Faculty of Philosophy and Science, Silesian University in Opava

Introduction

The Faculty of Philosophy and Science (FPS) in Opava started in 1990 as a Faculty of the Masaryk University in Brno and in 1991 it became part of the Silesian University in Opava. Established in the post-Communist era, it had no legal predecessor. The Faculty teaches the subjects of arts (history, museology, archaeology, the Czech language, foreign languages, and library science), sciences (physics and computer science) and one art subject of creative photography. Today there are 14 study programmes for a bachelor's degree, 12 study programmes for a master's degree and 6 study programmes for a doctor's degree. Detailed information about the study programmes can be found in the section Study with us. The last years have been a period of development in the field of science and research for the FPS. The main directions of the scientific progress and research are determined by the research goals that are contained in the FPS‘s statute. The scientific results of the Institutes of Historical Sciences, Physics and Computer Science, which have been published in Czech and renowned foreign journals, suggest a high quality of research comparable to the European standards. The outcome of creative activities of the most important academics of the Institute of Creative Photography are internationally recognised.

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Within the framework of scientific progress, there has been a successful development of international co-operation, which includes common solutions of research projects, study stays, lectures and participation in international science conferences. Although co-operation with institutions from the Central European countries (Germany, Austria, Poland, and The Slovak Republic) prevails, progress has been made concerning the co-operation with other countries of the European Union, such as Italy, United Kingdom or Slovenia.

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PhD in Computer Science

Campus Full time May 2017 Czech Republic Opava

The goal of the doctoral study of computer science in the branch of study Autonomous Systems is the training of experts for design, research and applications of a broad spectrum of autonomous and multiagent systems. Students choose their specialization among topics like artificial intelligence (cognitive systems), knowledge systems and knowledge engineering, theoretical and applied robotics, drone control and processing of data streams from drones (UAV – Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles), mathematical modelling of multi-agent systems, bio-inspired multiagent computing, supercomputing technologies and more. They have also wide opportunities of participation in research projects, grant support, short-term and long-term foreign research stays. [+]

Admission requirements: a completed university study of master degree in computer science (obtained title MSc. or a corresponding engineer title in computer science) knowledge of computer science corresponding to a master degree, and a proof of expertise based on published or unpublished results successful passing of an admission interview focused mainly on a general background in computer science and a potential study profile of the candidate elementary knowledge of English, both common and specialized to computer science a preliminary agreement with a potential PhD thesis supervisor The final admission decision depends on the Dean of the Faculty, on the base of recommendation of the admission committee composed of guarantors of the study program. Admission fee: 560,- CZK for the application filed to the classical form (A3 double-page printed form can be requested at the Department of Science and Foreign. Relations FPS) 470,- CZK for on-line application (in the information system STAG) Fee study carried out in English: P1801 Computer Science - 70.999 CZK / academic year The fee is paid in EURO or the equivalent amount of CZK exchange rate announced by the Czech National Bank valid on the date of payment. The applicant accepted for studies realized in a foreign language is obliged to pay study fee in the day of enrollment at the latest in full amount for the whole academic year in advance. Name of the bank: ČSOB Ostrava Account Number: 8010-0309706853/0300 Constant symbol: 558 (for payment in the bank) Constant symbol:: 179 (for the payment slip type A) Variable symbol: 1013 Specific symbol: birthcode of candidate/without slash (YYYYMMDD) When filing the classical form (A3 double-page) the candidate sends in