Study rules

Rules for the study of the two-year follow-up Master's degree in Environmental Studies. The study of Environmental Studies is regulated by the MU Study and Examination Regulations. These rules only specify it.

Study rules and study catalogue

Students follow the rules described in the academic catalogue of their respective matriculation year. The study catalogues of each matriculation year can be found at the links below:

  • Study Catalogue 2018/2019 (page 22)
  • Study Catalogue 2017/2018 (page 21)
  • Study Catalogue 2016/2017 (page 27)
  • Study Catalogue 2015/2016 (page 9)
  • Study Catalogue 2014/2015 (page 10)
  • Study Catalogue 2013/2014 (page 10)
  • Study catalogue 2012/2013 (page 10)

The general rules of study are as follows:

Method of study (credit system)

a) The ENS study programme is designed as a two-year Master's degree. It is implemented on the basis of the credit system.
b) Courses may be taken in any sequence. Exceptions are follow-up courses - assuming knowledge from another course. This sequence of enrolment, as always indicated in the study catalogue or in the MU IS, must be respected.
c) Compulsory courses that a student has already completed at the university by studying other disciplines prior to admission to ENS may be accepted by the course instructor.
d) In order to be eligible to apply for the Master's thesis defense and the state final examination, a student must earn at least 120 credits.
e) The student is entitled to 12 compulsory elective credits (B credits) for the thesis seminar and the submission of the thesis.
f) Fraudulent conduct, especially plagiarism of review and final papers and theses, is contrary to the moral principles of the academic community. It will be sanctioned according to the standards established by Masaryk University.

Communication between students and teachers

Communication between students and teachers
a) In addition to lectures and seminars, teachers shall schedule tutorials (at least 2 tutorials per week).
b) The head of the department appoints a teacher-advisor for studies, to whom students can turn in study matters (in our field of study Ing. Zbyněk Ulčák, PhD.).
c) Organizational matters are handled by the department assistant.


The internship is carried out according to the rules specified in the study plan.

Thesis seminar

a) Enrolment in Diploma Seminar I is made in the expected penultimate semester of study.
The student is obliged to enrol in Diploma Seminar II in the semester in which he/she intends to submit the diploma thesis, the prerequisite being successful completion of Diploma Seminar I.
b) Diploma Seminar II is completed by submitting the diploma thesis for defence. Only then are the credits for the seminar counted.

Submission of the thesis

a) The deadline for the submission of the DP is set by the departmental timetable, approximately three weeks before the defence.
b) The MU Study Regulations make it obligatory to submit the DP in electronic form. The Department requires the submission of 2 copies for the purpose of preparing reports, the defence and internal archiving. Thermal binding and ring binding are also possible. The deadline for the personal submission of the thesis to the department secretariat coincides with the insertion of the text into the IS and is announced in the departmental timetable for the relevant semester.
c) The DP is not accepted if it does not meet all the prescribed requirements (see point 5).
d) The department (faculty, MU) does not cover any costs related to the preparation and implementation (reproduction of questionnaires, travel, data acquisition, data analysis, etc.), supervision (if the work is conducted by an external person), consultation, etc.

Thesis defence

The defence of the DP is a commission and public. The thesis is assessed by the opponent and the head of the DP. The opponent is appointed by the department.

Course of the defence
1.) Presentation of the DP (five to ten minutes' speech by the graduate). He/she should inform the committee about the reason for the choice of the topic, the basic results (the opponents usually do not deal with the interpretation of the content of the thesis in their opinion), or about further possible research on the topic. If interesting, mention the main difficulties in the elaboration. It is often interesting to say "what I would do differently now".

2.) Reading of the thesis supervisor's report
3.) Reading of the opponent's opinion
4.) Response to the testimonials - the core of the defense. It is not always necessary to respond to all comments. But it is necessary to prepare the responses - the panel, together with the assessors on site, will decide what can be omitted from the testimonials.
5.) Assessors' responses
6.) A discussion in which the members of the committee, as well as other participants, discuss the thesis with the graduate.
7.) Discussion of the committee without the presence of the graduate and guests.
8.) Announcement of the result of the defence (possible in groups, e.g. morning and afternoon).

b) Evaluation
The committee decides at the defence whether the thesis has met the requirements and its classification. In general, the text of the thesis and the course of the defence are decisive for the committee, while the opinions of the supervisor and the opponent have an advisory voice. The final classification of the thesis may therefore differ from the proposals of the supervisor and the opponent.
Note: Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the structure of the department's proposed opponent's opinions during the development of the DP. This allows for a better understanding of what will be emphasized in the evaluation of the DP.

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