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PhD programme

PhD programme

Institute of Physiology provides a systematic preparation of students in bachelor, master and doctoral degree courses. It cooperates with a number of Czech universities, but also with the prestigious international institutions. The proposal of bachelor or master thesis topics you can find on Institute website as well as in information systems of the relevant faculties, where the staff of the Institute figure as trainers. Institute of Physiology workers are the main trainers for more than 90 graduate students. Postgraduate study is always organized by the Specialist Board, and must be completed with a state examination and the defense thesis on the relevant college.




  • PhD study subjects
  • Study programme
  • Students benefits
  • For supervisors
  • Contact

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)

Doctoral study program Pharmacology and Toxicology (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK)

Doctoral study program Neuroscientes (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK)

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

Doctoral study program Medical Biophysics (1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK)

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

Doctoral study program Development and Cell Biology (1. LF UK a 3. LF UK)

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

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

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


University of Chemistry and Technology:

Doctoral study program Biochemistry and Biotechnology

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.


Study programme

PhD study programme 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

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

PhD students´conference 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 thesis demonstrating candidate’s ability to conceive, design and carry out research, and present it in a lucid and scholarly manner


Students benefits

Salaries are provided according to the financial means of the scientific laboratory 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


More information

The agreement on the mutual cooperation in the implementation of a doctoral study program between IPHYS and the following institutions:

Faculty of Science, Charles University  Agreement´s supplement Physical Chemistry
  Animal Physiology
  Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and Virology
  Developmental and Cellular Biology
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University Biophysics, Chemical and Macromolecular Physics
University of Chemistry and Technology Biochemistry and Bioorganic chemistry
1. LF UK Nutritional and Metabolic Sciences
1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK, LF UK in Pilsen Medical Biophysics
1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK Experimental Surgery
1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK  (with IOCB and IEM) Pharmacology and Toxicology
1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK (with IEM, IMG and IMB) Cell Biology and Pathobiology
1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK (with IEM) Neurosciences
1. LF UK, 2. LF UK, 3. LF UK, LF UK in Pilsen (with IOCB and IMG) Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry

LF UK = Faculty of Medicine, Charles University


Basic information for the doctoral study program at Charles University

Regulations realting to the agendy of doctoral studie

Test  for the use of CU trainers showing the correst answers

Premium for the trainers of CU students in Prague