Doctoral Studies

Regional Geography and Regional Development - Field

Brief description of field

The field of Regional Geography and Regional Development deals with region structuring, which may be of different hierarchical levels, and also deals with its dominant or sensitive social, economic, and environmental characteristics. It contributes to a deeper understanding of the interdependence of various socio-geographic as well as physical phenomena and processes in specific regions. The field focuses on the extensive study of regional development issues in the Czech Republic, for which it provides comparative material from both developed and transition economies. This field focuses on studying the issue of regional development in different geographical areas of the world as well.

Profile of a typical graduate

Development. Mastering a wide range of methods of regional geographic research, including multivariate statistical methods. Independent preparation and evaluation of complex dietary surveys. Understanding the relationships and interdependence of the studied regional geography phenomena and processes, assessing the degree of relevance of individual phenomena for the possible development of the given area. Ability to predict the development of regions. Ability to carry out comparative analysis of regions in the Czech Republic and the world. Ability to create strategic documents for both Czech and European regional policy (strategy, operational plans, development programs). The ability to form specific development programs for rural communities, cities, and regions of different hierarchical levels.
A Graduate of the Regional Geography and Regional Development programme is well equipped to obtain and succeed in research positions in various institutes such as the Academy of Sciences or Universities. The graduate has good prerequisites for applied work as well, such as in departmental institutions, regional development agencies, regional development departments, or the Department of Environment at the regional and municipal authorities, and development departments of individual cities. Graduates will find employment in the private and regional consulting firms.

Requirements for applicants

Formal requirements for admissions are defined in Application for doctoral studies. Prospective students who graduated from the Master's degree in Geography and Cartography or related field, need to choose a topic for their PhD thesis and a supervisor according to the range of available dissertation topics. The entrance examination will take place before the Commission, with regards to the following requirements:

  • The full scope and content of graduate (masters) studies in Geography and Cartography focusing on regional geography and regional development
  • A written English essay on the anticipated objectives, methods, and results of the proposed doctoral dissertation in the range of 1-2 pages and an oral presentation of the subject matter in English
  • Submission of the PhD thesis, and professional publications if any
  • Carrying out at least part of the examination in English.

Study requirements and completion of studies

Individual Study Plan

  • Part A: : includes compulsory subjects of the chosen field of study,determined by the doctoral board / commission, usually ended with an exam.
  • Part B: includes elective courses, recommended to the student by his/her advisor with the aim of extending the necessary knowledge with regard to the topic of the PhD thesis.
  • Part C: includes active participation of students in geographical seminars.
  • Part D: Ph.D. students must help and assist with teaching undergraduate courses as required by the Institute of Geography.
  • Part E: Creating and writing a PhD thesis. The thesis consists mainly of an overview of the issue based on research of domestic and foreign literature, including methods of processing the PhD topic. It is to be submitted to the supervisor in the form of a written comprehensive study.
  • Part F: Giving a talk in front of an international scientific forum in English, i.e. giving a talk at an international conference in English, at least once during the period of study.

Content and scope of the state doctoral examination, required knowledge

The student must demonstrate that they have mastered the broader issue of regional geography and regional development, including adequate techniques and skills. The level of the student’s knowledge along with his/her ability to actively address individual problems including appropriate methods of regional geographic analysis and synthesis are examined. The oral exam takes place in four thematic areas. Required are areas: regional policy and regional development, regional geographic research methods, and two optional student chooses one of these six headings: general physical geography, general human geography, regional geography of the Czech Republic, world regional geography, landscape ecology, demography.

Requirements for the Ph.D. thesis

The thesis should deal with a current topic from the field of regional geography and regional development and it should bring original scientific knowledge and advancement. By submitting the thesis the student demonstrates the ability of independent creative scientific work, and in particular:

  1. articulate the nature of the problem along with the partial and overall aims and objectives that lead to the solution of the problem
  2. obtain necessary data, evaluate them and process them using modern methods
  3. analyze the results obtained in the context of existing literature and draw connections
  4. formulate conclusions with regards to their impacts and further progress in the given scientific discipline

A prerequisite for thesis submission and the defense of the doctoral dissertation is publishing one’s results according to Option A or B:

  • A: One publication (of part of the results or the complete results ) in an international peer-reviewed journal (excluding Slovakia journals)
  • B: Two publications (of part of the results or the complete results ) in journals: Geography - Proceedings Czech Geographical Society (Praha) and Geographical Magazine (Bratislava)

In option B the journals may be swapped for other czech or slovak peer-reviewed journals but only after the approval of the student’s individual application addressed to the Doctoral Board. The publication does not need to be published at the time of the PhD thesis defense. A letter of confirmation from the relevant journal editor stating that the paper has been accepted for publishing is enough to start the process of PhD thesis defense.

Topics of Ph.D. Thesis:

  • Sustainability Strategies for the Krkonoše / Karkonosze Biosphere Reserve
  • Regional Development of the Jihlava Region: theory, analysis, policy and opportunities
  • The transformation of Brno’s industry and its impact on the labor market situation
  • Relationships of Brno with his background (regional geographic analysis)
  • Modern technologies and their impact on regional development
  • Technical infrastructure - the basis for business (e.g. geographic analysis of telecommunications)
  • The impact of the economic transformation on rural development (a regional geographical study)
  • Utilization of less common data sources for socio-geographical regionalization
  • Gravitational study of the "Transrapid" network in Europe
  • Immigration of people to Australia in the 20th century, focusing on the integration of Central European immigrants
  • Toronto: urban studies
A list of current topics for PhD theses for this academic year can be accessed on the link shown below.

Individual study plan

Individual Study Plan

  • Part A: : includes compulsory subjects of the chosen field of study,determined by the doctoral board / commission, usually ended with an exam.
  • Part B: includes elective courses, recommended to the student by his/her advisor with the aim of extending the necessary knowledge with regard to the topic of the PhD thesis.
  • Part C: includes active participation of students in geographical seminars.
  • Part D: Ph.D. students must help and assist with teaching undergraduate courses as required by the Institute of Geography.
  • Part E: Creating and writing a PhD thesis. The thesis consists mainly of an overview of the issue based on research of domestic and foreign literature, including methods of processing the PhD topic. It is to be submitted to the supervisor in the form of a written comprehensive study.
  • Part F: Giving a talk in front of an international scientific forum in English, i.e. giving a talk at an international conference in English, at least once during the period of study.

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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