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Master studies

Continuing master studies

Continuing master studies are conducted in accordance with the study plans of the various fields of study, operated out of their corresponding departments. Study plans are based on the requirements of a given field of study and on the topical focus of the master’s thesis. A study plan consists of required, required-with-alternatives and elective courses, which a student selects from available courses in the departments of the geographical institute, through other institutes in the faculty or even from other faculties or universities.

Study programme supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Bohumír Janský, - jansky@natur.cuni.cz  

Physical geography and geoecology

The objective of studies in physical geography and geoecology is to train specialists with general and specialized knowledge of processes and manifestations, focusing primarily on the natural sphere but including interactions between nature and human society. Graduates find work in departmental, ministerial and research institutions, in administrative offices, enterprises, organizations and firms, which are interested in monitoring and surveying physical geographical components of landscape. They also participate in projecting and practically implementing knowledge, in the research activities of administrative and specialized institutions supporting nature and landscape conservation (e.g. protected landscape areas, national parks, Czechia’s Ministry of the Environment) and in similar activities.

In contrast with the broadly defined studies of the bachelor study programme, master studies in physical geography and geoecology prepare students for highly specialized activities. Students master field research methods, laboratory work, information system technique (e.g. GIS and remote sensing) and fundamental concepts from mathematical-physical modelling of natural processes and manifestations. Emphasis is placed on students’ active approach to learning (e.g. in seminars and labs) and on training them to work independently to acquire and analyze the data and results of field research as well as to interpret these analytical data and findings, including the fundamentals of physical-geographical and landscape synthesis. Within the master study programme, it is possible to select an individualized focus, based on the selection of a master’s thesis topic as well as elective courses offered by the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology or courses offered through other parts of Charles University’s Faculty of Science or even by other faculties or universities. Students sign up for such activities, after consulting with the advisor of their master’s thesis.

Supervisor: Prof. Jan Kalvoda, - kalvoda@natur.cuni.cz  

Social geography and regional development

Graduates find work in a broad spectrum of positions in the private and public sector. In the public sector, such positions include municipal and regional authorities and ministries (e.g. departments of regional development, the Ministry for Regional Development, etc.), where graduates focus on issues of regional and local planning, protecting the natural environment, European integration, etc. In the private sphere, our graduates find employment in regional development agencies, in firms specializing in strategic planning, real estate agencies, consulting firms (market research, territorial localization of economic activities), to name a few. They can also focus on scientific research activities, oriented, for instance, at studying the geographical organization of society and interactions between society and landscape.

Continuing master studies are conceived as two or three-year programmes of study. Two-year studies are intended for graduates of bachelor studies in “geography and cartography” or “demography and social geography” at Charles University in Prague’s Faculty of Science. Three-year studies are intended for graduates with different fields of study.

Study plans are comprised of required, required-with-alternatives and elective courses, allowing for considerable individual modification. Consulting with their master’s thesis advisor, students select courses that will support their area of focus.

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Jiří Blažek, - blazek@natur.cuni.cz  

Regional and political geography

Graduates are prepared for work in a wide variety of public institutions and private firms, including national government, management and territorial work, in services, tourism and other fields within the tertiary sector. As specialists on issues concerning the regional geography of foreign countries, they also find work in organizations focused on foreign contacts (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commercial firms, travel agencies, etc.). In the scientific research arena, they explore issues of globalization, power-political divisions of the world and the political aspects of protecting the natural environment, among other things.

Continuing master studies are conceived as two or three-year programmes of study. Two-year studies are intended for graduates of bachelor studies in “geography and cartography” or “demography and social geography” at Charles University in Prague’s Faculty of Science. Three-year studies are intended for graduates with different fields of study.

Study plans are comprised of required, required-with-alternatives and elective courses, allowing for considerable individual modification. Consulting with their master’s thesis advisor, students select courses that will support their area of focus.

Supervisor: Prof. Petr. Pavlínek, - pavlinek@natur.cuni.cz  

Cartography and geographic information systems

Master studies in cartography and geographic information systems focus on applied research, the creation of classical and digital maps, atlases, visualizations and even animations in cartography, remote sensing, geography, other earth sciences and territorial administration. Students acquire knowledge and skills in theoretical, general and thematic cartography, in cartographic information systems, in geodesy, physical and social geography, digital cartography, applied geographic information systems, cartographic reproduction and printing. Graduates find work primarily in departments of the Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre as well as in various local authorities, ministries, national and regional bodies and, particularly, in organizations focused on information systems, geographic information systems, cartography or geodesy.

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Jan Kolář, - jkolar@natur.cuni.cz  

Demography

After finishing the bachelor cycle of combined studies of demography (in combination with social geography, sociology or economics), students may continue in a two-year master study programme focused entirely on demography. Students are accepted into continuing master studies on the basis of an entrance exam. Successful completion of bachelor studies is a requirement for acceptance.

Interested students from other (related) fields of study may also apply for continuing master studies in demography. Such students are required to have passed a state-recognized bachelor exam in their field of study and must successfully complete the entrance exam.

Supervisor: Prof. Jitka Rychtaříková - rychta@natur.cuni.cz

Geography teaching

Continuing master studies can be completed as a single-specialty study programme or in combination with either biology or mathematics.

Supervisor: Dana Řezníčková, Ph.D - danarez@natur.cuni.cz

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