Master's Study Programs

Environmental Chemistry (in Czech)

Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Šárka Klementová, CSc. Study in Czech only.

Master's study programme Environmental Chemistry is intended for Bachelor's in Chemistry and provides a specialized education in Chemistry fields related to the environment. Curriculum contains both lectures and practical laboratories. A very important part of the studies is highly credited Master's Thesis which should represent an independent research topic.

Biochemistry (in Czech)

Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Ivana kutá Smatanová CSc. Study in Czech only, English version in preparation.

Master's study programme Biochemistry is intended for Bachelor's in Chemistry and provides specialised education in Biochemistry. Graduates are prepared for a future career in biochemical and biotechnological laboratories and institutions working in research, development, industry, or supervision. Students gain knowledge in advanced biochemical disciplines including practical skills with up-to-date instrumentation and methods. Developing communication skills and the English language are also included.

Graduates can continue their studies in various PhD. programmes, including Biochemistry.

Biological Chemistry in English at the Faculty of Science USB and Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria

Guarantors: prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D. (PřF JU); prof. Frans Mulder (JKU)

Cross-borded program - Unviersity of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Johannes Kepler Unviersity in Linz. Study in English only.

The joint Master's degree program in Biological Chemistry is organized and supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the JKU Linz and the Faculty of Sciences at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic.


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 modern molecular, cellular and structural biology towards biochemistry, bio-organic chemistry, and biophysics.

The length of the study is 2.5 years (5 semesters).

  • The first year of master's study should take place in Linz and involves the study of chemistry, structural biochemistry, and biophysical chemistry.Students should find a supervisor and a topic for their master theses already in the first year of their study.
  • The second year of study focuses on structural, molecular, and systems biology and takes place in Ceske Budejovice.
  • Students spend the fifth and final semester, at the University, where they are working on their master theses.

A fee for studying at FSc USB in a foreign language is 500 CZK (or 20 EURO), as stated in the Provision of the Dean No. 83. Za studium v cizím jazyce se na PřF JU platí poplatek 500 Kč (anebo 20 EURO) za rok, viz Opatření děkanky D83.

The program is conducted entirely in English. Applicants from study programs other than Bachelor Biological Chemistry and other universities must provide a sufficient TOEFL score or pass an exam (see below).

The emphasis during the study is laid on modern forms of study focused on practical instruction with the use of modern information technology. A significant portion of the study program consists of practical training, praxis in research laboratories, and involvement in research projects.

Successful completion of the master's degree program will open the door to continuing on to doctoral studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, or bioorganic chemistry. Graduates of the cross-border Biological Chemistry study program will receive a professional qualification at the frontier of modern chemistry and biology. This will clear the path for a wide range of employment positions at institutions undertaking basic and applied research and development, in chemical and biological laboratories, at biotechnology companies, universities, institutes of the Academy of Sciences, and private companies. Excellent knowledge of the English language will prepare graduates of this attractive discipline for involvement in international research teams or work abroad.

Joint-degree means that the students are working on one master thesis (either at USB or JKU) and their studies will be finished by one state exam and defence (at the university, where the master thesis is done). Students receive two diplomas and one title (Mgr in Czech and the equivalent MSc in Austria).

a helpful booklet on how to survive the first year in Linz, written by the first students of the study program.



Admission to the study program is based primarily on the applicant's academic credentials and his/her knowledge of biology/chemistry/biophysics and the English language. Admission is granted without regard to sex, age, religion, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status. The master’s “Biological Chemistry” study program welcomes qualified candidates for transfer admission from accredited universities with a completed bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, or related fields showing substantial knowledge of biology and chemistry comparable to graduates of our bachelor Biological Chemistry program.

An official TOEFL level of at least B2 (SERR) will be required. The candidates without this TOEFL level will have to pass the internal English test at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia (FS USB).

A) Students who successfully graduated in the bachelor program Biological Chemistry from USB and JKU are admitted to the master's program automatically (be aware of the deadlines for application into the master study programmes - you need to apply in advance).

B) Applicants for masters program Biological Chemistry from other programs or universities

Applicants with sufficient background in chemistry and biology will have to pass a written exam composed of three parts:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • General, Organic, and Analytical Chemistry.


Tuition fee
According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, students are required to pay a tuition fee. The tuition fee reflects extra administration and operational costs connected with running the study program in a foreign language (estimated to be around 10 EUR per student). The precise amount will be declared by the dean of the Faculty of Science at the beginning of each calendar year, in accordance with the Study and Exam Guidelines of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.

Students are supported by various stipends from USB and JKU during their studies - the Dept. of Study Affairs will provide more information. Further possibilities fo stipends for students outside Austria.


Requirements for successful completion of studies
The requirements follow the Internal guidelines of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. Further requirements are specified in the Internal guidelines of the Faculty of Science of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. To complete the master’s study program in Biological Chemistry, four basic requirements have to be fulfilled. The student has to pass all required exams and acquire a sufficient amount of credits (≥ 150). The student is also required to defend a master's thesis and subsequently pass a final oral exam.


Bachelor and Master theses

The requirements for theses is very different at JKU and USB, especially for the bachelor thesis. please, read the information on theses writing!



Facebook group of Biological Chemistry students

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Faculty of Science

Branišovská 31

370 05 České Budějovice

Czech Republic

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Altenbergerstr. 69

A - 4040 Linz


Student Services Departments:


Tel.: +420 387 772 249
e-mail: studijni (at)

Jindřiška Trefná jtrefna (at)

Tel.: +43 732 2468 1312
e-mail: lss (at)



Prof. RNDr. František Vácha, Ph.D.
e-mail: vacha (at)
Tel.: +420 387 776 224

Dr. Ján Štěrba
e-mail: sterbaj (at)
Tel.: +420 387 776 220

Univ.-Prof. Frans Mulder
e-mail: frans.mulder (at)
Tel.: +43 732 2468 9300

Dr. Adriana Rathner

e-mail: adriana.rathner (at)


Chemistry for Educationfor Secondary Schools (in Czech)

Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Martin Kabeláč, Ph.D. Study in Czech only.

Master's study programme Chemistry for Education is the final second part of studies of the future teachers at secondary schools. Students choose an adidtional approbation together with Chemistry. At FSci USB, several combinations are possible - any combination of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, and Informatics.


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