Degree programme objectives

The primary objective of the degree programme is to prepare independent pharmacologists working in the areas of experimental, translational, reverse translational or applied clinical research, or eventually working as independent academic experts who can apply their knowledge and experiences in pedagogical activities.

The graduates will publish the results of their doctoral thesis in excerpted journals and also present them at academic conferences.

The Entry Requirements for the Applicants:

Completed Master's studies in the fields of Internal, Dental, or Veterinary Medicine (or Pharmacology). The other applicable fields are Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics or Psychology (graduates of these non-medical fields are obliged to enrol in supplemental studies completed via an examination in Human Pathological Physiology).

Study plans

Studies

  • Objectives

    The primary objective of the degree programme is to prepare independent pharmacologists working in the areas of experimental, translational, reverse translational or applied clinical research, or eventually working as independent academic experts who can apply their knowledge and experiences in pedagogical activities.

    The graduates will publish the results of their doctoral thesis in excerpted journals and also present them at academic conferences.

    The Entry Requirements for the Applicants:

    Completed Master's studies in the fields of Internal, Dental, or Veterinary Medicine (or Pharmacology). The other applicable fields are Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics or Psychology (graduates of these non-medical fields are obliged to enrol in supplemental studies completed via an examination in Human Pathological Physiology).

  • Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

    • have an understanding of the theories, concepts, and methods, that represent the current trends in the topical area of their doctoral thesis
    • have an understanding of the theories, concepts, and methods in the context of the entire field of Pharmacology
    • prepare a competitive application for the research project grant
    • design the concept of their own research project and then consecutively implement it in the cooperation with other team members
    • interpret the results of their own research as well as the results of the research in their discipline in general
    • compose scientific articles and publish them in international scientific journals
    • work as post-graduate scientists in the Czech Republic, as well as abroad
    • be aware of and honour the ethical principles of scientific work and specific ethical issues connected to their discipline
    • professionally lead the students during their scientific preparation
    • methodically design concepts for the development of pharmaceutical products used in modern therapy (ATMP) including the pharmaceutical documentation (IMPD)
    • methodically prepare clinical evaluations of pharmaceuticals in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
    • independently perform pharmaceutical evaluations using methods which respect the principles of Evidence-Based-Medicine (EBM)
  • Occupational Profiles of Graduates

    The students are capable of taking a part in clinical research both in the academic and commercial sectors. Furthermore, they are capable of working in other areas of Biomedicine, where they can apply their experiences and skills acquired during the studies.

    The graduates are capable of independent creative and scientific work, applying for grants at both the national and international levels, publish articles in foreign academic journals with a measured impact factor, and publish the results of their work at international conferences.

    The graduate can also work as an academic expert in the field of Pharmacology or other related fields, as well as various job positions (primarily as researcher, developer, or professional consultant) in the pharmaceutical industry and the Pharmaceutical Regulation and Clinical Evaluation branches.

    The graduates who specialise in pharmaceutical medicine can work in the areas of Pharmaceutical Research and Development in the academic environment as well as the pharmaceutical industry, or work at regulatory institutions (SIDC, EMA); medical institutions focused on the clinical evaluation of pharmaceuticals, clinical pharmacology, and clinical pharmacy; or in other areas related to Biomedicine as researchers, developers, or consultants. Furthermore, they can work as academic experts in the field of Pharmacology and related fields, where they can apply the experiences and skills acquired during their studies.

  • Practical Training

    The doctoral students (based on the chosen doctoral thesis topic) work in vivo or with other appropriate laboratory methods, or other research methods under the supervision of the lecturer. Later in their studies, they work entirely independently.

    During their studies, the doctoral students will apply for professional internship scholarship offers relevant to their doctoral thesis topic with the support of their lecturer.

    According to their availability and their specific study plans, the doctoral students participate in the lecturing of pre-graduate students at the Faculty of Medicine MU to a limited extent.

  • Goals of Theses

    In their doctoral thesis, the students present the results of the work they have accomplished during their studies of the given doctoral degree programme. The lecturer together with the head of the given facility are responsible for ensuring that the student will be provided with the necessary conditions to meet the doctoral programme requirements.

    The student is obliged to compose the doctoral thesis in close cooperation with the lecturer, who will approve the doctoral thesis before it is submitted.

    The doctoral thesis must contain only original results, that have been either already published or prepared for publishing. If the student is presenting the results of collective scientific work which they have contributed to, during the defence of the doctoral thesis, they must clearly highlight the parts which they have processed themselves. Furthermore, the doctoral thesis must contain the statement from the co-authors as an attachment. This statement must confirm the authorship of the highlighted parts and evaluate the degree of contribution.

    For the purposes of the defence, the doctoral thesis must be presented either in the Czech, Slovakian, or English language. The text of the doctoral thesis has to be formally, grammatically, and structurally adequate. The doctoral thesis is presented in three copies in digital form through the IS Muni.

    Even a collection of already published accepted works relevant to the given topic can be considered to be a valid doctoral thesis if the student supplements this collection with a commentary and a complete introduction to the given topic.

  • Additional Information
    Within 1 year of being accepted into the Doctoral Degree Programme (DDP), the students present their projects in cooperation with their lecturer - the thesis of their doctoral thesis - to the Doctoral Board, other students, and to the academic staff of the Pharmacological Institute. The Doctoral Board will then discuss the thesis and the methods used in the project with the doctoral student, or eventually, propose some changes for the methods used in the project.

    During their studies, the doctoral students will report partial results of their doctoral thesis by presenting them at conferences both in the Czech Republic and abroad (for this very reason, the students will apply for financial aids at the Faculty of Medicine or other available offers).

    During their studies, the doctoral students will also apply for professional internship scholarship offers relevant to their doctoral thesis topic with the support of their lecturer.

    Within 2 years of being accepted into the DDP the student will present a manuscript of their original article (which may be in the overview form) to the lecturer and the Doctoral Board, and subsequently, the student will submit this article in an academic journal for publication

    (a reviewed and at least Czech/Slovakian academic journal).

    In the 4th year of studies at the latest, the Doctoral Board will require the DDP students to present their experimental results for publishing in a journal with a measured impact factor.

    Only doctoral thesis for which the results of the original research have been published, or accepted for publishing, in a journal with a measured impact factor will be recommended to the Doctoral Board for the purposes of the defence, while the DDP student must have been the first author of this original article (at least once).

    In the case of the student not meeting the above-mentioned conditions in the appropriate time limit, the Doctoral Board will propose the termination of their DDP studies after discussing the matter with the lecturer.

    The preparation and successful defence of the doctoral thesis take place in the last year of studies.

    The study requirements related to the Pharmacology course taught in the individual study disciplines at the Faculty of Medicine MU (in accordance with the study regulations of the Faculty of Medicine MU).

    Requirements for the state doctoral examination in Pharmacology:

    An oral defence of knowledge spanning the current insights in Pharmacology (according to the recommended literature) in front of at least a 5 member examination committee, consisting of MU experts and at least 2 members from other workplaces.

Basic information

Type
doctoral degree programme
Degree
Ph.D.
Length of studies
4 years
Language of instruction
English English

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