Charles University in Prague, First Faculty of Medicine: Academic Research is all about to change

First Faculty of Medicine with almost 1 200 staff members and 3 400 students represents the largest medical faculty in the Czech Republic. It is an integral part of Charles University in Prague from its foundation by the King of Bohemia and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Charles the Fourth in 1348. As such, it is also the oldest medical faculty in Central Europe.

However, it is not just the majestic history and impressive quantitative measures that would be enough to make the institution successful and competitive. It must be ideas, people, capacities and management, which finally will be responsible for the future, profit and serviceability of any institution. To accomplish our mission, and to reflect not only the strength and vitality of the Faculty's research programmes, but also our national position and international aspirations, we affirm the following objectives:

  • To be a dynamic component of the European medical educational system
  • To run the leading-edge biomedical research within the broader frame of the European Research Area
  • To be recognized as a valuable member of the local community.

In this context:

We are here to teach medical professionals of the future: We provide undergraduate, graduate and professional programmes of the highest academic quality, taught either in Czech or English languages, pursuing internationally significant scholarship. Academic excellence, stimulation of creativity and intellectual curiosity are the highly ranking values in periodic internal evaluation of our teaching staff. The Faculty encourages and supports outstanding research trainees and research training programmes.

We seek for talents: Our students are recruited from across Europe , America, Asia and Africa and our study programmes are regularly accredited in Europe and USA.

Science is future of all of us: Faculty is heavily investing in research infrastructure. Our laboratories take advantage of virtually all state-of-the-art technologies that are in hands of enthusiastic staff with an international experience and reputation. Funding generated by scientific activities recently represents the majority of the Faculty budget.

Changing picture of our common Europe: The Faculty itself benefits from “on-the-spot” dialogue of researchers and doctors. Our research teams are involved in multiple national research projects emphasizing collaboration between basic and clinical sciences, together with researchers in other disciplines from extramural institutions. Importantly, our engagement in international teams and EU projects sharply increases.

Turning scientists into entrepreneurs: Our results demonstrate outstanding commitment to basic, clinical and applied research. The Faculty leadership together with the University management builds standard procedures of the technology transfer and win-win academia-industry liaison in compliance with the existing European rules.

Beyond the R&D community borders: Faculty experts are regularly involved in popularization of science among the community and from their side they promote public health awareness. In collaboration with journalists and media, our doctors and researchers focus on the major public medicine problems, but also help to spread fundamental scientific facts, explain how science works and develops. Our vision is to help building the knowledge based society in broader terms.

The Faculty

The First Faculty of Medicine is one of the founding four faculties of the Charles University in Prague. The First Faculty of Medicine founded in 1348 ranks among the fifteen oldest medical schools in the world.

Teaching and research at our faculty cover almost the entire spectrum of medicine and health professions from the full range of basic sciences through clinical specialties. Some disciplines are unique to our school at the national level. We prepare future medical doctors, scientists and health professionals in a modern and friendly fashion. Since we are not only a teaching, but also a research institution, we bring to education the most modern findings and technology.

University education at the First Faculty of Medicine provides several different degree programs. The greatest number of students pursues a six-year programme of General Medicine (leading to a MD degree), or a five-year programme of Dental Medicine (leading to DMD degree).

These two clinical programmes are offered both in English and Czech languages. There are other three to four year Bachelor's programmes in health professions (e.g. nursing and other specialties), some with a Master's option, offered to date only in the Czech language. There is also a vibrant PhD programme with most specialties offered in English. We also prepare doctors for their board exams. It is also important to note that there are various fee-based programmes for post-graduate students. Our teaching facilities are modern and comfortable, from auditoriums and seminar rooms through laboratories, study rooms and computer rooms. Most teaching facilities are located in historical buildings in the center of Prague, near Karlovo náměstí, I. P. Pavlova and Albertov. Clinical (practical) teaching occurs mostly in the General University Hospital, with some clinical rotations in the Motol Hospital, Thomayer Hospital, Hospital Na Bulovce, and General Military Hospital.

