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PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava
4 years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available

About this program

PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

The Doctoral Study Program (DSP) Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is a combined study program aimed to three areas of education (Informatics; Biology, Ecology and the Environment; General Medicine and dentistry). It is a multidisciplinary "doctoral degree" program between two universities. All subjects offered to students of this DSP are a combination of subjects focused on informatics - guaranteed by VŠB-TUO (50%), and subjects focused on biology and medical sciences - guaranteed by Palacky University in Olomouc (30% + 20%). Also the interuniversity ratio 50:50 appears to be optimal from perspective of the offer of subjects, staffing of the program, the profile of the graduate and the demand for graduates at labor market.

The aim of the study is to educate experts with interdisciplinary domain knowledge of natural and medical sciences and informatics with emphasis on practical experience and skills necessary for bioinformatics analysis of various types of large and small data sets, knowledge extraction from data and database systems. Graduates will be theoretically and experimentally prepared to be able to perform independent research work involving stages from the acquisition of large and small data sets (laboratory, clinical) to their professional bioinformatics and statistics analysis and interpretation. The study of this program allows direct output into practice. Graduates can find job positions in the filed of basic research as well as in the field of industrial research and experimental development, and can find positions not only in research institutions and universities of biomedical specialization but also in private pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies.

Admission requirements

  • diploma (follow-up) master’s degree;
  • diploma supplement;
  • a document proving the fulfilment of the condition of proper completion of studies in (follow-up) master degree program if education was obtained abroad (not applicable equivalent documents, e.g. from the Slovak Republic).
  • language certificate. The applicant is required to demonstrate their ability to study in the chosen language. In the case of studying in the Czech language, it is sufficient to submit a proof of university degree completed in the Czech or Slovak language; otherwise the applicant must submit a certificate proving their knowledge of the Czech language at B1 level. In the case of studying in the English language, it is sufficient to submit a proof of university degree completed in the English language; otherwise the applicant must submit a certificate proving their knowledge of English at B1 level (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS). If the information on teaching in English is not given on the document of previous education, it is necessary to provide the so-called "Medium of instruction".

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Advanced Statistics for Bioinformatics
  • Central Dogma of Molecular Biology
  • Methodology for the Evaluation of Experimental Biomedical Data

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information


Tuition fee: 50 000 CZK per semester, approx. 4000 EUR per academic year


Graduate's skills

The students can design new, effective, and well-theoretically substantiated solutions based on original ideas that are accepted by the international scientific and professional community. The students can implement, evaluate, and compare even very complicated existing procedures, they can solve interdisciplinary problems requiring knowledge from multiple interconnected domains, especially medicine, biology, and informatics. They can anticipate trends in his field and propose solutions to problems from the position of a team leader. They can choose appropriate procedures and appropriate technologies, based on the use of the latest knowledge. Finally, they can independently prepare extensive professional texts in a foreign language, especially in English, presenting specific procedures for solving practical tasks, and they are able to defend the proposed solutions in a professional discussion at the international level.

Career paths

Graduate's employment

Graduates will be prepared to perform their profession in medical facilities of higher types, in laboratories performing analysis of biological samples, in the academic sphere, in other institutions dealing with science, research, development and innovation, in specialized laboratories, in the application sphere, in the pharmaceutical industry, in purely commercial sphere and in state administration. They can find positions in teams dealing with the analysis of medical and biomedical data, in solving new tasks as leaders of research teams or researchers.

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VSB - Technical University of Ostrava

VSB-TUO’s study programs are built on a 170-year tradition. Currently, there are almost eleven thousand undergraduates and graduates studying for degrees at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels in engineering, IT, technology, economics and business administration. Courses are provided by seven...

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Why study at VSB - Technical University of Ostrava

Study at VSB-TUO places an emphasis on practical training, whilst investigating real problems from today’s state-of-the-art industries, using the latest software and instruments. In many subjects 50% of the coursework is practically oriented, perfectly complimenting the advanced theoretical instruction, and ensuring that graduates have gained the education and experience sought by employers the world over. VSB-TUO has strong links to industry and thrives on applied research, in cooperation with companies and institutions worldwide, in finding innovative solutions to modern day issues.

Contact info

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava

17. listopadu 2172/15
70800 Ostrava-Poruba
Czech Republic

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