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.

The study programme is suitable for students driven to searching for the essence of Man, wide perspective, versatile abilities and dedication to intensive study. During the three-year Bachelor's programme students are educated in the main anthropological concepts, they acquaint themselves in great detail with the structure and functions of the human body and obtain insight and understanding of the mankind’s sociocultural evolution from the prehistory until the modern era. Students also gain proficiency in standard methods in the subfields of biological anthropology and archeology and in basic procedures of elaboration and presentation of results. Practical training forms an integral part of the studies allowing students to acquire experience in realistic work-duty conditions at potential employers’ facilities. Students apply the acquired theoretical and practical skills in the preparation of their Bachelor's theses to wrap up their studies.

Students of this programme should gain orientation in the topics of anthropology, acquire extensive systematic knowledge of human biology, society and culture and learn to apply it to completing anthropological assignments. Theoretical and practical knowledge obtained within the Bachelor's study programme represents the foundation for the follow-up in the Master's degree programme in Anthropology.

A successful graduate is able to

  • differentiate between the basic areas of anthropology, define their strengths and weaknesses and especially assess the importance of bio-socio-cultural interactions from the viewpoint of the property of mankind
  • describe in detail biology of the human body, gross anatomy and histological structure, functions of organs and organ systems, their mutual relationships; and basic principles of heredity
  • define the main phases of prehistorical and historical evolution of Man and human culture (both in the global and local contexts) and explain the main trends in the evolution of Man and human culture from the Paleolithic until today
  • apply the basic biological anthropology methods to evaluate the body type, build, structure and functions of the living human
  • apply basic methods of skeletal anthropology to assess properties of the deceased (sex, age at death, body height, ethnic affinity) based on the skeletal remains uncovered during archeological excavations
  • perform practical duties of an anthropologist on an archeological on-site burial excavations, particularly uncovering, documentation and exhumation of human skeletal remains
  • design a methodologically sound small scale anthropological research, statistically evaluate the results and interpret them in the context of applied anthropological theory

Graduate employment

The graduates of Anthropology Bachelor's study programme at the Faculty of Science can find employment as staff with expertise in anatomy, human biology and anthropology, especially at biology- and medicine-centered academic institutions, in museums and archeological institutions. Graduates have to offer to the future employers the following: detailed and extensive knowledge of the human body structures and their complex organization, a vast socio-cultural perspective and experience with experimental data evaluation. Education introduces a vast range of situations and prepares students to face the possibility of uncommon tasks, which requires searching for new solutions. The major part of graduates is expected to follow their studies in the Master's study programme where they will extend their knowledge in synthesizing courses and expand their practical skills by gaining proficiency in additional special methods.

Faculty Faculty of Science
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 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

In admission applicant must pass a written test: TSP and Special Test of Biology with Basics of History and Social Sciences. Can be used any TSP done on every faculty of MU. (Czech only)

Recommended literature

Success in TSP is not based on study of literature.

Evaluation criteria

Result of TSP and of Special Test of Biology with Basics of History and Social Sciences .

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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