Our graduates readily find employment in the Czech Republic and the rest of the world. 99,7 % of the 640 graduates (between 1997 and 2015) found placement within 6 months of graduation.

Programs taught in:
  • English
  • Czech

This school also offers:

Master

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The Dentistry 5-year program leads to the Master degree MDDr. - "Medicinae Dentium Doctor" = Doctor of Dental Medicine. To the effect of the second sentence of Article 3 ... [+]

The Dentistry 5-year program leads to the Master degree MDDr. - "Medicinae Dentium Doctor" = Doctor of Dental Medicine.

To the effect of the second sentence of Article 3 Subsection 1 of the Code of Admissions Procedure for applicants for studies at Charles University, this is a study program without specialization.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Students are accepted on the basis of written entrance examination taken in English from the following subjects: standard college biology, chemistry and physics and from an interview, both taken in English. Successful candidates must achieve at least 244 points out of 330. Both parts are taken the same day, so you should know immediately if you have reached the required number of points for admission. The examination is supervised by Faculty's examiners. The maximum number of enrolled students in the academic year 2019/20 will be 20 for Dentistry. Calculators and periodic tables are not allowed.... [-]

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The 6-year curriculum leads to the Master degree MUDr. - "Medicinae Universae Doctor" = Doctor of General Medicine. To the effect of the second sentence of Article 3 Subs ... [+]

The 6-year curriculum leads to the Master degree MUDr. - "Medicinae Universae Doctor" = Doctor of General Medicine.

To the effect of the second sentence of Article 3 Subsection 1 of the Code of Admissions Procedure for applicants for studies at Charles University, this is a study program without specialization.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Students are accepted on the basis of written entrance examination taken in English from the following subjects: standard college biology, chemistry and physics and from an interview both taken in English. Successful candidates must achieve at least 244 points out of 330. Both parts are taken the same day, so you should know immediately if you have reached the required number of points for admission. The examination is supervised by Faculty's examiners. The maximum number of enrolled students in the academic year 2019/20 will be 150 for General Medicine. Calculators and periodic tables are not allowed.... [-]

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The aim of the study is to achieve (i) transdisciplinary research excellence in identifying individual risk factors for harmful substance use and addictive behaviors, (ii ... [+]

The aim of the study is to achieve (i) transdisciplinary research excellence in identifying individual risk factors for harmful substance use and addictive behaviors, (ii) advanced knowledge and skills on clinical work in the field of addictology, and (iii) theoretical insight into public health issues in addictology. The graduate acquires a deep understanding of the field of addictology and its anchoring in theory, politics and its interventions, in the study of addictive behaviors and its risk factors from a transdisciplinary perspective. The three pillars of the study further provide graduates with expertise in transdisciplinary addictology research applied to clinical evaluation and assessment of the effectiveness of public health policies.... [-]

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Doctoral study program in Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry deals with the chemical and biological characterization of biomolecules and their building units in health an ... [+]

Doctoral study program in Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry deals with the chemical and biological characterization of biomolecules and their building units in health and diseases. The program deals with their mutual transformation, with their role in the regulation of physiological processes and with their disorders. An important task is to study the biological membranes, subcellular components (organelles), energy transformations and the role of extracellular matrix and second messengers in the cell regulations. Branch also focuses on the role of free radicals in carcinogenesis and atherogenesis. The study program is closely related to molecular biology and genetics as well as to many basic and clinical biomedical fields, especially to the clinical biochemistry.... [-]

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Doctoral study program (Ph.D.) bioethics is concerned about ethical questions accompanying health and medical care from diagnostics and therapy through prevention and exp ... [+]

