Bachelor's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or in combination with another programme.

What will you learn?

The main objective of the Bachelor’s degree programme in ethnology is to present ethnology to the students as science, as well as to introduce them to the topics of ethnological research, its methods and methodology including the application of the acquired knowledge in practice. The teaching of scientific work makes an inseparable part of the study; it lies both in the acquisition of formal characteristics and in the development of students’ creativity, their problem-solving and assessment abilities and decision-making.

“Among people: traditions and innovations.”

Practical training

Field research is an obligatory part of the studies. Within the field research the students are supposed to master basic ethnological research methods and to describe basic researched phenomena. The fieldwork (2 x 5 workdays) is conducted under professional supervision of guarantors. The course of professional museum practice is to deliver the basics of ethnographic museology (work with ethnographic collections, their registration /CES/, storage, and familiarity with the museum institution's operation); it is organized in cooperation with partner museums in the range of 60 hours.

Further information

Career opportunities

The graduate from the programme has professional competences which allow him/her to be employed in expert institutions (scientific organizations, memory institutions: museums, heritage preservation etc.), as well as cultural and public-educational institutions, and in state administration and self-governmental administration and in NGOs. The gained knowledge of realia and the developed abilities to identify, describe and evaluate cultural phenomena and processes, which are purposefully developed at among students during their studies, indicate the potential of succeeding in e.g. creative industry and tourism.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Nov 2023 – 29 Feb 2024)

This programme is taught in Czech.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the the Learning Potential Test (TSP) and the written Field of Study Examination. Applicants may also be admitted based on other criteria, see Admission without the Entrance Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 29 February.
Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

This test is only in Czech. For up-to-date information, click here

Field of Study Examination

This examination is intended to check the applicants’ knowledge of the given field of study. It takes the form of a motivation letter.

Basic description of the Field of Study Examination:
Upload the motivation letter to your e-application, in the section Příloha 2, no later than by 8 April. Select the correct type of attachment, i.e. "Etnologie: Motivační dopis", and do not forget to click on "Save" at the bottom of the page.
Details of the motivation letter: length of 1500 to 2500 characters (including spaces), must be written in Czech. Answer the following questions in the motivation letter:
  • a) Why do you want to study ethnology and what has motivated or inspired your interest in ethnology? What do you expect from the study?
  • b) What is, in your opinion, the subject of ethnology studies?
  • c) Which topics and problems in the area of ethnology are the ones that speak to you most and that you would like to engage in during your study?
  • d) Was any ethnology book, exhibition, or other event of interest to you lately? Please describe.

Admission without the entrance examination

You may be exempt from the entrance examination based on at least one of the following criteria:
  1. participation in a regional or national round of Students’ Professional Activities (SOČ) in the field of history, philosophy, political studies, and other humanities and social science fields or the History Olympiad;
  2. secondary school results from profile subjects determined by the faculty: English language, Czech (Slovak) language, history, basics of social sciences.
Secondary school results may be applied for an exemption from the entrance examination by those applicants whose average grade was 1.5 or higher in each of the four profile subjects. The total average result in all subjects is not taken into consideration. Secondary school seminars are also disregarded. The average grade of each profile subject is calculated based on the results of the last four years of study in the following way: the mid-year grade is calculated from the final year, whereas the final grades are calculated from the previous three years. It is also necessary that applicants have studied each of the profile subjects for at least two years during the last four years.
Enter your grades in your e-application. Then print the grades out and let your secondary school certify them with a stamp and a signature. Upload the scan of the certified grades into your e-application. You can also upload officially certified school reports or any other documents certifying your school results.
Please upload the officially certified documents directly to your e-application in the section Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination no later than 28 February.

Criteria for evaluation

  • Limit for TSP percentile for successfully passing the TSP: 30
  • Total number of points in the Field of Study Examination: 100
  • Limit for successfully passing the Field of Study Examination: 50
You have to pass both exams in order to pass the entrance examination. Applicants will be sorted into the admission order based on the evaluation of the motivation letter.

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Ethnology as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Follow-up studies

The graduate from the bachelor study programme of Ethnology can (after having met all the conditions for admission) continue his/her studies in the consequent master programme of Ethnology or relative disciplines.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

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Mgr. et Mgr. Eva Chovancová



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