Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry
The course of chemistry studies lasts three years, in which students have to earn at least 180 ECTS credit points. Upon completion of this study programme, holders of bachelor’s degree (baccalaureus) satisfy the admission requirements for graduate chemistry studies at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. Acquired knowledge and skills qualify the students to participate in highly professional work, that is, to continue research oriented or educational studies largely based on chemistry (graduate studies in chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, biochemistry, molecular biology and environmental science). Admission requirements for university or professional degree programmes at other higher education institutions are prescribed by those institutions. The academic title acquired upon completion of studies is Bachelor in Chemistry (univ. bacc. chem.).
Graduate Studies in Chemistry
Research oriented study programme. The study course lasts two years, in which students have to earn at least 120 ECTS credit points. The program is a natural sequel to undergraduate chemistry studies at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and is also open to students of related disciplines. Acquired knowledge and skills qualify the students for scientific-research work in chemistry and are a basis for scientific postgraduate studies in chemistry leading to doctorates in natural sciences. The study course is organized so that students can choose two out of five branches of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, physical, organic chemistry and biochemistry). Within the chosen specialty, students have to take some mandatory and some elective courses. In addition, another 6 elective courses have to be passed. These need not be in the chosen branches of chemistry. The academic title acquired upon completion of studies is Master in Chemistry (mag. chem.).
Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Educational Studies
In conjunction with the Departments of Biology and Physics, the Department of Chemistry organizes five-year educational courses of study in biology and chemistry and in physics and chemistry. Students have to earn at least 300 ECTS credit points during the course of studies, half of which have to be earned by passing exams in courses taught at the Department of Chemistry. Acquired knowledge and skills qualify the students to teach the two subjects (biology and chemistry or physics and chemistry), so it is easy for them to find employment at elementary or secondary schools. The academic title acquired upon completion of studies is Master in Biology and Chemistry Education (mag. educ. biol. et chem.) or Master in Physics and Chemistry Education (mag. educ. phys. et chem.).
Doctoral Studies in Chemistry
Doctoral studies in chemistry provide candidates with the knowledge of research methods and train them for independent scientific work. Doctoral studies are of at least three-year duration, with anaverage requirement of 60 ECTS credit points per year. Doctoral studies are a natural sequel to graduate chemistry studies (research oriented) at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and are also open to students of related disciplines. The study course qualifies the students for independent research work in chemistry and related disciplines. The doctoral study course in chemistry is based on research work in adequately equipped laboratories within workgroups, helped by experienced supervisors, and on instruction through lectures, seminars and tutorials. The role of instruction is to extend and deepen candidates’ knowledge of related fields (along with the field of doctoral research). Of special value are advisory tutorials in small groups. Instruction is in principle elective; with courses divided in three categories: general, basic and special. General courses Chemistry Seminar I, Chemistry Seminar II and Research Work are compulsory for doctoral students of all specialties (Inorganic and Structural Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry). Basic courses cover the main disciplines within a specialty while special courses complement them. Doctoral studies end with the defence of doctoral theses within one of the scientific projects of the Department of Chemistry or other collaborative scientific institutions. The academic title acquired upon completion of doctoral studies is Doctor of Natural Sciences, field: chemistry (Doctor scientiarium naturalium ad chemiam pertinentium, Dr. Sc.).