During the standard 4-year PhD study, students should take a total of 240 credits. If the length of the studies is shorter or longer, it is recommended to obtain an average of 30 credits per semester. According to MU study and examination regulations, in order to enroll in the next semester, a student must:

1. Gain a minimum of 20 credits for courses enrolled in a given semester of studies or

2.Gain a minimum of 45 credits for courses enrolled in a given semester and an immediately preceding semester of studies

To meet the degree requirements, students should take credits from:

Core courses

The core credits should meet the requirements of the ISP/semester content. This covers several areas – thesis preparation, professional training (e.g. conference attendance), publication activity, teaching assistance or internship abroad. Each of these activities is assigned to a course for a specific amount of credits. When registering for a course in the beginning of each semester, students should specify the number of credits they wish to receive for the above-mentioned activities. Each course/activity has an upper limit of credits per semester (e.g. 15 ECTS/semester for thesis preparation; this information is listed in the course description). If the requirements are fulfilled, the supervisor will give the credits to the student by the end of the semester.

The list of core courses:

Doctoral thesis preparation I-VIII (DSDP016-026-036-046-056-066-078-088)

Professional Training I-VIII (DSOP016-026-036-046-056-066-078-088)

Publication Activity (DSPAz01)

Teaching Assistance (DSVY01)

Internship (DSZS01)

Common faculty-wide courses

Common faculty-wide courses cover various areas of general scientific skills. These courses are not specialized for a specific research field, but rather target a broader scientific audience, hence they are shared between all three specializations of the Biomedical Sciences PhD program.

Students must pass at least 4 common faculty-wide courses + an English language course (DSAJz01). Additionally, students enrolled in the specialization Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Cell and Tissue Morphology have to pass MU Life Science Seminars (DSCB060 and DSCC060).

The list of suggested common faculty-wide courses (in English):

Acquisition of scientific information (DSAS01)

MU Life Science Seminar (DSCB060 and DSCC060)

FRESHERS: Skills for Research Career

Academic Writing (VLAW051)

Law, ethics and philosophy of science (S4002)

Science Communication Course:Present Your Research Results with Confidence (S4010)

International Performance (S4001)

Publish or Perish – practicals (S5040)


The list of suggested common faculty-wide courses (in Czech):

Analýza klinických dat (DSAK051)

Etika biomedicínského výzkumu (DSETz01)

Uživatel počítačové sítě (DSUP031)

Získavání vědeckých informací (DSVIz01)

Biostatistika – základní kurz (Bi5040)

Biostatistika - cvičení (Bi5040c)

Pokročilé statistické metody (Bi8601)

Analýza a klasifikace dat (Bi0034)

Vybrané kapitoly ze zpracování, analýzy a vizualizace dat (Bi8700)

Rétorika. Kultura mezilidské komunikace (DSREz01)

Field-specific courses

Field-specific courses deepen the knowledge and expertise within your research field. Student have to pass at least 4 specific courses and each specialization has one or more mandatory courses:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Advances in Molecular Biology and Genetics (DSMBz01)

  • Cell and Tissue Morphology (mandatory only for students who did not graduate at the Faculty of Medicine) - Anatomy I (VLAN0121p/aVLAN0121p) and Anatomy II (VLAN0222p/aVLAN0222p); Histology I - theory + practice (VLHE0221p/aVLHE0221p + VLHE0221c/aVLHE0221c) and Histology II - theory + practice (VLHE0322p/aVLHE0322p + VLHE0322c/aVLHE0322c); * "a" at the beginning of the course coresponds to a course in English)

  • Molecular MedicineMolecular Medicine (DSMolM01)

Mandatory courses have open registration; therefore, students of e.g. the Cell and Tissue Morphology specialization can also register for the Advances in Molecular Biology and Genetics course. 

The list of suggested field-specific courses (in English):

Advanced Molecular Medicine (DSAMolM)

Introduction to Bioinformatics (DSIB01)

Synthetic Biology (Bi9690en)

Molecular mechanisms of cell aging (C3901)

Structural biology methods, Biological X-ray Crystallography and Cryo-Electron Microscopy (C7270)

Protein-RNA interactions (C9085)

RNA metabolism (C9095)

Methods in proteomics (CG990)

Genomics (CG920)

Modern Genomic Technologies (DSMGT01)


The list of suggested field-specific courses (in Czech):

Analýza klinických dat (DSAK051)

Plánováni, organizace a hodnocení klinických studií (DSAM051)

Nové trendy v patologické fyziologii (DSNTz01)

Nové trendy v lékařské imunologii (DSTIz01)

Molekulární fyziologie genomu (Bi8141)

Molekulární diagnostika vrozených poruch (C7490)

Molekulární podstata patofyziologických procesů (C8175)

Molekulární embryologie (Bi8790)

Buněčná a molekulární neurobiologie (Bi9260)

Imunogenetika a imunogenomika (Bi9350)

Molekulární mechanismy buněčného stárnutí (C3900)

Regulace metabolismu (C7150)

Buněčné signalizace (C8155)

In addition to the courses listed above, students are free to choose from the other courses offered by Masaryk University using the course catalogue. Students are as well free to search for courses offered by other faculties then the Faculty of Medicine. To register such a course, it should be also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with (this information is listed in the course enrollment limitations).

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