Founded in 2002, the Faculty of Sports Studies is the most recently established Masaryk University faculty. The faculty’s mission stems from a long tradition of education in sports and physical training in Brno, historically concentrated at Masaryk University.
The faculty focuses on preparing physical education teachers, implementing doctoral studies in kinanthropology, acquiring and disseminating recent research findings in regeneration and nutrition in sports and in everyday life, developing physiotherapeutic and medical information for the benefit of sports and sports education and distributing trainer licenses in selected areas. It also focuses on special educational techniques essential for the professional training of security forces. Most importantly, however, the faculty is tasked with promoting a healthy lifestyle as an essential part of modern life.
All studies are implemented as a two-tier system, with Bachelor’s and Master’s studies compatible with similar programmes at other universities. In addition to teaching activities, academic employees are also devoted to research, which concentrates on three key topics: structural and developmental kinanthropology, social, cultural and pedagogical kinanthropology and medical kinanthropology. The faculty also collaborates with a number of foreign universities and institutions.
The kinanthropology doctoral degree programme is primarily intended for Master’s degree programme graduates. The aim of the programme is to develop theoretical knowledge acquired in Master’s degree programmes and to provide students with skills essential for independent research.
Employment opportunities for graduates are extensive. Bachelor’s degree programme graduates find application in lifestyle counselling, leisure-time and performance sports counselling and even with security forces while Master’s degree programme graduates will most likely find employment as double-subject teachers at primary and secondary schools. Although doctoral studies graduates may become physical education teachers at all school types, they may also turn to academia and seek employment as either university teachers or researchers in kinanthropology.
Facts and figures
- A total of 1,365 students are enrolled at the faculty: 900 in Bachelor’s degree programmes, 388 in Master’s degree programmes and 77 in doctoral degree programmes (as of 31 October 2014).
- The faculty consists of 5 departments and employs a total of 155 academic and non-academic workers including 8 professors and 10 associate professors.
- Instruction is provided by a total of 252 teaching staff including 84 MU employees, 32 students and 136 external faculty members.
- A total of 3,332 applicants for studies were registered in 2014; 748 were subsequently accepted.
- A total of 6 disabled students are enrolled at the faculty (2011/2012 academic year).
- The number of outgoing students stands at 37, the number of incoming students from abroad is 1 (2011/2012 academic year).
- A total of 404 students graduated from the faculty in 2014: 273 from Bachelor’s programmes, 128 from Master’s programmes and 3 from doctoral programmes.
- Faculty graduates are extremely successful on the job market (see Graduate employment record).
- Since 2002, a total of 3,981 students have graduated from the faculty.