Study documents

 

Newly accredited PhD courses:

Forest Phytology: - course taught in English

Forest phytology is a broadly conceived scientific discipline focusing on the study of plant organisms whose environment is the forest ecosystem or its surrogate community, in all biomes of the world where forests can occur. The subject of the study is the structure and mutual relationship of plants, and their relationship with abiotic factors in forest ecosystems. The aim of the PhD course is to educate specialists for the development of the science and its application in forestry and for educational activities at the highest level.
The PhD graduate will acquire general, professional and specialist knowledge and skills for independent scientific and creative professional work. A PhD graduate in Forest Phytology is a specialist who is able to resolve issues of plant properties, anatomical and morphological structures, and vital functions (physiology) on the basis of quantified physiological and structural parameters (using modern instrumentation) in woody and herbaceous plants studied in the laboratory, but especially in the field, in order to assess the state and trend of their development. The student is able to evaluate woody plants of the dominant plant component of forest ecosystems, or herbaceous plants, from an ecological, chorological and taxonomic point of view, and their partial role in the ecosystem. The student is also able to develop a concept of measures to improve the condition of woody species of forest ecosystems in particular. The student can prepare a proposal for measures to improve the functional (or mechanical) stability of woody plants and propose scenarios for their future development, including the possibility of influencing this stability through forestry interventions, both in Central Europe and in other areas (e.g. subtropical, tropical or boreal). The student is able to apply the afore-mentioned issues to forest or agricultural land, as well as to urban areas.

Furniture Technology

A student on the Furniture Technology course is prepared for scientific and science-teaching work in applied research in the field of furniture. During their studies the students acquire general, vocational and specialist knowledge and skills to prepare them for work in scientific research and development institutions, or departments of universities and colleges. An extensive overview of the studied field and the ability to synthesise in solving professional problems is also a significant advantage to graduates in obtaining leading positions in professional practice. The mission of the PhD graduate in Furniture Technology is to be the leading creative worker in the research, development and manufacture of furniture. For this activity, the student is equipped with skills in the field of creative design with a knowledge of modern technology. The graduate should fulfil the role of leader of a research and development team and set the direction of its research and development work. The fundamental knowledge of the graduate is in the field of construction, proportioning of the proposed product, creation and production of wood and non-wood furniture, including the application of new materials, components and new manufacturing technologies. The graduate can apply their acquired knowledge to creative design, construction, and innovation of furniture in all interdisciplinary contexts, based on research and their acquired theoretical knowledge, not only in technical terms, but also in related humanitarian fields. Another, no-less important mission for the graduate, is the innovation and creation of products based on technical erudition, kinesiology, creative techniques and knowledge of manufacturing processes. The student also acquires knowledge of the properties of materials and processing components from which the furniture will be made, in relation to the particular properties required of them, the possibility of interchangeability of these components, and the energy factors and related processes.
The course prepares graduates for the scientific and research base of the furniture industry, in all scientific contexts. Its aim is to prepare developers able to combine the technical and social requirements of furniture, which can then be implemented in research and development of the field of furniture research and production in order to increase the competitiveness of products, their safety, the safety of furniture production processes and quality of life, which relates to the interior environment and its furnishings. Other areas of knowledge covered by the course include education and research in specific furniture technology relating to environmentally friendly processing of materials from sustainable sources.

Wood Material Engineering: - course taught in English

The aim of the PhD course Material Engineering of Wood is to provide qualified personnel for scientific and research activities in the field of material sciences focusing on wood and wood-based materials, as well as in the field of experimental development of new wood-based materials, and in the product application of new knowledge of wood (buildings, structures, furniture, special wood products, etc.). The course focuses on the theoretical basis of the field, theoretical and practical mastery of experimental and computer techniques used in wood research, as well as on advanced mastery of specialized knowledge and skills relating to the selected dissertation topic. The course orientation is towards preparation for scientific and research practice within the selected focus.
The field of study is progressive as it focuses on renewable raw materials, not only in the Czech Republic, but also worldwide; it respects the principles of sustainability and environmental considerations; it has an ever-expanding scope of application made possible by new scientific knowledge – in modern technologies, materials, and products; last but not least, it combines interdisciplinary approaches to material engineering.

The graduate will have acquired the necessary knowledge in the field of material science, chemical composition of wood, structure of wood and lignocellulose materials, physical and mechanical properties of wood, composite materials, wood property modification processes, and degradation processes of wood and wood-based materials. They will also have gained knowledge of the creation of new products, the use of modern materials in wooden structures and timber buildings, and the life cycle of products. They will be qualified to develop and use the acquired knowledge in the development of new materials, and in the practical optimization of technological processes, including wood and wood-based materials.
The graduate will also have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills in the field of project management and information technology, which will increase their competitiveness in potential applications for grants, research planning and management, development and innovation in the European science and research sector, educational environments and practice.

