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Our Master in Geodynamics focuses on various aspects of tectonic processes identified through analyses of magmatic and metamorphic rocks as well as their deformation structures. The emphasis of the two years master-degree programme is given to the individual research project, master thesis, which is awarded by 55 out of the total 120 ECTS credits. Our tutorial style of teaching consists of a number of “hands-on” practical courses developing computer-modelling skills. Field expertise represents an integral part of our master programme with the majority of master thesis projects based on fieldwork. The recently built laboratory of experimental petrology allows complementary insight into complex natural processes. 

Teamwork habits, as well as independent thinking, is fostered by interaction with our mixed Czech, international and visiting Erasmus students and IPSG staff and PhD students. The students benefit from our wide network of collaborators from various scientific institutions in Czechia and worldwide including the possibility of Erasmus mobility to a large number of the top European universities.

Our Master in Geodynamics programme is instructed in English, it is free of charge and its standard duration is two years. Being the student of the Charles University guarantees a number of student benefits including accommodation in student dormitories and discount for public transport. The basic monthly living costs to be covered by incoming students are estimated to 500 Eur. For more information on visa requirements and student housing see the Charles University web page https://cuni.cz/UKEN-555.html.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to our Master in Geodynamics programme, the candidates must have a bachelor degree in geology or equivalent. If your bachelor study is still in progress you can apply, however be aware that the final acceptance for the study is conditioned by successful completion of your bachelor study, i.e. the bachelor diploma must be delivered to the study department prior to beginning your master study.

Candidates are expected to be fluent in English, both spoken and written.

Application and selection

Our Master in Geodynamics is part of the Czech Master in Geology study programme. This means that Czech and international students follow the same programme together.

For more information and further inquiry about our institute and application process, the candidates are encouraged to contact us at geodynamics@natur.cuni.cz or visit our department in Prague during January upon prior notice.

The application and selection process is two-stage:

1) Deadline for application is on the 31st of January 2023. The application is done via email to geodynamics@natur.cuni.cz by sending us your motivation letter (up to one A4 page of why do you apply to our Geodynamics programme), your curriculum vitae, your transcript of records from the bachelor programme you attended, your bachelor thesis (if finished when you apply), and a letter of recommendation from your university teachers (optional, maximum two letters).

After we receive your application, you will be contacted by our administrator to schedule a videoconference interview. The interview will be held during February 2023.

2) The sucesfull candidates will receive information about an official registration of the application at the Faculty of Science, Charles University. Deadline for this registration is on the 31st of March 2023.

The official formal interview will take place in June 2023 at the geology department of the Faculty of Science. The candidates need to attend the interviews  (no distant form is allowed).

Curriculum outline

1st year

Winter semester

Summer semester

  • Advanced Metamorphic Petrology
  • Rheology and deformation microstructures
  • Advanced Structural Geology
  • Isotope Geochemistry - Geochronology
  • Data analysis in R and Python
  • Advanced reading course
  • Seminar in Petrology and Structural Geology
  • Diploma project I.
  • Igneous processes
  • Geological Thermodynamics
  • Numerical Modelling of Heat Transfer in Geology
  • Dynamics of Magma Chambers
  • Microanalysis of Geomaterials
  • Advanced Microscopy
  • Advanced Reading Course
  • Seminar in Petrology and Structural Geology
  • Diploma project II.
  • Field Course in Geodynamics

2nd year

Winter semester

Summer semester

  • Geodynamics of Lithosphere
  • Magnetic Anisotropy and Paleomagnetism
  • Experimental Petrology
  • Seminar in Petrology and Structural Geology
  • Diploma project III.
  • Seminar in Petrology and Structural Geology
  • Diploma project IV.

Elective courses

Field courses

Additional courses

  • Field Course in Petrology and Structural Geology
  • Field Exercises in Structural Geology
  • Field Course in Petrology
  • Petrology of Metamorphic Rocks
  • Fundamentals of Structural Geology
  • Microscopy of rock-forming minerals
  • Microscopy of Rocks
  • Metallic deposits: geology, mining, and environmental impact


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