Archival Studies

Follow-up Master'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 Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies prepares qualified professionals for specialized and managerial positions in archival practice and records management. The objective of the study programme is to gain a thorough knowledge of pre-archival care and records management, compiling major fund groups, and making archival sources accessible for research purposes (mainly in the form of creating metadata for digitalized archival material). Students further deepen their knowledge of the archive networks in the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries and develop their knowledge of modern diplomatics and palaeography, modern administration, and modern history. They strengthen their language skills for work with archival material by studying historical language systems. They will learn to combine knowledge and apply it in practice. Based on individual study, they will work with unfamiliar archival material and successfully solve demanding archival tasks. They will gain basic managerial skills.

Practical training

Practical training is not an obligatory part of the study plan, but it is possible to realize 3 weeks of practical training in selected memory institution.

Further information

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Master’s degree study programme in Archival Studies will be prepared for independent expert work and for carrying out complex activities in all types of archives, registries, administration, and state and local government, or in the relevant departments of museums, galleries, and libraries. They will be competent in positions at various management levels in such institutions.

Admission requirements

Deadline for submitting applications: August 1 - November 30

Who the programme is intended for: The programme is intended for graduates of any Bachelor’s degree programme.

Subject matter of the entrance examination: Oral examination in paleography (reading of the text), basics of diplomacy, archival studies, and history of administration.

Waiver of the entrance examination: The entrance examination can be waived for applicants who have passed the Bachelor’s examination in the field/programme of Archival Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University with an excellent (A), very good (B), or good (C) result. Applicants can ask for a waiver for the entrance examination via email to

Website Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies.

General information on the course of the admission procedure to the follow-up Master’s degree programmes at FA MU can be found here. Documents for the current admission procedure are kept in Materials for Applicants.

Criteria for evaluation

Pass/fail line of the entrance examination: 50 points (out of 100).

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

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Archival Studies as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

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

Follow-up studies

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

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Follow-up master'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 2 years
Language of instruction Czech

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

Mgr. Stanislav Bárta, Ph.D.



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