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Study at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES) is divided into three stages - Bachelor's and Master's degrees and also Doctoral studies. 

The academic year for Bachelor's and Master‘s degree programmes is divided into two semesters (winter and summer) comprising 12 weeks of classes. The winter semester usually begins in early October and ends by the end of calendar year. Summer semester usually begins in mid-February and ends in early May.

Bachelor's study programmes are designed for 3 years and are concluded by the State Bachelor Degree Examination during which the student needs to undertake a separate examination and defend a Bachelor thesis in front of a committee. After the successful completion of the State examination the student receives and has conferred upon them the title of Bachelor and receives a university diploma during a graduation ceremony. The degree is abbreviated to Bc. and can be used before the name (an equivalent to B.Sc.). The international recognition of the degree is facilitated by the graduate’s diploma supplement, which provides a description of the nature, level, content and status of the degree. FES offers two undergraduate (Bachelor's) programmes taught in English.

The graduates of the Bachelor degree programmes of either the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague and other Czech or foreign universities may then continue their studies in two-year follow-up master's study programmes taught in English. On passing the State Final Examination and by defending the thesis in front of a committee the students complete their Master Degree studies. They then have a Master's Degree conferred upon them and they receive the title of Ing. (Engineer – an equivalent to MSc.). The international recognition of the degree is facilitated by the graduate’s diploma supplement, which provides a description of the nature, level, content and status of the degree. The faculty offers four follow-up Master study programmes taught in English.

Doctoral studies follow on from Master's Degree courses and take 3 years. Doctoral studies allow excellent Master Degree graduates to prepare for a scientific career. PhD students take demanding Doctoral examinations and they need to defend their scientific dissertation before a committee. At the same time, a publication in a scientific journals with an impact factor (IF) is another requirement to complete the Doctoral studies. The graduates are conferred with the title Ph.D. (Doctor) and they receive a Doctoral University Diploma.

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