The field of botany covers all plant organismal sciences including mycology. Students typically specialize in one of the following fields: (i) systematics, distribution, and ecology of non-vascular plants (including fungi), (ii) biosystematics/experimental taxonomy, microevolution, phylogenetics a distribution of vascular plants, or (iii) plant ecology, vegetation science, and landscape ecology (including paleoecology). The study encompasses training in modern methodological approaches, data analysis, and synthesis, and stresses participation in the scientific community, including the ability to present one's own results. Work on the Ph.D. project of the student is the core of the study. More information is available on the website of the Program Steering Committee (http://botany.natur.cuni.cz/cz/pgs/index.php).
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.
During the entrance examination, the candidate must demonstrate the technical and linguistic skills to study the given program, along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The examination is graded with a maximum of 100 points, of which 30 points are awarded as a bonus for giving a more specific idea of the study content and planned dissertation work in the voluntary application appendix, including the dissertation topic, a brief annotation, the anticipated supervising department and the consent of a specific supervisor to supervise such doctoral project.
Conditions for admission
Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by the successful completion of a Master's study program.
Confirmation date (of entrance exam)
from: 17.06.2019 until: 28.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam)
from: 08.07.2019 until: 19.07.2019
Rules governing exemption from entrance examination
The entrance exam may be waived based on a written request from the candidate, provided they have successfully applied for a STARS project in the given academic year. Such a request, along with documentation that the conditions have been met, must be submitted (but not electronically) by 19 May 2019.
A graduate of the Ph.D. program in Botany is qualified to do independent research in botany and plant ecology (including mycology). This includes the identification and analysis of key research questions, the design of experimental/data collection techniques and analytical tools for handling them, up to the final presentation of results. The study program also includes essential theoretical concepts on which the discipline is based and methodological issues used in data collection and analysis. The graduate has a command of English sufficient to do research at international research institutions outside the Czech Republic.