Ph.D. in Applied Geology


Programme Description

Applied geology with specializations of the geology of mineral deposits, engineering geology, hydrogeology, applied geophysics, environmental geology, and geochemistry is focused on the study and the use of the rock environment and its protection.

Engineering Geology

Engineering geology applies the geological knowledge in design and construction in all branches of civil engineering, in mining and in urban planning. It is an interdisciplinary field between science and technology. Using technical or rather mathematical methods, the knowledge gained by geology is applied in analyzing geodynamic processes and the interaction between the rock and civil engineering structures.


Hydrogeology is a scientific field engaged in groundwaters, their origin, conditions of incidence, laws of movement, their regimes, physical and chemical properties, their interaction with rocks, surface water, and atmosphere. Hydrogeology ranges among applied geological branches and has the closest relation to engineering geology. Modern hydrogeology has the character of a cross-border scientific discipline at the margin between geology, hydraulics, hydrology, chemistry and several technological disciplines (water management, civil engineering, chemical technology of water treatment, etc.).A necessary method of modern hydrogeology is the development and use of mathematical models simulating natural processes as well as artificial interventions in the regime of waters both in saturated and unsaturated zones. The contents of the hydrogeology of today are moving from simply searching for water resources to the determination of optimum conditions of their utilization and protection. Hydrogeology plays an irreplaceable role in the field of the protection of the living environment, in research and remediation of contaminated soils, rocks, and groundwater.

Applied Geophysics

Applied geophysics studies physical fields and their utilization in solving geological problems. The main interest is in the upper part of the Earth s crust in the depth range of the first meters to first kilometers. The basic methods of applied geophysics are gravity methods, magnetic methods, seismic methods, geoelectrical methods, radioactivity methods, geothermal methods, and well logging. Geophysical methods are applied for investigation and exploration of mineral deposits, building materials, water resources, energy resources and are significant in monitoring and protection of the natural environment.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.

During the entrance examination, the candidate must demonstrate the technical and linguistic skills to study the given program, along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The examination is graded with a maximum of 100 points, of which 30 points are awarded as a bonus for giving a more specific idea of the study content and planned dissertation work in the voluntary application appendix, including the dissertation topic, a brief annotation, the anticipated supervising department and the consent of a specific supervisor to supervise such doctoral project.

Conditions for admission

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

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 17.06.2019 until: 28.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 08.07.2019 until: 19.07.2019

Rules governing exemption from entrance examination

The entrance exam may be waived based on a written request from the candidate, provided they have successfully applied for a STARS project in the given academic year. Such a request, along with documentation that the conditions have been met, must be submitted (but not electronically) by 19 May 2019.

Career Prospect

A graduate of the Applied Geology Ph.D. program has acquired deep knowledge in the field of engineering geology focused on theoretical and experimental soil and rock mechanics as well as geotechnical mathematical modelling, in the field of hydrogeology focused on the use and protection of groundwater resources, in the field of applied geophysics with special interest on mathematical models of physical fields, in the field of economic geology focused on the genesis of raw mineral material deposits including prospecting, exploration, and evaluation as well as the problems of the reclamation of abandoned mines, and in the field of environmental geology and geochemistry.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague is leading academic institution in the field of natural sciences in Czech republic a Middle-european region. It provides education in biology, chemis ... Read More

The Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague is leading academic institution in the field of natural sciences in Czech republic a Middle-european region. It provides education in biology, chemistry, geology and geography. Read Less