Faculty of Medicine Masaryk University


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Dean's Foreword

prof. MUDr. Jiří Mayer, CSc.As Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, please permit me to mention several important facts about this institution.

The Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University was founded in 1919, shortly after World War I. Since then, it has experienced several difficulties in its development, especially during the Nazi occupation and the so-called ‘socialist experiment’ in our country in the years 1948-1989. However, a series of exceptionally competent, hardworking and dedicated people did a wonderful job and contributed to building what is now a highly respected institution that has nurtured many new physicians.

Today, the Faculty of Medicine is part of the dynamically developing Masaryk University and is one of its 9 faculties:

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Economics and Administration
  • Faculty of Informatics
  • Faculty of Social Studies
  • Faculty of Sports Studies

In January 2016/17, Masaryk University counted 34307 students in total.

The main infrastructure of the theoretical fields of study at the Faculty of Medicine is centred upon a modern, newly built University Campus. Some of the teaching premises also remain in the original, historical building at the centre of Brno in Komenského náměstí (Comenius Square). In particular, there are centres for non-medical fields of study. The principal clinical teaching centres are at two faculty hospitals: Brno Faculty Hospital and Saint Anne’s Faculty Hospital. Two clinics are also located at Masaryk’s Oncology Institute. The largest part of Brno Faculty Hospital, the department of adult medicine, is in the immediate vicinity of the University Campus, thus creating a unique complex (hospital, centres for theoretical fields of study and research, and the Faculty of Science).

The Faculty of Medicine provides education in two Master’s programmes of study: General Medicine and Dentistry. We have three accredited Bachelor’s programmes of study: Specializations in Health Science, Nursing, and Midwifery. In the Specializations in Health Science programme of study, we offer the following subject areas: Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Optics and Optometry, Radiology for Assistants, and training for Laboratory Assistants. The Nursing programme of study has just one discipline: General Nursing, and likewise, the Midwifery programme has only one accredited study area: Midwifery.

Graduates from certain other Bachelor’s programmes have the option to continue studying on the follow-up Master’s programme, Specializations in Health Science, specialising in Physiotherapy, Intensive care, Dietetics, Optometry, and Gerontology Nursing.

In the academic year 2016/2017 there will be approximately 2378 students taking Master’s, Bachelors and follow-up programmes, out of which 654 fee-paying students are studying General Medicine and Dentistry. We cooperate with many countries, with which we have contracts, e.g. Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Cyprus, Malta, Spain, Israel, Taiwan, USA, and Canada.

Tuition at the Faculty of Medicine takes place at 54 clinics, 12 institutes, and 8 departments; there are 5 more specialized workplaces within the Faculty. In addition,82 professors, 103 senior lecturers, and 581 other academic workers (teachers/tutors) work there.

A significant proportion of the work at the Faculty of Medicine comprises scientific research. There are more than 150 research orientated projects carried out every year and this number is still increasing. Research-targeted projects aim at a whole range of areas of medical research and are realized in close partnership with the Faculty hospitals. The Faculty has many years’ experience and success in effectively completing and administering projects associated with the Czech Science Foundation, the Ministry of Health, the Czech Academy of Science, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, etc. Individual researchers have taken part in projects during the 6th and 7th terms of the core programme and other programme components, such as Erasmus, Socrates, and Leonardo. A detailed list of these is available at http://www.muni.cz/med/research. Since 2008, the Faculty of Medicine has actively taken part in the preparation of projects relating to the operational programmes. At present 13 actual courses are run, presented as part of the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme. Its outstanding research teams from the fields of molecular medicine and neurology participated in the CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology) project, and teams focusing on bio-molecular and cell engineering have joined another important ICRC (International Clinical Research Centre) project.

The contemporary management of the Faculty of Medicine have designed a comprehensive document, ‘the Faculty of Medicine’s Development Strategy for the years 2016-2020’. This material concerns all major activities of the Faculty of Medicine and its main ethos is to emphasize ‘quality not quantity’. Some of their objectives are being successfully achieved, and currently, a major innovative project is being prepared, Study Optimization. All areas of study will be interconnected to create a harmonious whole, with the emphasis on the practical side of education.

It is also very important to mention Brno, where the University and Faculty are situated. Brno is a historical town and it is first mentioned back in the 5th century. For a long time, it has been and continues to be, the centre of Moravian life. At present, it is a dynamically developing metropolis and the second biggest city in the Czech Republic, with approximately 400 thousand inhabitants. Moreover, Brno is a centre for higher education: apart from Masaryk University, there are a selection of other educational institutions situated here (Brno University of Technology, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Mendel University in Brno, Brno University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the University of Defence). The city of Brno is easily accessed from all over Europe, and indeed, the world. It is big enough to offer everything a metropolis should be able to offer, but not so big that it presents the disadvantages common to big cities. What is more, on three sides, it is surrounded by wonderful highlands, which opens up various opportunities for relaxation.

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe that the above information cannot fail to appeal to you and that you will find everything you are looking for at our Faculty,

Yours faithfully,

Professor MUDr. Jiří Mayer, CSc.



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