Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University in Bratislava


Doctoral Degree Program




full time / external

Usual duration:

full time form 4 years, external form 5 years

Program director:

prof. RNDr. Tibor Hianik, DrSc.

Related study programs: master's degree programs Biophysics and Chemical Physics and Biomedical Physics

Description of the Study Program

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary scientific discipline which is studied at most distinguished world universities. PhD study in biophysics allows the students to obtain scientific knowledge necessary for individual creative work focused on application of physics in the study of the processes in living organisms on a molecular level. The program is also focused on the application of nanotechnologies in targeted drug delivery, development of biosensors for medical diagnosis, food safety and for environmental monitoring. Graduates of the PhD program in Biophysics obtain theoretical and methodological knowledge on biophysics and similar scientific disciplines at the level of the current state of the art. Graduate will also be able to conduct scientific research and solving complex tasks in the fields of molecular biophysics, molecular spectroscopy, photobiophysics, modelling of biophysical systems, biochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, molecular physiology, pharmacology, theoretical medicine, modern medical diagnosis and bionanotechnologies.

Doctoral Scholarships

Full-time doctoral students who have permanent residency in the European Union are entitled to receive a scholarship for the entire standard duration of their studies. The scholarships are paid starting on the date of enrollment. The scholarship is determined in accordance with the tables included in the Law no. 553/2003 Z.z. as follows: 

  • prior to completion of the qualification exam: 675,00 EUR (6th class, 1st level)
  • after successful completion of the qualification exam: 786,50 EUR (7th class, 1st level)

Scholarships are not subject to taxes or other fees.

Doctoral studies are considered an equivalent to full time employment and in the majority of cases cannot be combined with another employment. Job holding applicants who intend to keep their job are advised to apply for the external (distance) form of doctoral studies. Doctoral students enrolled in the regular form are expected to participate in teaching activities such as conducting recitations or exam grading, in accordance with the needs of their corresponding departments.

Thesis Topics for Academic Year 2019/2020

  • Nanoparticles and ultrasound mediated targeted drug delivery into the cells
    (supervisor: prof. RNDr. Tibor Hianik, DrSc., FMFI UK, conzultant: Mgr. Zuzana Garaiová, PhD., FMFI UK)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging – analysis and signal-intensity quantification in the context of selected diagnostic and therapeutic problems in clinical oncology
    (supervisor: doc. RNDr. I. Waczulíková, PhD., FMFI UK)
  • Investigation of the myocardial compensatory mechanisms at the level of mitochondrial structure, function and regulation
    (supervisor: doc. RNDr. I. Waczulíková, PhD., FMFI UK)
  • Analysis of prins sequencies with small molecules, MD simulations and quantum chemical calculations
    (supervisor: prof. RNDr. Ján Urban, DrSc., FMFI UK)
  • Plasmas in contact with liquids and their effects on biomolecules and microorganisms
    (supervisor: doc. RNDr. Karol Hensel, PhD., FMFI UK)
  • Effects of plasma activated water on seeds germination and plant growth
    (supervisor: doc. RNDr. Karol Hensel, PhD., FMFI UK)
  • Structure-function relationships of dyadic complexes in cardiac myocytes during systole and diastole
    (supervisor: Ing. Alexandra Zahradníková, DrSc., consultant: prof. RNDr. Tibor Hianik, DrSc., FMFI UK)
  • Expression and functional changes of selected proteins in ventricular cardiomyocytes under physiological stimuli
    (supervisor: RNDr. Ivan Zahradník, CSc., conzultant: prof. RNDr. Tibor Hianik, DrSc., FMFI UK)
  • Optimization of radiodiagnostic and radiotherapeutic procedures used for stereotactic radiosurgery
    (supervisor> doc. RNDr. I. Waczulíková, PhD. FMFI UK)