Ecological and Evolutionary Biology
What will you learn?
Ecological and Evolutionary Biology is a doctoral programme with a broad thematic scope, mainly focussing on biosystematics, taxonomy, ecology, palaeoecology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary biology, ethology, and diversity of organisms on the level of individual species, populations, communities, and floras and faunas of various areas. Special attention is paid to the study of interactions between organisms and their environment, and the study of interspecific interactions, e.g. parasite-host or predator-prey. The broad scope of the programme is divided into five specializations: Botany, Ecology, Hydrobiology, Parasitology, and Zoology. These specializations are defined both by the taxa studied and the methods used. They are not clearly discrete but may overlap in some topics, which reflects the interdisciplinary nature of current biology. The programme has two main forms, the on-campus (full-time) or off-campus (combined) form, which differ particularly by their requirements for students’ permanent presence at the institution and by their participation in teaching. Students of the full-time form may obtain regular scholarship depending on the Faculty rules. A change from the presence to the combined form of the study is possible upon a student’s request.
Graduates of this doctoral programme are prepared for independent work in academic and research institutions focusing on biological sciences, education, agriculture, forestry, veterinary and pharmacy, nature conservation institutions, nature history departments of museums, and private companies or non-government organizations focusing on nature conservation, human and animal health, and environmental protection, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The admission procedure takes the form of a presentation of the topic, the methods and expected results of the candidate in English and a subsequent interview, on the basis of which the committee verifies and scores the candidate's level of professional knowledge and prerequisites for independent scientific work (0-200 points) and English (0-100) points).More information about admission process for international applicants in general can be found here.
Date of the entrance exam
The applicants will receive information about the entrance exam via e-mail usually at least 10 days before the exam.
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Conditions of admission
To be admitted, applicants must obtain a total of at least 120 points in the expert knowledge part and 60 points in the language part.
Successful applicants are informed of their acceptance via e-mail and subsequently receive an invitation to the enrolment.
The capacity of a given programme is not fixed; students are admitted based on a decision by the Doctoral Board after assessing their aptitude for study and motivation.
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