together with the application form mandatory annexes. When filing electronically, the candidate prints the application form (abridged version), signs it and sends it together with mandatory annexes. Mandatory annexes to the application: proof of payment, even in case of non-cash charge electronically or mobile phone payments. We also accept e-mail that is sent to the candidate in case of crediting an amount on account to the faculty, a copy of master´s degree, diploma supplement or certificate of final state exam officially certified by vidimation- not for graduates FPS SU; (Applicants who have not completed a Master's degree, are required to submit a copy of a master´s degree, diploma supplement or certificate of final state exam officially certified by vidimation during the entrance exam or study enrollment at the latest CV including an overview of current professional experience list of current publishing activities preliminary approval of a potential supervisor of candidate with a proposal of the dissertation thesis Application deadline: 31th May 2015 Date of entrance exam: Juni 2015 (the exact dates will be announced, candidates will receive a written invitation). Detailed study information: The goal of the doctoral study of computer science in the branch of study Autonomous Systems is the training of experts for design, research and applications of a broad spectrum of autonomous and multiagent systems. Students choose their specialization among topics like artificial intelligence (cognitive systems), knowledge systems and knowledge engineering, theoretical and applied robotics, drone control and processing of data streams from drones (UAV – Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles), mathematical modelling of multi-agent systems, bio-inspired multiagent computing, supercomputing technologies and more. They have also wide opportunities of participation in research projects, grant support, short-term and long-term foreign research stays. Graduate profile: PhD graduates will find jobs as top IT experts in both private companies and public sector organizations. They are able to participate at the development of open-source software platforms, to lead teams developing large software projects, to design and build knowledge bases, to become consultants of the latest information technologies. Last but not least, they can continue their academic career as investigators at universities and international research centers. Study organization: The study program is available in full-time and part-time form. Standard study duration is 3 years in the full-time form and 5 years in the part-time form. Students of the full-time form will be provided a scholarship according to the actual university regulation. In return, they will participate in teaching duties of the Institute of Computer Science, up to 4 hours weekly. The study follows an individual study plan under control of the student’s supervisor. The individual study plan is designed in cooperation of the supervisor and the student, and must be approved by the scientific council of the study program. The individual study plan contains: the PhD thesis theme the list of courses the student has to pass a list of other duties and suggestions for subsequent years of study (scientific publications, conference and workshop participation etc.) a description of continuous control of the state of preparation of the PhD thesis The individual study plan includes at least 5 study courses concluded by exams conducted by an exam tribunal. The students of full-time form must pass the exams in the first two years of study, and the students of part-time form must pass them in the first three years of study. The courses Autonomous Systems and English for Computer Science are mandatory, the student also visits the Seminarium every semester of the study.1 At least four courses are chosen from the list of optional courses according to the topic of the PhD thesis. Contents, scope and form of the state doctoral examination: The state doctoral examination is organized as a scientific dispute with the candidate and it includes topics of three courses of the individual study plan, selected so as to be linked with the PhD thesis topic and the exams the student has passed. The scope of these three courses is defined in the actual published list of topics for the final exams, and in more details also in content descriptions of these courses. The student is expected to prove an orientation in theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence and the field of autonomous agents and multiagent systems. [-]

