PhD in Biochemistry

Charles University Faculty of Science

Program Description

PhD in Biochemistry

Charles University Faculty of Science

Chemistry of the Life Processes

Students entering this Program are trained in all fields of Biochemistry including bioenergetics, enzymology, molecular biology, protein chemistry and structure, immunochemistry, xenobiochemistry (biochemistry of foreign substances), chemical and cellular fundaments of the metabolic reactions etc. Students participating in the Program are actively involved in grant supported research projects at the Department of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Science of Charles University Prague as well as in the collaborating laboratories at the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, and in regional and company laboratories.

The studies in the Program are successfully completed after obtaining the English Language Certificate (issued by independent organizations), and after passing the State Doctoral Examination in biochemistry and two other subjects (usually suggested by the supervisor), and the defense of the PhD Thesis the important part of which is at least one publication in international peer-reviewed journal at which the candidate must be the principal author.

Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria

The entrance examination has one round and is held as an interview. In exceptional cases, requested in writing by 30 April 2017, the dean can permit entrance examinations to take place via information and communication technology.

During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate technical and linguistic skills to study the given field along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The entrance examination also takes into account the interest of the candidate in pursuing specific doctoral work with a particular supervisor and the candidate’s ability to handle this topic. The maximum score of the examination is 100 points.

Conditions for admission

  • Submission of a properly completed application, including prescribed appendices, and payment of the application fee by 30 April 2017.
  • Completion of a master’s program of study at a university documented by a notarized copy of a diploma or certificate of equivalence of a foreign university education, or an original confirmation of completion of the required education by 30 September 2017. The requirement of submitting a notarized copy of a diploma does not apply to master’s graduates of Charles University. Applicants whose request for recognition of a foreign education has not been decided upon by 30 September 2017 may submit the required document by 21 October 2017.
  • Passing grade on the entrance examination
  • All applicants scoring at least 50 points on the entrance examination will be admitted for study.

Information on the exercise of graduates

A graduate of the Ph.D. doctoral program in Biochemistry is expected to have broad theoretical and practical knowledge in biochemistry and molecular biology. In their particular field, he/she is able to produce and present scientific results at the international level. His/her education and knowledge is broad enough to be able to adapt to work in all research directions at various institutions dealing with studies not only in biochemistry and molecular biology, but also with broader subjects at the chemistry:biology interface. He/she is able to participate in theoretical and practical training courses at Universities, but is also able to lead research groups and clinical chemistry laboratories in medical establishments, as well as participate in specialized research in the pharmaceutical industry.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 15, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
4 years
Part time
Full time
1,850 EUR
Apr. 30, 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
Czech Republic Prague
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 4 years
Price 1,850 EUR
per year