Doctoral study program (Ph.D.) bioethics is concerned about ethical questions accompanying health and medical care from diagnostics and therapy through prevention and experimentation to transplantation of organs and tissues. Pivotal themes include informed consent, the dignity of the human being and health or quality of life. Other fields are the normative facet of genetics and stem cells, collection, and protection of information regarding patients and just allocation of means in health care. In addition, bioethics has a tight affinity to some further disciplines like the philosophy of medicine, moral psychology, neuroethics, etiology of humans and medical law. Regarding method, bioethics belongs to philosophy while the standard span of study is 4 years.... [-]

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Biomechanics is an interdisciplinary scientific discipline, which, based on a detailed knowledge of anatomy and the biochemistry of relevant processes, deals with the mec ... [+]

Biomechanics is an interdisciplinary scientific discipline, which, based on a detailed knowledge of anatomy and the biochemistry of relevant processes, deals with the mechanical structure and behavior of living systems and their mutual mechanical interactions. The main theoretical aim is the formulation of generally valid rules, both at the cellular and organic level, as well as at the human, individual level.

The biophysical and engineering methodological approach for solving tasks is supported by high-level knowledge of the biological character. The research takes place at various distinct levels ranging from micro-biomechanics (cellular level) to living macro systems (e.g. biomechanics of humans). It is possible to encounter biomechanic applications in a wide range of sciences and professional activities.... [-]

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A graduate can process independently and at the appropriate level topics from the field of biomedical informatics. He/she is able to apply acquired knowledge as a researc ... [+]

A graduate can process independently and at the appropriate level topics from the field of biomedical informatics. He/she is able to apply acquired knowledge as a researcher and a manager in the field of biomedicine and healthcare, e.g. in design and evaluation of healthcare information systems, in the field of telemedicine, decision support systems, knowledge discovery in biomedical databases and in analyses of biomedical data and knowledge by means of statistical methods and methods of artificial intelligence. He/she can be employed in all areas of biomedical research and also in creating an information and knowledge society in healthcare. His/her place can be found in companies dealing with the development and distribution of healthcare systems, production, and distribution of medical equipment and software.... [-]

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The object of study is the dynamics, relationships, and functional-structural characteristics of basic components of eukaryotic cells under both physiological and patholo ... [+]

Graduate in the Ph.D. program acquired a good knowledge of cell biology and of biological background of basic cell pathology processes. He/she has a deep understanding of the Thesis subject and is familiar with basic methodical procedures in cell biology. The graduate acquired independent scientific mode of thinking, is able to collect and critically evaluate the existing status of knowledge and suggest solutions including experimental designs. The graduate should manage all selected methods for scientific studies oriented to his dissertation. He/she should interpret the achieved results and present as well as discuss them at scientific meetings. The graduate is able to teach both pre- and postgraduate courses in cell biology and pathology.... [-]

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A graduate of the Developmental biology study program meets the requirements for a qualified researcher. They possess theoretical and practical knowledge, plus experience ... [+]

A graduate of the Developmental biology study program meets the requirements for a qualified researcher. They possess theoretical and practical knowledge, plus experience in a wide range of biological disciplines (molecular and cellular biology, embryology and developmental biology, reproductive biology). He/she is trained to carry out fundamental and applied research into cell structures, organismal reproduction, and development, morphogenesis, the molecular basis of cellular regulation, proliferation and differentiation, and intercellular relations in multicellular systems throughout the entire life cycle of an organism. Graduates will be useful in basic scientific research, biotechnology, and applied research and practice (health, agriculture, biotechnology), as well as in the training of new generations of researchers.... [-]

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Graduates in Experimental surgery Postgraduate Doctor degree studies in Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D. programs) are usually physicians who have deep knowledge of theoretical ... [+]

Graduates in Experimental surgery Postgraduate Doctor degree studies in Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D. programs) are usually physicians who have deep knowledge of theoretical disciplines and control the basic and the advanced laboratory techniques. The graduates should be able to build a hypothesis, select appropriate methods to test the scientific hypothesis, to interpret the results of their work, to publish in scientific journals (with impact factor) and to present the result on scientific symposia and conferences. Graduates in the Ph.D. program in Experimental surgery have the excellent qualification to advance with his/her career in surgery and to achieve university degrees.

