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 ecological theory and analysis as well as interpretation of ecological data using modern computational approaches. The workload is about five courses per semester.
Strong emphasis is laid on the students' own research; almost half the credits are awarded for a research project to be conducted throughout the entire two years of study, and will be the basis of the Master Thesis. The best projects will likely be published with the student as the first author. The lecturers and Thesis supervisors lead high-quality research, often in close collaboration with Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Students will develop their critical thinking, acquire strong statistical foundations, excellent field skills, learn how to present their research or how to write successful grants. In addition, several field trips and practical-nature-conservation courses are included, broadening the experience and skills of the student. Graduates will be ready to pursue a PhD in Ecology at any university or research institute around the world.
A large part of your study (almost half the 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.
Examples of Thesis topics include:
- Predator vs. parasitoids - no enemy-free space for caterpillars?
- Urban environments and the heat island effect in aquatic invertebrates
- Trophic specialization of herbivore insects in forest food webs
- The role of non-mycorrhizal plant species in the structure of the community of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
- Meadow hemiparasites as ecosystem engineers
- Restoration of grasslands on former arable land
Applicants must have finished their bachelor study by the start of the master study (i.e. application and conditional acceptance is possible before a bachelor degree is acquired). Admission procedure is based on a motivational letter and an online interview. Please, inquire more details using the form on this page.
Fees and Scholarships
There is no tuition, but there are several administrative fees: 50€/year for study in English language, 20€ application fee and 120€ for validation of BSc. degree (after acceptance, required by law).
Students with excellent study results and presenting their project results at a conference or publishing it in Impact Factor journals can get a bonus sholarship about 400 - 1200€.
The study takes two years divided into four semesters. During this time, students must obtain 120 ECTS credits. At the end, the 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.
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