Information for prospective students

Bachelors Programmes

The study programmes is carried out within  a bilateral cross-border collaboration between the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (Austria) and the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.

Biological Chemistry 

Biological Chemistry represents an alternative extension of modern molecular, cellular and structural biology towards biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, and biophysics.

The program not only focuses on competency skills and knowledge transfer in biological sciences, but also international experience and training as a chemist to pursue professional, scientific and application-oriented careers. The program not only incorporates essential areas of chemistry curcial for overall knowledge in the field, but also addresses an analysis of biological systems as well as areas of biology in which chemical procedures are crucial.
General education covers base knowledge in areas of inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Compared to studies in “Technical Chemistry”, this program provides concentrated, in-depth instruction in areas of biological chemistry and biology.


Bioinformatics trains students in modern research in population and community ecology. Bioinformatics is a key technology of one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century - the decoding of the genome. Bioinformatics remains a keytechnology of the 21st century.

Masters Programmes

The Master’s programmes are open to any student who has successfully finished a Bachelor’s programme in biology or related fields at any university. Applicants are accepted on a competitive basis, depending on their results in the admission examination.

Biological Chemistry

Biological Chemistry represents an alternative extension of modern molecular, cellular and structural biology towards biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, and biophysics.Ecology. The primary goal of the study program is to provide state-of-the-art education that encompasses molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and biophysics. The program represents an alternative extension of the modern molecular, cellular and structural biology towards biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry and biophysics.


Ecology trains students in modern research in population and community ecology. Students will be trained in modern ecology research. The courses are focused on ecological theory and analysis as well as interpretation of ecological data using modern computational approaches. The workload is about five courses per semester.

Doctoral programmes


Botany provides training for students in all basic botanical disciplines including lower and higher plants. The systematic group deals with microevolutionary processes (especially the study of hybridization, polyploid and cryptic speciation), ecological differentiation of vascular plants and phylogeographies of vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens using both molecular and conventional methods.


Entomology provides expertise and skills in education and training. Presentation of dissertation topics related to biology, biology, genetics, ecology, systematics and phylogeny research as well as applied research (eg Integrated Plant Protection and biodiversity protection). Acquired knowledge of completion in specialized workplaces such as phytosanitary services, forestry and environmental protection, as well as in basic research and education.

Students will learn to use modern methods and approaches to work in the form of professional publications. Topics of doctoral theses Ecology of xylophagous insects of tropical and temperate forests; Macroecological determinants of agricultural landscape recovery; Anthropogenic habitats in terms of ecology and protection of invertebrates; Ladybird Biology: Choosing a Partner and Securing Paternity; Mountain Butterflies Ecophysiology; The ecology of the social arsenal species of the lowland rain forest of New Guinea; Phylogeny of Erebia butterflies; Phylogeography of Longhorn Beetle (Rosalia alpina)

Ecosystem Biology

Ecosystem Biology provides students with training in the issues and methods of contemporary ecology, focusing primarily on mechanisms that determine the behavior of ecological systems. It is a link between animal and plant ecology, both in the terrestrial and aquatic environment.


Hydrobiology provides students with training in the problems and methods of contemporary hydrobiology and limnology, focusing primarily on the research of reservoirs and lakes ecosystems, chemical processes and nutrient transformation of production and microbial processes taking place in surface waters. Dissertation theses are focused on specific partial questions of basic research of aquatic ecosystem components or holistic approach to whole ecosystems and their basins and applications usable in practical water quality management in water management.

Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics

Students are led to independent scientific work in the fields of molecular, cellular and developmental biology. They must master molecular and genetic methods of work on various model organisms from protozoa and yeast to plants and animals.


Parasitology provides training for students in basic parasitologically oriented fields provided by trainers active in parasitological research and using modern instrumentation. The submitted topics of the dissertation work in the field of basic research on the biology of parasitic organisms and their relationship to hosts and in the fields of medical and veterinary parasitology. The acquired knowledge will enable the graduates to apply in specialized medical and veterinary laboratories, in basic research and in education.

Physiology and Developmental Biology – Animal or Plant Specialization

Physiology and Developmental Biology provides students with instruction in basic physiologically oriented disciplines, provided by trainers active in physiological research and using advanced methods and instrumentation. The submitted topics of the dissertation work in the field of basic physiological research at the level of molecules, cells and whole organisms, focusing on ecological and molecular physiology, with application in various medical and biological fields. The acquired knowledge will enable the graduates to work in specialized biological, medical and veterinary laboratories, in basic research and in education.


Biophysics provides training for students in the fields of physics, chemistry and biology provided by trainers active in these fields in both basic and applied research. Students are mainly concerned with solving problems related to biology and / or chemistry using physical methods.


The Department of Zoology is responsible for the Zoology and Entomology Master’s and Doctoral programmes. The Ph.D. programmes are designed to provide students with a thorough overview of biology, ecology and the evolution of animals, and with a good knowledge of modern zoological methodology. The studies are focused on animal phylogeny, ecology and the behaviour of fish, birds, mammals, and insects, and animal population ecology.

Infection biology

Infectious Biology is focused on diagnostics, clinic, immunology and epidemiology of infectious diseases and ecology of infectious agents. It reflects the need to prepare experts especially for early diagnosis of emergent infectious diseases. An important part of the knowledge gained by future PhD students is in areas where biology works with medicine - especially immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry or parasitology. Another area is research into the effect of carriers of serious human diseases on the immune response of the host. The study of immunotherapeutic possibilities of cancer is also one of the possible thematic areas for dissertations.

Research and Doctoral Studies