The duration of doctoral degree programs (PhD. programs) in biomedicine is at least 4 years, with the possibility to participate in international projects.... [-]

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History of medicine is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the history of medical science, history of particular specialties and their representatives, history of t ... [+]

The doctoral (Ph.D. degree) program in History of Medicine represents interdisciplinary studies dealing with the history of medical science; history of particular fields of medicine and their prominent representatives; development of medical thought; history of health care professional training; history of public health service and health care facilities; history of transformations and incidence of diseases as well as of their treatment.

The program is conceived in such a way that it can be studied by graduates with a background of biomedical or natural sciences or even humanities. In either case, the knowledge of methodology of historical science and the ability to work with primary sources (archives, literature, iconography etc.) is required, considering the student’s original background at a time.... [-]

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Doctoral (Ph.D.) study program in Human Physiology and Pathophysiology provides an introduction into the methodology of scientific work with special interest at the chara ... [+]

Doctoral (Ph.D.) study program in Human Physiology and Pathophysiology provides an introduction into the methodology of scientific work with special interest at the characterization of function and regulatory mechanisms of the human body in the healthy and diseased organism. Study of molecular mechanisms predominates with the aim to use theoretical findings in the prevention, therapy, diagnostics, and rehabilitation of human diseases and disorders. Standard and international alignment is confirmed by the state examination in the field of specialization and the defense of thesis which reflects graduate's knowledge in his specialization, level of mastering modern methodology, and his invention in the solution of scientific problems. The program is linked to many fields of clinical medicine. The standard length of study is four (4) years.... [-]

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The doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program entitled "Imaging Methods in Medicine" covers various qualitative and quantitative methods of image analysis in biology and medicine. ... [+]

The doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program entitled "Imaging Methods in Medicine" covers various qualitative and quantitative methods of image analysis in biology and medicine. Research and the development of new imaging techniques and procedures, as well as the analysis, processing, and interpretation of data, are also emphasized. The degree program is closely related to molecular biology, molecular imaging, radiology, nuclear medicine, pathology and many other fundamental and clinical fields of biomedicine. The standard length of study is three (3) years.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance procedure must be undergone by each applicant. The entrance examination is held in the form of an interview before a board and it checks the student’s capacity for scientific work in the given field and his/her capacity to complete the studies. The board evaluates:... [-]

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Immunology is a field of science concerned with the study of the immune system and mechanisms regulating immune reactions. A graduate that has finished the Ph.D. program ... [+]

Immunology is a field of science concerned with the study of the immune system and mechanisms regulating immune reactions. A graduate that has finished the Ph.D. program in immunology has acquired extensive theoretical and practical knowledge in immunology and cellular and molecular biology. Their training includes interdisciplinary education ranging from biology to biochemistry and the problems of clinically important diseases of the immune system. Graduates are capable of independent research work and have mastered a broad range of methods in the fields of gene expression, proteomics, tissue culture and analysis of samples and biological materials. They readily find positions in academic and corporate laboratories of basic and applied research as well as in clinical establishments.... [-]

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The doctoral (Ph.D.) study program Medical biophysics is an interdisciplinary branch making use the cooperation within the framework of basic science research in biology ... [+]

The doctoral (Ph.D.) study program Medical biophysics is an interdisciplinary branch making use the cooperation within the framework of basic science research in biology and medical clinical practice. Student education is focused on the relation between physics and medicine. Attention is paid to the knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic methods, studies of physical processes on biological membranes, mathematical modeling of biological processes, biomechanics, biosignals, and also to the biophysical effects of electromagnetic radiation. The standard length of study is four (4) years.

