Anthropology

General information

Anthropology is an integral scientific discipline, the Science of Man, studying mankind from its origins until the present. In contrast to scientific disciplines which specially focus on a detailed study of particular areas of human life, anthropology concentrates primarily on the usually ignored connections between biological, social and cultural aspects of human nature. Anthropology regards these bio-socio-cultural interactions as the core for the unique human evolution, as the substance of groundbreaking turns in history and also as a chance for our kind to survive in the future. Anthropology studies the origins and mechanisms of the variations of human biological, social and cultural forms and their relationships in the process of adaptation of Man to the changing environment. The mission of the study programme of Anthropology is to prepare highly qualified specialists in the field of integral anthropology, adhering to the above stated concepts.

Graduates of the Anthropology Bachelor's study programme usually opt to continue their studies in the Anthropology Master's study programme along with graduates of similarly oriented Bachelor's study programmes. Anthropology Master's study programme expands on the knowledge and skills of students from their preceding Bachelor's study programme. It prepares specialists with broad awareness and understanding of anthropological theory topics. The objective of the programme is primarily to complement students’ theoretical knowledge in synthesizing and comparative disciplines and to teach them how to apply specific computer-based methods of anthropology. Students of this programme should gain insight into the concepts of human variation and adaptation/adaptability, evolutionary development, ethnical differences, sexuality and burial rites.

Graduates of the Master's study programme of Anthropology are prepared for independent scientific work both in basic and applied anthropological research.They are capable of proposing, designing and performing their particular anthropological research applying modern methods. Graduates can utilize these skills in practice or in some of the doctoral degree programmes.

A successful graduate is able to

  • have good awareness and knowledge in the fields of synthesizing biological and sociocultural aspects of Man during evolution and the present time
  • have good knowledge of human intra-population variation and inter-population diversity and explain their associations to evolutionary processes and human adaptations
  • apply modern analytical assessment methods of human skeletal remains and other human biological traces in the archaeological and forensic finds context
  • be aware of the basic characteristics of the main world-wide ethnic groups, of their geographical expansion and similarities and differences
  • propose, design and perform a regular anthropological research, statistically evaluate the results and interpret them in the context of anthropological theories

Graduate employment

Graduates of the Anthropology Master's study programme can find employment in academic institutions which focus on anthropology (the Czech Academy of Sciences, universities, health-care institutions, ergonomics laboratories, etc., in archeological institutions working as specialists in skeletal anthropology, in museums as curators of anthropological and other collections, at forensic and criminalistics departments as forensic anthropologists and human biology specialists and also in the civil service and state and government institutions as human biology experts. The best graduates of the Master's study programme have a chance to follow their studies and research in the Biology doctoral degree programme, in the study programme of Anthropology.

Faculty Faculty of Science
Type of study follow-up master's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction czech

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Anthropology


This field of study is only offered in single-subject study mode

Admission Requirements

The information displayed in this block refers to a previous admission procedure.

Admission exam includes special test on the level of state final bachelor exams of programme Anthropology. List of topics is accessible on the page: http://www.sci.muni.cz/anthrop/ This study field is possible to study only in Czech language.

Recommended literature

Literature recommended for Bachelor State Exam in Anthropology. References are listed at: http://www.sci.muni.cz/anthrop/

Evaluation criteria

Applicants will be accepted in sequence of their points from the admission test and according to capacity possibilities of study programme. This study field is possible to study only in Czech language.

Frequently enrolled courses

Recommended study plans and other information can be found in the faculty study catalouge.

Additional information

Detailed information about the Department of Anthropology and Laboratory of Morphology and Forensic Anthropology (LaMorFA) can be found here:

http://www.sci.muni.cz/anthrop

http://www.sci.muni.cz/lamorfa

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