Production and material engineering

Tutor: Prof. RNDr. Petr Špatenka, CSc.

Production and Material Engineering is a doctoral study programme built with regard to the needs of future employers and their demand for highly qualified professionals, particularly in industries focusing on advanced materials and production technology, intelligent industrial systems based on modern IT, etc. The concept of the studies emphasizes scientific research and independent creative effort, taking into account strong interdisciplinary links in modern mechanical engineering. The study programme is conceived as a multidisciplinary one with overlaps among

  • Material Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Enterprise and System Management

st_programy/vmi/vmi03.jpgThe presented doctoral studies respond to the demand for professionals capable of understanding and developing increasingly complex production systems across industries, including the management of industrial enterprises and systems. The complexity is increasing owing to extensive integration of supply chains, massively developing automation and robotization of processes, as well as their growing interconnections towards autonomous production systems employing advanced sensors to adaptively manage and optimize individual production processes on a real-time basis. Another important issue requiring response in the form of education is the introduction of numerous new materials (biomaterials, composites and plastics, materials with nanoparticle content) as well as new manufacturing technology, such as additive, the mastering of which, along with the capacity for further development based on own research, is a prerequisite for consequent integration within intelligent manufacturing systems and their management. The studies create space for multidisciplinary research and solutions of practical issues of industrial enterprises and systems in order to develop and maintain their competitive edge. The programme responds to the urgent need for solutions that are technically feasible as well as economically acceptable, environmentally viable and sustainable in the long term. The doctoral study programme aims at educating professionals having such knowledge and being capable of creating new original outcomes in R&D to turn such into commercial practice.

Graduate profile

st_programy/vmi/vmi02.jpgProduction and Material Engineering graduates are capable of carrying out research & development to consequently transfer the interdisciplinary insights to the industry, particularly in material engineering, engineering technology and industrial systems management. Also, they are able to respond to current market needs in areas focused on intelligent industrial systems with regard to the implementation of Industry 4.0, plastic and composite products and additive technology.

A combination of knowledge in material engineering, engineering technology and resources management guarantees an attractive and sought-after graduate profile for an extensive range of jobs at industrial enterprises, particularly in managing positions of technical and production units.

As part of mastering the key competences, they are able to develop and apply the gained knowledge and skills within a narrower professional focus. Thus, in advanced mechanical engineering they are able to push forward the traditional concept of Production and Material Engineering as well as modern areas emphasizing intelligent industrial systems in response to Industry 4.0, plastic and composite products or additive technology. 

st_programy/vmi/vmi01.jpgDoctoral graduates possess profound knowledge to complete the most challenging research tasks as well as experience with the latest experimental and diagnostic methods and world-class pilot and operating equipment. This allows them to tackle complex tasks in development of new technology and equipment on a theoretical level as well as to experimentally verify their conclusions by designing and realizing experimental equipment, conducting an evaluation and producing generalized results. Given the complexity of the latest technology that the education focuses on, emphasis is placed on strengthening the links among the particular areas of the doctoral study programme as well as on fostering interdisciplinary connections on the level of related fields. Relying on this knowledge, graduates are able to comprehensively solve, objectively evaluate and formulate the attained original results of scientific research assignments. Also, they are able to present or realize the same on an international scale, taking into account intellectual property issues. Also, they are capable of realizing research and development and solving complex issues by employing advanced modern methods and tools for statistical data analysis, simulation and optimization of production systems or evaluation of economic and environmental sustainability of industrial products and technology. Programme graduates are suitable candidates for jobs in the field of industrial research and development, new technology design and implementation, and management of complex industrial systems. Other opportunities can be found in the academic sector and other institutions focused on science, R&D and innovations on the national and international level. 

Admission requirements

  • The fundamental condition for admission is a completed master’s degree in a field related to the thesis topic.
  • Properly completed application form, submitted in due time and manner.
  • Original of a proof of completed university education (i.e. diploma or diploma amendment), or a certified copy of the same, presented to the Science and Research Department of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of CTU, Prague.
  • The entrance test is oral, mostly covering three subjects selected in a manner to allow the candidate to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical basics of the doctoral study programme. The examination also includes oral verification of the candidate’s past professional activities, current level of language skills and orientation in the chosen thesis topic. Admission is based on a consensus of the examination board members as to whether the candidate has the capacity to successfully graduate and complete the thesis. Where multiple candidates apply for one announced topic, the board sets the order of successful applicants and recommends the first-ranking candidate for studies. As part of the admission examination and in accordance with the Study and Examination Rules, the tutor has the right to veto an admission decision in respect of a topic proposed by such tutor.
Detailed information about the admission process is published on the Faculty’s website.