PhD in Physics

Campus Full time June 2017 Czech Republic Opava

The course is organised in both full time and part time form. Doctoral course can be undertaken by a University graduate with Masters Degree in physics or a related subject. The entrance examination will show specialised knowledge, the ability of the applicant for independent scientific research and verify the applicant’s competence in English language. [+]

The course is organised in both full time and part time form. Doctoral course can be undertaken by a University graduate with Masters Degree in physics or a related subject. The entrance examination will show specialised knowledge, the ability of the applicant for independent scientific research and verify the applicant’s competence in English language. During the examination, the applicant must show knowledge of the basic course in physics, theoretical mechanics, electrodynamics, special theory of relativity and quantum physics, as well as fundamentals of mathematical analysis and algebra. In the scope of the entrance examination the applicant will also show basic knowledge in the field of theoretical physics a part of which is the topic of his/her PhD thesis. The topic of the thesis will come under one of three fields of theoretical physics: relativistic physics and astrophysics theoretical nuclear and sub-nuclear physics quantum theory of multi particle systems Other topics, such as topics dealing with astrophysical applications of nuclear and sub-nuclear physics or quantum theory of multi particle (molecules) systems, will be considered. Standard duration of the course is four years. Doctoral students undertaking the part time course are assumed to take up to six years. Internal doctoral students will be granted scholarship based on current regulations. Prerequisites: completed Masters degree successful pass of entrance examination knowledge of physics at the level of University course and a proven qualification for specialist work based on published, possibly unpublished results Admission fee: 560,- CZK for the application filed to the classical form (A3 double-page printed form can be requested at the Department of Science and Foreign. Relations FPS) 470,- CZK for on-line application (in the information system STAG) Fee study carried out in English P1703 Physics - 120.483 CZK / academic year. The fee is paid in EURO or the equivalent amount of CZK exchange rate announced by the Czech National Bank valid on the date of payment. The applicant accepted for studies realized in a foreign language is obliged to pay study fee in the day of enrollment at the latest in full amount for the whole academic year in advance. Name of the bank: ČSOB Ostrava Account Number: 8010-0309706853/0300 Constant symbol: 558 (for payment in the bank) Constant symbol:: 179 (for the payment slip type A) Variable symbol: 1013 Specific symbol: birthcode of candidate/without slash (YYYYMMDD) When filing the classical form (A3 double-page) the candidate sends it together with the application form mandatory annexes. When filing electronically, candidate prints the application form (abridged version), signs it and sends it together with the application form mandatory annexes. Mandatory annexes to the application: proof of fee payment, even in case of non-cash charge electronically or mobile phone payments. We also accept e-mail that is sent to the candidate in case of crediting an amount on account to the faculty, a copy of master´s degree, diploma supplement or certificate of final state exam officially certified by vidimation - not for graduates FPS SU; (Applicants who have not completed a master's degree are required to submit a copy of a master´s degree, diploma supplement or certificate of final state exam officially certified by vidimation during the entrance exam or study enrollment at the latest CV including an overview of current professional experience list of current publications activities Course Objectives: The aim of the proposed doctoral course is to educate research scientists able to perform at the level of the highest international standards in the field of theoretical physics and astrophysics while using the most efficient computer methods. The course will address topical problems of relativistic and particle physics and their astrophysical applications, which are a part of the research project of UF FPF SU and cooperating local and international institutions. Prospective employment for the graduate: The graduate can use his/her attained knowledge and skills as a research scientist and a lecturer at a University and in research institutes in the field of theoretical physics, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. It is expected the graduate may be recruited as a post-doctoral researcher by one of the associated international institutions (SISSA in Trieste, Goteborg University, University of Oxford, CERN and similar). The graduate can also efficiently offer the gained knowledge and skills to research institutes of industrial enterprises in the field of modelling of physical processes (for instance in the field of hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, elasticity). Competence in computer skills can be utilized anywhere in the industry, services or public service. Requirements to be fulfilled by the student in the course of his/her studies and at its regular completion: Individual study plan: The course is governed by an individual study and research plan drawn by the supervisor and agreed by the professional board. The subjects of the doctoral course are divided into a block of obligatory subjects and a block of facultative (optional obligatory) subjects. The student must complete at least two of the facultative subjects. Facultative subjects are partly lectures and consultations and partly studied individually. English language exam is also a part of the course programme. Doctoral student taking the full time course also participates in the pedagogical activities at the faculty. The programme for this activity is agreed by the head of the educational institution and the supervisor. The research programme includes proposal for treating the topic of the PhD thesis, the research process in the research facility and possibly the plan of placements or study visits to associated research facilities locally or abroad. In the course of the study the doctoral student attends both the obligatory and the recommended forms of education, that is lectures, seminars, individual consultations and a seminar of theoretical physics in the research facility. At the same time he/she is working on the topic of the PhD thesis and publishes the results of his/her research both in specialised magazines and by taking part in professional conferences. A record of attending both the obligatory and the recommended forms of study is kept throughout the duration of the course, as well as the record of exams, placements and publications of the results of the research work of the doctoral student. At the end of an academic year the supervisor prepares an annual assessment and specifies the study and research plan for the following year (the doctoral student has the right to comment on both the assessment and the specified future programme). Based on the annual assessment, the head of the educational institution suggests continuation of studies, termination or a change of the supervisor. The suggested programme is authorised by the Dean of the faculty. Positive annual assessment is a precondition to progressing to the next year of the study programme. (In justified cases the doctoral student can ask the Dean to change the supervisor.) In the course of the study the doctoral student is obliged to attend seminars of theoretical physics in the research facility. During the first three (full time study) or four (part time study) years the doctoral student presents a specialised lecture on the topic of the PhD thesis in English language. The professional and language standard of the lecture and discussion is judged by a panel appointed by the chair person of the professional board. The lecture is assessed as ‘excellent pass’, ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. Positive assessment is recorded in the student’s record book. ‘Excellent pass’ serves at the same time as a passed exam from English language. Contents and scope of the state doctoral exam and requirements on the proof of attained knowledge: The state doctoral examination takes a form of scientific debate with the doctoral student and includes three subjects of the individual study programme, proposed by the supervisor and agreed by the professional board. The subjects of the exam are chosen so as to reflect on the topic of the PhD thesis. The scope of individual subjects is determined by their syllabus. The examination assumes applicant’s orientation in basic methods and processes of theoretical physics within the field of relativistic physics, quantum field theory and theory of kinetics. [-]