Course detail


FCH-MA_ENG16Acad. year: 2022/2023

The students work independently on a research topic for a total time of one semester. The topics depend on the actual research conducted in the various research groups. Following an introductory discussion with the supervisors, the students prepare a detailed written research proposal including their hypothesis, introductory literature and statistical methods. After discussing the proposal with their supervisors they perform the research work on their own and discuss the obtained results regularly with their supervisor. Following the practical work, the students write a thesis including the theoretical background, the methods used, the results obtained and a discussion of the results based on the relevant scientific literature. The students present and defend the outcome of their work as an oral presentation. The thesis is graded by two reviewers. Following successful completion the students are therefore able to independently plan a scientific work package, conduct the work, evaluate the results based on the relevant literature and present the outcomes.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Improvement of individual working skills
Working with literature
Writting English scientific texts
Data evaluation
Summarizing obtained data


passing the compulsory subjects and obtaning minimally 90 ECTS


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Individual work, consulting

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Submission and defense of final thesis

Course curriculum

The content depends on the actual research questions in the research groups associated with the Institute for Environmental Sciences or BUT. They include, but are not restricted to the following areas:
Chemical experiments in the lab
Environmental organic chemistry
Physical transport or transfer processes of environmental chemicals
Ecotoxicological lab tests
Ecotoxicological field studies
In situ or monitoring work in the field
Literature reviews
Exposure, effect or landscape modelling
Assessment or management of risks
Environmental Engineering

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of this subject is training in presentation and evaluation of results of experimental and theoretical work that is:
- Provide students information on methods of thesis compilation
- Familiarize students with the specifics of processing and interpretation of analytical results in relation to the environment
- Teach students to use available electronic sources of information (factual and full-text databases) and effective ways of processing of the gained information (citation managers)
- Give students an opportunity to present their own partial results theses

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

presence on seminars/lab classes is compulsory

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Will be specified depending on selected topic (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPAP_ENVI Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer

Special lab

390 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer