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); this course should be registered retrospectively, once the internship has been completed. In case of questions, please contact Mgr. Petr Bureš.

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.

Specific rules apply to PhD students depending on the date of the start of their studies. Please, use to following links to find out more details about the degree requirements of common faculty-wide courses:

If you study in Czech program, click here.

If you study in English program, click here.

Field-specific courses

Field-specific courses deepen the knowledge and expertise within your research field. Student have to pass at least 4 field-specific courses during their studies.

All students must pass 4 semesters of MU Life Science seminars (DSCB060 and DSCC060); this applies to PhD students who enrolled in their studies in/after February 2023. It is recommended to pass it during the first 4 semesters of study.

Additionally, each specialization has one or more mandatory courses:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyAdvances 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)

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

Advanced Molecular Medicine (DSAMolM), 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):

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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