Further Information: http://dspb.avcr.cz/

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Ph.D. graduates in microbiology are educated for individual scientific work in the field of microbiology. They gain comprehensive knowledge of cellular and molecular biol ... [+]

Studies are focused on the knowledge of the biological processes occurring in the microorganisms at the molecular, cellular and ecosystems level of organizations. Graduates are accomplished in the skill of independent research and scientific work in microbiology.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance exam is conducted orally – professional and language knowledge and preparedness of the applicant to the independent to the scientific work in the particular branch are tested. Discussion about the project of a dissertation thesis is a part of the interview.

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A graduate of the Ph.D. program has sound theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular and cellular biology, genetics and virology. He/she is highly qualified in thes ... [+]

A graduate of the Ph.D. program has sound theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular and cellular biology, genetics and virology. He/she is highly qualified in these fields, especially in that which was the subject of his/her dissertation. He/she is experienced in modern molecular, cellular, biochemical and biostatistical methods, including techniques and experimental approaches.

The level of education obtained allows graduates to work skillfully in different fields of biology, microbiology, biomedicine, and bioinformatics, and to contribute at any University, an academic or industrial institution specializing in basic and/or applied research and development.

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The postgraduate (Ph.D.) program in neurosciences is designed for the study of the structure, functions, and disorders of the nervous system. The Neurosciences program co ... [+]

The postgraduate (Ph.D.) program in neurosciences is designed for the study of the structure, functions, and disorders of the nervous system. The Neurosciences program covers, in particular, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurogenetics, neuropathology and neuropathophysiology, methods used in those disciplines, essential clinical knowledge of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry as well as of the diagnostic methods used in those disciplines. A graduate of the course of study in Neurosciences has the basic knowledge of all the above parts of the discipline, is capable of independent scientific work, and well-versed in the current state of knowledge in the field of his/her dissertation. A graduate of the course of study in Neurosciences is mentioned as an author/ess in the basic reference databases of his/her field of study.... [-]

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The graduate receives appropriate theoretical grounding and practical skills for demanding scientific work in basic research at universities and research institutions. He ... [+]

The graduate receives appropriate theoretical grounding and practical skills for demanding scientific work in basic research at universities and research institutions. He/she is also qualified for teaching positions in selected biological and biomedical branches of universities and other institutions of higher education and for research and development type of work at various institutions of applied research. His/her professional qualification is directed primarily to parasitology and related fields of biology and biomedicine. The absolved curriculum provided deeper insight into the biology of parasites and their interactions with hosts and vectors at organismal, cellular and molecular levels. Practical experience with current methods of biological research increases his/her versatility for work in different branches of life sciences.... [-]

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Doctoral (Ph.D.) study program in „Pharmacology and Toxicology” is suitable for physicians and non-physicians, graduates of magister studies with biological and biochemic ... [+]

Doctoral (Ph.D.) study program in „Pharmacology and Toxicology” is suitable for physicians and non-physicians, graduates of magister studies with biological and biochemical orientation, who want to specialize in pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and will work in these disciplines in medical institutions, on clinics, in research laboratories, research institutions and on universities. By defending the Ph.D. dissertation the graduates substantiate that they are able to work independently. The standard length of study is four years. Graduates will receive the Ph.D. title and fulfill the conditions for further carrier growth in disciplines, which deal with remedies and their therapeutic and toxic effects.... [-]

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The graduate in doctoral study program (Ph.D.). Preventive Medicine will achieve an education in the field of preventive medicine. On the principles of evidence-based med ... [+]

The graduate in doctoral study program (Ph.D.). Preventive Medicine will achieve an education in the field of preventive medicine. On the principles of evidence-based medicine, the graduate will be able to assess the importance of various factors impacting on the health of both an individual and the whole population and determine the possibilities and ways of prevention of health disorders.

By defense of the doctoral thesis, the graduate alleges the ability of individual research work, publication of results in scientific journals and mentoring young researchers. The standard length of the study is four (4) years which also enables international scientific activities.

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