Doctoral Studies

Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing - Field

Brief description of field

Cartography and geoinformatics is focused on study of different aspects of analogue and digital representation of the Earth surface and all phenomena taking place in the physio-geographic and socio-economic spheres of the Earth. It is aimed on traditional component-based approach to cartography, as well as on complex solutions of problems within the frame of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing with the use of latest information technologies and software tools. Doctoral students are led to understand both theoretical and practical utilization of cartographic visualization in cartographic modeling of selected phenomena. Attention is paid to matters of data quality and the ability of critical selection of data from different resources according to individual requirements of different groups of users.
During studies, attention is also paid to adaptable electronic cartography, cartographic generalization in digital environment, creation and utilization of national spatial data infrastructures and European and global spatial data projects, such as Global Map, GSDI, Digital Earth and UN Geographic Database. Doctoral students are also made familiar with web cartography and telecartography. Besides aspects related to content and technologies, attention is also paid to security and legislative aspects of spatial data handling. Students also attend to utilization of geographic information in public administration and other (private, academic) portals in connection with basic documents of the Czech Republic and the European Union in the field of information policy and building of information society.

Profile of a typical graduate

Students acquire thorough theoretical and practical knowledge, work habits and skills, which allow them to adequately define and solve scientific problems related to study of processes and phenomena in the landscape sphere of the earth from the point of view of individual components of sustainable development, i.e. ecological, economic, social, technological, cultural, and ethical. Doctoral students master a wide range of methods from the fields of geoinformatics, analytic, web and adaptable electronic cartography, telecartography, remote sensing, mainly methods of cartographic generalization, cartographic visualization, methods of analyzing, processing and interpretation of data and information from remote sensing. Their skills are grounded on knowledge of historical maps, analogue and digital (mainly thematic) maps and atlases.
Graduates are also able to enter, cooperate and supply data and information into Czech, European, and global spatial data projects. They are able to constructively react to requirements related to utilization of geographic information for the need of information/knowledge-based society, especially in creation of national geographic information infrastructure of the Czech Republic and public administration portals. Knowledge of analytic and web cartography, use of information technologies in solving both scientific and practical tasks, and the ability of geographic data integration, analysis and interpretation provide graduates with good opportunities of assertion in scientific academic workplaces, as well as in applied research at a wide range of institutions and organizations dealing with spatial information (cadastral and regional offices, public administration, ecological and/or economic institutions, etc.) and in various fields of private enterprise.

Requirements for applicants

Formal requirements for the entrance process are stipulated by the Application for Doctoral Studies. The person interested in the study, who is a graduate of the master study of geography and cartography or a related branch, chooses topic and supervisor of the studies according to the published offer of topics of dissertation theses, and/or they can address the supervisor directly with a suggestion of the topic. The entrance exam takes place in front of a committee, taking in consideration the following requirements:

  • scientific knowledge within the range of master studies of geography with focus on cartography, geoinformatics and remote sensing
  • a paper written in English about the assumed aims, methods and results of the doctoral thesis in the extent of 1–2 pages and oral presentation of those topics in English
  • presentation of the master thesis and/or scientific publications
  • organizing a part or the whole examination in English.

Study requirements and completion of studies

Individual study plan

  • Part A: includes obligatory subjects according to the chosen study branch, set by the branch committee, finished usually by an examination.
  • Part B: includes the obligatory-elective subjects, recommended to the student by the supervisor of the study with the objective of extending the necessary knowledge with respect to the doctoral thesis.
  • Part C: includes active participation of students in branch geographical seminars (I-IV).
  • Part D: includes help of students in teaching (I-VI) according to the requirements of the Institute of Geography.
  • Part E: elaboration of the tenets of the doctoral thesis. The tenets contain above all an overview of the solved set of problems on the basis of the background research of domestic and foreign literature including the methods of procession of the topics of the doctoral thesis (linking up to the study of literature I-II). They are submitted to the supervisor in the form of a written report.
  • Part F: presentation of the results of the doctoral thesis. It is a publication of the results (a part of the results) in a scientific journal in English in a foreign (except for Slovak) reviewed journal. An alternative is: one publication in a reviewed journal in the Czech Republic, one publication in a reviewed journal in the Slovak Republic and a lecture in a foreign language. Recommended journals are “Kartografické listy“ (Bratislava), „Geodetický a kartografický obzor“ (Prague), „Geografie – Sborník České geografické společnosti“ (Prague), and „Geografický časopis“ (Bratislava).
  • Part G: preparation of the doctoral thesis (I-VII).

