PhD in Anthropology


Program Description

The aim of the study is to prepare students for scientific research work at the level corresponding to the current requirements of science. In the new study, concept integrates physical anthropology, including genetics, ecology, and ethology, the sociocultural anthropology in a holistic approach to the study of humans and populations. The task of teaching, in general, is to learn the theoretical foundations of the field and mastering the techniques and methodology of scientific research work.

In physical anthropology, the methods include somatometry, osteometry, anthropological somatotopy, dermatoglyphic, basics of rent genometry and other morphological and morphometric approaches, including the newly introduced 3D distance learning techniques. Methods of molecular genetics entail PCR in situ hybridization, DNA sequencing, and restriction analysis methods. Research programs of the training center focused on tracking postnatal growth and development of children in normal and pathological, research on nutrition and obesity, the study of morphological variability in populations, the impact of environmental factors on the ontogenetic development of man, watching craniofacial growth of normal and abnormal congenital defects, evaluation dermatoglyphic characteristics particularly in relation to developmental disorders and to analyze the patterns of human behavior.

Study program in anthropology is provided mainly in the field of forensic anthropology and palaeopathology. Molecular genetic studies in addition to forensic applications include analysis receptor genes and genetic polymorphisms in the variable regions of human chromosomes and genetics of musculoskeletal and ecogenetics. They are also directed at exploring the molecular basis of certain pathological conditions. There are experimental facilities of the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Especially in the fields of teratology, physiology, neuroscience, and toxicology. From the medical field of study comprises a contact issue of Epidemiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation, endocrinology, pediatrics, and other disciplines.

The study program is carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Experimental Medicine and the Institute of Archaeology of the AS CR.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Entrance exams take the form of an interview on the topic of the Ph.D. Thesis, demonstrating the technical skills of the applicant for a doctoral study program and the ability to work with specialized foreign literature. The project is assessed by the expert committee.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.

Recommended literature, sample questions

Readings are recommended by individual potential supervisors and are based on professional issues of the potential dissertation and the chosen particular discipline. In particular, monographs and respected IF magazines. Suggested literature and resources can be viewed within the profiles of the specific supervisors.

Career Prospect

A Ph.D. graduate in Anthropology is educated in both the theoretical and practical aspects of biological, social and cultural anthropology related to the biological and social roots of human beings, and human variability and adaptability in both time and place. The key disciplines in the graduate curricula are human evolution and ecology, auxology, human anatomy, and also molecular anthropology concentrated on the human past as well as clinical and biomedical research. Ph.D. graduates are prepared to apply practical knowledge in morphological research, but also in methods of molecular anthropology and sophisticated 3D computer-assisted analyses, primarily in fields such as clinical, functional, ergonomic, forensic

Last updated Apr 2019

About the School

The Vinohrady health care campus started its development in the beginning of the 20th century, by then at the city periphery. In 1902, the Emperor Franz Joseph I inaugurated the Vinohrady Hospital as ... Read More

The Vinohrady health care campus started its development in the beginning of the 20th century, by then at the city periphery. In 1902, the Emperor Franz Joseph I inaugurated the Vinohrady Hospital as the primary hospital for citizens of Královské Vinohrady and Žižkov districts. Read less