Social geography and regional development

'' Man in Society - Society in Space ''

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International applicants for doctoral study (Czech and Slovak Republics applicants not included)
Submission deadline until midnight 30 Nov 2021

What will you learn?

The study program Social Geography and Regional Development (SGRD) focuses on the study of spatiality of social life. The Faculty of Science at Masaryk University is a traditional specialization, whose content reflects the changing society and its manifestations in the area. The interpretation of this situation also reflects the deepening knowledge of geographic and related scientific disciplines as well as improving methodological approaches. The SGRR is characterized by a comprehensive view, allowing the interpretation of social, economic, environmental, political and cultural processes in their interrelationships and wider contexts. Another characteristic feature of the field is the sensitivity to scale of studied phenomena and processes, ie the interest in interpreting processes taking place at different hierarchical levels and respecting (accentuating the importance of relationships between these levels). Thematically, the research focuses on, for example, the spatio-temporal organization of society, transformation and developmental changes in the Czech environment, peripheral-rural-border regions, regional and sectoral policies, as well as political-geographical topics. Students are encouraged to communicate with specialists in related fields while retaining a synthesizing geographic perspective. At the same time, however, the study is significantly linked to the practice of regional development (public administration), where graduates often find employment. The study program is open to graduates of master's degree in geography and related fields, including from other faculties and universities.

Practical training

It is NOT a mandatory part of the SGRD doctoral program. Within the framework of studies, cooperation with relevant institutions can be established.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the SGRR doctoral program can apply the acquired qualifications especially in academic workplaces, research and departmental institutions, or also in the private sector. They are able to carry out independent scientific and research activities in the area of basic, eventually. applied research. In a broader sense, they are ready to carry out all activities related to scientific work, ie. to deal with conceptual issues, scientific and organizational activities, as well as teaching and transferring experience. A certain specificity is the application of graduates in practice, ie at higher positions in regional development institutions at various hierarchical (administrative) levels of public administration.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Jan – 30 Apr 2021)

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.
The exam commission evaluates knowledge from human geography maximally by 70 points; at least 35 points are necessary for fulfilment of this part. At least 15 points from 30 possible points are necessary for successful passing of exam from English language. This means that for successful finishing of the entrance exam it is necessary to obtain at least 50 points from 100 possible points; at the same time minimal points from both parts of the exam have to be achieved.


1 Aug – 30 Nov 2021

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Dissertation topics

Single-subject studies

No topics currently listed.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Science
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction Czech
Collaborating institutions
  • The Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Ústav výzkumu globální změny AV ČR
Doctoral board and doctoral committees

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

doc. RNDr. Milan Jeřábek, Ph.D.



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