Doctoral Studies

Anthropology - Field

Brief description of field

This field’s research-teaching focus covers the areas of biological anthropology (especially the study of pre-historic and historic populations) and the area of socio-cultural anthropology. Within these spheres it takes part in research projects dealing with the study of man from the Paleolithic to modernity. The department’s personnel focus on the development of new methods in anthropology (paleoanthropology, archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, to forensic anthropology and criminology), the study of biology and the culture of human populations, and on the area of experimental anthropology.

Profile of a typical graduate

Graduates find employment at universities, scientific institutes, museums, and other institutions both at home and abroad that have activities related to biological or socio-cultural anthropology, in the state sphere, the social sphere, or the media.

Requirements for applicants

Studies build on bachelor’s and master’s studies of anthropology at the Department of Anthropology FS MU, which are provided in cooperation with the Institute of Anatomy, the Institute of Histology and Embryology, and the Institute of Physiology at the MU Faculty of Medicine, with the MU Faculty of the Arts, the Faculty of Social Studies, and the Institute of Archeology in Brno of the Czech Academy of Sciences.  It is intended for graduates in anthropology and other fields of biology, as well as for graduates of archaeology, ethnology, religious studies, sociology, and medicine, who have passed the required admissions test. The applicant for post-graduate studies, along with his potential advisor, proposes a dissertation topic, on the basis of which the applicant submits an application form for post-graduate studies by the date set by the Faculty of Science MU. The applicant will be interviewed before an admissions committee made up of members of the doctoral committee, and in the presence of the advisor. The admissions interview may concern any area of biological and socio-cultural anthropology at the level of lectures in master’s courses in the field of anthropology at the FS MU. The applicant informs the commission of the topic of his dissertation work, his ideas for carrying it out, and defends his concept. Part of the application interview is a test in the English language (or other world language).

Study requirements and completion of studies

Individual study plan

During the course of doctoral studies (at least three years), the post-graduate student will enroll in and take the tests in subjects that broaden his knowledge in the field, and go beyond master’s studies (A). These are courses open to all post-graduate students in the field of biology. They will also broaden their knowledge in specialized areas of the field tied to the topic of his dissertation work (B). These may be master’s-level courses in anthropology that he did not take before, or in other related fields. The student will attend a special seminar (C). He will also help provide teaching at the bachelor’s and master’s level (lead exercises, seminars, etc.) (D).

The study plan is individual, and is determined by the advisor in view of the topic of the dissertation work. The post-graduate student works consistently on the dissertation project under the guidance of the advisor. The advisor sees to the scientific value of this work. The fulfillment of study requirements is always checked at the end of the school year. In consultation with his advisor the post-graduate student publishes partial results of his work in domestic and international professional journals, and actively participates in conferences and symposia.

Content and range of state doctoral exams, required knowledge

After the completion of all study requirements, the doctoral candidate will take the state oral doctorate examination. The state examination will be taken before a commission composed of members of the doctoral committee, or other invited specialists.

Requirements for doctoral dissertation work

Three years after the beginning of doctoral studies, the student will submit his dissertation work. The presentation of dissertation work in the form of publication or academic presentation at conferences is a requirement for defense of the thesis.

Range of topics for dissertation work:

  • Social aspects of height and skeletal robustness  
  • General anthropological research on the relation of sexuality and culture in proto-historic and early medieval societies in Europe : Germanic, Celtic, Slavic ... 
  • Use of macroscopic vs. microscopic methods for determining age and sex of burnt bones: analysis of skeletal remains of Germanic populations of the Roman era in Moravia  
  • Epigenetic traits and family relations at early medieval burial grounds in Žatec,
    Chelčického Square 
  • Changes in bone [relief] from an anthropological perspective: Anatomical vs. cultural influence 
  • Burial rituals during the migratioin of nations era in Moravia and Silesia 
  • Slavic cremation rituals

Individual study plan

During the course of doctoral studies (at least three years), the post-graduate student will enroll in and take the tests in subjects that broaden his knowledge in the field, and go beyond master’s studies (A). These are courses open to all post-graduate students in the field of biology. They will also broaden their knowledge in specialized areas of the field tied to the topic of his dissertation work (B). These may be master’s-level courses in anthropology that he did not take before, or in other related fields. The student will attend a special seminar (C). He will also help provide teaching at the bachelor’s and master’s level (lead exercises, seminars, etc.) (D).

 The study plan is individual, and is determined by the advisor in view of the topic of the dissertation work. The post-graduate student works consistently on the dissertation project under the guidance of the advisor. The advisor sees to the scientific value of this work. The fulfillment of study requirements is always checked at the end of the school year. In consultation with his advisor the post-graduate student publishes partial results of his work in domestic and international professional journals, and actively participates in conferences and symposia.

List of members of doctoral committee

List of supervisors

Commission for state doctoral exams and defenses

List of current doctoral topics

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