PhD in Biomechanics


Program Description

Biomechanics is an interdisciplinary scientific discipline, which, based on a detailed knowledge of anatomy and the biochemistry of relevant processes, deals with the mechanical structure and behavior of living systems and their mutual mechanical interactions. The main theoretical aim is the formulation of generally valid rules, both at the cellular and organic level, as well as at the human, individual level.

The biophysical and engineering methodological approach for solving tasks is supported by high-level knowledge of the biological character. The research takes place at various distinct levels ranging from micro-biomechanics (cellular level) to living macro systems (e.g. biomechanics of humans). It is possible to encounter biomechanic applications in a wide range of sciences and professional activities.

Biomechanics in this form can be used not only in the area of basic research but also in a wide range of professional activities such as rehabilitation medicine, ergonomics, forensic and biomedicine engineering, sports, etc. The training center of the Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic provides interdisciplinary education in the Ph.D. degree study programs in a broad scope and within particular specializations. Students' curricula are highly individualized according to the demands of the chosen issue and specialization. During the studies, great emphasis is placed on students' independent research activity within the context of the teamwork of the training center. Experimental facilities include laboratories of particular training workplaces. Students' publications appear in respected scientific magazines, and active participation in conferences is considered an integral part of Ph.D. degree studies.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Each candidate must go through the admissions process. The entrance exam is conducted orally before an examining board and the applicant’s competence is examined. The examining committee evaluates:

  1. The quality of the dissertation project;
  2. The relation of the project topic to the specialization of the intended supervisor and his/her research projects;
  3. Previous professional activity;
  4. The form of the applicant’s project presentation.

Each member of the examining committee grades paragraph 1 on a scale of points – 0 to 22, paragraph 2 on a scale of points 0 to 12, paragraph 3 on a scale of points – 0 to 16, paragraph 4 on a scale of points – 0 to 10. The maximum number of points awarded by one examiner is 60 points. The arithmetic mean is calculated on the basis of the point evaluation of each member of the examining board. The result is rounded to the nearest whole number – for values from 0.0 to 0.49 in the downward direction to the nearest whole number. For values from 0.50 to 0.99 in the upward direction to the nearest whole number. The ranking of applicants is decided based on the total number of points. The dean of the faculty determines the point limit for admission.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 12.06.2019 Until: 13.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 26.06.2019 Until: 26.06.2019

Recommended literature, sample questions

Readings are recommended by individual potential supervisors and are based on professional issues of the potential dissertation and the chosen particular discipline. In particular, monographs and respected IF magazines. Suggested literature and resources can be viewed within the profiles of the specific supervisors at

Sample questions:

  • Defend the reasoning for the suggested methodology you propose to solve the issues of your dissertation.
  • What are the basic rheological characteristics of the biological tissues which are the objective of the research within your dissertation?

Graduate Profile

The graduate of doctoral studies in Biomechanics is well prepared from a professional point of view. He/she has the knowledge and skills needed to solve scientific and research issues concerning basic and applied research as well as other areas of research and development, where biomechanics is involved. Within his/her specialization, the graduate is competent to communicate with the scientific community. He/she also possesses innovative skills, academic and professional integrity and observes ethical principles in scientific work. His/her publication activities reflect the ability of critical analysis as well as evaluation and synthesis of new comprehensive ideas in the field of Biomechanics. The graduate is highly qualified for a specialized place of employment in educational establishments and in state or public administration.

Career Prospect

Graduates from the Ph.D. degree studies in biomechanics as an interdisciplinary scientific discipline might be primarily employed in the areas of science and research, education, at physiotherapeutic workplaces, and in accredited laboratories. Other significant employment opportunities include state administration, enterprise, and judicial expert opinion.

Last updated April 2019

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