PhD IN ENGLISH

 

Doctoral studies are accredited for four year cycles and over 300 students currently study and research for their PhD at the Faculty of Agronomy.

The PhD programmes are comprised of independent research in a team under a supervisor and compilation of doctoral thesis based on the research carried out.

 

Information on the application process and fees - the enrolment process starts mid-February 2019.

Recognition of prior education - recognition certificate is essential condition for enrolment.

 

If you are interested in studying for PhD please contact the head of specialist board of the field you want to study with your CV and research proposal.

 

Candidates for PhD study may choose from:

Agricultural Chemistry

The aims and objectives of the study are as follows:

  • to develop students' knowledge of chemical, biochemical, environmental and agricultural sciences in order to understand metabolic processes in living organisms and in environment,
  • to familiarize students with chemical and biochemical principles of the processes and their influence on metabolic pathways in organisms,
  • to teach and promote modern instrumental analytical methods for isolation, identification and determination of chemical compounds related to the processes that are investigated, monitored and controlled,
  • to teach and to promote qualitative and quantitative techniques to give students modern and perspective tools for processes in living organisms and environment and for risk assessment,
  • to produce highly educated and skilled experts with good knowledge of foreign languages to be effective in the management of R&D institutions in agricultural, food, pharmaceutical area, chemical and biochemical laboratories of state, resort and regional control bodies and institution dealing with environmental sciences and even institutions of EU.

Students are required to complete in compliance with their individual study plan at least: 1 compulsory and 3 obligatory elective courses including a foreign language, publish at least 3 original scientific papers in respected international scientific journals having IF>0, pass a doctoral state examination and defend a doctoral thesis.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. RNDr. Bořivoj Klejdus, Ph.D.

Molecular Biology and Genetics of Animals

The aims and objectives of the study are as follows:

  • to develop students’ knowledge in areas of specialization including animal genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, population genetics, structural and functional genomics of farm animals, gene mapping and sequencing, DNA polymorphism detection and genetics of food resources of animal origin,
  • to make significant future contributions in research in the molecular biology and genetics to teach future generations of competent and productive research scientists,
  • to familiarise students with modern DNA and RNA techniques, their development, optimization and application,
  • to learn how to develop and investigate scientific ideas and theories, building on existing knowledge and advancing that knowledge through the student's original work.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. RNDr. Aleš Knoll, Ph.D.

Plant Anatomy and Physiology

The aim of the study is to provide the graduates with wide theoretical knowledge in plant anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

During the studies the students are required to pass examinations in three optional courses chosen from a proposed list according to the accreditation documents. The courses are taught by the staff of MENDELU or other universities. Additionally, a student can pass an unspecified number of optional courses offered within other doctoral study programmes at MENDELU or other at universities.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. RNDr. Ladislav Havel, CSc.

Applied Bioclimatology

The Ph.D. course is focused on complex assessment of meteorological and climatological aspects of managed and natural ecosystems and the scientific research at this field. The Ph.D. course will analyse 
indicators of ecosystem services and evaluate the ecosystem(s) sustainability under present and expected climatic conditions. Special focus will be paid to role of meteorological/climatological conditions 
on growth and development of field crops, permanent grasslands, forests, energy crops and short rotation coppice, plant/animal pathogens as well as livestock. The research will also include hydro-meteorological extremes and their impact on various sectors (e.g. agriculture, forestry). In the same time Ph.D. course will integrate research at 
various spatial levels starting from the micrometeorology (both in field and enclosed environments), through regional scale to national and global levels employing remote sensing and geo-statistical methods.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. Ing. Zdeněk Žalud, Ph.D.

Applied and Landscape Ecology

The aims and the objectives of the study are focused on ecological and environmental issues in a landscape (agricultural, cultural), land use and farming as well as on the rural landscape in terms of sustainable development. Graduates should be able to deal with an identification of problems regarding a land use and to choose appropriate ecological research methods together with their application in the practice. The study links technical, biological, agricultural, environmental, economic and social disciplines to the protection and creation of the landscape and its ecological stability.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. Dr. Ing. Milada Šťastná

Technology and Agricultural Machinery

Detailed knowledge of energy flows, including losses and efficiencies of the balance of power and energy transmission.

  • Study outcomes include orientation in automotive freight in its technical and economic assessment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of environmental impacts of transport activity, mobile devices and energy flows.
  • Knowledge of specific transport systems and parameters and algorithms for decision making in terms of transportation systems.
  • Advanced knowledge on alternative fuels for internal combustion engines, emissions of internal combustion engines.