Forest Phytopathology and Mycology: - course taught in English

The aim of the PhD course is to provide scientific training of specialists in phytopathology of woody plants and mycology in terms of forest ecosystems and trees growing in non-forest environments. The PhD course enables students to follow up on master's courses offered by FFWT MENDELU or courses in other fields, especially biology and agricultural studies. The basic aim of the course is research, education and scientific training in the field of pathogens, saprotrophs and endophytes of woody plants as well as the diversity of mycobiota of forest ecosystems. The student will gain experience in the application of standard microbiological and molecular biological methods used in phytopathology and mycology. The aim of the course is the education and training of graduates for scientific, specialist or educational activities within forestry, biological disciplines, and plant health. The graduate will also gain skills in research methodology and learn how to have the results of research published in international scientific journals.
The basic aim of the PhD course in Forest Phytopathology and Mycology is to prepare promising master's degree graduates for scientific and science-teaching work in the field of basic and applied research in phytopathology and tree protection or mycology and related agricultural and natural sciences.
General, professional and specialist knowledge and skills acquired during the course predispose the graduate to work in scientific research institutions (departmental research institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of the Environment; phytopathological workplaces of ÚKZUZ – Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture - CISTA), in Institutions of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and at other universities. An extensive overview of the studied field, as well as the ability to synthesise in solving professional problems, also favours the graduate in applying for leading positions in professional practice. In addition, adequate knowledge of a world language enables the graduate to work abroad.
The graduate of the PhD course is capable of complex analysis of the causes of disease in trees, they have a basic knowledge of tree pathogens and the diversity of mycobiota of forest ecosystems, and can apply standard microscopic, microbiological and molecular-biological methods used in tree phytopathology and mycology. The graduate is familiar with the methods of scientific research and laboratory expertise, analysis and interpretation of results and effective treatment and measures. The graduate is able to work in a scientific team, publishing the results of research in international scientific papers, and communicates effectively in English.

Techniques and Technology of Forestry Processes

The PhD course in Techniques and Technology of Forestry Processes is dealt with as a homogeneous subject without defined specializations, but it still allows students to deepen their knowledge according to their needs and professional focus via suitable selection of professional subjects and a dissertation topic. The PhD course enables students to follow up on master's study courses, which are offered at FFWT MENDELU, or other fields of study of suitable specialization, with basic knowledge of forestry issues. The fundamental aim of the PhD course Techniques and Technology of Forest Processes is research, education and scientific training in applied fields dealing with technological processes in forestry and related fields, i.e. forest management or reforestation, care for non-forest greenery, biomass energy production, etc. The aim of the course is to prepare and educate the graduate for scientific, specialist, operational, managerial or educational activities, enabling them to accurately design and manage the implementation of production processes in forestry and related fields, ensuring they are ecologically based, technologically manageable and economically viable, and that they provide the potential for sustainable management. Based on multidisciplinary analysis, the graduate will be able to formulate key parameters, needs and limitations of production processes and technical means, and can maintain them to the full use of optimal, progressive, environmentally friendly and economically viable production technologies and technical means. The aim is to educate specialists for the development of science and its application in forestry and related fields as well as for educational activities at the highest level.
The basic goal of the study program is to prepare promising young graduates of university master's studies for scientific and science-teaching work in the field of applied research.

Expertise:

  • knowledge of legislation and working procedures within the field;
  • knowledge of the field as defined below.

Professional skills:

  • is able to recognize and understand more complex professional problems and propose solutions;
  • can process, interpret and apply research results in practical activities;
  • is able to work in an interdisciplinary team and in an international context in creative work
  • is able to apply multicriteria principles in the design, selection, optimization of deployment and operation of technical means and technologies in forestry processes.

Competence:

  • is able to work scientifically at an appropriate level - according to own individual focus will be able to study, work scientifically and develop their knowledge and skills within the team;
  • is able to independently manage and conduct scientific research tasks and projects;
  • is able to communicate professionally in a world language and present results abroad;
  • is competent to manage and operate processes associated with the application of technology, mechanization and labour in a considerate, efficient and safe form in production and work processes in forestry and other areas of activity;
  • is able to educate the professional and general public and lead a professional discussion with them.

