Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis
State doctoral examination - content and extent, required knowledge
The state doctoral examination verifies the students' knowledge in the general mathematical and physical disciplines connected with the topic of the dissertation as well as their ability to creatively solve problems of general character, beginning by their formulation continuing with their solution using appropriate devices up to the interpretation of the results. The examination topics falling into purview of individual study plans are formulated for the individual examinee accordingly so as to create a higher level of learning over the Master's degree examination.
Basic grasp of theoretical physics is required at the level of the majority of at least two important textbooks or monographs e.g. the Landau-Lifschitz Theoretical physics course or for students specializing in light optics Born,Wolf: Principles of Optics.
Specific examination topics are given at least 4 weeks ahead of the examination according to Article 32 § 4 of the MU study and examination regulations.
Doctoral Thesis Requirements
The thesis should contain original and published results or results accepted for publication in international peer reviewed scientific journals. Several publications or manuscripts accepted for publication may serve as a basis for the doctoral thesis. The thesis may be presented in Czech or English. If the students present the results of collective work it must be clearly indicated which parts are due to the student as a principal author. At the same time the coauthors' statement must be attached. At least two publications in peer reviewed journals are usually necessary for a successful thesis defense.
Requirements of the study
The preparation of the dissertation takes place during the whole duration of the studies and comprises at least 60% of the workload.
During the second semester at the latest the students in concert with their advisors create their Individual Study Plan (ISP) and present it for approval to the PhD committee.
At the end of the 3rd year of study i.e. 6th semester at the latest the student
- have passed all theoretical preparation examinations (obligatory ones and the ones chosen with the advisor in the ISP) comprising approximately 20% of the workload (point 4 of the approved ISP) excepting ongoing seminars
- present the results of their work in English at the Institute seminar (point 5 of the approved ISP)
- prove their foreign language competence (point 6 of the approved ISP)
- discharge their duties connected with their pedagogical development (at most 10% of the workload and point 8 of the approved ISP)
At the end of their studies, ideally during the standard 4 year duration of their studies, i.e. at the end of the 8th semester the students
- present their findings at an international scientific conference (point 3 of the approved ISP)
- undergo the obligatory international research internship at least 1 month in duration
- present their findings in an international scientific journal - 10% of the workload ((point 2 of the approved ISP)
- finish their dissertation thesis and file the application to defend their dissertation thesis (point 1 and 2 of the approved ISP)
Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations
Non-Euclidean Geometry in Optics, Mgr. Martin Šarbort, PhD., Advisor: prof. Mgr. Tomáš Tyc, Ph.D.
Enhanced properties of carbon based coatings, Mgr. Eliška Mikmeková, PhD., Advisor: Ing. Ilona Müllerová, DrSc.