Skills:

  • Ability to transfer knowledge from the evaluation of the efficiency of energy transfer to the conceptual innovation of component parts of mobile devices.
  • Skill in differentiating attributes of technical systems---safety of technical systems, reliability, durability and limit states determination.
  • Skills in the identification of critical components of machine lines and optimize the deployment and use of machine lines in practice.
  • Practical skills in measurement and testing of motor vehicles' parameters, including motor vehicle testing safety.
  • Skills in the application of mathematical and statistical methods in data analysis and factually correct data presentation. 

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. Ing. František Bauer, CSc.

General Animal Breeding

Students will:

  • obtain knowledge of biological, biochemical and agricultural sciences to understand current metabolic processes in animal organisms.
  • be introduced into microbiological and biochemical principles of these processes and their influence on the metabolism of living organisms.
  • Acquire knowledge of animal nutrition physiology, modern scientific methods and necessary procedures for university experts - specialists with biological or technological focus for agricultural and feed-scientific workplace, national and departmental authorities and institutions as well as EU institutions and bodies.

Skills:

  • Ability to analyse raw materials and feeds, build and optimize feed rations and feed mixtures.
  • Ready for scientific and technical work in the field of animal production, bio-technology production and processing of feed, specific knowledge in nutrition of farm animals.
  • Ability to use right diets for farm animals and the ability to control the normal feed software.
  • Closely specialized skills and ability to manage a team in the animal feed industry and consulting.

Competences:

  • Versatile overview in the animal feed industry with emphasis on new feed systems used.
  • Ready for scientific and technical work in the field of animal production, bio-technology production and processing of feed, specific knowledge in nutrition of farm animals.
  • It is trained on the knowledge required by the Act No. 91/1996 Coll., O feed production and distribution of feed in the wording of later regulations.
  • Obtaining competence within the meaning of Act No. 18/2004 Coll., On recognition of professional qualifications and other eligibility in the wording of later regulations.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. MVDr. Ing. Petr Doležal, CSc.

General Plant Production

Students will get knowledge of biological, biochemical and agricultural sciences for understanding current metabolic processes in organisms of animals.

  • Introduction to microbiological and biochemical principles of these processes and their influence on the metabolism of living organisms.
  • Acquiring knowledge of animal nutrition physiology, modern scientific methods and necessary procedures for university experts---specialists with biological or technological focus for agricultural and feed-scientific workplace, national and departmental authorities and institutions as well as EU institutions and bodies.

Skills:

  • Ability to analyse raw materials and feeds, build and optimize feed rations and feed mixtures.
  • Ready for scientific and technical work in the field of animal production, bio-technology production and processing of feed, specific knowledge in nutrition of farm animals.
  • Ability to use right diets for farm animals and the ability to control the normal feed software.
  • Closely specialized skills and ability to manage a team in the animal feed industry and consulting.

Competences:

  • Versatile overview in the animal feed industry with emphasis on new feed systems used.
  • Ready for scientific and technical work in the field of animal production, bio-technology production and processing of feed, specific knowledge in nutrition of farm animals.
  • It is trained on the knowledge required by the Act No. 91/1996 Coll., O feed production and distribution of feed in the wording of later regulations.
  • Obtaining competence within the meaning of Act No. 18/2004 Coll., On recognition of professional qualifications and other eligibility in the wording of later regulations.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: prof. Ing. Jan Křen, CSc.

Special Plant Production

Principal knowledge of biochemical, environmental and agricultural sciences substantial for understanding of metabolic processes in living cells, organisms, stands and in environment.

  • Adoption of principles, scientific methods and processes necessary for experts-specialists with university education for agricultural and food research institutions and laboratories of state and resort institutions in agronomy, environment, central and EU-institutions.
  • Ability to individually manage and improve conventional and ecological agronomy.
  • Ability to evaluate experimental theories related to function of plants on molecular-, plant- and stand-level and in relation to environment.
  • Ability to statistically and critically evaluate and interpret experimental agronomical results.

Competences:

  • Adoption of biochemical processes involved in metabolism in living organisms and environment in particular for agronomy and environment.
  • Readiness for scientific activities in study of plants, stands and systems.

HEAD OF SPECIALIST BOARD: doc. Ing. Radim Cerkal, Ph.D.