Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry


Program Description

The Graduate Study is organized by the Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry in cooperation with a number of Institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (The Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Processes, etc.) and covers almost all fields of Physical Chemistry (including Biophysical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Polymers) and some disciplines of Chemical Physics. Due to the interdisciplinary character of the Department, there exist possibilities of combined graduate studies with biochemical, or macromolecular orientation, despite the fact that the Faculty of Science offers separate Graduate Studies both in Biochemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry.

According to the up-to-date trends in Physical Chemistry, the following fields in the Graduate Program have been developed, e.g.: (a) dynamics and kinetics of physical and chemical processes (the conformation and relaxation dynamics of molecules, clusters, and macromolecules - studied both experimentally a by computer simulations, etc.), (b) statistical thermodynamics of low-molar-mass liquids and macromolecular assemblies (theoretical studies of the equilibrium phase behavior in combination with Monte Carlo simulations), (c) the up-to-date electromigration separation methods aimed to life sciences (high-performance capillary electrophoretic techniques for separation of biologically important molecules like DNA and proteins, etc.), and (d) biophysical chemistry (the structure-function relationships of biological molecules and supramolecular structures). The graduate study in Chemical Physics is most focused on either (a) quantum chemistry (the accurate ab initio calculations of characteristics of small molecules, and the semiempirical calculations of properties of molecular assemblies and calculations of weak intermolecular interactions), or (b) spectroscopy (theoretical studies of the surface-enhanced Raman scattering and its application in the study of biologically active molecules, the time-resolved fluorometry studies of fast processes at the molecular level, etc.).

A great variety of other topics is available for students working partially at the Faculty and partially in various institutes of the Academy of Sciences. The Graduate Program has been developed in cooperation with experts from the Academy of Sciences and the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology. To secure a successful professional career for the graduates, the offer of individual research topics reflects the recent trends in the free positions advertised by research institutions and chemical companies in the Czech Republic and in the European Community countries.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.

During the entrance examination, the candidate must demonstrate the technical and linguistic skills to study the given program, along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The examination is graded with a maximum of 100 points, of which 30 points are awarded as a bonus for giving a more specific idea of the study content and planned dissertation work in the voluntary application appendix, including the dissertation topic, a brief annotation, the anticipated supervising department and the consent of a specific supervisor to supervise such doctoral project.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by the successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 17.06.2019 until: 28.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 08.07.2019 until: 19.07.2019

Rules governing exemption from entrance examination

The entrance exam may be waived based on a written request from the candidate, provided they have successfully applied for a STARS project in the given academic year. Such a request, along with documentation that the conditions have been met, must be submitted (but not electronically) by 19 May 2019.

Career Prospect

A Ph.D. graduate in Physical Chemistry has basic knowledge covering all fields of chemistry, plus advanced knowledge of physical chemistry, computational chemistry, or both, as well as usually having good interdisciplinary knowledge oriented toward the fields of biology, physics, or nanoscience, according to his/her thesis. The graduate is able to present his/her results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in teaching undergraduate students, the formulation of grant proposals. The graduate is highly qualified for creative work at any academic, research or technological laboratory dealing with the development, testing and application of new and traditional chemical and physical methods as well as with new materials.

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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