The study programme is oriented to directing forest structure with the aim of optimal fulfilling production and other forest functions that are of benefit to the public. This branch of study is aimed at observing and testing regularities working in forest ecosystems with various tree species structures by means of scientific methods and with the aim to use them for an increase of ecological stability and optimal fulfilling their functions.
General information on entrance examinations:
The applicant enrols for the topics within proper study programmes given by the departments. The application form for PhD study is called "Prihláška na vysokoškolské štúdium, doktorandské - tretí stupeň" and it should be submitted not later than on 31st May to the Dean´s office of the Faculty of Forestry in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, 960 53 Zvolen. The application shall be enclosed with: the attested diploma photocopy, the diploma supplement and state examination certificates (besides the graduates of the LF TU in Zvolen). Graduates of other faculties of the TU shall add photocopies of certificates concerning the completing the 2nd degree of their university study. Moreover, also the CV, a list of the published specialist and scientific works, the prove of administrative fee payment for the entrance examinations are to be enclosed. It is also necessary to submit a framework project on the dissertation work topic.
Terms and conditions of admission:
The prerequisite is the completed university study of the 2nd degree in the given or related branches.
The entrance examinations consist of the following two parts:
• written language test (the applicant states the language in the application for PhD study),
• official examining board oral exam.
In the oral exam, the applicant is expected to show theoretical knowledge of the given subjects and of the subject of his specialization according to the selected topic. Within the entrance examination, also other applicant´s activities such as the ŠVOČ (student scientific activity), publication activity, etc. are taken into consideration.
Obtained knowledge and skills enable the graduate to solve the most important, general as well as specific problems of forest ecosystem management in the Slovak Republic and in other European countries. An emphasis is placed on problem-oriented approaches, alternative solutions and experimental testing the working hypotheses. The graduates of this PhD study programme find a job especially in research and development as well as in forest management civil service or nature protection of whole Europe. The graduates are sufficiently creative and independent; the obtained knowledge enable them to participate in international project teams. They can also occupy managerial positions in forestry and environmental enterprise practice.