Biophysics – Field of study catalogue MU
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A Bachelor's degree programme in Biophysics is aimed at general education in the fundamentals of physics with the accent on its practical aspects, mainly gaining experience in experimental physics and basic physical laboratory techniques. A part of the study is also devoted to basic chemical, biochemical and biological disciplines needed for the formation of a relationship between physical and biophysical education. The study programme is primarily intended for the students planning to continue with a Master's study programme in Biophysics.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- describe and solve physical problems at the level of the basic physical course
- describe molecular and cellular structures and functions of living matter (including its physico-chemical properties)
- understand specific physical problems encountered in living organisms
- describe the effects of physical factors on living organisms
- employ basic laboratory methods in biology and physics
- utilise computational methods for the processing of measurement results, including simple numerical modelling
Primarily, the Bachelor’s degree should prepare students for a Master’s degree study in Biophysics. However, the graduates will also be appreciated in fundamental and applied research centres, both private and state-owned, in research laboratories as technical assistants specialized in physical, chemical, biochemical, or biological laboratory methods, in informatics, in biomedical laboratories, and others.
The standard duration of studies is six semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination, students must obtain a total of 180 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 135 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Bachelor’s thesis). The selective courses, which make up 30 credits in total, are chosen by students according to their interests and intended professional specialization. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained for elective courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or for other courses offered by other scientific or medical study programmes.
During the course of their studies students should follow the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation. They can access the Course Catalogues through the faculty website.
The final state examination consists of the following parts: 1) the defence of a Bachelor's thesis, the length of which should be minimum 50 standard pages (including a table of contents and a list of references); 2) an exam in physics consisting of written and oral parts. The written part involves test tasks in physics. At the oral part, the questions assigned are from two thematic groups - physics and biophysics. They test the students' knowledge in these subject areas: 1) the fundamentals of physics - mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics and the elementary knowledge of structure of matter at the atomic and molecular levels; 2) an overview of molecular and cellular biophysics, an explanation of the influence of physical factors on humans, and principles of biomedical devices; 3) general scientific methodology, including elements of statistical data analyses - these can appear in both physically and biophysically oriented parts of the exam. The questions correspond to the assigned subject areas and recommended literature.
See also http://www.physics.muni.cz.
Students are prepared for both continuing their study in successive Master's programmes of related branches (namely biophysics or radiological physics) and biophysics-related employment.