Zoology – Field of study catalogue MU
“Go further, not like Cimrmann did.”
The Doctoral study programme of Zoology studies individuals, populations, species and higher taxa as well as ecological groups of animals, including their functions in natural communities and ecosystems. Unicellular ”animals“ (former protozoans) can occur among zoological objects of interest. Various methods are used to study animals, such as morphological, morphometric and caryological ones; of particular importance are methods of molecular biology applied to taxonomy. In contrast with human and veterinary medicine and social sciences, zoology considers all animal species equivalent as objects of study. In contrast with palaeozoology, living species figure as a matter of zoological interest. Zoology also deals with natural relations among species and higher taxa and with phylogenetical taxonomy of animals. According to the fields of study, zoology can be divided into taxonomy, anatomy, ecology, ethology (behaviour), etc., according to the objects of study into protozoology, entomology, malacozoology, ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy etc. Excluded from Zoology - being a part of the Doctoral programme of Biology - are studies of animal parasites, water invertebrates and animal physiology having their own study programmes (Parasitology, Hydrobiology, Animal Physiology). Whether or not are studies in animal ecology included, depends on the agreement with the Ecology study programme.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- write a scientific paper
- design an experiment
- statistically analyse data
- identify selected groups of animals
- write a research grant project
Graduates are biologists with a focus on animals. They are qualified to take a position of a researcher at the Faculty of Science, institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, other research institutes, natural history museums, nature protection agencies, and natural parks.
The standard duration of the study is four years. Each semester, students must obtain 30 credits by taking specialized courses and seminars and assist with other courses. At the end of each academic year, the supervisor assesses student's performance. Students must give a talk at an international conference (in English).
The final state examination is based on the topic of the student's thesis. Moreover, the examination includes other subjects, such as zoology of invertebrates and vertebrates, ecology, ethology, entomology, etc. In order to submit a thesis, each student must publish peer-reviewed papers, specifically, two papers published in a journal with an impact factor. At least, in one of the papers, they must be the first author.