The Institute for Environmental Studies is accredited for three levels of university education. In the “Ecology and Conservation” program it offers a three-year undergraduate degree, followed up with a two-year master’s program in “Environmental Protection” and a doctoral degree in the field of “Environmental Science”.
Undergraduate and master’s studies
The three-year undergraduate program primarily focuses on the fundamentals of the natural sciences and individual components of the environment. Studies include additional subjects such as the basics of hygiene, environmental law, and subjects emphasizing an awareness of the basic technologies threatening the environment. In addition to required lectures, students specialize by taking electives in higher years of study. The undergraduate program culminates in a state final examination.
The related two-year master’s program only accepts students who have successfully completed an undergraduate program (natural science or related technical area of study). From the beginning, students specialize by taking electives based on their selected thesis topic. The master’s program culminates in a state final examination.
Undergraduate and master’s classes are taught in Czech; however, the institute offers a number of courses in English.
Graduates work in government, perform expert activities, and conduct basic and applied research. They are able to assess the quality of environmental components, analyze contaminants, manage protected areas, waste, landfills, sewage treatment and relations between human health and the environment.
The program is designed to prepare students for a career in science or highly specialized activity in areas of (departmental) research or environmental protection management in the public or private sectors. During their studies and when collaborating with their supervisor, graduates become accustomed to both individual and team work. They become prepared on a high professional level to solve problems of basic and applied science. They gain experience with laboratory and/or field work, are prepared to conceive research tasks, are able to process data obtained using appropriate statistical and graphic methods, and publish the results. Graduates find work in scientific institutions (e.g. Czech Academy of Science), departmental research (e.g. ČHMÚ, ČGS, VÚV TGM) and university institutions, or in management functions of specialized government departments (Ministry of Environment) and the private sector. The doctoral program can be completed in Czech or English.
General study information is available at the faculty page: https://www.natur.cuni.cz/eng/study/student