Study

Why to choose Faculty of Science?

The Faculty of Science of Palacký University in Olomouc is a research-based faculty that offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral studies invarious branches of Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Ecology, and Earth Sciences. Currently there are approximately the Faculty 4,000 students and 900 employees at the Faculty.

Palacký University is an inalienable part of Olomouc, which has been listed as one of Europe’s hidden treasures by the Lonely Planet guide. Olomouc with approximately 100,000 inhabitants deserves the label "university city", since there are more than 24,000 students living here during the academic year. The tradition of the second oldest University in the Czech Republic dates back to 1573. Nowadays it represents a modern educational and research institution offering a wide range of study fields at eight faculties.

Degree Programmes in English

Master Study Programmes

Standard follow-up Master study programmes last two years. Students are required to take courses and examinations, present seminars, annual progress reports, pursue research governed by respective supervisors. Results of the research are compiled in master thesis. Students prepare for the State Examination, which tests the range and quality of the student’s abilities in respective field of study and the potential to acquire and creatively implement the knowledge. After successful defense of the master thesis and passing the State Examination, the student will be awarded a Master´s Degree.

Doctoral Study Programmes

Standard Ph.D. study programmes last four years. Students are required to take courses and examinations, present seminars, annual progress reports, pursue research and publish their data in scientific journals according to their individual study plans governed by respective supervisors. Results of the research are compiled in Ph.D. thesis. Students prepare for the State Doctoral Examination, which tests the range and quality of the student's abilities in respective field of study and the potential to acquire and creatively implement the knowledge. After successful defense of the doctoral thesis and passing the State Doctoral Examination, the student will be awarded the degree Ph.D.

Fields of Study

Study Programme Applied Mathematics
Field of Study Applied Mathematics

Study Programme Biochemistry
Field of Study Biochemistry

Study Programme Biology
Fields of Study Botany – NOT OPEN, Zoology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Experimental Biology

Study Programme Chemistry
Fields of Study Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry – NOT OPEN, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

Study Programme Computer Science
Fields of Study Computer Science

Study Programme Ecology and Environmental Protection
Field of Study Ecology – NOT OPEN

Study Programme Geography
Fields of Study Geoinformatics and Cartography, International Development Studies

Study Programme Geology
Field of Study Geological Sciences

Study Programme Mathematics
Fields of Study Algebra and Geometry, Mathematical Analysis

Study Programme Physics
Fields of Study Applied Physics, Biophysics, General Physics and Mathematical Physics – NOT OPEN, Optics and Optoelectronics

Thesis topics

Applied Mathematics

Field od Study Applied Mathematics

Biochemistry

Field of Study Biochemistry

Comparative study of the differentiation of crown-roots in rice (Oryza sativa) and barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) by an integrative approach
Supervisor: Prof. Pascal Gantet
Consultant: Dr. Véronique Bergougnoux-Fojtik
The root system of the monocots differs from those of dicots by its fibrous architecture characterized by the post-embryonic shoot-borne roots, called crown-roots (CRs). CR proliferation influence grain yield in water-limited conditions. Understanding the origin and genetic control of CR initiation will provide keys to develop crops adapted to different environmental constrains (mainly drought). The PhD proposal is organized into two main research activities: 1) Understanding the origin of CRs in barley and rice using classical histology, confocal microscopy 2) Functional characterization of barley orthologues of two transcription factors identified by a system biology approach in rice for their potential role in CR initiation.

Biology

Field of Study Experimental Biology

Field of Study Molecular and Cell Biology

Field of Study Zoology

Ecology and Environmental Protection

Field of Study Ecology

 

 

Population ecology and conservation of the common hamster
Supervisor: prof. MVDr. Emil Tkadlec, CSc.

Personality in soil invertebrates
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Ivan H. Tuf, Ph.D.

CO2 and CH4 emissions from small floodplain pools
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Martin Rulík, Ph.D.

Soil quality indicators in agroecosystems
Supervisor: prof. Dr. Ing. Bořivoj Šarapatka, CSc.

Effect of land use change on degradation by salinization
Supervisor: prof. Dr. Ing. Bořivoj Šarapatka, CSc.

Phylogeny and taxonomy of Curculigo (Hypoxidaceae) in Borneo
Supervisor: RNDr. Martin Dančák, Ph.D.

