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PhD studies at UCT Prague

Application period: 15th February - 15th May             ADMISSION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

List of PhD topics from previous years

UCT Prague has over 800 doctoral students conducting cutting-edge research work in all of its four faculties.

Doctoral students work closely with their advisors, primarily as scientific assistants, assisting with research projects in addition to completing any required coursework. The UCT Prague doctoral experience also includes opportunities for teaching and of course, writing and defending a doctoral dissertation related to the research projects.

Doctoral students at the UCT Prague can complete their studies either as full-time students or as a combination of full-time and distance learning. Each student’s doctoral experience is always tailored to the needs of the individual student, according to the pace at which requirements are completed. The standard length of the doctoral study programme is four years, according to current accreditation requirements.

It is essential when applying for doctoral studies that you find an advisor who will guide you through the entire duration of your PhD studies. 

See the admission proceedings.

PhD Double Degree at UCT Prague

8 PhD Double Degree Study Programmes with UCT Prague participation

Application period: 5th January - 28th February             ADMISSION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

  • Time to complete: Four years
  • One dissertation, fully integrated study programmes (specialized courses at home university and interdisciplinary course at partner university)
  • Two diplomas from both home as well as partner university

Further information about the PhD Double Programmes open for 2022/2023

Faculties and Research at UCT Prague

Faculty of Chemical Technology (FCT)

Chemistry and Technology of Materials

  • Development of new metals, polymer, and ceramic materials
  • Biomaterials for medicinal use
  • Corrosion
  • Composite materials
  • Superconductors and materials for optoelectronics
  • Microanalytical methods and methods of analysis of structural and phase analysis of materials
  • Physical chemistry methods for solid materials surface modification
  • Chemical stability of materials of monuments
  • Solving problems in the polymorphism of substances.

Chemistry and Chemical Technology

  • Design and optimization of chemical and electrochemical reactors
  • Kinetics of catalyzed and non-catalyzed reactions
  • Preparation and characterization of novel catalysts
  • Modelling and simulation of chemical processes
  • Chemical processes waste treatment
  • Fine chemicals
  • Chemical and electrochemical synthesis of novel compounds
  • Development, optimization and theoretical study of pharmaceutical processes 


Faculty of Environmental Technology (FET)

Chemistry and Technology of Fuels

  • Development of analytical methods for detailed evaluation of the chemical composition and structure of coal, petroleum, petroleum fractions and of by-products obtained during their processing.
  • Ways to utilise and process high-boiling petroleum fractions and residues.
  • Determination of qualitative and quantitative parameters of natural gas.
  • Development of environment-friendly solid fuels for the household.
  • Research into corrosion inhibition and materials assessment.

Environmental Chemistry and Technology

  • Properties and utilisation of fuels and related ecological aspects.
    Lubricants, additives for lubricants, and biodegradable lubricants.
  • Catalytic and adsorption methods of waste gas treatment, reduction of emissions in the combustion of fossil fuels.
  • Development of coal-based adsorption materials.
  • Analysis of contaminants in the living environment, monitoring of emissions of volatile organic substances into the atmosphere.
  • Biotechnological ways of wastewater treatment and sludge processing.
  • Biodegradation of xenobiotics in the environment.
  • Hydrobiological and microbiological assessment of water quality.
  • Assurance of good-quality drinking water for the population (removal of nitrogenous substances and organic contaminants).
  • Water treatment and desalination and recycling of rare substances using ion exchangers.
  • Decontamination of soil polluted by industrial products.
  • Analysis of old-burden contaminants and monitoring of their changes and toxicity.
  • Solidification of industrial waste.

Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology (FFBT)

The Faculty is comprised of seven departments, each pursuing research in such areas as food chemistry, quality, safety and innovations, process engineering, biotechnology for food industry, environmental protection and therapeutic applications, molecular biology and biochemistry, chemistry of natural compounds, and organic synthesis. Numerous projects are interdisciplinary and take advantage from broad collaborations on national and international scale. 

Faculty of Chemical Engineering (FCE)

Research is divided into six main streams:

  • Chemical engineering; modelling and experimental verification of systems involving hydrodynamics, mass transfer and/or chemical reactions; dynamics of chemical and biological systems; chemical robotics
  • Measurement, analysis, modelling and control of processes and systems of chemical technology, biotechnology and bioengineering; information engineering; signal and image processing; computer vision and control engineering
  • Supply systems management of the food and chemical products: design, modelling and simulation; marketing, logistics and financial collaboration in supply chain management
  • Molecular modelling and simulation; structural, spectroscopic and thermodynamic properties of environmentally or biologically important substances and their complexes
  • Physical, physicochemical and chemical measurements and analyses; advanced separation techniques including chromatographic, electromigration and hyphenated techniques; physical and chemical sensors; molecular recognition
  • Biospectroscopy; atomic spectroscopy together with speciation analysis; molecular spectroscopy, including chiroptical methods; high resolution spectroscopy

Research and Development

Notable Research


Prague researchers were very successful within the European Community framework programme, HORIZON 2020, and are actively involved in developing many new research projects and collaborations.

Notable prior efforts include:

  • RECOBA, Assoc. Prof. Juraj Kosek, Cross-sectorial real-time sensing, advanced control and optimisation of batch processes saving energy and raw materials
  • PARTIAL-PGMs, Assoc. Prof. Petr Kočí, Development of novel, high Performance hybrid TWV/GPF Automotive afteR treatment systems by raTIonAL design: substitution of PGMs and Rare earth materials
  • SElySOs, Prof. Karel Bouzek, Development of new electrode materials and understanding of degradation mechanisms on Solid Oxide High Temperature Electrolysis Cells
  • SuPER-W, Prof. Pavel Jeníček, Assoc. Prof. Jan Bartáček, Sustainable Product, Energy and Resource Recovery from Wastewater
  • FoodSmartphone, Prof. Jana Hajšlová, Monika Tomaniová, PhD, Smartphone analyzers for on-site testing of food quality and safety  
  • MultiCoop, Prof. Jana Hajšlová, Monika Tomaniová, PhD, Multidisciplinary approach to strengthen cooperation and establish novel platform for comprehensive assessment of food and feed safety
  • AUTHENT-NET, Prof. Jana Hajšlová, Monika Tomaniová, PhD, AUTHENT-NET – Food Authenticity Research Network
  • SCICHALLENGE, Petr Holzhauser, MSc, Next generation science challenges using participatory techniques and digital media

→ Department of Research and Development 

Updated: 24.11.2021 14:26, Author: Martin Kraus

Contacts for Prospective PhD Students

Administrative Issues (Application procedure, Visa etc.):


Specific Questions:

PhD study applicants shall contact the Dean's Office with specific questions regarding the field of scientific study or theme of dissertation. The Dean's Office shall also help students search for a suitable dissertation supervisor. Please contact :





or directly the supervisor listed at the chosen Topic of PhD study.



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