Content and extent of the state doctoral examination, required knowledge


At the state examination the student proves the fact that they have mastered into the depth the problems of physical geography, including the corresponding techniques and skills. The objective is to verify both the level of the knowledge and the abilities of active solution of the problem, including their comprehensive understanding and the application of the corresponding methods of analysis and synthesis. The oral examination itself includes questions from the following areas:

  1. Spatial data for cartography and geoinformatics: analysis, processing, legal aspects
  2. Methods of cartographic generalization, modeling, visualization and interpretation
  3. Integration of data from digital and analogue sources, mainly from remote sensing
  4. Spatial data projects: the Czech Republic, the European Union, Europe and global level

Requirements for the doctoral dissertation thesis


The doctoral thesis has to solve a recent topic from the field of cartography, geoinformatics or remote sensing, which should bring new original scientific knowledge. By submitting the thesis the student demonstrates the capability of independent creative scientific work, particularly the following:

  1. to formulate the substance of the solved problem and partial and overall aims leading to the solution
  2. to obtain necessary data, evaluate them and process them in accordance of present methods
  3. to analyze obtained results in the context of the previous research, relations and connections
  4. to formulate conclusions with respect to their impacts and further development of the given branch of science

Examples of topics of doctoral theses:

  • Design of an interactive atlas of chosen thematics
  • Geographic information system for support of investment planning of a chosen region
  • Methods of automated cartographic generalization
  • Automated cartographic visualization in electronic environment
  • Development of cartographic language


A list of recent topics of doctoral theses for the given academic year is presented below.

Individual study plan

The first year

Autumn semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Spatial databases Zk 4
PV Subject I (on the recommendation of the supervisor) K 3
P Branch seminar I Z 2
P Assistance in teaching I Z 3
P Preparation of the doctoral thesis I Z 16
P Study of literature I Z 2
Spring semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Software tools for remote sensing Zk 4
PV Subject II (on the recommendation of the supervisor) K 3
P Branch seminar II Z 2
P Assistance in teaching II Z 3
P Preparation of the doctoral thesis II Z 16
P Study of literature II Z 2

The second year:

Autumn semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Map semiotics Zk 4
PV Subject III (on the recommendation of the supervisor) K 3
P Branch seminar III Z 2
P Assistance in teaching III Z 3
P Tenets of the doctoral thesis Z 18
Spring semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Modeling in cartography ZK 4
PV Subject IV (on the recommendation of the supervisor) K 3
P Branch seminar IV Z 2
P Assistance in teaching IV Z 3
P Preparation of the doctoral thesis III Z 18
The third year:
Autumn semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Assistance in teaching V Z 3
P Preparation of the doctoral thesis IV Z 27
Spring semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Assistance in teaching VI Z 3
P Preparation of the doctoral thesis V Z 17
P Pblication in a scientific journal in English Z 10
  • Alternative to Publication in a scientific journal in English:
  • Publication in a reviewed journal in the Czech Republic 3 credits
  • Publication in a reviewed journal in the Slovak Republic 4 credits
  • Lecture in foreign language 3 credits

The fourth year:

Autumn semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Preparation of the doctoral thesis VI Z 30
Spring semester:
Type Name Finishing Credits
P Preparation of the doctoral thesis VII Z 30
P – obligatory, PV – obligatory-elective

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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