General, professional and specialist knowledge and skills predispose the graduate to work in scientific research institutions, in Institutions of the Academy of Sciences, universities and colleges. An extensive overview of the studied field, as well as the ability to synthesise in solving professional problems, also favours the graduate in applying for leading positions in professional practice. In addition, adequate knowledge of a world language enables the graduate to work abroad.

Forest Management: - course taught in English

The aim of the course is to expand the theoretical and practical knowledge of doctoral students in the field of forest management. Emphasis is placed on the collection and analysis of dendrometric quantities by terrestrial and remote sensing methods, modelling of forest growth and dynamics, the influence of habitat and climatic conditions and subsequent solution of theoretical and practical problems of forest management. The field of study is a complex synthesis of modern methods of data collection, use of decision support systems, mathematical modelling and growth simulators and methods of evaluation of the influence of harmful factors on forest production and management. The graduate can expect to work in the academic sphere and research institutions, as a manager in forestry and landscape management, as a specialist in state and municipal forest administration or companies engaged in the collection and management of spatial data on forests and landscape. Furthermore, the graduate can work for international organizations as an expert in the FAO, EU, IMF, etc.

The graduate of the PhD course in Forest Management is able to apply broad theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of forest property management with regard to various natural, economic and legislative conditions. They are able to methodically manage and perform forest inventories as well as detailed biometric, geostatistical and spatial analyses of data obtained by methods of remote sensing and terrestrial surveying. Based on these data (using decision support systems), the graduate can also decide on the optimal choice of management at various spatial-temporal scales of the forest ecosystem. The synthesis of elements of forest management with applied geoinformatics technology creates the basic precondition for the practical application of the concept of precision forestry. It is an approach with a number of multidisciplinary overlaps developing both classical and remote methods of research into forest condition, mathematical-statistical processing of biometric data and differentiated adaptable forest management, taking socio-economic conditions into account.

Forest Protection and Game keeping

This course can be studied with a choice of two specializations, namely Forest Protection and Game keeping

Forest Protection is complexly interpreted, i.e. at the level of the forest ecosystem, by taking into account permanent ecological conditions and also by applying acquired knowledge to forest management and care of forest ecosystems. The course focuses on scientific research and independent creative work in the areas of forest entomology, forest phytopathology, and ecology of stress on woody plants and forest ecosystems. The graduate is a specialist who is able to diagnose phytophages and zoophages (including invasive species) and, according to symptoms, is able to determine the cause of damage to woody plants and forest ecosystems by various stressors. They have the ability to complexly analyse the causes of woody plant diseases and the disturbance of ecological stability of the forest. Based on acquired field work and laboratory work, the graduate is able to scientifically analyse, evaluate, and suggest effective protection and protective measures that include the main principles of the ecosystem concept and anti-resistance strategies.

Game keeping focuses on the study of biology, ecology of mammals and birds classified as game, on the impact of their existence on the ecosystem, and on possible management of animal populations. The basis is the ecosystem concept for the existence of game as part of the landscape, and the study of the animals' mutual interaction on a local and regional scale, in terms of vitality and functional stability under short-term and long-term variable living conditions. The graduate is able to address a wide range of issues relating to the existence of mammals and birds in the present landscape. In particular, it includes methodical support for monitoring the state of populations and their impact on the environment, evaluation of factors influencing the distribution and abundance of endangered species, and analysis of factors and management optimization for species that need to be constantly regulated. The graduate is also able to develop theoretical measures to improve the state of ecosystems, with an emphasis on the existence of wildlife, and is able to propose an effective form of management to preserve the productive and non-productive functions of the landscape.

Forest Ecology: - course taught in English

Forestry Ecology is a multidisciplinary natural field dealing with the systematic study of processes occurring in forestry ecosystems which influence the distribution and abundance of organisms, mutual interaction between ecosystem elements and their environment. The focus of this course is mainly the mutual relationship between organisms and abiotic factors, and disturbance in forestry ecosystems. The course also emphasizes a systematic approach to understanding the mechanisms influencing the spatial distribution of organisms, dynamics of populations, flux and transformation of energy and mass. A forest, in this sense, is understood not only as a producer of wood, but also as an ecosystem with the ability to sustain a high level of biodiversity, to fulfil soil-preservation functions, bind and store carbon on a long-term basis, favourably influence the climate and water regime of the landscape, resist disturbance, and even restore itself spontaneously. At the same time there is focus on the ecosystem, which, due to climate change and incorrect management, may become highly sensitive to different types of stress and even lead to its disruption.

