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    Physical Geography and Geoecology (0532VD330021) DSP II

    Faculty: Faculty of Science
    Study programme: Physical Geography and Geoecology (P0532D330021)
    Form of study: full-time
    Type of study: doctoral
    Language of instruction: English
    Standard length of study: 4 years
    Application type: Online
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      Application submission date: 15.12.2022
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      The program is carried out without any specialization.

      The doctoral study programme ‘Physical Geography and Geoecology’ prepares students for independent research at the international level. This research concerns, among others, the spatial and temporal interaction between the natural environment and the society. Contemporary physical geography is primarily composed of the fields of geomorphology, hydrology, climatology, meteorology, biogeography, and pedogeography. Research in physical geography compliments advances in other scientific fields, such as geology and geophysics, geoinformatics, biology, and ecology. An important research approach in physical geography and geoecology is the comparison of modern-day natural phenomena with their evolution in the past. Understanding the dynamics of the natural environment in the past, especially during the Quaternary, enables projections into the future, both at the regional and global level.
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      The entrance exam is one round and the interview will deal mainly with the dissertation plan and candidate’s knowledge in the given field of study. The candidates prepares a written presentation (max 5,000 characters) and an approximately 10-minute oral presentation on the following:
      a) summary of previous scientific activities
      b) brief presentation of the doctoral project
      The committee assesses the candidate’s overall motivation, their language abilities, previous scientific results, quality and feasibility of the doctoral project.
      During the entrance examination the candidate must demonstrate the technical and linguistic skills to study the given field, along with abilities necessary for independent scientific work.

      The examination is graded with a maximum of 100 points.

      Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application, but no later than by 6th January 2023 the dean may permit that the entrance exam will take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.
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      Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study programme.

      Verification method: entrance exam
      Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 03.02.2023 Until: 03.02.2023
      Alternative date (of entrance exam): 10.02.2023 Until: 10.02.2023
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      The graduates of the ‘Physical Geography and Geoecology’ doctoral study programme have advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen specialization as well as a broad general expertise in related fields. Therefore, they are well equipped for independent research, including complex multidisciplinary investigations, such as understanding natural hazards and assessing their risk for the society. At the same time, they are fully qualified users of remote sensing, GIS and statistictical software techniques that can be applied to geoscience and geoecology problems. The graduates are well-versed in relevant international literature, including literature on the interactions of society and the natural environment at all scales. Their acquired work competence and the broad understanding of the natural environment and its interactions with the society predisposes the graduates for successful collaboration with experts from other research fields or other lines of work.