Faculty of Natural
Comenius University Bratislava

Organic Chemistry

Study plan   [daily form]   [external form]

Teachers     [daily form]   [external form]

Responsible persons

The person responsible for the implementation, development and quality of the study programme

Prof. Mgr. Radovan Šebesta, DrSc.  funkčné miesto profesor   [portál VŠ]

Persons responsible for the profile courses of the study programme

doc. RNDr. Martin Putala, CSc.  [portál VŠ]

doc. RNDr. Andrej Boháč, CSc.  [portál VŠ]

doc. RNDr. Peter Magdolen, PhD.
  [portál VŠ]

doc. Ing. Mária Mečiarová, PhD.  [portál VŠ]

Graduate profile and learning objectives

The institution defines the learning objectives of the study programme such as student's abilities at the time of completion of the programme and the main learning outcomes .

Graduates of the doctoral study program are prepared for independent creative work in research and development in the field of organic, bioorganic and material chemistry in academia as well as technological praxis. They know basic principles as well as state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of organic synthesis, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, physical organic chemistry. Graduates understand relationships between structure of organic compounds and their reactivity, they know mechanisms of organic reactions and using modern and advanced spectroscopy are able to determine structures of organic compounds. They can apply modern separation methods to isolate organic compounds from multi-component mixtures or natural sources and can purify products. Graduates are trained in research methods and procedures in modern organic chemistry laboratories. Independently, they are able to propose multi-step syntheses of organic compounds, including stereoselective syntheses, while utilize the most modern knowledge from asymmetric catalysis, and non-traditional activation methods such as microwave irradiation, mechanical activation in ball mills, photochemistry. New synthetic procedures design according to demands of green chemistry and sustainable development. They can use chemical software and databases and in their experimental work utilize knowledge of molecular modeling.  

Graduates of the doctoral study program are able independently lead research teams consisting of master and bachelor program graduates as well as technical coworkers. Independently formulate, present, and publish results of research. They can participate in the teaching of scholarly courses at universities. They are able to propose and elaborate granting proposals. Graduates of the study program Organic chemistry have all prerequisites for employment in various adjacent fields such medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, material chemistry, environmental chemistry and biochemistry.

The institution indicates the professions for which the graduate is prepared at the time of completion and the potential of the study programme from the point of view of graduate's employability.

Graduate of the study program finds employment at all universities with teaching programs in chemical and material sciences. Due to wide range of acquired knowledge, graduate can be employed also in various workplaces in the branch of health, culture, agriculture or environmental government agencies as well as in the corresponding private sector in these fields, which realize chemical, biological or environmental monitoring or in specialized research tasks for Ministry of inner affairs.

Graduates of the doctoral study program Organic chemistry find employment as university teachers and researchers in universities with natural sciences programs, including research institutes of the academy of sciences such (Institute of chemistry SAS, Polymer institute SAS, Biomedicinal center SAS). Their acquired knowledge allows graduates to find work as controllers and responsible personnel in various departments and branches of governmental agencies and offices regarding environmental affairs, economy and industry and agriculture. In the private sector, they can find employment as research and development workers in pharmaceutical and chemical industry, in agriculture and biotechnology companies e.g. those which produce biofuels or bioactive compounds, decontaminate affected areas, or process chemical or biological waste.


Graduates of the study program are demanded in workplaces of various branches of industry and education sector (university, higher and basic education) or in academic sphere (state or private research and development institutes) but also in health and environment. Graduates find work in companies with chemical, pharmaceutical or cosmetic production as well as contract research in the field of production and testing of medicines, crop protection agents, advanced materials, biotechnological productions, chemical and environmental assays, evaluation of influences on environment, improvement in agricultural production and sustainable production and storage of energy, food, conducting decontamination of harmful agents. They find employment third-sector dealing with environmental protection.


For individual study plans, the institution states the requirements for completing the individual parts of the study programme and the student's progress within the study programme in the given structure:
- Number of credits for compulsory courses: 40 credits + 15 credits for dissertation exam and 30 credits for the defense of the dissertation thesis
- Number of credits for compulsory optional courses: 10 credits
- Number of credits for optional courses: 31 credits
- credits for research activities 221 credits and other activities (e.g. teaching activities) 49 credits (applied to all modules)
- Number of credits for the dissertation exam: 15
- Number of credits for the dissertation defence: 30