The graduate of the PhD study programme in Forestry Ecology is a specialist capable of evaluating the condition and development trends of forest ecosystems under different circumstances. They are able to elaborate conceptual measures for improvement in the state of forest ecosystems and suggest optimum means of maintaining production and non-production functions of the forest. Similarly, the graduate is able to work at the level of landscape ecology, especially with a focus on ecological links and interaction in the forest, in European conditions as well as in other areas, e.g. in subtropical or tropical areas. The complete spectrum of knowledge and skills will enable the graduate to achieve qualified solutions to specific situations, not only from the point of view of current situation, but also in terms of prediction of forest ecosystem development, with the aim of achieving economic and ecological benefits, and their implementation at the optimum moment of time. The course in Forestry Ecology links together the beauty of the forest and ecology in the landscape.

Silviculture: - course taught in English

The PhD study programme in Silviculture is designed to expand the student's basic knowledge acquired within the Master´s degree course in professional forestry disciplines such as – genetics and cultivation of woody species, seed science, forest nurseries, formation and cultivation of forest stands, forest regeneration, formation and cultivation of woody vegetation or forests under specific conditions, intensive forest culture, agro-forestry etc. Within these disciplines it is possible to specialize intensively in anatomy or morphology of seedlings, plantlings and grown trees, their organs and phenology, ecophysiology, synecology, production ecology etc. This will involve integration with other disciplines such as forestry geobiocenology and typology, forest preservation, economic modification of forest, remote sensing of the Earth, forestry economics etc. The aim of this course is to prepare and educate graduates for forestry science or specialist roles, or for academic activities.

Students of the PhD study programme in Silviculture shall be able to analyse the possibilities for the use of natural processes or the application of effective artificial procedures to achieve poly-functional or specific gain from forest ecosystems, as well as from woody non-forest stands. Mastering the biotechnical principles of this discipline for forest cultivation is the basis for fulfilling the theoretical and practical content of the main aim of forest cultivation – to ensure all production and non-production functions of the forest, but also of the woody vegetation in the landscape. Within the PhD course, great emphasis is put on current issues within forestry and forest cultivation (selection of woody species, natural regeneration, growth of woody species etc.) linked with ecosystem services, primarily considering global climate change and the anthropogenous influence of stand conditions leading to changes in approach to forest cultivation.

Landscape Management and Engineering: - course taught in English

The aim of the PhD course is to prepare PhD students for professional, scientific and creative work in the field of landscape biotechnology (ecosystem processes in the landscape, their controlled influence, self-regulation and stability of landscape components and their application in the design-technical sphere) and environmental studies in social relations (humane - anthropogenic use of the landscape, its optimization and development) and their joint transformation into landscape management and design (creation and protection of the landscape). PhD students prepare for the needs of research, development, higher management and the pedagogical-scientific basis of the field. The purpose of the course is to deepen and improve knowledge of scientific disciplines of landscape engineering and construction for forest functions, especially in the field of landscape water management, forest constructions, integration of constructions into the landscape, wooden structures in landscape creation and protection, landscape and spatial planning, landscape ecology and landscape revitalization, including water-course revitalization. Emphasis is placed primarily on the ability to apply acquired knowledge in solving complex scientific research and practical projects in the field of landscape engineering and construction to fulfil forest functions, the ability to assess proposed biotechnical and technical solutions from the landscape perspective and its irreversible disturbance, beyond the scope of normal engineering-technical procedures.

Within their areas of competence, the graduate is able to combine elements of knowledge of the natural environment and elements of knowledge of building structures in the landscape, along with their design and management. The basic output of the PhD course is the student's ability to resolve, at the level of scientific-research and special-application, issues of so-called landscape biotechnology, i.e. in general, to solve specific problems in the landscape with the use of both building work and natural construction processes and their mutual combination. This will be part of a multifunctional concept of biotechnical measures within the landscape in the process of optimizing the use of landscape area.

 

Notice: Englich courses are subjects to a fee!

Concluding PhD courses/disciplines:

These courses are no longer accepting applications!

  • Applied Geoinformatics
  • Botany
    • Forest Phytology
  • Wood Engineering
    • Wood Processing Technology
  • Economics and Management
    • Economics and Management of Renewable Natural Resources
  • Landscape Engineering
    • Forest Ecology
    • Landscape Development and Protection
    • Forestry and Landscape Engineering Construction
  • Forest Engineering:
    • Forest Management
    • Game keeping
    • Forest Protection
    • Forest Cultivation
    • Technology and Mechanics of Forestry Production

Accreditation for concluding PhD courses is only valid until 31st December 2024 – by this date, anyone who wishes to successfully complete their course must fulfil all course requirements and defend their dissertation!

 

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Mgr. Drahomíra Šťastná
PhD students
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E-mail: drahomira.stastna [at] mendelu.cz
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