Parasitology and Infection Biology

Basic information

The master program ‘Parasitology and Infection Biology’ provides a comprehensive understanding of the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, as well as tools for controlling and preventing them at the local and international level.

3 years

English

On Campus

March 31, 2023

October 1, 2023

CZK 60.000 (approx. 2.500€) / year

Detailed description of the programme

The program provides education in parasitology and infection biology. Graduates find employment in diagnostics, basic and applied (e.g., biotechnological) research, or the commercial sphere (pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies, etc.). Students are acquainted with the phenomenon of parasitism (viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic pathogens of hosts of various taxonomic groups), with selected parts of virology, bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology. The emphasis is placed on the diversity of pathogenic organisms, their ecology, epidemiology, and transmission to their hosts, as well as interactions with the infected host (immunological, physiological, biochemical, molecular, and other aspects). Practical training (a large number of practices and laboratory exercises) emphasizes the identification of pathogens in their hosts and the environment, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and other modern skills usable in today's very dynamic scientific and technological environment.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in biology, medicine, agronomy, environmental sciences, etc.

  • Proficiency in English.

Subject of admissions examination and additional information

  • The single-round exam in form of an oral interview from infection biology.

  • The exam includes a discussion about a topic for a master thesis.

  • Examination is assessed with a maximum of 100 points.

  • During the admission examination, the applicant will present a transcript of the courses completed during previous study.

  • The admission exam is held in English.

Programme structure

The emphasis is primarily on practical training and the study plan contains a number of exercises and practical courses. The first two semesters focus on basic lectures and courses, and the later semesters comprise modules on pathogenic microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites), their epidemiology, clinical signs, and therapy.


Career opportunities

  • Diagnostic facilities

  • Basic or applied research focused on infectious diseases of humans and domestic animals

  • Private (commercial) sphere related to pharmaceutical and biotechnology production and research

  • Conservation of nature.

The study programme is jointly organized by three departments:

Guarantor of the programme

Assoc. Prof. Jan Votýpka
e-mail: jan.votypka@natur.cuni.cz

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