Physical geography

Follow-up Master's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject.

What will you learn?

The aim of study in Physical Geography programme is to prepare professionals for public administration, commercial companies as well as research institutions, who show understanding of spatial organization of cultural and natural landscapes. Study further extends knowledge of atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosfere, landforms, soils and biosphere; leads to comprehension of structure, processes, interactions and spatiotemporal dynamics of natural landscape elements. Study enables specialisation in partial disciplines of physical geography such as climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, biogeography or Quaternary environmental change. Study also offers geographical synthesis of partial disciplines of physical geography through summarizing topics of landscape ecology, environmental geography, natural hazards and impacts of ongoing environmental change (climate change in the fist place). Students gain ability to analyze landscape structure, processes driving landscape evolution, and understand interactions between natural landscape elements and human society. Apart from theoretical knowledge of natural landscape elements the study offeres to acquire methods and techniques of field work, landscape mapping, laboratory work and geoinformation technologies.

“Processes and interactions in natural and cultural landscapes in a spatial context”

Practical training

Part of the study plan is recommended optional course Professional Practice in Geography and Cartography within 10 working days with assigned number of credits. The practical training can be completed in the first or second year of Master's studies. The practical training is offered to students in state and local government offices, professional and research institutions and commercial entities. Examples of organizations and institutions where students complete practical training are state, regional and municipal administration offices, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Nature Conservation Agency, administrations of landscape protected areas and national parks, The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening, Transport Research Centre, TG Masaryk Water Research Institute, and last but not least various commercial planning and design companies.

Further information

Information on admissions, course and conditions of study are available at Department of Geography web pages (

Career opportunities

The graduates are well trained for work positions in state and regional administration offices, professional institutions as well as commercial sphere. Competence in geographical synthesis of natural processes and phenomena within landscapes, including their relations to socioeconomical sphere, offers wide possibilities of employment. Graduate is prepared for work positions in state and regional administration (nature conservation, landscape palnning, regional development, environmental impact assessment etc.), design and planning private companies (flood plans preparation, revitalization of rural landscapes, land adjustments, geophysical surveying etc.) or non-governmental organizations (environmental education, environmental quality, landscape ecology etc.). Theoretical and practical knowledge and skills may be utilized by graduates in research or service institutions engaged in basic and applied research; among such institutions belong institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences (e.g. Institute of Geonics, Global Change Research Institute), TG Masaryk Water Research Institute, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening. Graduates are also able to gain positions of research or pedagogical workers at university departments of geography.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Jan – 30 Apr 2022)

This study field is possible to study only in Czech language. Written exam includes special test of geography and cartography on the level of bachelor study.

Criteria for evaluation

Applicants will be accepted on the base of their entrance exam. The result of special test is also counted.

Recommended literature

As seen on web:

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.

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Detailed information about study plan courses

Follow-up studies

After completion of the Master's studies, it is possible to continue further studies in Doctoral degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements). In particular, the possibility of joining the doctoral study programme Physical Geography is envisaged.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Science
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 No
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction Czech

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

doc. RNDr. Zdeněk Máčka, Ph.D.



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