Pharmacognosy and Nutraceuticals


  • Form of study: full time / combined
  • Form of entrance exam: oral
  • Number of accepted students: 2/1

Content of the entrance examination

Oral exam from basic methods of phytochemistry work, basic knowledge of plant and fungal metabolites isolation (incl. structure elucidation), biological and chemical screening methods for natural substances a their biological potential, use of analytical methods for compounds study in natural matrix (plant sources containing potentially therapeutic substances, nutraceuticals), systematic pharmacognosy of primary and secondary metabolites, basic metabolic biosynthetic pathways, sources and methods of obtaining new potentially usable natural compounds via biotechnology and field production.

Systematic aspects of natural toxic substances, basics of forensic toxicology, use of analytic and other methods in forensic analysis of natural substances (toxicology and forensic botany), biochemical principles of natural compounds activity (incl. xenobiochemistry, pathobiochemistry).

English language exam for English language knowledge assessment (C1 at least).
Questions for the entrance examination will be selected individually from the list in accordance with the submitted doctoral project (focus of Doctoral thesis).

Extra bonus conditions (e.g. practice)

Successfully completed study in the Master's program in pharmaceutical natural sciences, agricultural or chemical profile (rated 2 points).

Diploma thesis at a high level developed on workplaces corresponding with profile of this board (rated 3 points).

Indication of the supposed training center and the approval of a specific supervisor with the management of the planned doctoral project (rated max. 5 points).

Evaluation criteria of entrance examination

  1. Professional knowledge level – reviewed on answers to questions stated in General content of entrance exam (max. up to 10 points)
  2. Submitted doctoral project – evaluation of project complexity, modern methodological approaches to solution, and the continuity of the project on topics already discussed by the Subject Area Board (max. up to 10 points)

The minimum admission limit is 20 points.

The Dean decides to accept the applicant(s) who have fulfilled the conditions of the admission procedure and, according to the number of points achieved, ranked in the order corresponding to the predetermined number of accepted applicants for the particular program.

Conditions for admission

  1. Finishing of required former studies, i.e the proper completion of studies in the Master's degree program
  2. Successfully passed entrance exam

Informations on the exercise of graduates

The graduate of the study course has knowledge of substances produced by microorganisms, fungi, plants and animals that are used in therapy or are perspective. The graduate is able to comprehensively assess therapeutic and toxic effects of these natural products based on a profound knowledge in pharmacognosy, biochemistry, phytochemistry and analytical chemistry of natural products. He/she is able to perform isolations of components and to analyse them in drugs and other and other natural materials including food and fodder. He/she id prepared to work in all fields concerning natural products and provide consultation activities in pharmacy, food processing and agriculture.

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