The programme extends a successful Quantitative Ecology Module lead by prof. Jan Lepš, running since 2011.
Students will be trained in modern ecology research. The courses are focused on both the ecological theory and the analysis and interpretation of ecological data using modern computational approaches. The workload is about five courses per semester.
High emphasis is laid on the students' own research; almost half of the credits are acquired for the long-term master project (you work on the project throughout your whole master study). Consequently, the best projects get published with the student as the first author. The lecturers and theses leaders run high-quality research projects and closely cooperate with the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Students will improve their critical thinking, get a strong statistical background, excellent field skills, learn how to present their research or how to write a grant (and possibly get it!).
Graduates will be prepared to continue in a PhD in Ecology at any university or research institute around the world. In addition, several field trips and practical-nature-conservation courses are included, so the graduate's profile is quite broad.
A large part of your study (about 1/3 of credits) is formed by work on a research project, results of which will be reported in a master thesis and possibly published in a renowned scientific journal.
Suggested topics of master theses include:
- Predator vs. parasitoids - no enemy-free space for caterpillars?
- Multitrophic interactions between spiders, birds and plants
- Stress responses of insect to the presence of birds and the impact of insect's stress on lower trophic levels
- Effect of foliage quality on the size of galls and its impact on gall predation
- Influence of heavy metals on aquatic invertebrates
Applicants must have finished their bachelor study in biology/ecology by the start of the master study (i.e. application and conditional acceptance is possible before a bachelor degree is acquired).
Admission procedure will be based on an online interview. We will evaluate:
- basic knowledge of ecology and biology
- ability to express own ideas in English
Students with excellent results can get a premium stipend of 10,000CZK (~400EUR) in the second year of the program. Top 20 students across all Bc. and MSc. programmes of the Faculty of Science also get a bonus of 12,000 - 30,000 CZK (~480 - 1,200EUR) for publishing in Impact Factor journals or presenting at a conference while maintaining very good study results.
There is also Dean's price for the best master thesis of 5,000 CZK (~ 200 EUR).
The study takes two years divided into four semesters. During this time, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits.
End of study
A master thesis based on a research project must be submitted and defended at a committee of lecturers. The committee also evaluates student's knowledge at a final exam composed of three parts: Fundamentals of Ecology, a field of student's choice (Plant Ecology, Animal Ecology or Ecological statistics) and Theoretical background of the master thesis topic and methodology.
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Last updated November 16, 2018