
Up to two pages of format-free text in length) explaining the reasons why the student should be accepted for study at the Faculty of Medicine and what study program and its specialization(s) he or she wishes to apply for.
from all universities attended (the doctoral degree program requirement is a Master's degree in the corresponding field of study).
from persons familiar with the student's academic background.
As stated in the Czech Higher Education Act, Section 48, admission to a Doctoral degree programme is conditional on the completion of studies in a Master’s degree programme.
The applicant who holds a certificate and a degree from a foreign higher education institution demonstrates the proper completion of studies in the Master's degree by:
A foreign document on foreign higher education is usually a diploma or a certificate of completed studies.
The e-application period will be open from 1. 12. 2023 to 29. 2. 2024.
The admission fee is 600,- CZK. Information on how to pay the fee is stated directly in the e-application.
Once the applicant has submitted the application form and paid the application fee, the administrator of the Office for Research and Quality will download the application together with all enclosed documents and send it to the right study programme admission committee. It is necessary to complete the recognition of previous education, as mentioned on this webpage in the part "Admission Information". This procedure can take some time (months) to be completed.
The admission committee evaluates the materials which the applicant has attached to the application: curriculum vitae, an essay – a motivation letter, a diploma and transcript of courses taken, two letters of recommendation from previous teachers.
We recommend to the applicant to prepare these documents very carefully, as it is on the basis of these documents that the applicant will be invited to the second round of interviews.
The entrance examination in the form of an interview conducted before the admission committee; upon prior agreement, it can be held using videoconferencing technology.
In the admission process, the applicant can obtain a maximum of 100 points. To be accepted, it is necessary to receive at least 85 points. An admission committee evaluates a presentation of an applicant during the exam. However, the final decision has to be made by the dean of faculty. If the result is "accepted", the administrator of the Office for Research and Quality prepares admission documents. These admission documents are sent directly to the applicant. In the case of a visa application, admission documents are required for the procedure.
The basis of the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University is the procedural pursuit of preparation of the doctoral thesis in close and regular interaction with the supervisor and supplemented by the faculty-wide applicable terms for completing the postgraduate studies.
Before the defense of the doctoral thesis is performed, the following conditions need to be met:
Every doctoral student enrolled at LF MU after 1 September 2023 is required to take a course in ethics and academic integrity. It is compulsory to attend the course FRESHERS! It is recommended to choose the course DSEBRa Ethics of Biomedical Research. Completion of the course DSEBRa Ethics of Biomedical Research is highly recommended for all Ph.D. candidates of the Faculty of Medicine.
During the study, it is necessary to:
Complete at least four courses in four different fields of study courses of a common basis (see below)
The faculty-wide conditions of doctoral studies stipulate as a publication minimum one first-author publication of an original paper in a journal with an IF value above the median of the field or two original first-author publications in a journal with an IF value in the third quartile of the dissertation field (Q3).
Participation in teaching can then only reach the maximum of 150 hours/4 years.
The process of constructing an Individual Study Plan may be described by the following:
25 ECTS - The shared courses of the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University
20 ECTS – Curriculum – Specific Courses
195 ECTS - the doctoral (defense of the doctoral thesis + the final state doctoral examination), publication activities, an internship abroad, attendance at an international conference, assistance in pedagogical activities, and teaching.
The common courses encompass the stated fields of scientific knowledge and capabilities. They can be completed as a part of the organized courses at the MU (in cooperation with the CEITEC, the Faculty of Science, etc.) or through the analogical external courses (e.g. The Course in the Fundamentals of Research Work Administered by the Czech Academy of Science).
E5444 Analysis of sequencing data (Faculty of Science);
Bi7550 Practical Analysis of Biological Data - Seminar (Faculty of Science);
C2170 Statistical Methods in Chemistry (Faculty of Science);
EO420 Data Analysis in Biomedical and Environmental Sciences I (Faculty of Science)
XS450a Communication skills training (CEITEC);
S4010 Science Communication Course: Present Your Research Result with Confidence (CEITEC)
The Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, is happy to welcome each international newcomer. To make their arrival easier, the helpful information provides faculty Welcome office.
The Faculty of Medicine does not organize special Open Days for prospective doctoral students but these applicants are welcome to visit the Faculty during Open Days for prospective Bachelor or Master students (see here) or it is possible to come to the Office for Research and Quality after prior arrangement. For further information please contact Mr. Petr Bures from Office for Research and Quality (email@example.com).
Do you need a place where you can meet and work with your colleagues? The following FM MU departments offer the opportunity to use their facilities for group work of PhD students. If you are interested in using a particular room, please contact the contact person of the relevant department.
Secretary AnatÚ Teorie LF MU
549 49 1332
Managing assistant UZV PNO LF MU
549 49 7241
Secretary FyziolÚ Teorie LF MU
549 49 1340
Secretary ÚVZ Teorie LF MU
549 49 1380
This activity was created in connection with the HR Award Action Plan of FM MU.
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All outputs and information about the projects Strengthening the Prevention of Plagiarism in Student Works project and Strengthening the Academic Integrity of University Students with a Focus on the Risks and Opportunities of Distance Learning and Assessment Methods can be found at www.akademickaetika.cz/en/
Newcomers may find practical information about the arrival to the Czech Republic on the web of the Welcome Office of the Faculty of Medicine.
We do recommend to all applicants to read the amendment to the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals' in the Territory of the Czech Republic and follow its regulations.
It is necessary to come to the Czech Republic with at least 20 000 CZK (€ 800) for life expenses per month.
An applicant that needs a visa to get to the Czech Republic has to provide health insurance at minimum for the first year of study by one of the Czech insurance companies mentioned below. Without the insurance he/she cannot apply for visa. The other applicants, that do not need visa, are recommended to get the insurance as well.
Students from European Union have to visit VZP (the first company mentioned in the list of insurance companies in the Czech Republic below) and show them her/his insurance card from her/his country. The company will provide a czech insurance card for foreigners.
Possible insurance companies:
The Czech health insurance costs around 15 000 CZK (€ 600) per year.