Physics

Field of Study Applied Physics


Field of Study Biophysics

Ultra-weak photon emission in plant and animal cells
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Pavel Pospíšil, Ph.D.
Ultra-weak photon emission originates from oxidative metabolic processes in microbial, plant and animal cells. Electronically excited species (triplet excited carbonyls and singlet oxygen) formed during the oxidative metabolic processes are responsible for the ultra-weak photon emission. Role of reactive oxygen species in oxidation of lipids and proteins will be studied in plant and animal cells.

Trimetallic nanoclusters: syntheses, physico-chemical and biological properties
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Karolína Machalová Šišková, Ph.D.
Similarly as bimetallic nanoclusters, trimetallic nanoclusters are included in composite nanomaterials consisting of a biocompatible organic component and a functional inorganic component. In comparison with bimetallic nanoclusters, the investigation of trimetallic nanoclusters is just at the very beginning. The application of trimetallic nanoclusters is expected, for instance, in imaging based on dual properties of these clusters (e.g. optical and magnetic), in catalysis etc. The aim of this PhD thesis is the development of new experimentally prepared trimetallic nanoclusters, their characterization and testing of their interactions with cells; the last mentioned in collaboration with a well-known scientific institute in Prague.

Field of Study Optics and Optoelectronics

Geography

Field of Study Geoinformatics and Cartography

Geology

Field of Study Geological Sciences

Chemistry

Field of Study Analytical Chemistry

Field of Study Physical Chemistry

Field of Study Organic Chemistry

Design and synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds with potent antimicrobial activity
Supervisor: RNDr. Lucie Brulíková, Ph.D.
The aim of this work is design and synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds with potent biological activity, antimicrobial in particular. Set of compounds will be synthesized employing of solution phase and/or solid phase synthetic approach. Final compounds will be further modified according to biological activity testing. Alternatively, new pharmacophore will be investigated.

Nitrogen-Containing Heterocyclic Compounds: Synthesis, Method Development, Study of Physical-Chemical Properties and Reactivity
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Petr Cankař, Ph.D.
The PhD thesis will be focused on the synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds with the potential biological relevance or the development of novel synthetic methods. The prepared compounds will be studied with regard to physical-chemical properties, reactivity, and potential biological activity.

Preparation of new semisynthetic triterpenes and study of their biological properties
Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Milan Urban, Ph.D.
This thesis will be focused on the synthesis of new bioactive natural compounds - triterpenes in order to improve their antitumor activity and pharmacological properties. The triterpenoid skeleton of lupane, oleanane, ursane or friedeline will be mostly modified by the introduction of heterocycle moieties, secoderivatives will be prepared as well as more oxidized terpenic structures and conjugates with other molecules of interest. The active compounds will then be used for the evaluation of their mechanism of action, prodrugs will be investigated in order to improve their solubility and bioavailability

Study of new fluorescent systems for applications in molecular electronics and chemical biology
Supervisor: prof. RNDr. Jan Hlaváč, Ph.D.
Molecular electronics is the field of study focused on research of chemical compounds able to substitute various electronic components.  The main motivation in this research is miniaturization of electronic devices. Although number of chemical compounds has been already described as part of molecular gates operated by change of chemical surrounding and their combination resulted in more complicated circuits, practical applications are very limited from many reasons. One of the most developed application areas is chemical biology, where one of the main aims is the precise detection of significant markers typical for relevant metabolic changes or visualization of targeted drug delivery and releasing. This topic will be focused on development of quite new molecular electronic components or significant improvement of the already described ones. Application of these molecular electronic devices will be oriented to chemical biology with aim to detect more various analytes (markers) with use of one system. Multianalytical systems will be studied also without a necessity of their molecular electronics nature.

Computer Science

Field of Study Computer Science

Mathematics

Field of Study Algebra and Geometry

Field of Study Mathematical Analysis

What to do before applying for Ph.D. study

  1. Choose your field of study and thesis topic.
  2. Contact your potential supervisor and get the endorsement for your application. Only then you can apply for your application!
  3. Some documents are necessary for application – see below Applications & Deadlines.
  4. Complete our electronic application. Choose only fields of study with English titles.
  5. In order to complete the e-application, you will be asked to pay processing fee 650 Kč (approximately 24 EUR) by credit card. More information in Applications & Deadlines.
    Without the payment, the application will not be considered.
  6. Be aware that tution fee 4000 EUR per academic year is required, however there are several Fischer scholarships (below) for selected topics.

