The Department offers a three-year Bachelor and two-year Master degree programme in Regional Geography, whose graduates find occupation in regional development agencies, public authorities and other organizations engaged in the management and planning of spatial units. The department also provides higher education for future teachers of geography at secondary schools in several teaching qualifications in full-time as well as distant form of study.
Basic and applied research at the Department of Geography is based on processing digital spatial information through GIS technologies. The research focuses on issues such as urban climate, renewable energy, gambling and other social pathologies. Worldwide recognized results were achieved in the past few years mainly in regional research and regional taxonomy, specifically modeling and identification of patterns of spatial distribution of settlement and regional systems.
The department guarantees full-time Bachelor degree study in Geoinformatics and Geography, Master degree programme in Geoinformatics, and Doctoral study field in Geoinformatics and Cartography (also distant form). It also offers Doctoral studies of Geoinformatics and Cartography in English (full-time and part-time). The main emphasis is on knowledge and skills in areas of geographic information systems, remote sensing, thematic and digital cartography, modeling and simulation of spatial phenomena and spatial planning. Our graduates are highly sought-after on the labor market.
Research activities of the department focus on three areas: spatial modeling of geographic phenomena in GIS, digital cartography and contactless monitoring of landscape. In both teaching and research we involve the latest technologies such as 3D printing, drones, sensor networks, devices for monitoring eye movement or virtual reality. The department has been involved in implementing many research studies and grant projects, it has drawn up many surveys and made dozens of consultations. The quality of the department is underlined by large number of publications.
The department provides theoretical and practical instruction of geological, mineralogical, paleontological and other related disciplines in Bachelor and Master degree programmes of Environmental Geology and Geology and Environmental Protection, which is a part of education programmes for secondary school teachers. It also offers a Doctoral degree in Geological Sciences. The emphasis is on practical skills of our graduates, especially microscopic work and application of geology, geochemistry and geophysics in environmental issues.
The department is involved in both basic and applied research, educational and popularization activities as well as cooperation with commercial sector. The main research topics include transportation and sedimentation processes and historical development of contamination in the river environment, the issue of mobilization of arsenic in geological environments, stratigraphy and petrology of Paleozoic rocks, genesis of minerals, petrology of building materials and applied geophysics. The results are regularly published in prestigious international journals of geoscience. The department has modern equipment for shallow geophysics, petro-physics, geochemistry and microscopy techniques including electron microscopy and microanalysis.
It offers a three-year undergraduate, two-year Master, and four-year Doctoral degree programme in International Development Studies, which is one of the first of its kind in the Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2014, students from abroad may study a three-year Bachelor degree programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development. Since academic year 2017/2018 there is a Master degree programme offered in English called Foresight for Environment and Development. It is also possible to study the International Development Studies programme in English.
The Department of Development Studies research activities are specialized mainly on five areas of development and environmental studies:
1. Pro-poor growth and inequality
2. Aid effectiveness
3. Development and environmental indicators
4. Land use and ecosystem services
5. Applying Landscape Ecology in Biological Conservation, especially in the frame of Forest Ecosystems
The department is very active in international cooperation (e.g. student and staff exchanges with about 25 universities within the Erasmus+ program). In 2015 the department began the publication of the journal Development, Environment and Foresight.