Ethnology

Among people: tradition and innovation.

General information

The doctoral degree study programme in ethnology takes four years of full time or combined study, and is carried out in the form of a credit system. It follows two basic lines: 1) the issues of the traditional culture of the Czech ethnic group and the ethno-cultural relations with the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe; 2) the current issues of contemporary globalized society. The study programme is based on the study of literature published in the Czech Republic and abroad, on regular methodological tutorials of the doctoral degree student with the supervisor, and on the creative approach of the student to getting source materials concerning the researched topic of the dissertation, whether by field research or in the form of the study of sources. The doctoral degree student publishes the partial results of the research in scientific journals (at least one study abroad) and at scientific conferences, at least one of which must be held abroad. We recommend the students have a one-semester study stay abroad related to the topic of their doctoral thesis. Similarly, the student chooses the topic of a specialized lecture either from the offer of the Department of European Ethnology or other departments of the Faculty of Arts or another faculty of Masaryk University.

A successful graduate is able to

  • describe and identify the basic aspects of traditional culture
  • carry out independent research
  • use the basic methods of ethnology in practice
  • analyse sources and literature
  • create syntheses in the form of publications

Graduate employment

The employment of graduates is based not only on what they focus on professionally (cultural sphere, state administration, monument care), but also on their self-reliance, creativity, and ability to make assessments and make decisions developed throughout their studies, which opens a whole range of possible employment for them mainly in the field of services. The acquired knowledge can be used in purely scientific or popularising and presentational areas. The extensive knowledge together with training in methodology provides graduates with a sufficient foundation for working in academic departments and museum institutions, for taking part in scientific and pedagogical activities at universities, and for working in education, including leading and developing leisure activities with nonprofit organizations working with ethnic minorities, even at the international level (e.g. humanitarian organizations, etc.).

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study doctoral
Mode full-time, combined
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction czech

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.