Applications & Deadlines

Applicants for master’s study and doctoral´s programmes conducted in English must fill in an online application.

Application deadline for academic year 2018/2019 is 30 April 2018.

Processing fee 650 Kč (approximately 24 EUR) pay by credit card in your electronic application.
You can also pay to following account:
Bank name: Komercni banka, Olomouc
SWIFT: KOMB-CZ-PP
Account number - IBAN: CZ0901000000191096330227
Account holder: Univerzita Palackeho v Olomouci, Krizkovskeho 8, 771 11 Olomouc
Payment description: your name, FS-PAPL
Reference No.: 3900
A transcript of the bank transfer must accompany the application.
Without the payment, the application will not be considered.

Documents Required for Application

These documents attach to your electronic application (in pdf):

  1. Official transcript and a copy of your certificate/diploma. Should be requested from the colleges and universities attended. For applicants from non-member states of the Hague Conference on International Law (see the list), the documents must be accompanied by an apostille issued by the local Czech Embassy.
  2. Two recommendation letters. These provide an additional source of information about professional and academic level and should be completed by employer or university professor.
  3. Curriculum vitae. Information concerning your life, education, including work, study and research experience. Statement of academic goal indicating why you wish to study in a particular program. Ph.D. applicants are expected to submit a description of their graduate program, diploma thesis, published papers, honours awarded, membership in scientific societies and personal professional goals.
  4. English language proficiency certificate.
  5. Health status certificate (not older than one month). All accepted international students are required to join International Student Medical Expense Plan or show a proof of equivalent coverage of their health insurance.
  6. Diploma recognition

Scholarships

Fischer scholarship for International Students at the Faculty of Science

J. L. Fischer
The Faculty of Science now wishes to invite applicants for the Fischer Ph.D. scholarship to support International scholars. The scholarship is open for 10 outstanding international students in the field of Mathematical Analysis, Algebra and Geometry, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Geological Science, Geoinformatics and Cartography, International Development Studies, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, Experimental Biology, Zoology, Applied Physics, Biophysics, Optics and Optoelectronics. The scholarship is available for up to 48 months.

Thesis topics

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: April 30, 2018.
  • Course Level: The scholarship is available for pursuing the Ph.D. program and it is offered to full-time students.
  • Scholarship Award: The Faculty of Science grants 11000 EUR per academic year (CZK 25000 / month).
  • Nationality: International.
  • Number of Scholarships: up to 10 scholarships  to support International  Scholars
  • Tuition: 4000 EUR is required.
  • On-campus an exclusive single room accommodations for a PhD students (accommodation type is based on availability).

All the above items are covered for up to 48 months based on satisfactory progression

Eligible Countries:

  • This scholarship is open to applicants of all nationalities.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in a similar field of study and meet the required English language proficiency for the relevant subject area. 

Application Procedure:

  • The Applicant is strongly advised to contact the perspective supervisor. 
  • Applicants must submit online applications with uploaded documents only. 
  • Diploma and Transcript of Record.
  • Two Recommendation Letters by an employer or a university professor which should provide an additional source of information about the professional and academic level.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • English language proficiency certificate.
  • A hard copy of the application and any other documents are not required at this stage.
  • Health status certificate (not older than one month).
  • All accepted international students are required to join the International Student Medical Expense Plan or show a proof of equivalent coverage of their health insurance.
  • Diploma must be recognized.
  • The application fee is CZK 650 (non-refundable).

Short-term Courses

Most departments at the Faculty of Science offer courses for foreign students in English. These courses are not exclusively intended for foreigners, exchange students will study alongside Czech students. In case of successful completion of a course, students are awarded ECTS credits. These credits allocated to each course should describe the approximate student workload required to complete them. 30 ECTS credits per semester (4–6 courses) are considered to be the regular workload for an exchange student. After choosing a specific field of study Exchange students may browse the list of courses according to a department or a semester. In case you need more information about study opportunities at the faculty, please contact dana.gronychova@upol.cz.

Summer Schools

Summer School on Development Cooperation (Department of Development and Environmental Studies)

Contacts

Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc

Study Department
17. listopadu 1192/12
771 46 Olomouc
tel.: +420 585 634 010-14
fax: +420 585 225 737
e-mail: studijni.prf@upol.cz

Contact person for foreign students:

Dana Gronychová
dana.gronychová@upol.cz
+420 585 634 058

Room number: 1.005, ground floor next to the reception