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PhD programme

PhD programme
Being a major player in the field, the Institute acts as a de facto Graduate School of Physiology and related subjects such as biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, developmental biology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and toxicology. As such, it provides in-house laboratory training of PhD and MSc students, while at the same time not refusing keen BSc students either. Formally, most of them graduate from Charles University in Prague but the Institute also trains students enrolled at University of Chemistry & Technology.

Placed in the largest non-university research campus in the country, and next to a teaching hospital and national transplantation centre (IKEM), the Institute benefits from a synergy with other fundamental- and clinical-research establishments.

A list of PhD and MSc theses topics may be found here. Currently, the Institute of Physiology trains over 90 graduate (mostly PhD) students. The PhD study programme is coordinated by several Subject Boards, and is to be completed by a final examination focussing on candidate’s thesis. However, please bear in mind that the PhD programme is partly a taught course.

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Study programme

PhD study programm typically lasting three to four years requires the students to be enrolled in postgraduate study at any university in the country. Providing their academic supervisor (or co-supervisor) is an employee of the Institute of Physiology, and they carry out a significant part of their research at the Institute itself, the following curriculum is to be adhered to (in addition to general rules set by a relevant Subject Board).


Open Day for those interested in pursuing PhD study (annually); current students are expected to help running the event


Opening course in physiological methods for 1st year students


Advancement Report - by 3rd year students presenting their results, while demonstrating these are indeed in line with the previously set main goals of the thesis


Bureš lectures - delivered by internationally acclaimed scientists, including the option to meet them in an informal setting


External meeting held at the Třešť Castle in the countryside (2-3 days, bi-annually), giving them a chance to present their work to their peers, and get to know each other


• English language course (optional)


Internal doctoral PhD thesis examination as a prerequisite of its formal submission (“supplication“) to the relevant Subject Board


• A first author minireview in Physiological Research, in Physiological Research journal (Young Investigators’ Review Articles section (Review Articles of Young Investigators in Physiological Research)


PhD study subjects

Most students at Institute of Physiology are part of the "Doctoral Studies in Biomedicine" framework covering selected institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, as well as Faculty of Science and medical faculties of Charles University. Subject Boards to choose from and other information may be found.


The Institute of Physiology is directly accredited as a training facility in the following areas:


Charles University:

Doctoral study program Animal Physiology (PřF UK), till 31. 12. 2020

Doctoral study program Pharmacology and Toxicology (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK), till 31. 12. 2020

Doctoral study program Neuroscientes (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK), till 31. 12. 2020

Doctoral study program Human Physiology and Pathophysiology (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK), till 31. 12. 2020

Doctoral study program Medical Biophysics (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK), till 31. 12. 2020

Doctoral study program Physicsm, spec.: Biophysics, Chemical and Macromolecular Physics (MFF UK), till 31. 8. 2019

Doctoral study program Development and Cell Biology (1. LF UK a 3. LF UK), till 31. 12. 2020

Doctoral study program Cell Biology and Pathology (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK), till 31. 12. 2020

Doctoral study program Biomechanics (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK, VŠCHT), till 1. 11. 2017

Doctoral study program Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK), till 1. 3. 2017


University of Chemistry and Technology:

Doctoral study program Developmental Biology, till 31. 10. 2017

Doctoral study program Chemistry, specialization: Biochemistry (VŠCHT FPBT), till 1. 3. 2017

Doctoral study program Microbiology, specialization: Microbiology (VŠCHT FPBT), till 1. 3. 2017

Doctoral study program Biochemistry and Biotechnology, specialization: Biochemistry and Biotechnology, till 1. 3. 2016


Job opportunities for Ph.D. students are advertised on the website of the Institute or you can ask directly the head of the selected working group.


Students benefits

Salaries are provided according to the financial means of the scientific department of which the Ph.D. student is a member. Ph.D. students in full-time studies can be employed up to half-time through institutional funds. Students can make use of all the benefits arising from employment at the Institute of Physiology which are in accordance with the law.


The student benefits include:


  • Participation in events for Ph.D. students organized and subsidized by the Institute


  • Ability to participate in Institute competitions and special events for the Institute´s Ph.D. students who are associated with the evaluation (diploma, financial prize)


  • The possibility of obtaining incentive bonuses for the successful fulfillment of Ph.D. student obligations


  • The possibility of using the technical and methodological background of the Institute


  • The possibility of involvement in all of the Institute´s projects


 •  English language courses



Basic information for the doctoral study program at Charles University


Regulations relating to the agenda of doctoral studies


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