Archival Studies

What will you learn?

The Bachelor's degree study programme in Archival Studies prepares qualified professionals for archival practice and records management. The objective of the study is to gain basic knowledge of the archival network in the Czech Republic and of methodology and current archival legislation. Besides familiarisation with archival practices, such as the use of information technologies, students learn about the history of administration, study legal and Czech history, and gain general knowledge of the current administrative and legal systems in the Czech Republic. Students gain a thorough knowledge of the auxiliary historical sciences which they will use in their further professional career. They learn to combine knowledge of individual disciplines and apply that knowledge in basic archival activities (pre-archival care, archival processing including creating basic archival finding aids, making archival material accessible for researchers and providing qualified research services).

Practical training

The study programme includes three obligatory practical trainings.

The first practical training takes place in a weekly joint block at the Brno City Archive totalling 40 hours. The block takes place after the end of the second semester. The completion of the Archival Studies I course is required.

The second practical training takes place in a weekly joint block totalling 40 hours at the Moravian Provincial Archive after the end of the third semester.

The third obligatory practical training is individual, lasting three weeks, totalling 120 hours. It starts after the end of the fourth semester and may take place until the beginning of the fall semester. Students choose from the current offer of terms and topics of archives involved (the Moravian Provincial Archive, the Brno City Archive, the State District Archive in Zlín, Břeclav, Blansko, Benešov and many others). The practical training can also take place abroad (eg. Niederösterreichisches Landesarchiv St. Pölten). The completion of the course Archival Studies III is required.

Further information

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Archival Studies programme have the knowledge and skills applicable to basic activities of all types of archives, registries, administrations, and state and local government, and in the relevant departments of museums, galleries, and libraries. Graduates from the Bachelor's degree programme are expected to continue in the Master's degree programme in Archival Studies.

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.

Recommended combinations

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Archival Studies as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

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

Follow-up studies

After completing the Bachelor's degree programme, it is possible to continue further studies in the Master's degree programme in Archival Studies (after satisfying the admission requirements).

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined 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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doc. PhDr. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D.



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