The long-term and well established PhD programme in Medical Biology and Anatomy, Histology and Embryology in close cooperation with a CEITEC Ph.D. school and ICRC (The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne's University Hospital Brno) established an innovative, interdisciplinary, fast-growing, and internationally-oriented PhD School in Biomedical Sciences.
The aim of the doctoral degree programme is to train top experts in specialized scientific disciplines studied at the Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University and a science centre CEITEC. At the same time, the programme provides graduates with such an extensive knowledge of methodological approches that their careers are not limited only to the field in which they write their PhD thesis. Graduates are ready for scientific careers in academic institutions as well as in companies with scientific background and in healthcare facilities and they can also work as specialist lecturers.
Specializations of Ph.D. Programme
The programme is divided into 3 main specializations:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology “BMB”
Research topics located at Department of Biology:
- Recombination and DNA Repair (Lumír Krejčí)
- Cell Signalling (Pavel Krejčí, Michaela Bosáková)
- Pluripotent Stem Cells (Vladimír Rotrekl)
- Cancer Biology (Stjepan Uldrijan)
- Bacterial Genetics and Genomics (David Šmajs)
- Meiotic DNA repair and Genome Stability (Nicola Silva)
Research topics offered for PhD located at ICRC:
- MAPK signaling molecular in cancer therapy (Jaeyoung Shin)
- Disease Modelling / Patient-specific models of cardiac fibrosis (Giancarlo Forte)
Graduates of the Biomedical Sciences programme mostly work in academic institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad (research institutes, universities). After several years, most of them occupy important positions as heads of research teams or programmes, heads of shared laboratories (‘core facilities’), etc. Some graduates also find jobs as lecturers at universities and in companies. Only a very small number of graduates transition to other fields.
- Currently there are more than 30 Ph.D. students assigned to the Ph.D. programme.
- In general, 50% of the Ph.D. students are international of various nationalities (Italian, Latvian, Romanian, Indian, Spanish etc.)
Application step by step
Select one of the offered dissertation topics according to your interest and previous experiences and contact the supervisor for more details.
After you have contacted the supervisor, you can apply.
Applications are submitted online here. You will need to chose the specialization (depending which laboratory or supervisor you would like to go to) and create a new application. If in doubt, please contact Dominika Hobzová.
Once the application is completed, an admission fee must be paid. The fee is usually 600 CZK.
The following attachments are mandatory parts of the application - upload them to the e-application form. The documents must be submitted in PDF format, in the English language.
Letter of interest / Motivation letter - (on a specified form which can be downloaded in e-application or here)
Copies of diplomas (BSc., MSc.) and diploma supplements/transcripts of records (if you have not finished your Master education yet, you can submit just the relevant transcripts of records)
References - we require two references, one of them must be from the Master thesis supervisor / advisor.
English language certificate – optional, not compulsory
The e-application will be open between 1 September and 31 Otober 2019.
Round 1 of the admission process is based on your application and background information. Only complete applications will be accepted and reviewed. For the applicants applying untill 30 May 2019, the threshold to pass Round 1 is 50 points.
For future applications the minimal limit will be 40.
Should you be selected for the Round 2, you will be sent information about the date and place of the admission interview.
The application review will be done by 22 November 2019.
For candidates living abroad, personal attendance is not necessary - you can opt for participation in form of Skype conference. The interview (in English) will cover the following topics:
- the field of study and summary of your Master thesis
- dissertation thesis topic
- career plans
- general questions from Biomedical sciences
- other related issues
All interviewed candidates are evaluated and receive points. The total points are 50. In order to successfully pass, it is necessary to get at least 85 points - this means in total from both Rounds. However, passing this threshold does not guarantee admittance - as the number of positions is limited, only candidates with the highest number of points will get the position.
For applicant applying till May 2019 the limit was 30 points.
The Interviews with succesfull applicants will be done by 6 December 2019.
After the interviews, all candidates are evaluated by admission committee, composed of members of interview committees, supervisors, head of the PhD programme and representatives of the Faculty.
Successful candidates will need to prove the completion of Master degree.
Czech and Slovak candidates receive the enrollment invitation soon after interviews (within a couple of weeks) and should follow the instructions (the enrollment takes place at specified dates at the beginning of the first semester of study). Enrollment of international students is solved individually, as it is subject to a Certificate of the Recognition of International Education in the Czech Republic and in many cases also Visa application.
The studies generally commence with the start of semesters. The courses in autumn semester start in mid-September. The courses in Spring semester start in February or March.