Please, arrange your residency affairs in time and start gathering all required documents as soon as possible (even before admission). Note that your admission cannot be completed until we receive an apropriatelly authenticated copy of your Bachelor's certificate. Even a smooth visa procedure takes months, and late delivery of required documents hinders the process.
registration of new students
4 – 15 September 2023
5 – 7 February 2024
field trip (optional)
10 – 15 September 2023
start of lectures
25 September 2023
12 February 2024
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.
There is no tuition fee (the education at Czech public schools is for free), but there are several administrative fees:
The main fees are given by the Statutes of the University (Articles 27 and 28).
As there is no tuition fee, there is no significant regular scholarship. We mainly provide an accommodation scholarship/bursary which covers the administrative fees and contributes a little to cover your living costs.
Excellent students can reach premium scholarships in the second year of study depending on the achievement in the first year:
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.
Students' research can be supported by several grant agencies; the most relevant for this study programme is Student Grant Agency (SGA) of the Faculty of Science.
You are to enroll for courses before the start of each semester. 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 in 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 except the first one when it is facultative-obligatory - type B) 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. 53 credits during the whole study. (There was a recent change in the study plan: the old plan defined Master Thesis as type A in all four semesters and min 40 credits from B courses, while in the new plan the Master Thesis in the first semester was changed to type B and therefore the min number of credits from B courses increased.)
See Study and Examination Regulations of USB and Provision of the Dean for more details.
Enrollment takes place in two steps (see the dates in academic calendar).
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 (mainly Entomology 1, 2, Hydrobiology), or Institute of Botany CAS in Třeboň. 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.
University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science:
department of Botany
Functional Plant Ecology - Jan Lepš
Restoration Ecology - Karel Prach
department of Zoology
Centre of Cognitive Ethology - Roman Fuch, Petr Veselý
department of Biology of Ecosystems
Czech Academy of Science, Biology Centre in České Budějovice
institute of Entomology
Department of Ecology - Kateřina Sam
Laboratory of Multitrophic Interactions - Kateřina Sam
Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology - Martin Volf
Laboratory of Tropical Ecology - Vojtěch Novotný
Laboratory of Experimental Ecology - Jan Hrček
Laboratory of Molecular Ecology and Phylogenetics - Pável Matos-Maravíi
Laboratory of Integrative Ecology - Jan Klečka
Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology - Lukáš Čížek
Laboratory of Woodland Ecology - Lukáš Čížek
Laboratory of Aquatic Insect Ecology - David Boukal
institute of Hydrobiology
Department of Functional Ecology - Jiří Doležal
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 (on-line in STAG), you are to visit the Department of Student Affairs to apply for the State Final Exam.
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:
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.
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: