PřF ANGE Analytical Geochemist
Name in Czech: Analytický geochemik
doctoral combined
Included in the programme: PřF D-ANGE_ Analytical Geochemist

Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis

The first part of the regular completion of the doctoral study is the state doctoral examination (SDE), the general requirements of which are laid down in the Study and Examination Regulations of MU, Article 32 in fulfilling the obligations of Article 30. The doctoral student prepares the dissertation theses and submits them at the latest one month before SDE. The SDE must be performed during the 5th to 6th semester of study. In the framework of the SDE, the examination board is first acquainted with the theses of student dissertation. Further, the overall level of knowledge of analytical chemistry and geochemistry is examined on a broader general level, the knowledge in the sub-area in which the dissertation thesis is elaborated is discussed more thoroughly. Depending on the nature of the work, the knowledge of specialty is also tested. The exam emphasizes a thorough understanding of the context and knowledge gained during the study, an overall view of the applicant, his / her ability to orientate himself / herself in the fields of analytical chemistry and geochemistry and his / her interest in the latest information from specialized literature. The specialization of the candidate given by the focus of his / her dissertation is considered. Framework topics for the state doctoral examination:
- Modern trends in analytical chemistry
- Analytical methods in geochemistry
-Data processing and statistical analysis
-Geological processes, mineralogy, petrography, geochemistry
- Research methods used in the dissertation of the candidate
The second part of the state doctoral examination is the defense of the dissertation, which can be submitted in Czech or English. The admission to the defense of the doctoral dissertation is conditioned by the fulfillment of the condition of publication activity by publishing the results in professional journals. The preferred form of dissertation in the Analytical Geochemist program is a summarizing book containing an overview of existing knowledge in the given field of science, important impulses for the work itself, an experimental part describing in detail the experiments, the results of the work of the student, described in detail and discussed in context with the present state of science, a final summary final summary of results, Czech and English abstract, list of literature and list of abbreviations used in the dissertation. A possible form of the dissertation is a commented set of published scientific papers, which the student must complete with an original accompanying text that demonstrates the ability of synthesis and integration of partial results into the current state of science. If the articles and manuscripts contained in the dissertation or submitted for defense are written with the co-authors, the doctoral candidate in the dissertation must clearly define his material share in each of them. The defense of the dissertation thesis should prove the ability of the applicant to present the obtained results and to orientate himself in the issues of the specialized field and the wider discipline at the current professional level. The defense of the dissertation takes the form of an oral presentation, during which the candidate acquaints the examination board and listeners (students, academicians) with the topic and objectives of the thesis, the problems solved, the methods used and the results obtained. Candidate responds to the comments and questions contained in the reviews of the supervisor and the opponents of the thesis and responds to the questions raised during the public discussion.

Requirements of the study

The PhD study program Analytical Geochemist is divided into three stages. During the first stage, the student and his supervisor prepare the ISP. In the second stage, student fulfills the conditions for joining the state doctoral examination and in the third stage student will perform the SDE and fulfill the conditions for joining the defense. Passage through the study is monitored in the form of meeting specific milestones in the ISP. The advances of each student in the program are monitored by the Doctoral study board and evaluated at annual evaluation meetings.
Milestone 1 - End of the 1st semester
- The student together with the supervisor will prepare a detailed ISP, which will be approved by the Subject Council of the Analytical Geochemist.
Milestone 2 - End of the 4th semester
- the student completes all theoretical and practical training courses, which will prove successful completion of 4 courses extending theoretical knowledge and deepening knowledge of a broader scientific field (completed exam) and 4 courses deepening specialized knowledge of the field (completed colloquium or credit)
- The student completes the Seminar and Seminar XD107 and obtains the required number of credits
- in each autumn semester completes subject Handling chemical substances (C7777)
- student demonstrates fulfillment of language competence in professional English
- fulfill the obligations connected with pedagogical development by obtaining credits for the course Teaching Assistance (XD102)
- student fulfills other additional duties according to ISP
- The student prepares the thesis of the dissertation
- the student submits an application for the SDE
Milestone 3 - End of Standard Study Period (end of 8th semester)
- the student submits the dissertation theses at least one month before the SDE
- The student will pass the SDE in the 5th to 6th semester
- student prepares the dissertation for defense by completing the course Dissertation Preparation (XD100)
- fulfill the conditions of publication activity by publishing the results in specialized literature
- the student completes the seminars and obtains credits for the Subject Seminar, in which participation is compulsory for the actual period of study, the seminar is not obligatory for students of combined study
- The student completes and obtains credits for the DSP XD107 Seminar, where attendance is mandatory for the actual period of study. The course is organized by a student conference at the end of each semester. In the case of an internship abroad, the student is acknowledged to have completed XD 107 on the basis of a presentation at a seminar of a working team abroad. The student presents two posters during his / her studies and in the semester before the defense of his / her dissertation he / she will present at the conference with a lecture containing the results of his / her dissertation. The seminar is obligatory for students of combined studies during the standard period of study (first 4 years), the lecture before the defense is obligatory for both forms of study (full-time and combined)
- in each autumn semester completes subject Handling chemical substances (C7777)
- the student proves fulfillment of the obligation to present at a foreign conference by obtaining credit for the course Professional Lecture in a Foreign Language (XD106)
- student proves fulfillment of international cooperation by obtaining credit for the course Foreign Work Stay (XD110)
- the student submits an application for the defense of the dissertation

Suggestion of theses topics and the topics of defended theses

Boron isotopes in tourmaline from various rock types of the Svratka Unit
Variations in REE and trace element concentrations in tourmalines from granitic rocks
Lithium isotopes in micas from granitic pegmatites of the Moldanubicum
Distribution of REE in coexisted phospahtes and silicates in granitic rocks
Light elements (Li, Be, B) in cordierite-group minerals and their petrological significance
Variations of U, Th, REE and Zr in selected minerals of the U-deposit Rožná
Research and development of methods for fast mapping of elemental spatial distribution in minerals and ores by laser induced breakdown spectrometry LIBS
Calibration of laser induced breakdown spectrometry (LIBS) exploiting x-ray fluorescence spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry for evaluation and interpretation of data obtain by LIBS
Research and development of chemometric protocols for laser induced breakdown spectrometry data evaluation and interpretation
Influence of surface treatment on accuracy of LA-ICP-MS method for area mapping of geological materials
Development of single-pulse Nanoparticle-Enhanced LA-ICP-MS for non-destructive analysis
Study of laser radiation interaction with geological samples and used standards in LA-ICP-MS
Study of elemental distribution in rocks and minerals

Recommended progress through the study plan


The study plan does not contain any courses.