• Course on Gross National Happiness – guest lecturer from Bhutan

    Dear students, there is a great opportunity for you to sign in for the course on Gross National Happiness (GNH) and the GNH based Governance and Public Policy. The course is taught by guest lecturer from a partner university in Bhutan. You can either sign up for the entire course (C-credits MRS/G04 Development Challenges). If […]


    Dear students, We still have several free placements for studying in summer semester 2018 (till the end of July) at the following partner institutions: Hassan II. University in Casablanca in Morocco (French or Arabic needed) Hebrew University in Israel (English needed) Beit Berl College in Israel (English needed) ERASMUS+ programme provides the selected students with […]

  • Register for Development Challenges (MRS/DCH1) course on Food Security and Human Rights

    The course will be held from the 15th to the 27th November 2017 and will be taught by Miss Mwiinga Shimilimo and Mr. Simson Mwale, lecturers from The Zambia Catholic University (ZCU). Their teaching stay is organized under the Erasmus+ cooperation agreement between our department and the Department of Development Studies at ZCU. The MRS/DCH1 […]

  • Admission process for the 2018 intake has been launched!

    Admission process for the 2018 intake has been launched! Department of Development & Environmental Studies offers three Master programmes fully taught in English: International Development Studies, Glodep International Development Studies and Foresight for Environment and Development. You can fill in the online application form at Information about all three Master programmes are available on our website. If you have any […]

  • Vavroušek Scholarship – Call for Proposals

    The Department of Development & Environmental Studies contributes to the costs of student’s activities abroad (such as internships or research stay) by the means of the Vavroušek scholarship. New call for proposals is open until 20th November 2017. For more information please consult the attachment. Call for proposals Application form for activities in foreign countries […]


Department of Development and Environmental Studies

Our Mission

We are an open, progressive and dynamically growing academic department within the Faculty of Science. We provide education opportunities and conduct research in the areas of development studies, environmental studies and foresight.

We strive to inspire our students, professionals and the public and thus contribute to the sustainable development of civil society. We support the personal growth and future employability of our students by focusing on their individualilty and strengths as well as on international cooperation opportunities.

About us

With more than 10 years of experience in the field of development studies, the Department offers wide range of development and environment-related programs.

Programs taught in English:

Programs taught in Czech:

  • International Development Studies Bachelor’s Program
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development Bachelor’s Program
  • International Development Studies Master’s Program
  • International Development Studies PhD Program


About Palacký University and City of Olomouc

Palacký University, established in 1573, is one of the leading centres of teaching and research in the Czech Republic. It currently comprises of eight faculties and offers degrees in a wide range of disciplines including medicine, natural sciences, humanities, social sciences as well as law. Recently, one of the highest priorities of the University is to strengthen its international cooperation with other higher education institutions. Yearly, more than 1,700 international students study at Palacký University.

Palacký University is located in the historical and dynamic city of Olomouc. The picturesque town has a long and interesting history and is surrounded by splendid nature. According to the travel guide Lonely Planet, Olomouc is one of the „hidden gems“ of Europe. The city of Olomouc is also well-known for its high density of university students. With over 24,000 students in the city of 100,000 inhabitants, Olomouc has the highest density of university students in Central Europe. Students surely appreciate the affordable cost of living in Olomouc in comparison with other Czech cities. In this context, it is worth to mention that the cost of living in the Czech Republic is generally much lower than in Western Europe (see the comparison of prices in the Czech Republic and Germany).

Palacký University Olomouc has been included in several prestigious international university rankings.  According to the QS World University Rankings, Palacký University ranks within the 651st–700th position in 2016. The QS Rankings include the regional EECA Ranking (Emerging Europe and Central Asia) in which Palacký University has been included for three years in row, ever improving its position. The positive international reputation of Palacký University has been confirmed by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings where Palacký University holds the 601st-800th position.

More information about Palacký University’s International Rankings.




Palacky University in Olomouc
Faculty of Science
Department of Development Studies
Třída 17. listopadu 12
771 46 Olomouc
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 585 634 988
Fax: +420 585 223 641



The Development Studies department resides in the building of the Faculty of Science, which can be easily found near the city centre, between the Bezruč Park (Bezručovy sady) and the dormitory grounds called Envelopa. The department can be reached by walking from the main train station along Třída Kosmonautů street within 10 minutes or by taking the tram nos. 1 or 7 to the stop “Envelopa” or nos. 2, 4, or 6 to the “Žižkovo náměstí” stop.

Once in the building, the department can be found in the northern wing on the first floor.