Students


First enrollment

Please, arrange your residency affairs in time to meet the following dates. Note that if we have not received an appropriatelly authenticated copy of your Bachelor's certificate, you will be accepted just conditionally, which is not sufficient for visa application. Please, start gathering all required documents as soon as possible (even before admission) to prevent delays (even a smooth visa procedure takes months).

Winter semester Summer semester
registration of new students 6 – 17 September 2021 7 – 11 February 2022
field trip (optional) 12 – 17 September 2021
start of lectures 29 September 2021 14 February 2022
  • Postponed enrollment is allowed in case of prolonged visa procedure, but you are to apply for this in advance (or within 5 days after the set date at the latest), otherwise you would be expelled.
  • Exact dates for next academic year are announced usually in April. Before the update is done, you can expect similar dates as in last year.

See all dates in academic calendar.
Most information can be found on the faculty website.
STAG is a University database of courses, their lecturers, schedule, theses etc. You will be provided password to enroll or see your study details, but you can browse almost all parts (except students' details) without login.

Fees

There is no tuition, but there are several administrative fees:

  • application fee: 500 CZK or 20 EUR
  • fee for study in English language: 500 CZK or 20 EUR per year
  • a few additional minor fees not exceeding the above mentioned fees (e.g. 3.2 EUR for issuing the University ID card etc.)
  • fees for chargable administrative acts (i.e. for your non-standard requests, e.g. making changes in your course list after the standard time of enrollment etc.)
Scholarships

As there is no tuition, there is no regular scholarship. However, there are a few premium scholarships for excelent students. You can contact our departement of study affairs (studijni@prf.jcu.cz) to find more details.

  • Students with excellent study results can get "achievement scholarship" of 1,500 CZK monthly (~60 EUR) during their second year. Eligible students must reach 60 credits and GPA<1.2 in their first year. Apply by 15 September.
  • Top 20 students across all Bc. and MSc. programmes of Faculty of Science also get a bonus of 1,200 - 3,000 CZK monthly (~48 - 120 EUR) for publishing in Impact Factor journals or presenting at a conference while maintaining very good study results (60 credits in last year, GPA<1.5). Apply by 15 October.
  • There is also Dean's price for best Master thesis of 5,000 CZK (~ 200 EUR).

Applicants from some countries can also apply for a scholarship of Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. This scholarship is out of our control, see detailed information on the ministry website or contact Czech consulate in your country.

Study plan

You are to enroll for courses before the start of each semester (see the dates in academic calendar). You need to get min. 120 credits during your study, which implies you should aim at min. 30 credits per semester to finish your study in time. It is usual to enroll a bit more courses in the first semesters to have more time for your thesis at the last semester.

There are two obligatory courses (type A) in this Master's programme: "Master Thesis, Practical Part" for 13 credits (in each semester) and "Ecology Colloquia" for 2 credits (once per year, recommended in 2nd and 4th semester). In addition, you are to enroll any courses to get over the 30 credits per semester. When compiling your study plan, remember that you are to enroll facultative-obligatory courses (type B, "core courses") for min. 40 credits during the whole study.

See Study and Examination Regulations of USB and Provision of the Dean for more details.

Thesis topic and supervisor

You are to find a supervisor and agree on a topic of your thesis during the first semester. Take your time to browse websites of academic departments of the Faculty of Science (mainly Botany, Zoology, Biology of Ecosystems) and institutes of Biology Centre CAS. Talk to several people. Finally, the supervisor will confirm you have successfully passed the course "Master Thesis, Practical Part". Find your supervisor in time, so that you can start working soon and the supervisor is happy to confirm your work.

You need to fill a form for assigment of Master thesis and submit it to the Department of Student Affairs.

Submit your thesis

The thesis is submitted to STAG about 1 month before the end of teaching period of your last semester. Please, check the exact date in academic calendar in advance. Other requirements (format, mandatory sections...) are described in detail in Provision of the Dean. Your supervisor will advice you not only on the content but also the form of the thesis. You should also see several published thesis to see some examples of the form (freely available in STAG). Hardcopies are not required since 2021.

Together with submission of your thesis, you are to submit an application form to the final state exam to the Department of Student Affairs.

End of study

The study ends with final state exam, which has two parts. First, you are to defend your Master thesis at a comittee of lecturers. Second, a similar committee of lecturers will examine you at an oral theoretical exam, which has three parts:

  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • a field of student's choice: Plant Ecology, Animal Ecology or Ecological Statistics
  • Theoretical Background of the Master Thesis Topic and Methodology

The diploma (Master's degree certificate) is handed over the students at a graduation ceremony, which usually takes place about 1.5 months after the final state exam. In case you need to leave Czechia earlier and do not want to take part in the ceremony, ask the Department of Student Affairs when you can pick it up.

Seminars
  • Ecology Seminar - Tuesday 16:20 in B2 - info at department of botany (not running during lockdown)
  • Kokomo Seminar - Wednesday 12:00 in seminar room of prof. Novotný's department of Entomology institute - ask Kateřina Sam (katerina.sam.cz@gmail.com) to add you in the mailing list (runs online on zoom).
  • Ecology Colloquia - obligatory course, not scheduled. You are to attend the previous seminars as well as present the plan of your thesis (in 2nd semester) and results of your thesis (in 4th semester).
Non-standard situations

The standard procedures were briefly mentioned above, but you may encounter exceptional situations. Please, always refer to the official documents of the Faculty and University or contact the Department of Student Affairs. Here is just a brief outline:

  • Enrollment: You are to enroll every semester in a standard date. If you missed enrollment, your study would be terminated. You can enroll later but you have to apply for it in time and justify it properly. You may also want to enroll earlier (e.g. in case a field trip overlaps with the standard date of enrollment).
  • Courses: You register for courses at enrollment, but you can make changes later. Changes done within three weeks of the stude period are easy (simple application, low fee). A properly justified application and a bit higer fee is required after the third week.
  • Credits: You need to get min. 120 credits during your study, which implies you should aim at min. 30 credits per semester. However, the minimum number of credits per semester is 20, not to get expelled. You are allowed to have less only in case you have already more than 120 credits (typically last semesters of "longer study"), and in case of a special study plan (e.g. in case of serious health reason). Also, remember you must get min. 40 credits from the facultative-obligatory courses (type B).
  • Failed courses: If you fail a course, you do not get the credits. It has no other implications, if you still meet the minimum criteria on the credit gain by other courses (unless you fail an obligatory or facultative-obligatory course i.e. type A or B, when enrolled for the second time).
  • Length of study: The study takes two years. Most students finish in time, but various life situations may lead to longer study.
    • study longer by <1 year: no application needed, no tuition is paid (just the usual 500 CZK/year fee for study in English). You simply do not register for the final state exam at the end of your second year and regularly enroll for the next semester. You keep the student status and you must follow usual study rules.
    • study longer by >1 year: similar to previous point, but you pay a real tuition (more than 20.000 CZK/semester)
    • suspended study: you can apply to suspend your study for up to two years. During this time, you lose the student status, i.e. you do not need to follow any study rules, as well as you have no advantage related to your residency in this country. After solving your life situation, you can continue in the study. You need to apply for suspension and termination of suspension, usualy before start of semester.
  • Pregnancy/maternity: you can apply for a special study plan or you can suspend your study (in that case, your study can be suspended for longer than the usual 2-year limit).