PhD in Physical Chemistry


Program Description

Physical Chemistry

Abbreviation: DPAP_FCH_4

Level of course unit: Doctoral

Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry

Academic year: 2020/2021

A title awarded: Ph.D.

Qualification awarded: Ph.D. in the field "Physical Chemistry"

Level of qualification: Doctoral (3rd cycle)

Specific admission requirements

The admission to the Faculty of Chemistry is conditioned by the completion of the Master's program in the same or a related field. The basic prerequisites for the admission are: interest and aptitude for scientific work, knowledge of the English language and a very good study record achieved in the Master's program (grade point average of all passed examinations usually does not exceed 2.0).

Key learning outcomes

The post-graduate in Ph.D. study programme Physical Chemistry is able to formulate independently the scientific problem, to design the hypothesis for the solution and to carry out experimental and theoretical work for its confirmation. Simoultaneously, he is capable of critical evaluation of published scientific informations and of presentation of experimental results in english language as well.

Work experience

Work experience isn't part of standard study plan.

Final state examination

The student is expected to demonstrate deep theoretical knowledge in the field of his/her dissertation and knowledge and expertise in the field of study, including methodological foundations of scientific work. Its content is based mainly on the topic of the doctoral program and the individual study plan of the doctoral student; physical chemistry makes a compulsory subject. Based on the recommendation of the supervisor the student selects two other subjects; the content and scope of the state doctoral examination is approved by the departmental board (provisions of the Study and Examination Regulations of the BUT).
The discussion on the dissertation topic based on the paper submitted by the doctoral student makes an integral part of the state doctoral exam. This paper should contain a critical evaluation of the findings concerning the dissertation topic, definition of expected goals of the dissertation and the characteristics of the selected methods.

Course of study

In the course of 1., 2. and 3. year the sudents of Ph.D. study programme Physical Chemistry take minimally 3 examinations from subjects, which were approved by Scientific board of Ph.D. programme. These exams are involved in Individually study plan after the consultation with the advisor. In special cases student can take examination from subjects of other Ph.D. programmes accredited at the Faculty of Chemistry, Faculties of Technical University of Brno, or other universities. The subject Progress in Physical Chemistry is compulsory for all students in Ph.D. study programme Physical Chemistry. In the course of 1., 2. and 3. year the students also perform the experimental work, connected with the Ph.D. thesis. At the end of the 3. year, after taking all prescribed examinations, the students undergo the state examination. 4. year is devoted to the conclusion of experimental work, the evaluation of obtained results and writing of Ph.D. thesis. At the end of 4. year the Ph.D. students submit Ph.D. thesis to the defence.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

The specialization trains professionals who will be able to participate in highly qualified scientific and research activities based on physically-chemical processes, namely in university departments, the departments of The Academy of Sciences, research institutes, but also in industrial research centres. The graduates are prepared for independent creative work in the area of physical chemistry. Due to a wide range of practical applications of physical chemistry, the graduates can find employments not only in physical and chemical research, but virtually in all chemical or chemistry related specializations.

Access to further studies


Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Graduation requirements

final state examination, doctoral thesis

Mode of study

full-time study, combined study

Programme supervisor

ECTS departmental co-ordinator

Last updated Oct 2019

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