Biophysics – Field of study catalogue MU
“Interdisciplinarity is our specialization”
The goal of the study is to qualify students for a profession of an independent research worker - biophysicist. The study consolidates theoretical and experimental physical background, including the knowledge of mathematical methods, and gives education in the field of physical properties of the nature and manifestation of living systems. Besides the physical knowledge it encompasses basic chemical, biochemical, biophysical and biological disciplines, which results in qualitatively high-level biophysical specialization. Biophysics can be studied in two branches. Graduates in Molecular Biophysics have good education in that area (with an accent on the structure of biopolymers and their interaction with physical and chemical factors) as well as genetics (biophysical problems of mutagenesis and genomics) and membranology (understanding relations between the structure, properties and function of membranes). Graduates in Applied Biophysics have theoretical knowledge in human biology (morphological disciplines and physiology), enabling them to operate modern medical devices and assess the risks connected with them, among others.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- work in biophysical laboratories or in other facilities with general biophysical or biomedical orientation
- develop further theoretical knowledge and skills, namely in the field of utilisation of exact measurement methods
- actively utilise sophisticated methods of statistical analysis of biophysical data
- continue with the respective doctoral study programme in case of interest
- act as an expert in operation of biomedical devices for research, diagnostics and therapy
The study prepares the graduates for a doctoral study programme at university or departments of Czech Academy of Sciences, which qualifies the graduate as a future research worker. The graduate of the Applied Biophysics programme can find employment in medical departments as a highly qualified worker for operation of modern diagnostic and therapeutic devices.
The graduate can also find jobs in basic and applied research, at universities, in various laboratories and companies, metrological institutions, institutions using informatics, and others. The graduate is able to carry out independent scientific work and find solutions to complex problems, at least in the branch of biophysics, in which he/she completed the study.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination students must obtain a total of 120 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses. Required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and make up 90 credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis). The semi-optional courses, which make up 20 credits in total, are chosen by students according to their interest and intended professional specialization. The remaining 10 credits can be obtained for optional courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or for other courses offered by any other study programme with physical, chemical, informatics or biomedical orientation.
For all students there is an obligation to complete at least one course taught in English from the ones offered at the department for the given level of studies.
During the course of their studies students should follow the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation. Students can access the Course Catalogues through the faculty website.
The final state examination consists of the defence of a Master's thesis and two oral exams. Both of these exams evaluate the students' knowledge in these subject areas: 1) general physics at the level of a basic course, 2) molecular biophysics (structure of biopolymers, mutagenesis, basic membranology) or applied biophysics (with the accent on interactions of medical devices, biosignals and the impact of physical factors on living organisms).
Both above mentioned parts of the exam also verify the knowledge of general scientific methods and statistical processing of measurement results. The questions correspond to the assigned subject areas and recommended literature.
A part of the final state examination is also the defence of a Master's thesis, which must be experimentally oriented and contain original results. The Master's thesis is usually of a greater extent, compared with Bachelor's thesis.
See also http://www.physics.muni.cz.
Doctoral studies in the field of biophysics.