Studies in doctoral programmes at the Faculty of AgriSciences

 

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.

 

The four-year study in programme
Programme Branch Topic for thesiss
Chemistry Agricultural Chemistry Agricultural Chemistry
Botany Plant Anatomy and Physiology Plant Anatomy and Physiology
Ecology and Environmental Protection Applied Bioclimatology Applied Bioclimatology
Plant Production General Plant Production General and Special Plant Production
Special Plant Production
Animal Breeding Molecular Biology and Genetics of Animals Animal Breeding
General Animal Breeding
Agricultural Specialization Technology and Agriculture Machinery Technology and Agriculture Machinery

 

Fee for studying in English

According to the Rector´s Resolution no. 13/2020 the studies in english will be subject to payment stipulated in the contract between the student and the MENDEL University.

Programme

Fee in CZK

Chemistry

95.990,-

Botany

79.390,-

Ecology and Environmental Protection

61.270,-

Plant Production

79.390,-

Animal Breeding

79.390,-

Agricultural Specialization

79.390,-

Life Sciences

79.390,-

 

Ideal for Masters with agricultural, food production, agriculture machinery and scientific educational background.

The study plan – 3 specialized exams from prescribed courses offer and English language exam. Publishing and scientific activities by field. Passing of Final state exam, Disertation Thesis and Defence of Disertation Thesis.
Successful students will be awarded a doctoral's degree have the right to use the title "doctor"; Ph.D.

Admission process

Application process open: to 14/06/2021
Entrance exams to PhD studies: to 29/6/2021
Oficial dat efor enrollment to studies: to 15/9/2021. Date of enrollment for foreign students will be individual on the basis of obtaining visa.
The teaching for doctoral studies begins in September 2021
    
A dully filled in, printed out and signed e-application is to be sent or brought in person to the following address:
Bc. Alena Martauzová, Study Department of the Faculty of AgriSciences, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Information on the application process and fees - the enrolment process starts mid-February 2021.

 

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

Conditions for study

  • Master degree (prior education in Agriculture, Biology, Food Technology, Chemistry, Botany or Agriculture Machinery or similar) – recognized, see below.
  • Payment of tuition fee, see below.
  • Choose the topic for Disertation Thesis from „Topic for thesiss a contact appropriate supervisor“.

After that you can fill in the e-application. The e-application must be delivered with required annexes. Your application form has to be signed by the supervisor, which will be seen to by the administrative staff of the Faculty.

For online application please go to: https://is.mendelu.cz/prihlaska/ or https://af.mendelu.cz/30921-chci-studovat-dokt

Click on button „E- přihláška“ See the Guide „Information on the application process and fees“.

Recognition of previous foreign education „Nostrification“

Nostrification is an obligatory condition required by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic for students who apply for degree programmes. The recognition is provided by the official authorities.

Applicants for the doctoral level study must prove the recognition of their master education which is arranged by public universities in the Czech Republic according to the study field.

You can try to nostrification on MENDEL University (https://mendelu.cz/en/33116-recognition-of-foreign-higher-education) or Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic https://www.msmt.cz/vzdelavani/vysoke-skolstvi/nostrifikace?lang=1

To apply for the recognition the PhD applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Application for recognition
  • Master diploma – officially authenticated copy (please, see below the type of authentication)
  • Transcript of records – officially authenticated copy (please, see below the type of authentication)

All required documents must be translated into English or Czech. For the successful recognition the regular duration of the master study must be at least 4 semesters!

The fee for recognition of your previous study is 3 000 CZK and must be paid before the recognition procedure. The payment detail will be shared with the student by the nostrification office at Mendelu.

Types of Authentication

 

There are three types of authentication of your documents divided by the countries where the education has been achieved and where the university diploma has been issued:

  1. States that have signed a multilateral agreement on legal assistance – documents are valid on the territories of the signatory states without need of further authentication; an officially authenticated copy of the diploma and its official translation are required.
  2. States that are signatories to the Apostille Convention for simplified authentication of public documents (the Hague Convention). An apostille is a unified form of authentication of documents issued by the competent administrative body of the state in which the diploma was issued.
  3. Other countries – the documents attesting to the completion of a degree course must be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the home country of the foreign higher education institution that has issued the document, and the diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic in the country concerned.

Please, be aware that delivered documents will not be returned to you after a nostrification process so please, submit officially authenticated copies not original documents.

We cannot accept any original documents. Please make always notarized COPY of your documents and then add the necessary authentications.

Further information can be found here: https://mendelu.cz/en/33116-recognition-of-foreign-higher-education

Please read these instructions carefully. If you are serious about studying in the Czech republic, start gathering authorized documents as soon as you put in an application as this proces sis time consuming!

VISA information

As a full time student you should apply for long-term residence permit (for the purpose of studies). The visa application should cost you 2 500 CZ. Official information leaflet for visa applicants from the Ministry of Interior can be found here: https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/plakaty-pro-studenty-vysokych-skol-tykajici-se-zmen-provedenych-novelou-zakona-o-pobytu-cizincu-s-ucinnosti-od-31-7-2019.aspx

For the visa application you will receive from us the following documents:

  • contract for the accomodation,
  • admission letter,
  • confirmation of your studies (with the study program and dates),
  • payment confirmation (proof that you have payed the first year tuition fees) – this document is not required so sometimes we just send it scanned in an email,
  • hard copy of the entrance exam result letter (only students who did the entrance exam from 1st August 2019 onwards),
  • hard copy of the nostrification certificate (in case we assisted with that).

All incoming degree students have to arrange a travel health insurance with one of the health insurance companies (VZP, Slavia) cooperating with Mendel university. Both companies have the COVID-19 related situations already covered in the complex travel health insurance. This insurance is usually required once your visa is approved and you are about to get the visa confirmation in your passport/etc. In some countries you will need to have the travel health insurance while submitting the admission documents for visa, see the information at the embassy in your country. You can find information about the health travel insurance companies cooperating with Mendel university: https://www.iro.mendelu.cz/students-from-abroad/31379-health-insurance

Refunds

Students can be refunded their tuition fee in case of visa refusal or other issues. You will be given the refund if you send us the scanned copy of your visa refusal letter. If you have any other reason for cancelling your application (personal, not being able to get the appointment for visa interview etc.) you will have to wait for the refund till your admission documents expire.

Refund will be calculated as follows:

  • for the applicants for Masters program we will deduct CZK 3 000 as the administrative fee plus also all the costs of DHL (we do not deduct the nostrification fee because you pay this separately).

 

Contact person: Bc. Alena Martauzová alena.martauzova@mendelu.cz

Candidates for PhD study may choose from:

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.

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: Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Ondřej Zítka, 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.

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: doc. Ing. Jiří Čupera, Ph.D..

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.